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Secrets Of The Driving Test










A new ITV series looks into the world of the driving test, starting on Thursday 2 April. 

Secrets Of The Driving Test was filmed over a two-year period  with access to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) with cameras fitted inside and outside of the test car. 

Recently, the driving test has had the biggest shake up in 40 years with new manoeuvres, tricky written tests and new technology being introduced. Since 2017, 4 out of 5 candidates taking the test follow a sat nav for 20 minutes to make the test feel more like driving. 

Secrets Of The Driving Test allows family and friends to watch their nearest and dearest complete every manoeuvre, navigate every roundabout and box junction…in the hope they come back and deliver the magical phrase…’I’ve Passed’. 

In the first episode, Wayne has the task of taking 27-year-old Shaunna, from Hull through the driving test. However, this will be Shaunna’s 12th attempt at passing and she’s hoping this is the one. She’s employed some interesting tactics in her previous tests. She says: “I’ve been trying to drive for 10 years, I can’t physically pass my test.” Adding: “I’ve tried flirting, tried acting older, tried the uniform look, that didn’t work…I’ve tired everything possible.” 

In Cardiff, Drew is desperate to pass if only to stop the arguments with his partner Karl who’s been teaching him to drive. Results show 47% of learners receive lessons from a family member or friend as well as their driving instructor to help them get test ready…Karl is hoping the 20 lessons he’s given Drew will do the trick. 

Later on in the series 56-year-old Julie is desperate to pass on her third attempt even though she hasn’t driven in over 24 years. Then fiercely competitive dad and daughter duo Rich and Yalana have their test on the same day, but who will triumph? 

Other highlights in the series include, 17 year old boy racer Callum who reckons he’s more than test-ready. However, his mum’s not so sure. Mollie finds out if after 16 years learning and more than 250 lessons, she’s finally test-ready. 

19 March 2020                                                          Back to the headlines

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