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Learning to Drive in Medway
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.
Medway’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is roughly the same as the national average sitting at 50.6%.
The test centres in Medway are Gillingham with a pass rate of 56.7%, Maidstone with 53.9%, Tilbury with 39.0%, and Basildon with 53.1%
The nearest additional driving test centres for Medway are in Southend-on-Sea which has a pass rate of 51.4%, Sevenoaks with 61.6%, Sidcup with 53.8%, and Erith which has a much lower pass rate of 28.1%.
Medway Practical Driving Test Centres
- Basildon, (Medway), (wheelchair accessible), Paycocke Road, Basildon, SS14 3JS
- Erith, (Medway), Crabtree, Manor Way North, Erith DA17 6LJ
- Gillingham, (Medway), Unit 1, Astra Park, Courteney Road, Gillingham ME8 0EZ
- Maidstone, (Medway), Unit 1 North Court, South Park Business Village, Armstrong Road, Maidstone ME15 6JZ
- Sevenoaks, (Medway), 45 Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HJ
- Sidcup, (Medway), 2 Crayside, Five Arches Business Estate, Maidstone Road, Sidcup DA14 5AG
- Southend-on-Sea, (Medway), The Tickfield Centre, Tickfield Industrial Estate, Tickfield Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6LL
- Tilbury, (Medway), Montant House, Russell Road, Tilbury RM18 7AE
Medway Theory Test Centres
- Chatham, (Medway), 14 – 16 High Street, Chatham ME4 4EP
- Sidcup, (Medway), Ground Floor, Nexus House, 2 Cray Road, Sidcup DA14 5DA
- Southend-on-Sea, (Medway), Third Floor, Tylers House, 5 Tylers Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2BB
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Medway – did you know?
- The history of Medway can be traced back to Roman times when it rose to be of some importance, not only due to the river itself, but because it was on the main London to Dover road.
- Medway’s most famous resident was the great British author, Charles Dickens. Dickens wrote 15 novels and 5 shorter novellas. His most famous work was arguably “A Tale of Two Cities”.
- Traditionally, males born in Kent to the west of the River Medway are known as Kentish Men and those born to the east, are Men of Kent.
- Also known as Medwege, the River Medway was given the name Vaga by the ancient Britons. Later, the Saxons added the syllable mad, which means “middle” denoting the river’s location as it ran through the middle of their kingdom of Kent.
- The PS Medway Queen is a paddle driven steamship and the only mobile estuary paddle steamer left in the United Kingdom. The boat was one of the “little ships of Dunkirk” and made a record seven trips across the channel rescuing 7,000 men in the evacuation of Dunkirk.
- The Medway Tunnel was opened by the now King’s sister Anne, the Princess Royal on the 12th of June 1996.
- Between 12 and 16 ghosts haunt Medway villages, including a screaming man, a highwayman who appears at Fright Corner, and a schoolmaster looking for his students.
- According to “The Pubs of the Medway Towns” the Black Foals was the town’s first ever public house to serve beer.
- Medway is a great place to put down roots and raise a family, more than 80% of the schools have good or higher OFSTED ratings and there are four universities in the area.