Leighton Buzzard Test Centre

Like many practical test centres in the UK, Leighton Buzzard happens to be located smack bang in the middle of a small industrial estate. Just off Leighton Road, the test centre is a 10 minute drive from the town centre—making it easy enough to get to. If you’ve decided to test your mettle at Leighton Buzzard, you might want to give yourself a bit of an edge by getting to know the test centre a bit better.


Leighton Road
Leighton Buzzard

Tests Offered at Leighton Buzzard

– Car
– Motorcycle module 1
– Lorries, large vehicles and buses
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

If you’re heading to Leighton Buzzard from the town centre, it’s an easy trip. All you’ve got to do is get onto the A4012, turn onto Stanbridge Road and then follow it until you reach Leighton Road. Located slightly further afield? Nearby A roads like the A5, A4146 and A505 make getting to Leighton Buzzard test centre a piece of cake. If you’re interested in scoping out the test centre before your lessons, get your sat nav out and follow these directions to make sure you don’t get lost along the way!

A Bit More About Leighton Buzzard

Learners taking the plunge at Leighton Buzzard will have plenty of hurdles to overcome in the driving test before getting their hands on a full driving licence. For starters, your test route will take you from the industrial estate towards the town centre. There’s a range of local schools nearby, so you’ll want to pay close attention to changes in speed limits and pedestrian crossings. The examiner will pit you against a mix of bustling A roads, like the A4146, and tricky residential roads that will be the stage for your driving test manoeuvre.

What To Expect On The Day

Though it might seem like just yesterday you were crying over clutch control and stalling every two seconds, your test date is finally upon you. Talk about nerve-wracking. If your confidence isn’t quite where you want it to 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 will not be able to take the driving test without it, so double-check you’ve got it before you leave. Additionally, you’ll want to get to Leighton Buzzard 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.