Learner drivers must show they are able to make use of a satnav in a shakeup of the driving test.
But critics warned the move was a security hazard as it may raise ’ reliance on their satnavs to motorists.
Studies have found motorists ‘switch ’ parts of the brain when the apparatus are on off. The change to the practical driving test is among several declared in the largest overhaul for over 20 years.
Students will do a three-point turn in the street or reverse around a corner. Instead, they turn out as when they were shopping centre car park and will park in a bay. Ministers said the changes were designed to modernise the evaluation and cut on the amount of injuries on the roads.
Other key changes include newcomers needing to perform security manoeuvres – while driving instead of before the evaluation, such as switching.
The ‘independent driving’ segment may also be raised from ten to 20 minutes.
The practical test will however take about 40 minutes as well as the £62 price will remain precisely the same. Now, while their driving is evaluated students are told to follow indications to your certain destination. But from a satnav along a path determined by the teacher they’re going to rather follow directions in four out of five of the newest evaluations.
What has been introduced to the driving test:
– Requesting nominees to follow directions to road signs that are subsequent
– Driving into and turning from a parking bay
What they will be taking out from the driving test:
-Left Reverse and Turn in the Road manoeuvres
– Driving around housing estates
In the remaining instances, they’ll drive to some destination. They’ll not realise in advance which evaluation they face.
Half of drivers who took part in the consultation thought that a use of a satnav in the driving test was a good thing and had widespread support to make use of them.
But critics point to studies that have demonstrated the brain is not as energetic than when we work out the path ourselves, when we use satnavs.
When volunteers were requested to compute a path in 2014 scientists at University College London discovered that the two regions of the mind regarded as significant for browsing – the entorhinal cortex as well as the hippocampus – lit up.
Yet when they only followed directions, its computations were left by the brain.