Situated in Glamis Hall just off Goldsmith Road, Wellingborough test centre is a 10 minute drive from the centre of Wellingborough. With the vicinity of numerous A roads like the A509, learners heading here for their test won’t have much difficulty in getting there. Though the centre doesn’t look like much on the outside, it has tested the mettle of hundreds of learners for years. If you want to give yourself the best chance possible of passing, we’d recommend getting to know Wellingborough properly. Read on for more information!
Tests Offered at Wellingborough
How To Get There
If you’re trying to get to Wellingborough test centre from the town centre, you’ve got a few turns to take. Start off on St.Johns Street then turn onto Westfield Drive and then Brickhill Road. You need to keep on driving until you reach Burns Road, then, finally, turn onto Goldsmith Road. Trust us, it’s easier than it sounds! If you’re coming in from further afield, there are plenty of A roads like the A509, A45 and A6, which make the test centre centre accessible for learners scattered across Northamptonshire. Of course, if you’re still uncertain, we’d advise you to use a sat nav to find your way.
A Bit More About Wellingborough
The main purpose of the driving test is to determine whether or not a learner driver is fully ready to take to the roads unsupervised. As such, driving examiners try to incorporate a variety of road types and features into the test in order to gauge a learner’s driving ability. You’ll start out on mainly residential roads near Wellingborough test centre. It can get quite cramped due to parked vehicles, so be mindful of your road positioning—especially when meeting oncoming traffic. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for pedestrians and changes in speed limit due to the proximity of nearby schools.
Things will start to speed up as the examiner takes you on busy A roads like the A509. The route will likely include a small fraction of the many roundabouts scattered around the local area, not to mention some of the tricky junctions you’ll have covered in your driving lessons.
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.