Driver theory test changes could reduce damage to tyres

24th January 2012

The Driving Instructors Association (DIA) has backed changes to the driving theory test, which could reduce the number of road accidents involving damaged tyres.

Under the plans introduced yesterday (January 23rd), the Driving Standards Agency will no longer use pre-published questions for the driver theory test.

The changes have been designed to force candidates to think about applying the rules of the Highway Code to their driving practices on a day-to-day basis.

It could provide motorists with a greater understanding of road signs and safety, meaning a potential reduction in the number of punctured tyres on UK roads.

The changes could also help drivers gain further understand of the regulations for dealing with flat tyres on the motorway, thus reducing the risks associated with these issues.

DIA general manager Steve Garrod has backed the changes, saying: “Drivers' knowledge of the Highway Code has been on the decline since the theory test was first introduced in 1996."

He noted that is was "essential that all new drivers understand how to apply the theory to their driving."

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