National standard for driving cars and light vans (category B)

Role 5: Review and adjust driving behaviour over lifetime

What you must be able to do and understand to review your driving and change your behaviour.

Unit 5.1: Learn from experience

There is one element in this unit - learn from experience.


Element 5.1.1 Learn from experience

Performance standards

You must be able to:

  • demonstrate that you have continued to develop and update your driving skills since you took your driving test
  • recognise when your ability to drive safely and responsibly is affected by factors such as:
    • changes in your personal circumstances, such as changes in working patterns
    • changes in your state of health and your physical abilities, through illness or age-related deterioration
    • a break from driving
    • changing to an unfamiliar vehicle
  • assess the seriousness of the factors identified and:
    • change your driving behaviour to reduce the risks
    • make plans for recovering or improving your driving ability
  • seek professional help where needed
  • tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if you have a health or medical condition

Knowledge and understanding requirements

You must know and understand:

  • that you can learn from experience and continue to improve your ability to drive safely and responsibly all through your driving career
  • how to assess your own ability to drive safely and responsibly against best practice
  • how to assess and learn from others’ driving behaviour
  • how to use feedback from others to help you be clear about your own ability to drive safely and responsibly
  • when to seek professional help
  • the advantages of having regular driver development sessions with a competent instructor to keep up to date and remove bad habits
  • the advantages of having an initial input from a competent instructor if you return to driving after a break or you change to an unfamiliar vehicle

Unit 5.2: Keep up to date with changes

There is one element in this unit - keep up to date with changes.


Element 5.2.1: Keep up to date with changes

Performance standards

You must be able to:

  • demonstrate that your understanding of the meaning of road signs and markings is current
  • demonstrate that your understanding of the law on the use of a vehicle on public roads is current
  • keep up to date with changes to vehicle technology especially if you change the vehicle you are using
  • safely operate any technology that is fitted to any vehicle you drive including disabling it where appropriate
  • respond correctly to any changes in the documents required to use a vehicle on the road
  • take all steps needed to maintain your entitlement to a licence for the type of vehicle you are driving

Knowledge and understanding requirements

You must know and understand:

  • where to find information about changes to signs, markings and legislation, such as:
    • The Highway Code updates
    • GOV.UK
    • government publications
    • motoring organisation websites
  • where to find information about changes to vehicle technologies, for example:
    • manufacturers’ websites
    • trade magazines and websites
  • where to find instructions on the safe operation of technology fitted to a vehicle
  • where to find information about changes to registration, MOT, or tax rules, such as:
    • GOV.UK
    • government publications
    • motoring organisation websites