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Can’t use a sat nav? Next year it’ll mean a failed driving test

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UK Drivers hoping to tear up those L plates will soon need to prove they’re able to use a sat nav before earning a passing grade.

Sweeping changes to the practical test, will include showing competence using a GPS device, the Guardian reports.

Learners will also have to reverse out of a parking space and drive independently for 20 minutes rather than the current 10 minutes.

The proposed changes to the practical driving test, particularly the extended independent driving and use of a satnav, should help to produce better, safer motorists,” said Mark Peacock, head of the driving school BSM.

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Gone from the test is the nightmarish reversing around a corner that we haven’t performed since passing our test at the second time of asking back in 2005.

The proposed changes, which follow year-long trials with 4,500 learners, will be introduced next year.

The infusion of tech is sure to benefit younger drivers, so used to using sat nav smartphone apps in their day-to-day lives.

The changes come ahead of a potential upheaval in the way we drive. The prospect of semi-autonomous and self-driving cars mean that a brand new test would surely be required in the future.

Tesla's Elon Musk is hoping to educate drivers on correct use of its Autopilot feature following recent high profile accidents, one of which resulted in the death of a Florida Model S driver.

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