New independent driving test explained

During October 2010, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) introduced the independent driving element to the UK practical driving test.

The independent part of the driving test to enable the examiner to assess the candidates ability to drive independently, using road markings and road signs and with little input from the examiner.
With the update of the 2017 driving test changes, the independent part has now increased from 10 minutes, to 20 minutes which is around half of the entire time the test takes to conduct.

Another new addition to independent driving is the inclusion of following directions from a sat nav. This section explains what happens during the independent part of the driving test, plus tips for completing it successfully.

From the 40 minutes duration of the practical driving test, 20 minutes are assigned for independent driving. During the drive, the examiner will ask you to park up on the left when it’s safe to do so and they will proceed to tell you that the independent driving part will begin. You can get a complete rundown on the test by reading the what to expect on the driving test guide.