Macclesfield has several different test routes that incorporate different areas and these routes are regularly changed and varied, so if the pupil fails their test they are unlikely to go the same way twice.
- Macclesfield has twenty-three roundabouts, each of which is different, for example, some have two exits and some have more, others have two and occasionally three lanes on the approach whereas some only have one.
- Some roundabouts are in strange places, for example, Bollington, where one is at the end of a road. Pupils need to make sure he/she identifies this and uses the correct entrance when turning into it.
- Macclesfield has plenty of hills, therefore hill starts could be included in the test. One notable place being Hibel road which is traffic light controlled and another slightly difficult hill is on Larkhall Road that features a sharp turn and junction at the end.
- Pupils will also be tested on high-speed roads; we are fortunate enough to have the Silk Road which is a 70mph dual carriageway.
- During the test, the pupil might have to overtake and perform a lane change.
- There are also some country roads that occasionally have blind bends and require a slower speed, e.g. the blind bend on the left just after the Fools Nook Pub, and others which are windy. With country roads, the pupil needs to be aware of the speed limit, but remember that’s all it is a limit, not a target.
- Macclesfield has approximately four Y-shaped junctions, which require the driver to turn slightly to the left so as to be able to position the car in order to be able to see clearly to the left and right. The more notable Y-shaped junctions are on Dumbah lane, Moss lane where it joins Congleton Road, and in Sutton near the recently repaired bridge.
- There is a variety of open and closed, also stop and give way junctions. Macclesfield also has a variety of traffic light controlled crossroads with and without filter lights where pupils have to be careful whilst turning right and be accurate with their positioning when stopping before turning.
The examiners will use different combinations of the above on the test routes to allow them to assess whether or not the learner is good enough to pass their driving test. All tests are held in a professional manner and contrary to popular belief examiners are genuinely not looking to deliberately fail anyone and will help those taking a test as much as they are allowed.
When learning with Turn Wright we will cover all of the above and look to make you feel as confident as possible going into your test. At the same time, my aim is to make you a safer and more conscientious driver because learning to drive isn’t just about passing a test it's about being able to control a car and drive safely for life.