Preston Test Centre

Preston driving test centre is situated in between the busy A583 Riversway and the River Ribble, next to Marquis Motorhomes & Caravans and Ribble Steam Railway. This moderately sized test centre is the go-to location for countless learner drivers living in and around Preston. If you’re heading here for your practical, get to know it better. Read on for more information!


Chain Caul Road

Tests Offered at Preston

– Car
– ADI part 2
– ADI part 3

How To Get There

IPreston test centre can be found between Ashton-on-Ribble and the centre of Preston itself. With the vicinity of the bustling A583, learner drivers won’t have any trouble getting to Preston 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 Preston

To ensure examiners are able to test candidates to their fullest, the location of Preston test centre was carefully chosen to include a wide variety of road conditions—from nearby A routes to residential estates and other challenges in the Preston area. Indeed, candidates will be put through their paces on their practical 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.