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Mullane School Of Motoring Cork 

be ready for your Driving test 

Arrive at the driving test centre and park up about 15 minutes before the scheduled test time.

Have your learners permit with you as you will be asked for it by the driver tester.

If you obtained your first learners permit on or after 4th April 2011 you must have completed the EDT programme before being allowed to take the driving test.

For any Driving Tests conducted after 01/02/2013 it is not neccessary to produce the EDT Logbook but bring it with you and keep it in the car.

Insurance, Tax and NCT (if applicable) discs should be current and displayed on the windscreen. The green strip on the side of the Insurance disc must be present.

“L” plates must be displayed front and rear. Do not cut down the white portion of the “L” plate.

The tyres must have a thread depth of at least 1.6mm, have the correct tyre pressure and have no cuts or bulges on the sides.

Brake and Indicator lights will be checked before the practical part of the driving test commences and must be in working order.

There must be no warning lights showing on the dashboard display.

The handbrake should be in good working order.

The vehicle must be clean inside with nothing loose that could move around the vehicle.

The driving testers are allowed to use their discretion with regards to tinted glass and cracks on the windscreen.

The windscreen must be clean inside and out.

There should be no leakage, into the vehicle, of exhaust fumes,

If you are a smoker ensure the vehicle is well aired and have that final cigarette outside the vehicle and away from the driving test centre beforehand.

Test applicants must wear suitable footwear during the practical driving test. (Flip flops/beach sandals or other backless type footwear or barefoot driving is not acceptable).

Vehicles registered outside the State are not accepted for test purposes.

Vehicles hired under a hire agreement are not generally insured for a driving test. If you plan to use such a vehicle you must get a note from the hire company indicating that it is insured for the driving test. This must be given to the driver tester on the day of the test.

the  Day of The Driving Test

It is important to prepare correctly for your driving test by getting some proper Pretest Driving Lessons with an approved driving instructor. What occurs on the day of the driving test is outlined below and should be explained by your driving instructor during your pretest driving lessons.

You should ensure that you arrive at the driving test centre in plenty of time and have yourself reverse parked in one of the parking spaces about 15 minutes before the scheduled test time.

From 01/02/2013 it is no longer necessary to produce your EDT Logbook for the driver tester to examine but if you were required to complete the EDT programme bring your logbook (if you have it) with you and keep it in the car.

As a consequence of Covid-19 you will no longer be allowed enter the driving test centre waiting room but will be required to wait in your vehicle until the driver tester assigned to you calls your mobile phone and requests you make your way to the entrance of the building where they will meet you at the door.

It is essential that the RSA has the correct number to contact you and that you are attentive to your phone around the appointed driving test time.

After a brief discussion at the door you will be invited into the building. Inside the door there is a sanitising station where you will be required to sanitise yourand avail of a face mask which will be provided for you.

They will bring you into a room where your learners permit is inspected and details recorded from it. You will then be given a form to read and sign, this is for you to confirm that you are who you say you are and are compliant with the requirements for the test They will then ask you a number of questions and ask you to identify some road signs from the rules of the road book. 

After this you will be accompanied to your vehicle where some Technical Checks will be conducted. 

You will then sit in your vehicle while the driving tester checks your Tax, Insurance, Nct discs. They will also check for “L” plates and inspect your tyres. Your indicators, front and rear, and your brake lights will also be inspected. If there are issues with any of the aforementioned the driving test will not be conducted.

When this has been done the driving tester will sit in with you and ask you to demonstrate some of the Secondary Controls. These include items such as lights, wipers, demister etc……

You will then be given instructions on how they wish to conduct the test.

Drive away as you normally would. You will be given all instruction in plenty of time. If you approach a junction and don’t get any instruction you are to follow the course of the road you are on. If you don’t understand or are unclear about any instruction feel free to ask the tester to repeat it.

The practical part of the driving test averages about 30 minutes. Depending on the amount of traffic, the time of day or where you are brought the driving time may vary slightly.

Over the course of the test you will be asked to carry out 3 manoeuvres.

A hill take off, a turnabout (3 point turn) and a reverse around a corner. The driver tester may get out of the vehicle during the reverse manoeuvre.

While parked for one of the manoeuvres you will be asked to demonstrate some hand signals, although some driver testers are now asking these while you