The technological advances brought on by the digital age haven’t just affected the way we engage with media but also the way we travel. It’s evident that both public and personal transport has adapted to the changing tides, especially when one considers the mainstream acceptance of Sat-Nav technology. Tudor Driving School are by no means luddites, which is why the news of a Sat-Nav assisted driving test raises curiosity rather than outright rejection.
As reported in the national press, a young gent named Grant Ferguson became the first person in the UK to take a test of this nature and hey, he passed. The Sat-Nav was only used in the first 20 minutes as a means of judging the student’s ability to follow verbal instruction on a pre-planned journey. This way, the teacher was able to see how well he could incorporate all the different skills amassed over his lessons while following verbal instruction and a journey plan.
More importantly, introducing a Sat-Nav during the test could be a positive way of ensuring that drivers will learn how to listen to instructions instead of staring at a distracting screen. Of course you may be thinking, ‘hang on, putting a Sat-Nav in a test is a distraction in itself?’… well, yes but the point is to teach them to use it conscientiously and safely. Many people employ Sat-Nav’s in their daily driving but few understand how to make safe us of them without looking at the screen constantly.
We’ve spoken of big changes to the UK driving test in the past but this seems far more likely to actually happen in the near future than previous outlandish predictions. The change will be trialled across 1000 learner drivers in the coming year with the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) allowing driving schools to sign up for the trials at will.
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