Monday 29 May 2017

What changes for the driving test? SUV surge; car sickness; UK diesel scrappage

Following sat nav instructions will now be part of the driving test
Following sat nav instructions will now be part of the driving test

Interesting to see that learner drivers in the UK will have to undergo a more 'modern' driving test from early December.

There will be four changes to the current set-up. Just goes to show how they are responding to latest driving trends. Manoeuvres such as reverse bay-parking will replace what they regard as 'outdated' tests such as reversing around a corner. I know a few people here happy with that.

Interesting that 'following directions given by a sat-nav system, as an alternative to following road signs' will be assessed too.

That is a bit of a puzzler and research/surveys appear to show it won't be popular.

They are also extending the independent driving section of the test from 10 to 20 minutes. And they intend to ask questions on safety during the drive. One example of that is asking the driver to use the rear heated screen while on the move.

What changes would you like to see in the Irish driving test?

Or would you prefer to leave things as they are?

Let us know at: ecunningham@independent.ie

* Once again the 'experts' state the obvious. They say the growth of demand for, and sales of, small SUV/crossovers will be rapid and dramatic. Anyone could have told them that. Fuelling the expansion is, they say, the arrival of 'latecomers' to the market such as Volkswagen, Hyundai and Kia.

* Thank you for your many and varied suggestions on ways to avert car sickness. They range from special potions to using newspapers to sit on to avoid the static electricity. But most people came down heavily on the side of reducing speed, slowing acceleration and taking it nice and smooth with steering and braking. Sometimes the obvious is best. One thing is for sure: there is no single 'cure'.

* Volvo is to build its first full-electric car in China, it is reported. The vehicle is scheduled for 2019 and will be exported globally.

* It is reported that Germany's car makers are discussing with themselves whether or not they should follow the PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroen) and publish real-world fuel consumption figures. They should. Some of their current MPG claims are laughable.

* Best wishes to Ford on celebrations this week to mark the 100th anniversary of the company establishing a factory in Cork.

* Theresa May is looking to bring in a scrappage scheme for diesel cars as part of her UK government's push to improve air quality, the Financial Times says. I wonder what implications that'd have for Irish buyers.

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