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Video clips in learner driver theory test to create safer drivers, says IAM

The DVSA’s introduction of video clips to the theory test for learner drivers should help ensure safer driving over the long term, according to IAM RoadSmart.

Currently, learner drivers have to read a case study and answer five questions on it but this will be replaced from 14 April 2020 with video clips; the DVSA says the change will make this part of the test up-to-date and more accessible for everyone.

The new video clips (see here for a sample) will show up to a 30-second scenario of different driving conditions, such as driving through a town centre or a country road. Candidates will then need to answer three multiple-choice questions about the clip. The changes only apply to the car theory test.

The DVSA said: “As well as making the test more accessible, the changes make the test more realistic, as it mirrors the way candidates take in and react to information while driving.”

The change has been welcomed by IAM RoadSmart. Neil Greig, director of policy and research, said: “Anything that makes the theory test more like the real world should deliver safer drivers in the long run. Simply learning multiple choice answers by rote has been the biggest problem with the written test in the past.

“The hazard perception text has used clips for many years and has been shown to make new drivers safer, so the same approach for the theory test should be a similar success. It’s also great to see the test being made more inclusive.”

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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