Driving test changes: Your views

Driving test
Image caption The Driving Standards Agency says the test will now involve more realistic situations

Changes to the driving test coming into effect across the UK will see people following a route "independently."

Candidates will not receive step-by-step directions from their examiner during the 10-minute section, which will test how they drive unsupervised.

BBC News website readers have been sharing their experiences of this new driving test:

Took the test

I passed my test this morning, it was my second time. I liked the changes as I found my way around better by looking at the signs than by following the instructions from the examiner. Overall, it was a better test than the first one I did. Sarah Watkins, Cardiff, Wales

I took the test today for the second time and failed it. It wasn't due to the test being more difficult - more my own mistakes. I took the test for the first time eight weeks ago. I think the independent driving is more difficult. It is trickier to think about safe driving while trying desperately not to get lost. Even when they say that they won't fail you if you get lost, it just adds to the pressure. My driving instructor also thinks it will be tougher to pass, especially for people with dyslexia or related issues. Sarah White, Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts

I took my test this morning, and was slightly nervous that I would be one of the first people to take the new test. I didn't need to worry, though - I passed! The independent driving section was good, and I believe the new test is a step in making the driving test more realistic to normal driving. However, I do question the changes to reversing manoeuvres ie having only one instead of two. If someone has a turn-in-the-road (which I had), then I think they're more likely to pass than somebody who has to reverse around a corner. Jonathan Balsdon, St Austell, Cornwall

I Ppssed my driving test under the new scheme just over an hour ago. I had failed last month under the old scheme and found the new changes to be very beneficial. Andrew Huddart, Stockport

Preparing for the test

I am just about ready to put in and book my driving test, I have been doing lessons weekly for about eight months now. I don't agree with the changes, it's nerve-racking enough as it is without them changing the test. The test is supposed to be how you handle the car and road conditions, not if you can follow a road plan without navigation. To me I feel like this is another way for them to make it more difficult so you fail, hence having to take it again so the government can get more money out of us. Even my driving intructor said it's stupid! Stephen Craig, Wolverhampton

As a new learner driver my instructor mentioned the changes that were about to happen. The changes don't worry me, I think they are good ones as it better prepares the learner for when they pass - there isn't always going to be someone next to you saying "next left" etc (unless you have sat-nav constantly on). I'm looking forward to the challenge. The only thing that puts me off having to navigate myself is that I recently moved to this town and don't have a lot of knowledge of how places link up the way I did when I was at my previous town. Kirsty, Telford

I am due to take my test in December as I couldn't get a date for a test before moving away to university. These changes are good, drivers can be too dependent on their instructor and can find it a shock when, after passing, they find themselves having to drive on their own. Also there was too much emphasis on manoeuvres, some of which (reversing around a corner) most drivers will never need to use. Matt Redmore, Crewe

I've been learning for about a year, not because I'm particularly bad at driving, mainly due to a few complications with my license and me being slack at sorting it. I think it's ironed out a lot of little niggles that my driving instructor had that probably would have gone unnoticed in the test. He has always tried to push me towards independent driving and now the introduction of following signs to a destination gives a great feel for the way real driving will be for most people. As for rural driving, my family have a holiday every year in Devon at least once and from the beginning of my lessons I have hoped for some tuition, but none has been needed. I do think it would be an invaluable part of the test. Leon Trimble, Birmingham

I'm due to take my test in the next few weeks, I think having the freedom to take my own route to the destination would be far better than having instruction. I find during the test it can be a bit nerve-racking waiting for the instructor/examiner to say left here right there. Being free to take my own route I think will make me a bit calmer. Reducing the manoeuvres to one will also be a weight off my mind. However I believe it should be a set manoeuvre, such as parallel parking or reversing round corners. Richard Massey, Cheltenham

I will be taking my test in three days. I'm not exactly sure how it is going to be done but it should be advantageous to experienced drivers as they do this most of the time. However, whether this makes drivers safer and reduces accidents is still questionable, as the latter has more to do with behaviour and attitude s. Louis Deva Kumar, Bristol

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