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These are the new changes that could be ahead in 2017 for all new pupils thinking of taking there driving test.

The three-point turn could be dropped from driving tests after the government signalled the biggest shakeup in 20 years.

Learners may be asked to use a satellite navigation system as part of a revised practical exam and the three-point-turn – more recently known as the “turn in the road” – could be scrapped altogether.

The test has existed in its current form for about two decades, although “independent driving” – where motorists are asked to find their way to a destination – has formed part of the practical exam in recent years.

A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have said: “We are carrying out our research to explore how the driving test could better reflect real-life driving. Any future changes to the test would be subject to full public consultation.”

The trial will consider extending the independent driving section from 10 to 20 minutes of the total 40-minute length, and asking candidates to follow directions on a satnav for 20 minuites, as an alternative to using road signs

It will also look at replacing the “reverse around a corner” and “turn in the road” manoeuvres with more realistic everyday moves, such as reversing out of a parking bay in a busy area, or pulling up on the left or right before rejoining the flow of traffic..

Learners could also be asked one of the two safety questions while on the move rather than at the start of the test. This could involve operating the rear windscreen heater while on the move.

Driving instructors and candidates will have their input in making the test more fit for purpose and more reflective of modern driving styles that are more suited to the modern driver.

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