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Learning to Drive in Teesside
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.
Teesside’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is a little higher than the national average sitting at 48.5%.
The test centres in Teesside are Middlesbrough which has a pass rate of 48.5%, Hartlepool at 60.6%, and Darlington at 56.1%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Teesside are in Northallerton with 50.2% and Durham which has a higher pass rate of 59.0%.
Teesside Practical Driving Test Centres
- Darlington, (Teesside), Wheelchair accessible: DVSA, High Point Business Park, Yarm Road, Darlington, DL1 4PW
- Durham, (Teesside), 1st Floor Enna House, Whitfield Court Industrial Estate, St Johns Rd, Meadowfield, DH7 8XL
- Hartlepool, (Teesside), Wheelchair accessible: Unit 20, Newburn Bridge Industrial Estate, Mainsforth Terrace, Hartlepool, TS25 1TZ
- Middlesbrough, (Teesside), Wheelchair accessible: Maxwell Road, Cleveland, Middlesbrough, TS3 8TE
- Northallerton, (Teesside), Elder House, East Road, Northallerton, DL6 1NU
Teesside Theory Test Centres
- Bishop Auckland, (Teesside), First Floor, Bishop Auckland Community Partnership, The Four Clocks Centre, 154a Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7EH
- Middlesbrough, (Teesside), Suite 1, First Floor, The Cooperative Buildings, 251-255 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 4AT
- Northallerton, (Teesside), First Floor, Evolution Business Centre, County Business Park, Darlington Road, Northallerton, DL6 2NQ
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Teesside – did you know?
- Teesside, located in the northeast of England, has a strong industrial history, particularly in steelmaking and chemical production. The area was home to the famous Teesside Steelworks and chemical plants, contributing significantly to the British industry.
- Renowned explorer Captain James Cook was born in the village of Marton, now part of Middlesbrough in Teesside, in 1728. His birthplace, Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, offers insights into his early life and voyages.
- The iconic Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge is one of only a few remaining operational transporter bridges worldwide. It provides a unique method of crossing the River Tees for both vehicles and pedestrians.
- Teesside University is known for its strong programs in digital technology, engineering, and healthcare. The university plays a vital role in the region’s education and research.
- The Tees Barrage, completed in 1995, serves as a tidal flood control structure and a recreational area. The concrete base is 70 metres wide and is supported by 5 concrete piers. The international white water course offers opportunities for water sports, including kayaking and canoeing.
- Teesside has several historic towns, including Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar. Stockton’s market square is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture. Redcar, on the coast, is known for its sandy beach and seaside attractions.
- The Teesside region offers stunning natural landscapes, with places like the North York Moors National Park and the Cleveland Hills nearby. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking and cycling in these areas.
- Teesside features a trail that traces Captain Cook’s early life and adventures. The trail includes historical sites and scenic walks related to the explorer who is credited with the discovery of Australia.
- Teesside is home to several nature reserves managed by the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust. These reserves protect and preserve local flora and fauna, providing opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts to spot unique plants and creatures.