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Learning to Drive in Reading
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.
Reading’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is higher than the national average sitting at 54.0%.
The test centres in Reading are Elgar Road South which has a pass rate of 54.0%, Newbury at 50.5%,, Farnborough at 55.3% and Basingstoke at 61.4%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Reading are in Slough with 46.7% and Chertsey with 50.7%, and Uxbridge which has a lower pass rate of 45.6%
Reading’s Practical Driving Test Centres
- Basingstoke, (Reading), Brighton Hill Centre, Basingstoke RG22 4LR
- Chertsey, (Reading), Unit 4 The Forum, Hanworth Lane, Chertsey, KT16 9JX
- Farnborough, (Reading), 35 Hercules Way, Aerospace Boulevard, Unit C1, Cirrus, Farnborough GU14 6UU
- Newbury, (Reading), Hambridge Lane, Newbury RG14 5TZ
- Reading, (Reading), 220 Elgar Road South, Reading, RG2 0BW
- Slough, (Reading), (wheelchair accessible), Driving Test Centre Slough, 12 Waterside Drive, Slough SL3 6EZ
- Uxbridge, (Reading), Unit 7, Trade City Business Park, off Cowley Mill Road, Uxbridge UB8 2DB
Reading’s Theory Test Centres
- Aldershot, (Reading), Ground Floor, 1 London House, Pickford Street Aldershot, GU11 1TY
- Reading, (Reading), First Floor, Greyfriars Gate, Greyfriars Road, Reading RG1 1NU
- Slough, (Reading), Brooklands House, Brooklands Business Park, Petersfield Avenue, Slough SL2 5DY
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Reading – did you know?
- Reading University’s White Knight’s campus has a War Room fortified against nuclear attack. The room has space for 50 people and was built to protect the Regional Commissioner.
- The roadside restaurant chain, Little Chef had its first location in Reading. It opened its doors in 1958 and had space for eleven diners.
- Reading avoided an outbreak of the black plague by removing infected people to a “pest house” in Whitley. The house was boarded up and no-one was allowed in or out to care for the sick. Goods from London were also banned or quarantined for a month.
- The legendary Brazilian F1 driver< Ayrton Senna, lived in Reading in the 1980s before his career took off. Sadly, Senna was killed in a horrific crash and the San Marino Gran Prix in 1994 and a street in Reading has been named after him.
- The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, visited Reading numerous times because of his strong connection with the fabulous Indian restaurant, the Standard Tandoori.
- At the turn of the 21st century, two homes in Coley Park, Reading, disappeared into a giant hole that opened up beneath them thanks to a disused chalk mine eroding and collapsing below their foundations.
- Reading was burned to the ground in 1006 by a band of marauding Vikings. The Vikings were eventually paid off to head back to Denmark, but not before numerous towns and villages in the area were set alight.
- Reading was considered a ‘safe town’ through World War II and children were evacuated from London to Reading to keep them out of harm’s way.
- The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading was built to treat the many injuries sustained by workers building the Great Western Railway.