Leighton Buzzard

Like many practical test centres in the UK, Leighton Buzzard happens to be located smack bang in the middle of a small industrial estate. Just off Leighton Road, the test centre is a 10 minute drive from the town centre—making it easy enough to get to. If you’ve decided to test your mettle at Leighton Buzzard, you might want to give yourself a bit of an edge by getting to know the test centre a bit better. You can do so by reading our essential test centre guide below. From directions to pass rates to test routes, we’ve got it all!


Address

Leighton Road Stanbridge Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire LU7 4QG

Tests Offered at Leighton Buzzard

  • Car
  • Motorcycle module 1
  • Lorries, large vehicles and buses
  • ADI part 3

Parking

Keep to the one way system around the building. Follow the on-site directions to the driving test car parking. You're not allowed to practice on the site

Toilets

Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability

Phone Number

0152 5373075

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

If you’re heading to Leighton Buzzard from the town centre, it’s an easy trip. All you’ve got to do is get onto the A4012, turn onto Stanbridge Road and then follow it until you reach Leighton Road. Located slightly further afield? Nearby A roads like the A5, A4146 and A505 make getting to Leighton Buzzard test centre a piece of cake. If you’re interested in scoping out the test centre before your lessons, get your sat nav out and follow these directions to make sure you don’t get lost along the way!

A Bit More About Leighton Buzzard

Learners taking the plunge at Leighton Buzzard will have plenty of hurdles to overcome in the driving test before getting their hands on a full driving licence. For starters, your test route will take you from the industrial estate towards the town centre. There’s a range of local schools nearby, so you’ll want to pay close attention to changes in speed limits and pedestrian crossings. The examiner will pit you against a mix of bustling A roads, like the A4146, and tricky residential roads that will be the stage for your driving test manoeuvre.

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Leighton Buzzard Test Route

As much as we’d like to ease your nerves by offering you Leighton Buzzard test routes, we, unfortunately, cannot. In 2010, the DVSA decided to stop publishing test routes in order to prevent candidates from memorising their routes. It was also an effort to make the driving test realistic and reflective of what independent driving is like. You can, however, still get a rough idea of what to expect by watching videos of Leighton Buzzard test routes on YouTube, or by downloading our sample Leighton Buzzard driving test routes. You’ll also get firsthand experience on the roads likely to crop up on your test if you’re taking lessons with an ADI in the local area.

Leighton Buzzard Test Pass Rates

Wondering how difficult the practical test really is? Driving test pass rates might clue you in just a bit. For starters, the chances of a learner passing the test in the UK currently stands at 45.8%. More concerned about how learners fare at Leighton Buzzard test centre? We’re way ahead of you! Check out the table below, featuring Leighton Buzzard’s pass rates from the last five years.

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
50.2% 50.8% 49.1% 48.3% 46.8%

As you can see, pass rates at Leighton Buzzard have stayed above the national average for the last five years. Of course, as exciting as that might sound, you might want to dial it back just a bit. Even if you headed to a test centre with a 90% pass rate, that’s not to say that you’d pass. It’s all down to how well you perform on the day and how well you impress the examiner. So, pay attention during your lessons and try to keep those test day nerves at bay!

What If I Can’t Go To Leighton Buzzard?

Decided Leighton Buzzard is no longer the test centre for you? Or, are you trying to increase your chances of getting an ideal test date with a backup test centre? Whichever it is, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are plenty of test centres to head to. The nearest options to Leighton Buzzard are Luton in Bedfordshire or Bletchley in Buckinghamshire.

What To Expect On The Day

Though it might seem like just yesterday you were crying over clutch control and stalling every two seconds, your test date is finally upon you. Talk about nerve-wracking. If your confidence isn’t quite where you want it to be, we’d advise you to read up on our top 10 tips to help you 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 will not be able to take the driving test without it, so double-check you’ve got it before you leave. Additionally, you’ll want to get to Leighton Buzzard 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:
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Thought your driving test would never end? 40 minutes might seem like a long time under the careful supervision of a driving examiner. Of course (fingers crossed) you might have felt like it was over and done with in no time. Regardless, the test will end as soon as you park back up at Leighton Buzzard. The examiner will take a minute or so to finish their feedback. Then, they’ll tell you if you passed or failed. You’ll be able to get the full breakdown of your driving test faults (if you received any) on a physical feedback sheet, or by email via the driving test app.

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.

Once you’re ready to take the test again, why not get PassMeFast to book one in for you? We’ll help you jump ahead of standard DVSA waiting times and find a perfect test date suited to your preferences. To get the ball rolling today, simply contact us online or give us a ring on 0333 123 4949.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

When it comes to learning to drive, it’s important that you choose the right driving school. If you’re not careful, you could end up spending months or even years trying to get your driving licence. Alternatively, you could end up stuck taking a week off of work to cram a course in. If you decide to learn with PassMeFast, however, you can put yourself in charge of the pace. Our courses are designed to be taken intensively or semi-intensively, depending on how much free time you have and how long you’d like to spend behind the wheel. Working with a local ADI, you’ll fit your lessons around your schedule and work on your skills until you’re ready to fly through your practical.

Raring to go? Want to get things started today? Take a look at our tailored course packages on our course prices page. Once you’ve picked a course out, it’s time for you to book your course online. Alternatively, you can opt to speak to one of our sales team on 0333 123 4949—they’ll be more than happy to answer any questions!

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