Learner drivers taking their test in 2017 will face new challenges.

Transport chiefs say the revised test is more relevant for today's motorists.

It no longer includes reversing round a corner.

But it does include new elements such as following Sat Nav directions.

The new test will come into effect later in 2017.

What it doesn't do is introduce a graduated system of licences, as demanded by child health experts horrified by youth deaths on the road.

The key changes

  • The independent driving part of the test will increase from 10 minutes to 20 minutes
  • Following directions from a Sat-Nav will now be part of the independent driving section
  • 'Reverse around a corner' and 'turn in the road' manoeuvres will be replaced with more real-life scenarios
  • One of two vehicle safety questions to be asked while the candidate is driving
  • The questions include asking the candidate to show how the rear heated windscreen works

What can you expect on your driving test?

The layout of the test isn't changing dramatically.

The new changes are essentially building on the existing test elements.

The biggest change to the test will be the manoeuvres you will be asked to carry out.

But don't panic, any new manoeuvres required in the test should be factored into your driving lessons by your driving instructor.

You will also have to drive independently (with prior guidance from your examiner) for 20 minutes not 10 minutes.

Being able to read a Sat-Nav display whilst driving will also soon be a requirement.

You will be asked a theory question whilst driving as well, as opposed to just being asked when you are stationary.

Why is the test changing?

The DVSA wanted to modernise the driving test and make it more relevant for today's motorists.

A lot has changed in cars and on the roads and the new test will acknowledge these changes.

Over half of all drivers now use Sat-Nav devices while driving, which isn't an element tested on in the current driving test.

One of the big focus points for examiners as well is the independent driving section, which younger drivers have said is particularly useful.

According to figures, road collisions are the leading cause of death for young drivers aged between 15 and 24.