Independent Driving Information

Independent Driving became part of your practical driving test in October 2010. From December 2017 the independent driving part has changed the examiner will ask you during your test to drive independently for about 20 minutes by either following traffic signs or directions from a sat nav.

The examiner will tell you which you have to follow.

During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will be asked to follow directions from a sat nav.

The examiner will provide the sat nav (a TomTom Start 52) and set it up. You won’t need to set the route – the examiner will do this for you. So, it doesn’t matter what make or model of sat nav you practise with.

You can’t follow directions from your own sat nav during the test – you have to use the one supplied by the examiner.

You’ll be able to ask the examiner for confirmation of where you’re going if you’re not sure. It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.

One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.

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