West Wickham driving test routes

West Wickham driving test route part 1.

Guide to taking your driving test at West Wickham.

Theres more to driving safely and passing the driving test than learning the driving test routes. To become a good, safe driver takes years. It's all about gaining experience, especially after you've passed your driving test.

But, knowing some of the more tricky and unusual parts of your driving test area can help. In this series of videos and explainations we will be giving you a lot of tips on how to plan ahead, highlighting signs, markings and what your driving examiner will be looking out for. Hopefully making you a better driver in the process.



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Highlights of this route.

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The waiting time for a driving test at West Wickham can be anything up to 3 months. Getting the driving test right is essential. Read on for tips on passing at the West Wickham driving test centre.

The actual West Wickham driving test centre is not a great looking place. But, it doesn't matter because you'll only be here for a few minutes whilst you wait for the driving examiner to come out to greet you.

Once the driving examiner has seen your driving licence and you've signed a form, it's time to head outside to your car. During the walk to your car, the driving examiner will ask you to read a number plate from around 20 metres away.

Once you get to the car, they'll then ask you two 'show me, tell me questions'. If you don't yet know them then you can see a show me, tell me video and explaination here.

Now it's time to get comfortable in your car and get ready for some of your best driving!

We've put together a guide on the West Wickham test area. Below are highlights of a driving test route at West Wickham.




Kent Gate Way.

The Kent Gate Way is a long 40mph road that used to be known locally as 'the mad mile'.

Look out for the 40mph signs at the start of the road and make sure that you get your speed up to 40mph if it's safe to do it.

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Approaching an unusual roundabout.

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The first roundabout (Addington) that you will approach after the Kent Gate Way will be a little unusual.

It's unusual because in order to follow the road ahead (2nd exit) you will need to use the right-hand lane on approach. This is because the left-hand lane will be for turning left only (as indicated by the markings on the road).

There is also a cycle path that runs across the width of the road that looks like a give way line. The actual give way line is straight after the cycle path.

We were following the road ahead here, so we needed the right-hand lane.

Exiting this roundabout is continued below...




Exiting the unusual roundabout.

When you exit this roundabout (2nd exit) you will notice some solid white lines on the left. You'll have to avoid these as it helps vehicles from the exit on the left drive straight onto the roundabout without stopping.

You'll have to exit in the right hand and then after these solid lines have finished, use your mirrors, signal and blind spot check to change lanes back to the left.

You're still on a 40mph road and another roundabout is approaching.

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Next roundabout before Gravel Hill.

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At the next roundabout we are turning right, 2nd exit.

To do this we will need the middle lane of three. The left-hand lane will only be for following the road ahead (1st exit).

Make sure that you keep in lane as you drive around the roundabout.

You will then drive up Gravel Hill, which is still a 40mph speed limit and a two-lane road. Make sure that you keep in the left-hand lane unless overtaking.

Be careful of traffic lights and potential stopped buses at bus stops.

Speed limit changes to 30mph near the top of the hill.

We were turning right at the roundabout at the top of the hill, so we had to change lanes to the right and look out for the traffic light controlled roundabout.



Get fully ready for your driving test. Part 2 of our guide click here




How to book your driving lessons.

Let one of our professional driving instructors take you on this driving test route and teach you how to be a safe driver.

We're a driving school in Beckenham. If you're in our area that we cover and you're looking for driving lessons then simply phone 07940 114260 or 0208 650 6153 , book a date and time, and pay for your lessons when your driving instructor arrives at your door. You could be starting your driving lessons tomorrow!

You can also text 'lesson' to 07940 114260 for a callback.

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