Driving test is set for significant overhaul that will include washing windscreens and beeping horns

People taking driving tests will have to operate basic controls in the car from December (Rex)

Motorists will have to show that they can operate basic controls in cars while on the road in a major driving test overhaul.

The tests will require newbie drivers to do things like wash windscreens, beep the horn and open windows while keeping control of the vehicle.

Some two million people take the practical tests every year and the changes have been made following concerns that too many novice drivers were having accidents in the months following passing the test.


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Other changes include introducing sat-navs and scrapping three-point turns in favour of reversing into a parking bay.

Learners will also have to use traffic signs and verbal directions to guide themselves during the independent driving section – which has been doubled to 20 minutes.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have released videos on YouTube to allow learners to prepare for new “show me, tell me” questions.

Candidates answering “tell me” questions before the test must explain how they would carry out a safety check while those who lose control of the car while answering “show me” questions during the test will automatically fail.

The new tests will be introduced in December.