If you’re an Irvine local, you’re in luck—you’ve got your own test centre right on your doorstep! As with many test centres in Britain, Irvine test centre is situated right in the middle of a local business park, which means you can expect heavy traffic during rush hour. Around five minutes from the town centre, Irvine test centre is easily accessible for both locals and visitors.
If you haven’t got the foggiest idea what happens in the driving test, or your knowledge of Irvine test centre is at 0%, we’ve got the perfect thing for you: our essential test centre guide! Read on for more information!
Century Court, 11 Riverside Way
Riverside Business Park
Tests Offered at Irvine
A Bit More About Irvine
You’d better have been paying attention during your lessons in the Irvine area, as your knowledge of the local roads will come in handy during your test. The examiner will use as many road types and challenging traffic conditions as they can during your big day. With the vicinity of A roads like the A71 and A78, it’s practically guaranteed that they’ll show up on your route. If you’re shaky with roundabouts, you’ll want to practise them beforehand—Irvine is surrounded by them, so there’s no way you’ll get away with not having to tackle at least a few during your test.
It won’t all be fast and furious, however. The examiner will want to see how you respond in built up areas, so they might very well guide you towards Kilmarnock so that you can flex your skills with stop-start traffic. You can also expect to be nudged towards a quieter area, like Castlepark, to demonstrate one of the manoeuvres.
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.