If you’re a learner driver located in or around the Preston area, you can take your driving test at none other than Preston test centre. Preparation is key, so if you want to pass your practical, you’ll have to get to know the Preston roads. You might also find it worthwhile to look at exactly what will be expected of you during your practical, alternate centres and test routes—we’ve got all the information you need to know in our handy guide below...


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

If you’ve not started your lessons yet and you’re wondering where Preston test centre is—or you want a better idea of what to expect—just follow these directions. You’ll find full toilet facilities and parking availability at Preston test centre. You’ll also find disabled access.

A Bit More About Preston

Want to know the key to success for your driving test? It’s not just about perfecting driving skills like clutch control and hazard awareness (although they play a huge part!), it’s also about you getting to grips with the Preston area. Every town has its own quirks, such as challenging one-way systems or tricky junctions—not to mention dual carriageways like the A583. Practice makes perfect, so keep on going! If you’d like to know more about the Preston area, simply check out these links:

Preston Test Route

The whole point to the driving test is to test your driving skills against real-life scenarios. Just like real life, therefore, it’s supposed to be unpredictable. It’s for this reason that the DVSA stopped publishing test routes. Fortunately, this shouldn’t be an issue as long as you’ve completed your driving lessons with a professional instructor and practiced as much as you can beforehand. Expect all types of road features and traffic systems to crop up. The Preston test route will be as varied as possible, in order to truly test your ability to drive safely and confidently.

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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 47%. On a more minute scale, however, you can see how learners have performed at Preston test centre in the last five years below...

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
48.8% 47.1% 49.8% 52.5% 54.7%

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:

  • Get there 10 minutes early
  • Bring your provisional licence

The examiner will start by asking you to complete an eyesight test, for obvious health and safety purposes. Once you’ve done so—as part of the “show me, tell me” section—you’ll be asked one “tell me” question before you start driving. The other half of these questions, the “show me”, will be asked during your drive. The independent driving section itself revolves around you following a route using a sat nav—or traffic signs if you’re one of the 1 in 5 candidates asked to do so. The examiner will also ask you to demonstrate:

  • Parallel parking
  • Bay parking
  • Pulling up on the right

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. If you pass, you get a test pass certificate and you’ll hand in your provisional licence to send off for your new licence. If you fail, the examiner will give you a feedback sheet detailing your faults—you can use this to brush up on your weaker areas before you go in for another test.

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? We can get you another test as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit. It couldn’t be any easier: just give us a call on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online.

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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. And with our fast-track practicals, you really don’t have long to wait.

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!