Bristol (Avonmouth) Test Centre

Avonmouth test centre can be found just off Merebank Road, minutes away from the busy A403. It also happens to be close to a couple of motorways, so you can be sure it’ll never be too quiet nearby! Situated next to a range of other local businesses, the test centre is only a 5-minute drive from the centre of Avonmouth. If you’ve decided to take your test here, the best piece of advice we can give you is to get to know Avonmouth better. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be on your big day.


Unit M6, Cabot Park
Merebank Road
BS11 8AQ

Tests Offered at Bristol (Avonmouth)

– Car
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

If you’re situated in the centre of Avonmouth, you’ll need to get onto St Andrew’s Road. Next, turn onto Kings Weston Lane and then Merebank Road. If you’re coming from the centre of Bristol instead, you’ll need to get onto the A370, move onto the A4 and then turn onto the A4162. Next, turn onto B4054, then Kings Weston Lane. You’ll then need to carry on until you reach Merebank Road. Don’t worry if you’re travelling from further away. With roads like the A369, A370 and A432 (not to mention motorways like the M5, M4 and M32), it’s a piece of cake getting to Avonmouth test centre. Until you’re comfortable making the trip yourself, we’d advise you to follow these directions using a sat nav.

A Bit More About Bristol (Avonmouth)

As you’re probably aware, your test route will take you around Avonmouth test centre and its surrounding area. The examiner will try to incorporate as many different road types and features as possible in order to test how ready you are to take to the roads unsupervised. The area around the test centre itself is rather busy—you’ll have to deal with the traffic heading to and from local businesses, not to mention the bustling A403. Though you might get close to the centre of Bristol, it’s doubtful you’ll get right to the centre (your test will only last 40 minutes, after all). It’s likely that the examiner will take you around an area like Westbury-on-Trym for a short duration of time, as it will give them the chance to test your skills on quiet, residential roads. Here you’ll demonstrate one of the manoeuvres and highlight your speed, spatial and hazard awareness.

What To Expect On The Day

After hours of driving lessons, your test date is finally upon you. Talk about nerve-wracking. If your confidence isn’t quite where you hoped it would be, we’d advise you to read up on our top six ways to relax before your driving test.

Before you jet out of the front door on your big day, there’s one important question you need to ask yourself: do you have your provisional licence? If the answer’s no, you can wave goodbye to taking your test. You need to have your provisional licence with you to take the driving test, otherwise you will be turned around, so double-check you’ve got it before you leave. Additionally, you’ll want to get to the test centre 10 minutes before your test is due to start.

Your driving test will consist of:

– An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
– Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
– Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
Parallel parking
Bay parking
Pulling up on the right
– Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Once you get back to the test centre and park your car, the test will officially end. The examiner will then walk you through the feedback sheet and list any driving test faults, whether they are minors or majors, that you may have accumulated. If you fail, keep hold of this sheet as it can be used to help you figure out which areas you need to improve on for your next test attempt. If you pass, you’ll also be handed a test pass certificate.

But What If I Fail?

Like any other test you take in life, if all doesn’t go according to plan with your driving test and you end up failing, it’s as simple as trying again. Of course, we don’t recommend just heading back in without any preparation. Instead, take some time to improve on the areas in which you picked up the most faults in. The best way to do this is by taking a refresher course with an instructor. They’ll be able to give you pointers to ensure you don’t trip up on them again.