Redditch test centre can be found on Elm Road, mere minutes from the town centre. It’s situated near a local business centre and the local Holiday Inn Express. Depending on when you’re travelling here, then, you can expect to face somewhat heavy traffic and congestion. Though the centre itself might look quite unassuming, it has dashed the hopes of many learners over the years. So, instead of going in blind, we’d recommend that you familiarise yourself with Redditch. Read on for more information!
Tests Offered at Redditch
– Motorcycle module 2
– ADI part 3
How To Get There
If you’re trying to get to Redditch test centre from the middle of town, you’re in for a real treat! All you’ve got to do is get onto Unicorn Hill, then Hewell Road, before turning onto Elm Road. What a breeze! Don’t start flapping if you live further afield in Worcestershire. The centre is close to A roads like the A441, A448 and A435, so it’s easy enough to get to. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.
A Bit More About Redditch
Much like every other test centre in the UK, the location of Redditch test centre was carefully chosen in order to ensure it could give examiners enough variety for test routes. For starters, the centre’s close vicinity to the town centre means you’d best be prepared to face heavy traffic during rush hour. The nearby A441 will likely crop up on your route, which happens to feature a range of challenging roundabouts—particularly near Alcester Highway and Warwick Highway.
Even as the examiner guides you towards the quieter roads in Redditch, you’ll need to make sure your hazard perception skills are on point. The test centre is close to a range of local schools, which means that speed limits are sure to change and you’ll likely encounter a few pedestrian crossings. Additionally, some of the more narrow roads will require you to manoeuvre around parked vehicles on both sides of the road whilst facing oncoming traffic—so be on your toes! At some point, the examiner will also ask you to demonstrate one of the driving test 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.