Westbury

Located in Leighton Recreation Centre, Westbury test centre can be found on Wellhead Lane, next to Westbury Cricket Club. With its close proximity to both the town centre and the A350, learners can rest assured that it’s convenient to reach no matter which direction they’re coming from. Now, if you’re looking for an edge in your driving test, take some time to get to know Westbury properly. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be and the better your performance will be. To do this, read our test centre guide below—featuring directionspass ratestest routes and much more!


Address

Leighton Recreation Centre Willhead Lane Westbury Wiltshire BA13 3PT

Tests Offered at Westbury

  • Car

Parking

There are parking spaces available

Toilets

Male and female toilets available

Disabled Access

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

If you live in or around Westbury, you’re in luck. It couldn’t be any easier to reach your local test centre! All you need to do is get onto the A350, turn onto Wellhead Lane and voilà! Don’t start grumbling if you live further away—Westbury test centre is close to the A350, so it’s accessible for learners that aren’t so centrally located. Now, unless you fancy taking a few detours and wrong turns, we’d strongly recommend that you follow these directions with your sat nav. Once you’ve been there a few times, you’ll be able to ditch the sat nav entirely!

A Bit More About Westbury

Despite what you might think, the location of Westbury test centre wasn’t chosen at random. Each test centre in the UK is carefully placed to ensure that it will enable examiners to take learners on a varied test route. They need to be sure that you’re able to tackle different speed systems, traffic systems and tricky road types, after all. Though Westbury might be small, it still delivers on that end.

For starters, the area has a range of narrow country roads, which means your observational skills and awareness of speed will have to be on point. Westbury itself is a small town, so it can get very compact, especially during the busiest times of the day. As such, the examiner will be closely monitoring your clutch control and hazard perception skills. The pace will start to pick up as they take you along the A350, so be sure to keep up with your speed. Keep an eye on your speedometer, however, as you’ll eventually be guided towards a quieter area for your driving test manoeuvre—even 1 mph over the speed limit is illegal after all!

If you’re looking to familiarise yourself with the Westbury area, check out these resources:

Westbury Test Route

Eager to get started on memorising your Westbury test route? Unfortunately, this won’t be happening anytime soon. The DVSA stopped publishing its routes in 2010 in a push to make the practical more reflective of real-life driving. If you’ve taken lessons with a professional, however, this shouldn’t be too concerning. All you have to do is apply the knowledge and skills you’ve accumulated. If you are feeling nervous, you could always ask your instructor to give you a mock driving test. Alternatively, you can get a rough idea of which roads might crop up by watching videos of Westbury test routes on YouTube.

Westbury Test Pass Rates

As much as PassMeFast loves helping learners pass the driving test, there’s one thing that we might love just as much, if not more! Yep, that’s right. We’re talking about driving test pass rates! The minute the DVSA publishes its latest stats, we’re there ready to do a deep dive. From how your area can affect your chances of passing to how pass rates can differ depending on transmission choice, we’ve created a vast range of interesting stats-based articles on our blog.

If time is of the essence, or you’re simply not a big stats fan, we’ll keep things short and sweet. Those in the UK have a 45.8% chance of passing their test. This number will vary dramatically depending on which test centre you choose. If you’re heading to Westbury test centre, you can get pass rates from the last five years in the table below…

2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
55.8% 57.6% 54.8% 51.1% 50.4%

As you can see, pass rates at Westbury test centre have been well above the national average in the last few years! Though this might seem exciting, we’d like to remind you that there’s no such as a guaranteed pass with the driving test. Even if you head to a test centre with the highest pass rate in the UK, that’s not to say that you’ll definitely pass. You’ll need to put in the work if you want to actually get your hands on a full driving licence.

What If I Can’t Go To Westbury?

With how many test centres are available in the Wiltshire area, you don’t have to worry too much if Westbury is no longer a good enough option for you—or if you’re simply looking for a backup option, just in case. If you’re staying close to the Westbury area, your nearest test centre options are Trowbridge and Chippenham.

What To Expect On The Day

After toiling under the gaze of your instructor for over forty hours, you’re finally ready to take your driving test. It’s now time for you to use all of the skills and experience you’ve accumulated over the last few weeks or months. As nerve-wracking as it might feel, remember that your instructor wouldn’t let your test go ahead if they really thought you were going to fail miserably. So, trust their judgement and try to keep a level head.

Before your test starts, you’ll be asked to show your provisional licence to the examiner. If you don’t have it with you, you won’t be allowed to take the test. So, be sure to check your pockets or bag before you leave the house. Also, make sure you’re punctual. You’ll want to get to Westbury test centre 10 minutes before your test is due to start.

Your test will then follow this basic 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

After what might feel like a century or the blink of an eye, your test route will lead you back to Westbury test route. Your examiner will ask you to park the car and turn off the ignition. You’ll then get a quick breather while they finish filling out their feedback. Whether you’ve passed or failed, they’ll give you a feedback sheet detailing your driving test faults. Alternatively, they’ll email you the sheet via the driving test app.

But What If I Fail?

As disappointing as it might sound, failure is always a potential outcome when it comes to the driving test. Sometimes our nerves get the better of us, and other times it’s because of a few simple mistakes here and there. Whatever the reason, failure is only a small bump in the road. Instead of dwelling on it, get back in the saddle and try again.

If you feel like you’re in need of a confidence boost, or you think you need to work on a few areas, take a refresher course with PassMeFast. We can even throw in a fast-track practical test so that you’re not waiting around. To get started, give us a bell on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Want to know the best way to speed up learning to drive? Taking an intensive or semi-intensive course! Instead of spreading out your lessons over the course of months, you can take lessons in 2 to 5 hour blocks in a shorter period of time. By doing so, you can build up your skills quickly and become test-ready in no time at all. When you book onto one of our courses, you’ll get to determine the pace of your lessons. You’ll be matched with a local instructor who will not only help you pass the driving test, but also become a safe and confident driver on the roads around Westbury.

Decided to live life in the fast lane? Get a proper look at our tailored crash course packages over on our course prices page. If you’re looking for even more information, you can find everything you’ll need to know over on our driving courses rundown. Once you’ve picked out a course, book in over the phone on 0333 123 4949, or do it online.

Torn between courses? Can’t quite figure out how many hours you’ll need to become test-ready? Not to worry. PassMeFast is here to help! You can speak to one of our sales advisors over the phone and get a recommendation from them. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a quick answer, you can try out our course recommender tool!