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From today (January 23rd) the Driving Standard Agency (DSA) is making the driving theory test harder by no longer publishing the questions.

Previously, the agency has released questions and answers for driving theory tests in advance, meaning those taking it could learn the different question and answer pairs by heart.

But no longer will learners be able to simply memorise how many metres it will take to stop when breaking from 30mph, or what the motorway speed limit is when towing a trailer.

The change in driving theory test

Instead they will have to learn different topic areas in their entirety, which it is hoped will help them develop a more in-depth knowledge of driving.

"The intention is to improve candidates’ knowledge and understanding of driving theory, so that they are more able to retain and apply it when they are on the road," explained road safety minister Mike Penning.

Learner drivers will still be able access practice questions online and in text books, but these will now also come with a number of case study exercises to help teach students how to apply their driving knowledge to different situations.

While those of us who had to take a few stabs at our driving test before passing may shudder at the thought of it being made any harder, the changes might help young drivers be better-prepared for the road and therefore reduce accidents.

This in turn could lead to fewer instances of drivers needing to buy second hand car parts to replace those damaged in collisions with careless drivers.

A poll published by the AA this week revealed that many drivers do not know the answers to several basic theory test questions, potentially leading to traffic accidents, the Press Association reported.

For example, almost half (46 per cent) of motorists were not sure what a flashing amber light at a pelican crossing meant.