Peterborough

If you’re a local to Peterborough, don’t be too surprised if you haven’t seen Peterborough test centre before. It’s a relatively small test centre, so you’ve likely breezed past it on numerous occasions. You’ll find Peterborough test centre on Second Drove, just off Fengate. Around 10 minutes from the city centre, Peterborough is nestled next to a local business estate and Peterborough RUFC. If you want to familiarise yourself with your chosen test centre, read our guide below. We’ve got directionspass ratestest routes and much more!


Address

Second Drove Fengate Peterborough Cambridgeshire PE1 5XA

Tests Offered at Peterborough

  • Car
  • Motorcycle module 1
  • Motorcycle module 2
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3

Parking

There are parking spaces available at this centre

Toilets

Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

01733 552939

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

It couldn’t be easier to get to Peterborough test centre from the city centre. All you need to do is get onto Bishop’s Road, continue onto Fengate and then turn onto Second Drove. Piece of cake! If you’re coming from further afield in Cambridgeshire, you’ll be able to make use of the wide assortment of nearby A roads to get there, including the A1, A47 and A15. If you don’t fancy getting lost on your first trip to Peterborough test centre, be sure to use these directions with your trusty sat nav.

A Bit More About Peterborough

No matter which test centre you head to for your practical, the format will remain largely the same. The only real difference is the exact roads that the examiner will use in the route. For the most part, they’re just looking to test your skills and confidence when you’re pitted against different speed and traffic systems, road features like roundabouts, and the dreaded manoeuvres. It might sound intimidating, but it’s not much different from your driving lessons.

With Peterborough’s vicinity to the local industrial estate, you can expect a bit of congestion during rush hour. Your clutch control will need to be on point here when facing start-stop traffic. There are also a lot of local schools nearby, like City of Peterborough Academy Special School, so keep your eyes peeled for any changes in speed limits. The examiner will likely guide you towards the city centre, which can get hectic, before switching to a quieter area for you to demonstrate one of the driving test manoeuvres.

Looking for information about Peterborough? Way ahead of you! Check out the handy resources we’ve compiled below:

Peterborough Test Route

Desperate to get your hands on your Peterborough test route to start memorising it? Unfortunately, with the DVSA no longer publishing up-to-date routes, this won’t be happening anytime soon. If you’re learning with a local instructor, however, this shouldn’t be a problem. They’ll have you building up your skills on the roads most likely to crop up on your route. By the time your test rolls on by, you’ll likely recognise most of the route! If that’s not enough to assuage your nerves, try watching videos of Peterborough test routes on YouTube. Alternatively, you can download our sample Peterborough driving test routes!

Peterborough Test Pass Rates

One of the biggest areas of interest for learner drivers tends to be driving test pass rates. After all, who doesn’t want to know how other people perform on a test? That’s why we try to compile the most relevant statistics for learners in our essential test centre guides. If we’re starting out on a general scale, learners in the UK currently have a 45.8% chance of passing their test. If you’re looking for something more specific, you can see how learners have performed at Peterborough in the last five years below...

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
46.6% 46.9% 52.6% 49.2% 45.1%

As you can see, excluding 2018/19, pass rates at Peterborough have been above the national average. That’s pretty darn impressive for a test centre! Before you start relaxing, however, bear in mind that the examiner won’t be looking at pass rates when they assess your driving. They’ll be concentrating on your skills and overall performance. So, remove the thought of pass rates from your brain and focus instead on your driving lessons!

What If I Can’t Go To Peterborough?

If you’ve had a bad experience at Peterborough test centre, or you simply want a change in scenery, you could switch test centres. Similarly, if you’re looking to increase your chances of getting a test date sooner, you could pick a backup test centre—there are plenty near your local area. If you’re sticking close to Peterborough, your closest options are Kettering and Cambridge (Brookmount Court).

What To Expect On The Day

Though it might only seem like yesterday that you were crying at the prospect of driving on a dual carriageway for the first time, it’s finally time for you to take the dreaded driving test. As terrifying as it might seem, remember that it will only last around forty minutes—that’s shorter than any lesson you’ll have ever taken. Plus, most instructors tend to make their lessons a bit more challenging than the actual test in order to over-prepare their learners. It’s safe to say that you’re more than ready for this.

Before you head out on your big day, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got your provisional licence with you. The examiner will need to see it before your test starts, so don’t forget it. Also, given how temperamental traffic can be, give yourself enough time to get to Peterborough test centre. The DVSA encourages learners to get there 10 minutes before their appointment starts.

Your test will then follow this straightforward format:

  • 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

Your driving test will finally end once you’ve parked back up at Peterborough test centre. As eager as you might be for your result, you’ll want to hold your horses. The examiner will need a few minutes to finish their paperwork. Once they’re done, they’ll let you know whether you’ve passed or failed. You’ll be able to take a closer look at which areas you received faults in (if any) with either a physical feedback sheet, or over email via the driving test app.

But What If I Fail?

Though no-one ever wants to think about failing, it’s always a possibility when it comes to tests. Whether it’s a case of nerves or a few simple mistakes, there are plenty of reasons as to why you might fail. What’s important, however, is that you get back behind the wheel after it happens. Don’t let one bad experience put you off driving. Instead, take a closer look at your driving test mark sheet and figure out which areas you need to work on. Once you know that, you can take a refresher course to iron out your bad habits.

If you’d rather not deal with long waiting times, or you hate the thought of having to book your own test, you can book a fast-track test with PassMeFast! To get started today, give us a bell on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

When it comes to learning to drive, the way you decide to learn will either help or hinder your chances of success. If you decide to learn without a DVSA-approved instructor, for example, it’s unlikely that you will pass the test. Similarly, if you take lessons weeks apart, you’ll struggle to build up your muscle memory effectively. If you opt for an intensive or semi-intensive course, however, you can develop your skills quickly and efficiently. When you book onto a PassMeFast course, you’re in charge of the reins. You can take lessons in 2 to 5 hour blocks and work with your instructor to fit them around your schedule. Plus, we’ll throw in a fast-track practical test!

If you’d rather not waste any more time, you can see what we have to offer over on our course prices page. If you’d like a breakdown of what each course involves, you can head on over to our driving courses rundown. Once you’re happy, you can book over the phone on 0333 123 4949, or book online.

Already got heaps of experience under your belt? Not to worry! Our sales advisors are experienced in helping learners pick out the right course for them. Or, if time is of the essence, you can give our course recommender tool a whirl. In just a few questions, you’ll find out what your ideal PassMeFast course is!