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New UK driving test will assess if you can follow a sat nav

Prospective drivers will soon be tested on more modern driving conditions before they earn their license.

6th May 1949, Leaning on their new Austin 8, a couple of motorists check their position on a roap map during a tour of the Essex countryside. (Photo by John Tarlton/Fox Photos/Getty Images)
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The British driving test will now include sat nav directions in a move to modernise the way people learn to drive.

The UK's Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) updated the test to reflect the fact that more than half of UK drivers use a satellite navigation device to guide them as they drive.

"Candidates will be given more responsibility for making decisions during the test," explained DVSA Chief Driving Examiner Lesley Young. "We want them to show they can cope with distractions and assess risk without the intervention of their instructor or examiner."

The independent driving portion of the test will increase in length from 10 to 20 minutes, and manoeuvres such as reversing around a corner and turning in the road are replaced with driving into and reversing out of a parking bay.

The changes will come into effect next year.

Of course, we wonder if it goes far enough in reflecting modern trends. We won't be happy until you're tested on your ability to Snapchat a selfie playing Pokemon Go without bumping into the self-driving car in front of you.

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