Learners taking their driving test in the Slough area will be heading over to Slough test centre. Around five minutes from the town centre, the test centre can be found on Waterside Drive—right next to Langley train station. Want to acquaint yourself with Slough test centre properly? Read up on our comprehensive guide below.
12 Waterside Drive
Tests Offered at Slough
– ADI part 2
– ADI part 3
How To Get There
Slough test centre is easy enough to get to for learners located in Slough and the wider Berkshire area. Situated on Waterside Drive, next to the Grand Union Canal and Langley train station, the centre is less than 5 minutes from the town centre. It also happens to be minutes from the M4. Not sure how to reach Slough test centre? Not to worry: just use these directions and you’ll get there without any fuss. Please be aware that the centre urges candidates to arrive no more than 10 minutes before their appointment time. Additionally, practice in the centre’s car park is not permitted.
A Bit More About Slough
Slough test centre gives examiners a mixed bag of road types and conditions to pit candidates against. The close proximity of the M4 means you’ll be facing a lot of traffic—though the motorway will not actually feature on your test—not to mention the quieter residential roads which will put your ability to navigate around parked cars and oncoming traffic to the 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.