Independent driving was introduced into the Practical driving test in October 2010. In this part of the practical test, you drive for about 10 minutes without step by step direction from your examiner.
During the independent driving section, you will be asked to drive either following a set of directions the examiner gives you, follow the traffic signs or both.
It’s really important to remember that this is not a test of your navigational skills. You can ask the examiner to repeat the directions at any time and you won’t fail if you go off the route: you are being judged on your driving skills.