If you live in the South Gloucestershire area, or to the north of Bristol, you’ll likely be taking your test at Bristol Kingswood test centre. Located just off Station Road, Bristol Kingswood test centre is only a 5-minute drive from Kingswood and a 20 minute drive from the centre of Bristol—making it pretty convenient to get to. If you don’t know much about your chosen test centre yet, or you’re looking to get ahead of the curve, we’ve got just the thing for you!
The Siston Centre
Station Road, Kingswood
Tests Offered at Bristol (Kingswood)
– Motorcycle module 1
– Motorcycle module 2
– Lorries, large vehicles and buses
– ADI part 2
– ADI part 3
How To Get There
If you’re heading to Bristol Kingswood test centre from the centre of Bristol itself, it couldn’t be any easier! All you need to do is get onto the A420, turn onto the A4174 and then, finally, turn onto Station Road. And voilà: you’ve reached your destination! Of course, if you’re coming in from further afield, you can make use of the nearby A432 and A39, or local motorways like the M4 and M32. If you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.
A Bit More About Bristol (Kingswood)
uring your driving test, the examiner will take you on a test route that will include a mix of residential roads, high-speed A roads and other challenging features. If roundabouts cause your nerves to go haywire, we’d suggest getting some more practice in before your test—there’s one right outside the test centre heading onto Station Road Link, and a few major ones on the A4174. The examiner will likely take you close to the edge of the city of Bristol, so be prepared to face pedestrians, cyclists and heavy traffic. Pay close attention to your speed, as they will eventually guide you towards quieter roads for manoeuvres and pulling over.
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.