Learner drivers looking to take their test at Loughborough test centre will undoubtedly have to tackle heavy traffic during rush hour, on account of the centre sitting right on Meadow Lane A6094. If that wasn’t enough to guarantee a steady stream of traffic, the centre’s close vicinity to the town centre surely will. Don’t let that put you off taking your driving test here though! Plenty of learners come out successful at Loughborough—especially when they’ve taken the time to familiarise themselves with the centre itself. If you want to follow suit, get all the essential information you need below.
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Tests Offered at Loughborough
How To Get There
With the test centre being on the doorstep of the town centre itself, learners in Loughborough are looking at a 5 minute journey down the B589 onto A6004. If you aren’t so ideally located, however, the nearby A6 or A60 will have you on the right path soon enough. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.
A Bit More About Loughborough
The reason we often recommend learners take the test in the area they live in is because examiners will pit candidates against the most difficult road and traffic conditions within the vicinity of the test centre. If you’re familiar with the roads, you’ll be more comfortable with your test route. Loughborough is conveniently placed to offer an even mix of residential areas, tricky roundabouts like Bishop Meadow on Derby Road A6, and an assortment of major A roads like the A6094 and A6. If you really want to familiarise yourself with the area, you might want to consider practising driving outside of lessons with family or friends.
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.