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Driving test made more challenging

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New changes introduced to the driving test from next month will require learner drivers to rely more on their own navigational skills.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning has announced that the Driving Standards Agency will no longer publish details of driving test routes.

This is designed to stop candidates from memorising the routes and instead drive as they would in real-world road conditions.

Another challenge, to be introduced from October 4, will require those taking the test to drive for 10 minutes by following directions or traffic signs without any instructions from the examiner.

Mr Penning said: "We want new drivers to be able to drive safely and independently and learning to drive test routes by rote isn't the way to achieve this.

"Stopping the publication of test routes will help to make sure that the driving test better reflects realistic driving conditions and will give new drivers the skills and confidence they need to stay safe on the roads."

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