Preston driving test centre is situated in between the busy A583 Riversway and the River Ribble, next to Marquis Motorhomes & Caravans and Ribble Steam Railway. This moderately sized test centre is the go-to location for countless learner drivers living in and around Preston. If you're heading here for your practical, get to know it better. Keep on reading for directionspass ratestest routes and much more about Preston.


Chain Caul Road Preston Lancashire PR2 2PD

Tests Offered at Preston

  • Car
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3


Car parking spaces are available


Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0177 2720588

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Preston test centre can be found between Ashton-on-Ribble and the centre of Preston itself. With the vicinity of the bustling A583, learner drivers won't have any trouble getting to Preston test centre. If you've not yet started your lessons and you're wondering where the test centre is, just follow these directions

A Bit More About Preston

To ensure examiners are able to test candidates to their fullest, the location of Preston test centre was carefully chosen to include a wide variety of road conditions—from nearby A routes to residential estates and other challenges in the Preston area. Indeed, candidates will be put through their paces on their practical test. For more general information about Preston, simply check out these links:

Preston Test Route

To make driving tests unpredictable, the DVSA stopped publishing test routes. Fortunately, you can still predict what might show up by looking at videos of Preston test routes on YouTube or by downloading our sample Preston driving test routes. If you’ve completed your driving lessons with a professional instructor, you'll have also built up your driving experience and skills on the roads likely to feature on your test.

Preston Test Pass Rates

Driving test pass rates are a huge topic of interest with our learner drivers—so much so that we compiled driving test pass rates by area just so you can see how other learners do in your local area. On a broader scale, the national average pass rate stands at 45.9%. On a more minute scale, however, you can see how learners have performed at Preston test centre in the last five years below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
49.8% 52.5% 54.6% 55.2% 54.6%

With pass rates coming in higher than the national average, there’s not much to complain about when it comes to Preston test centre. Don’t depend on statistics too much, though—success depends entirely on your skills and ability.

What If I Can’t Go To Preston?

Fortunately, Preston isn’t the only test centre to head to in Lancashire. If you’re need to head elsewhere, the closest alternatives are Chorley and Blackpool.

What To Expect On The Day

It’s finally here—your practical test. Everything you’ve done in your driving lessons has worked towards this final moment—no pressure! Once you’ve figured out if you’re taking your instructor on your driving test, you’ve only got to make sure you bring your provisional licence and get to Nelson 10 minutes early. The practical will then proceed with: 

  • 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

If you’re a bit impatient, you’ll be pleased to hear that you get the results of your driving test as soon as you get back to Preston test centre. The examiner will give you a feedback sheet and additional verbal feedback. If you pass, they'll also give you a test pass certificate and ask you to hand in your provisional to send off for your new licence. 

But What If I Fail?

While disheartening, failing your driving test doesn’t have to be the end of your driving journey. There’s only one thing you can do if you fail: try again. Get that feedback sheet ready and ask your instructor to test you on your weaker areas.

Want us to book you in? PassMeFast can get you back behind the wheel in no time by fast-tracking your test. It couldn’t be any easier: just give us a call on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If you’re looking to get that shiny new licence fast, you’ve come to the right place. It doesn’t matter how busy your schedule is, you can take a PassMeFast course in an intensive or semi-intensive manner with one of our DVSA approved instructors. Our courses are designed to help you become a safe and confident driver and get you on the road as soon as possible. 

Get booked in today! Read up on our course prices and book in with one of our sales team members on 0333 123 4949. Alternatively, book a course online yourself and take one step closer to getting on the road.