Located off Brookside, Hinckley test centre can be found right next to Brookside Play Park and Britannia Shopping Centre—meaning it can get pretty busy during rush hour. If you’re heading to this unassuming test centre for your driving test, the best way to prepare is by doing a bit of light background reading. Our test centre guide below will be able to fill you in with all of the essential information you might need to know. Read on for more information!
Tests Offered at Hinckley
– ADI part 3
How To Get There
With the test centre being mere minutes from the centre of Hinckley itself, learners coming from the town centre can take the B590 and, following signs, get to Hinckley test centre with little to no fuss. If you’re heading from further afield, the close proximity of major roads like the A5 and M69 should make your journey a piece of cake. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.
A Bit More About Hinckley
Though you wouldn’t think it, a lot of care went into choosing the location of Hinckley’s test centre. After all, a test centre needs to be placed in an area that will give examiners enough variety in road types and features to put a learner’s newfound driving skills to the test. If you’re taking your test here, be prepared to move your way through the quieter residential areas—complete with a few tricky junctions—to major A roads like the A5. Though the centre is in close proximity to the M69, motorways will not feature on your test.
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.