Driver safety has long been a concern for the government and now, thanks to the advances in computer technology, the quest for motoring perfect is a little bit closer. Since driving tests first became standard practice in the UK, the quality of drivers on the road has improved dramatically, In fact, in the last ten years, the number of deaths caused by road traffic accidents has dropped markedly.
For more than a century, the amount of testing a young person has to go through in order to obtain a drivers licence has increased dramatically. While it was once the case that a simple practical examination was enough to qualify a driver, it’s now necessary for an aspiring motorist to display a sound understanding of driving theory before they can legally get behind the wheel.
A Move Towards CGI
According to a recent report in The Express, UK driving theory tests are about to enter the 21st Century thanks to Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). As well as testing a driver’s knowledge of car maintenance, road signs and general road safety, modern theory tests now assess hazard perception. However, according to the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), this portion of the test has been ineffective over the last few years.
Fortunately, where video clips have failed, CGI is now on hand to improve testing standards. According to reports, the first batch of CGI clips will go live in early 2015 and feature the same scenarios as the video clips previously used. However, the DVSA believes the new clips will be clearer and contain more up-to-date cars and surroundings.
Not only will that, but the use of CGI animations should allow testers to recreate more realistic situations without putting people at risk. For example, where it was once difficult to use children or cyclists in a filmed scenario (because it could be potentially dangerous), it’s now possible to recreate these situations thanks to CGI.
How to Pass Modern Theory Tests
What does this mean for modern drivers? More effort. Although CGI will help revolutionise the way aspiring drivers are tested, it will also mean those taking the tests need to work a little harder to pass. More detailed scenarios will call for more accurate assessments of the road. Although everyone has their own ways of learning, it’s certainly possible to improve your chances of success by following these simple techniques:
Don’t be Afraid to Fail – Revision is all about learning and you’re more likely to learn something if you get it wrong the first time. This creates a mental anchor that makes recalling a fact easier.
Plan Ahead – Don’t leave your revision until the last minute. Structure your learning and break it down into chunks. Small blocks of information are easier to digest and, therefore, remember.
Get Some Rest – A tired brain is an ineffective one, so to make sure you retain all the information necessary for your theory test we suggest getting a full eight hours’ sleep each night in the lead up to your test.
Becoming a new driver is getting tougher (and that’s a good thing for the UK’s roads), but if you take a systematic approach to your learning then no amount of CGI scenarios will phase you.