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Learning to Drive in Preston
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.
Preston’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is higher than the national average, sitting at 60.2%.
The test centres in Preston are Preston which has a pass rate of 60.2%, Chorley with 59.6%, Blackburn with Darwen at 42.0%, and Southport at 58.1%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Preston are in Blackpool with 49.2% Atherton at 53.4%, Bolton at 60.1%, and St Helens which has a lower pass rate of 40.6%.
Preston Practical Driving Test Centres
- Atherton, (Preston), (wheelchair accessible), Gibfield Park Avenue, Atherton, Manchester M46 0SU
- Blackburn with Darwen, (Preston), (wheelchair accessible), Blackburn Interchange, Commercial Road, Off Junction 4 M65, Blackburn Darwen BB3 0DB
- Blackpool, (Preston), Government Buildings, Warbeck Hill Road, Blackpool FY2 0XE
- Bolton, (Preston), (wheelchair accessible), Weston Street, Bolton, BL3 2AW
- Chorley, (Preston), (wheelchair accessible), Rossall Road, Chorley PR6 0BT
- Preston, (Preston), Chain Caul Road, Preston PR2 2PD
- Southport, (Preston), (wheelchair accessible), Eastbank House, Eastbank Street, Southport, PR8 1HE
- St Helen’s, (Preston), 1 Navigation Road, off Pocket Nook Street, St Helens, Liverpool WA9 1NS
Preston Theory Test Centres
- Bolton, (Preston), Suite 2A, Second Floor, Knowsley House, 4 – 6 Knowsley Street, Bolton, BL1 2AH
- Burnley, (Preston) Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Room, Burnley, Pendle & Rossendale Council Voluntary Services, The CVS Centre, 62 – 64 Yorkshire Street, Burnley BB11 3BT
- Liverpool, (Preston), Suite 1, Ground Floor, 10 Duke Street, Liverpool L1 5AS
- Preston, (Preston), Sixth Floor, Marshall House, Ring Way, Preston PR1 2QD
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Preston – did you know?
- Preston started out as a Roman fort at Walton-le-Dale, on a ridge overlooking the river. The name of the town is shortened from its original name of Priests’ Town, suggesting early settlement of religious origin dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period.
- Britain’s first motorway was built from Preston and it’s also the location of the second-largest bus station in Europe.
- Preston wasn’t particularly affected by German bombing raids during the Second World War due to the lack of industry that interested the military.
- A memorial garden has been built in Preston to commemorate the life of Pte William Crossland who was shot dead on 24 June 1943 after racial violence broke out in Lancashire between US troops stationed in Bamber Bridge, Preston.
- Preston is home to the UK’s first-ever KFC, Americans had been enjoying the delicious chicken with seven secret spices for 13 years before it arrived in the UK.
- Preston and its surrounding district became England’s 50th city in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign in 2002.
- Preston was the first UK town outside of London to have street lights from coal gas. The pipes laid for the gas to pass through were made from musket barrels to save money.
- The term “teetotal” dates back to Joseph Livesey and his temperance movement which began in Preston in 1832.
- Preston’s Caribbean Carnival is the oldest of its kind in the UK. It was founded in 1974 and celebrates Preston’s Caribbean cultures.
- Alan Schofield broke the world record for the longest ever putt at Preston’s Golf Club. The putt was recognised as an official world record and was 166ft 8in from hit to hole.