For learners living in Whitby or Scarborough, Whitby test centre will be where you’ll take your practical. A popular seaside town and tourist attraction, Whitby contains a wide variety of challenges for all learner drivers. Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled all the essential information you might need to know if this is your chosen test centre—from contact details to relevant resources to test routes.
Male, female and disabled toilets are available
Special arrangements will be made for wheelchair users
Never been to Whitby test centre before? That’s fine—just follow these directions. As you progress through your lessons, you should find yourself getting more and more used to the road features around the Whitby area. Parking isn’t available at the centre, so you’ll have to make other arrangements. The centre has male, female and disabled toilets; however, special arrangements will have to be made for wheelchair users.
While Whitby is surrounded by rural roads, like most of the Scarborough area, you’d be wrong in expecting it to be entirely quiet—it is popular amongst tourists after all (Dracula, anyone?). The busiest local A road is the A171; however, you’re more likely to encounter country roads around the test centre. If you find sharp corners and bends particularly difficult, you’d be better off asking your instructor to take you on the most challenging examples in the Whitby area. If you’re looking to take a train or bus in the area, we’re way ahead of you—check out the links below...
So, what can you expect to crop up on the Whitby test route? The DVSA doesn’t publish test routes; however, we can make a few educated guesses. There are a number of rural roads surrounding the centre, so you should most definitely ensure you’re comfortable with country road driving before your practical. Roads with bends that are difficult to navigate are also bound to feature heavily on the test route.
As long as you pay attention to the information given to you by your instructor then you should be just fine. Looking for more tips? You might find what you’re looking for in our resources. Alternatively, if you’re not sure whether rural driving is for you, check out driving in the city vs. driving in the country.
If you’re curious about your chances of passing your practical in the UK, feast your eyes upon our driving test pass rates. The current national pass rate for the UK is 47%, rising to 47.1% for learners in Yorkshire and the Humber. For learners at Whitby, things have been rather impressive in the last five years...
As with most test centres located in the countryside, Whitby boasts of impressive pass rates—rural roads can be easier to drive on for learners. That being said, it’s ultimately all down to your own individual ability—put in the effort and you’ll reap the benefits.
By the time your course has concluded, you should be completely test-ready. There’s not much preparation needed for the day of your practical test. All you need to do is:
For obvious safety reasons, your examiner will ask you to complete an eyesight test first. They will then ask you two “show me, tell me” questions such as “Show me how you’d check the handbrake for excessive wear”. One will be asked before you get into the car and the other while you’re driving—as long as you’ve practiced, you should be just fine. The independent driving section, lasting 20 minutes, will consist of you following a route using a sat nav—that is, unless you’re one of the 1 in 5 candidates expected to use traffic signs instead. Don’t forget to practice your manoeuvres, as you’ll be expected to demonstrate the following:
You don’t have to wait long to find out the results of your test—you get them as soon as you get back to Whitby test centre. On passing, you’ll be given a test pass certificate. On failing, you’ll be given feedback by the examiner regarding your mistakes. In all, you’ll be there for around 40 minutes or so.
You shouldn’t dwell on the possibility of failing too much, as it can impact your actions on the day of your test. We do, however, understand why people are so concerned. You can put your worries to rest—it’s easy enough to book another practical and you’ll be given feedback when you fail which can help you improve your driving for future tests.
Want to get another practical booked? PassMeFast can do it as soon as two weeks later—after the 10 working day limit—with more tuition. We’re aware that people have hundreds of questions regarding driving courses and practicals, which is why we’ve got an FAQs page dedicated to easing your worries. If you’d prefer to get started, you can contact us via our website or talk to us directly on 0333 123 4949.
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