Driving theory test is officially harder now

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The driving theory test is the first step to being allowed to drive a car on your own on the road. It's a big thing to take and it's just been made a little harder.

The Driving Standards Agency used to make passing rather easy, as all the possible questions and answers were published in 'revision' books and DVDs.

This has now changed. Help will still be available in the form of books and software, but rather than spoon feeding the answers to wannabe Vettels they'll use case studies and examples to make candidates apply their knowledge to real world situations.

So, rather than becoming short-term Rain Men of the Highway Code, participants will hopefully learn something that'll stick with them for a while afterwards.

Critics of the 'old' test were placated after an AA survey showed that 23 percent of drivers didn't know who had priority when traffic lights weren't working and that 46 percent didn't know what flashing amber lights at pelican crossings meant.

Mark Peacock, Head of AA Driving School said: "Learners should not unduly worry about the changes to the test. The new test calls for greater understanding, which can be gained from professional tuition and some time spent revising - both of which would have been needed to pass the theory test confidently before the changes."

Further improvements to the test will inevitably come, though we can't help but think that candidates would be better off not learning the perilous 'reverse around the corner' technique. No one, apart from learner drivers, reverses around a corner quite as precisely.