If anyone who has had to have a driving test in the last few years is aware, it can take a while to get a test arranged and you may have to drive some distance to get to the test centre. This is OK if you live in a large town but if you are in a more rural location then test centres are few and far between.
The Driving Standards Agency has now brought forward a new initiative to make it easier to get to a driving test centre by allowing selected branches of the UK car parts retailer Halfords to offer driving tests.
From February the Halfords in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, will become the first to roll out the new tests and the plan is to eventually conduct around 1,500 tests per year at this store alone. The tests will still be run by qualified Driving Standards Agency examiners and will have full legitimacy. Each store will have a dedicated area set aside for the students and this is a superb example of the private sector helping to provide a local service.
Young drivers are still recommended to take the Pass Plus course after they have successfully passed their driving test. This can give a significant reduction in insurance costs and also it is a great way to gain driving confidence and learn more about different driving situations.