Much like many other practical test centres in the UK, King’s Lynn happens to be smack bang in the middle of an industrial estate. Situated on Rollesby Road, Kings Lynn is less than 10 minutes from the town centre, making it easy to get to for local learners. Though Hardwick Industrial Estate is relatively spaced out, it can get pretty hectic during peak hours, so bear that in mind when you visit King’s Lynn. If you want to properly acquaint yourself with your chosen test centre, read our essential test centre guide below.
Hardwick Industrial Estate
Tests Offered at King’s Lynn
– Motorcycle module 1
– Motorcycle module 2
– ADI part 3
How To Get There
If you’re heading to King’s Lynn test centre from the town centre, you’ll need to get onto London Road to start with. Then, continue onto Hardwick Road before turning onto Hansa Road and, eventually, Oldmedow Road. Pretty simple! Don’t start flapping if you live further out. With local A roads like the A17, A149 and A47 nearby, you won’t struggle with getting to King’s Lynn test centre. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.
A Bit More About King’s Lynn
As with other test centres in the UK, King’s Lynn comes with its own range of challenging road types and features that will truly test how ready you are to take to the roads unsupervised. For starters, there’s a variety of tricky roundabouts scattered along the A47. If you’ve taken lessons with a local ADI, however, you’ve likely already built up experience on them. Your test route will probably take you around the town centre, which could potentially have you dealing with stop-start traffic and heavy congestion. The close proximity of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital also increases the chances of heavy traffic, not to mention the possibility of you having to deal with emergency vehicles.
Your route will eventually slow down a touch as the examiner takes you around a quieter residential area, like Fairstead, to test your skills with one of the manoeuvres. You might even be asked to demonstrate an emergency stop.
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.