Learner drivers located in and around Stoke-on-Trent have two test centres to choose from. If you’re situated to the north of the city, Cobridge test centre will be your port of call. Found next to the A53 and Cobridge Park, the test centre might seem small, but that certainly hasn’t stopped it from overseeing hundreds of driving tests a year. If you’re putting your driving skills to the test here, we’d advise you get to know more about it. Read on for more information!
10 Elder Road
Tests Offered at Stoke-on-Trent (Cobridge)
– ADI part 2
– ADI part 3
How To Get There
Learners coming in from Stoke-on-Trent will need to get onto the A500 and move off onto the A53 in order to reach Cobridge test centre. Learners not so closely located to the centre will also be able to use these major A roads to get there. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.
A Bit More About Stoke-on-Trent (Cobridge)
In order to make sure you’re truly ready to take to the roads unsupervised, your driving examiner will try and incorporate as many difficult road features and conditions as they can into your test route. They’ll take you through busier roads like the A50 and A53, before moving you through the quieter residential roads near Burslem Park and the like. You’ll want to watch out for nearby schools and colleges like Stoke-on-Trent, as you might encounter heavy road and foot traffic during the week. Don’t worry if you’re already feeling overwhelmed. Your instructor will likely take you on a mock test or two, to help you get used to the area.
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.