One Year of the New Driving Test

Is the driving test getting more difficult?

For more than 80 years, the driving test has been a rite of passage for many young adults on the path to independence. But while the principle has stayed the same, the test has frequently adapted to the country’s changing roads.

Last December, there were changes to the practical side of the driving test in Great Britain.

Reversing around corners and “three-point-turns” were removed, while driving with a sat-nav and a longer test duration were introduced.

So what impact has that had, and what else do we know about the test?

Pass Rates are almost the same

Since last December, when the changes were implemented, the pass rate has been 45.5%.

That does mean the percentage of passes has dropped below 46% for the first time since 2010, but it’s not that far below the full 2017 average pass rate of 46.8%. In fact, over the past 10 years, it has always hovered at around the same mark, give or take a percentage point.

To read the full story at the BBC click the button above.

To see the driving test changes at the DVSA click the button above.