If you are planning to take your practical driving test at Bedford test centre, it’s important to familiarize yourself with its location. Bedford is a town in Bedfordshire, located in the East of England. It is easily accessible via major roads such as the A6, A421, and A428, making it convenient for learners from both Bedfordshire and surrounding areas to reach the test centre. The test centre is located at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) office on Manton Lane in Bedford, just a few minutes away from the town centre.
To help you prepare for your test, we have put together a comprehensive guide below that includes directions, pass rates, test routes, and more, to help you get acquainted with Bedford test centre and increase your chances of passing your driving test with confidence.
There is parking available at this test centre.
There are male and female toilets available at this test centre.
Disabled access is available at this test centre.
0300 200 1122
Check out the gov.uk – ‘book your driving test’ service for availability.
Don’t worry if you are not familiar with the area, this test centre is very easy to find. The test centre is located on Manton Lane, If you are not from the area it is to get there, if you are driving from the A6, turn onto Manton Lane and follow the road until you reach the test centre on your left-hand side. If you are coming from the A421, take the exit for the A4280 and then follow signs for the A5140 towards Bedford. Turn left onto Manton Lane and follow the road until you reach the test centre on your right-hand side.. The test centre is located at Bedford Heights, Manton Lane, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 7NY
There is parking at this test centre but try not to arrive too early so as not to interfere with other drivers returning from their tests.
Here are the best directions to get there.
This is the day and finally you are ready to take your practical driving test! Of course you will be feeling a little nervous? you don’t need to be, the examiner is just going to be observing you driving safely, and the test is very straight forward and shouldn’t be anything new to you.
On the day of the test you just need to be at a Bedford Test Centre 10 mins before your test, making sure you have your Provisional Driving License with you. The test will be as follows.
20 minutes of general driving, where you’ll be following instructions from the driving test examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres
One “show me” questions covering vehicle controls, this will be asked while you are driving along. (click here)
Once you get back to Bedford driving test centre, you’ll find out if all of your hard work has paid off. The examiner will tell you the result and give you some feedback which will contain any faults you might have accumulated. If you pass, the examiner will also give you a test pass certificate and the opportunity to send off for your new licence then and there. The full test report will be sent to you via the email that you provided when you booked your driving test.
More details can be found Here
If you’re to be a qualified driver in the a test area, be prepared to face a variety of difficult traffic conditions and road types. Whilst the driving examiner isn’t looking to fail you, their job is to make sure that you are actually ready to remove the L plates. As such, they’ll take you through a thorough test to see if you can handle safely all of the challenges Bedford has to offer. With a variety of dual carriageways, residential roads, and congested areas, you’ll also need to be at ease with responding to different speed limits, it is worth practising this well as there are a lot of narrow streets. The test centre is based on a main thoroughfare area with many test routes that take you out onto the dual carriageways and these are definitely worth practising. Also, it is worth practising some of the larger roundabouts around the test centre.
Want to be more familiar with Bedford? here are some useful links below.
Having local knowledge of the test area will give you a great advantage when it comes to taking your driving test. The DVSA does not make test routes public however, The test routes available on our site are the knowledge gained from local driving instructors who are able to either sit in on lessons or can track their cars whilst they are out on test. They are all current routes that can be used by the DVSA examiners. Downloading the test routes yourself if you have someone else that you can practise driving with will be a huge advantage and potentially save you a considerable amount of money and possibly speed up the time it will take to pass your test.
We are so confident in the quality of our test routes we always offer a free sample of one of the routes for you to take look at and practice before buying the full pack of routes – click HERE for a FREE Bedford Driving Test Route
It can be very upsetting to not pass your driving test, but as you can see from the figures above that quite a few people do not pass their driving test immediately, it may take them several attempts. Don’t be disheartened by this and take the time to do further practise and seek professional advice from an instructor if you feel it is nessasary.
Once you feel ready to take your test you can re-book through the gov.uk – ‘book your driving test’ service additionally, you can use various websites/apps to find earlier cancellation appointments the one we recommend is below.
If you need a new driving instructor try searching for one at Drive Academy – one of the UK’s leading directories of driving instructors