National standard for driving cars and light vans

Role 5: Review and adjust driving behaviour over lifetime

What you must be able to do and understand to review your driving, change your behaviour and demonstrate developed skills, knowledge and understanding.

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 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