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Major changes in driving tests come into force today

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) research shows that half of motorists use sat-nav, but around a quarter of accidents involving new drivers are caused by them being distracted.

Gone is "reverse-around-a-corner" and "turn-in-the-road", replaced with an action requiring an examinee to pull-up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse two-car lengths and then re-join the road. Instead, you'll be asked to either park in a bay, parallel park on the side of the road or pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse two auto lengths and then rejoin traffic.

The "show me, tell me" questions will now have to be answered while driving, too, whereas before they were asked before the driving test started. During this part of the test, you have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the driving examiner.

Learner drivers will have some new challenges ahead of them in their quest for the elusive pink licence and we've outlined the driving test changes of 2017 below.

You'll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you're going if you're not sure. During this time, candidates must drive without turn-by-turn instructions from the examiner.

Driving examiners in England, Wales and Scotland are beginning a 48-hour strike the day a new driving test is launched.

AA president Edmund King said the new test reflects real life driving and people who pass it will have more confidence when driving solo.

The 4 driving test changes1.

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Examiners say one of the new changes - which will see candidates required to pull up on the right-hand side of the road and reverse two auto lengths - contravenes the Highway Code and puts safety at risk.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: PCS members in the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) have tried to negotiate around their concerns but the door has been slammed shut in their face.

The pass mark of the driving test is also unaffected - learners will still pass their test as long as they do not make more than 15 driving faults and make no serious or unsafe mistakes.

The tell me question will be asked at the start of the test and will involve the students explaining how to carry out a safety test.

Mr Llewellyn added the new driving test had been created to help new drivers through a "lifetime of safe driving" and the changes had been "welcomed by most examiners, road safety experts, disability groups and instructors". "This means that we can not move forward together to resolve this dispute, for the sake of our staff and customers".

This includes learners who have previously failed a test and are taking it again. You won't need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you.

Prices are set to stay the same too, with a weekday test costing £62, while evenings, weekends and bank holidays will see a £75 fee.

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