Driving Lesson - Independent driving Sat Nav driving
Independent driving was introduced into the practical driving test with the objective of bridging the gap between learning to drive and driving in the real world in particular to create more competent and safe novice drivers. Managing all that is going on around you and processing it as a driver, then being able to react in an appropriate way, is a challenge and 'Independent driving' is intended to test this at a basic level. It is therefore essential to gain the required skills to cope with independent driving on the test and when driving solo.
The necessary skills are
- Follow directions from Sat Nav
- Follow route directions given by the examiner
- Journey and route planning
- Types of direction signs
- Recognising destination place names
- Making Route Decisions
- Fitting in with other traffic
- Responding to Direction Signs
- Following routes marked on the road
- During the test you will be asked to drive by following a Sat Nav (Satellite Navigator) or traffic signs for about 20 minutes.
- 4 out of 5 learners will be asked to do Sat Nav and 1 will be asked to follow the signs
- The examiner will bring the sat nav with him/her and set it up. You will not need to set the route - the examiner will do this for you.
- Independent driving is not a test of orientation and navigation skills, it's about making sensible decisions - this includes deciding when its safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where to go.
- If there are poor or obscured traffic signs, the examiner will give directions until the next traffic sign can be seen, you will not need to have a detailed knowledge of the area.
- It doesn't matter if you go the wrong way, that can happen to the most experienced drivers. It won't affect the result of the test unless a driving fault is committed.
- If you happen to go off the route or take a wrong turning, the examiner will help them to get back on the route and continue with the independent driving exercise.