How will Learners Find the New Test?

AA Driving School helps pupils to prepare

AA Driving School - new test

23 September 2010

Not so long ago passing your driving test was mainly about learning the manoeuvres and the Highway Code. But from 4 October 2010 learners will have something new to negotiate when they drive – being independent and the route ahead.

As part of a new section in the practical test, candidates will have to drive independently for 10 minutes. What's more, the Driving Standards Agency will stop publishing test routes online. So it really will be a stern test of your route knowledge.

The good news is that AA Driving School is geared up to help pupils cope when it comes to this new test in early October.


AA Driving School director Simon Douglas says: "We welcome the introduction of independent driving, which will help ensure the test is about being a good driver, not just knowing the test route.

"AA Driving School has been rolling out independent driving in lessons nationwide since the changes were first announced. We are ready for the new test, and are confident that the preparation we have put in will ensure pupils remain on track not only to pass but to be good drivers."

AA Driving School fact file

  • AA Driving School has more than 1,800 instructors across the UK. They offer tuition in brand new Ford vehicles, both to learners and to qualified drivers seeking to improve their skills
  • Ninety-eight percent of AA Driving School's pupils say they would recommend us to other learner drivers
  • AA Driving School is the only national school that guarantees your instructor will be fully qualified. Other driving schools may place you with an instructor who is learning on the job, without telling you, but charge you full lesson rates
  • Up to 7,600 trainees – one in every seven driving instructors – are believed to be working for driving schools across the UK

Off-road testing with the AA

The AA doesn't just help you pass on the road. We offer a number of resources to prepare you for the test too. AA Publishing produces a wide range of driving test books and CD-ROMs – both for the practical and theory tests – including theory test revision cards and a driving test kit with everything you need. The AA has also launched a driving theory test app for iPhone users.


23 September 2010