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Learning to Drive in Chelmsford

The national average driving lessons required to pass the practical driving test is 47 hours with a driving instructor and an additional 22 hours of private practice with a family or friend are recommended.

Chelmsford’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is roughly the same as the national average sitting at 49.4%.

The test centres in Chelmsford are Chelmsford which has a pass rate of 49.4%, Basildon at 51.3%, Brentwood at 45.5%, and Bishops Stortford at 51.4%.

The nearest additional driving test centres for Chelmsford are in Hornchurch with 52.8%, Southend-on-Sea with 51.4%, Loughton with 48.6%, and Tilbury which has a lower pass rate of 39.0%

Chelmsford Practical Driving Test Centres

  • Basildon, (Chelmsford), (wheelchair accessible), Paycocke Road, Basildon, SS14 3JS
  • Bishops Stortford, (Chelmsford), (wheelchair accessible), South Road, Bishops Stortford CM23 3JQ
  • Brentwood, (Chelmsford), (Wheelchair accessible), 89 Warley Hill, Brentwood CM14 5JN
  • Chelmsford, (Chelmsford), Hanbury Road, Widford Industrial Estate, Chelmsford CM1 3DR
  • Hornchurch, London, (Chelmsford), 75 Station Lane, Hornchurch, Romford RM12 6JX
  • Loughton, (Chelmsford), Crown Buildings, 284 High Road Loughton IG10 1RB
  • Southend-on-Sea, (Chelmsford), The Tickfield Centre, Tickfield Industrial Estate, Tickfield Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6LL
  • Tilbury, (Chelmsford), Montana House, Russell Road, Tilbury RM18 7AE

Chelmsford Theory Test Centres

  • Chelmsford, (Chelmsford), Suite 4, Second Floor, Saxon House, 27 Duke Street, Chelmsford CM1 1HT
  • Ilford, (Chelmsford), Ground Floor, Pioneer Point, 3 – 5 Winston Way, Ilford IG1 2FS
  • Southend-on-Sea, (Chelmsford), Third Floor, Tylers House, 5 Tylers Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2BB

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Chelmsford – did you know?

  1. The settlement at Chelmsford has been around since the Neolithic period, occupation in the Chelmer Valley that dates back to 2,500 BC, but Chelmsford was also an important Roman town from the first to the fifth centuries AD.
  2. Guglielmo Marconi opened the world’s first wireless factory in Chelmsford in 1899. The Marconi Building on the university campus in Chelmsford is name after him. Britain’s first ever public audio broadcast was made from the town in June 15, 1920.
  3. Chelmsford smells like rotten eggs because of the hydrogen sulphide in the ground water. Similar to Rotorua in New Zealand, the naturally occurring colourless gas is produced by sulphur-reducing bacteria that use the compound as an energy source and chemically change sulphates to hydrogen sulphide.
  4. In the Domesday Book of 1086, Chelmsford was called Celmeresfort but less than a hundred years later is was known by the name it has today and was recorded as such in 1189.
  5. In 2021 River Monsters invaded Chelmsford in search of their friend the Essex Serpent. These giant inflatable and monsters were found on the roofs of high street shops and businesses creating an exciting trail to be explored by children through the school holidays.
  6. Chelmsford was once considered the capital of England for five days back in 1381 when Richard II came to the city to quell the peasant’s revolt.
  7. According to a study by Biocare, the food supplement manufacturer, Chelmsford is the second healthiest place to live in the UK. Not surprising when you consider the amount of social sporthappening on the university campus, and the raft of sports facilities around the city.