The Driving Test

To pass the Irish driving test it is necessary to:

Maintain proper control over the vehicle at all times

Show anticipation and awareness

Take proper precautions when moving off stopping overtaking changing direction and meeting other traffic

Maintain safe and reasonable progress when driving and when meeting and crossing the path of other vehicles

In order to sit the Driving Test you must hold a valid Irish provisional licence or Learner Permit and you must have held it for at least six months on the day of the test

The Day Of the Driving Test:

You should be present in the test centre before the appointed time of your test. If you are late ,the test cannot be conducted and fee will be forfeited.

The Driving Tester will check your Learner Permit to establish that it:

Relates to you

Is current

Is correct category of vehicle

You will be asked to read and sign a statement confirming that:

The vehicle insurance cover is in place and adequate

Your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition further information in relation to vehicle road worthiness will be provided with your test appointment letter

The Test

The Driving Test is straightforward. For Cars it will last about 40 minutes and will include:

Questions on the rules of the road including road signs

Reversing around a left corner

A turnabout in the Road

A Hill Start

Driving approximately five miles under a variety of road and traffic conditions

Your Driving will be assessed in the following situations:

Moving off

Driving in traffic

Stopping

Reversing round a left corner

Turing about to face in the opposite direction

Starting on a hill

Aspects of your Driving assessed in

Road positioning

Overtaking and passing

Anticipation and observation

Use of mirrors and signals

Progress

Speed

Compliances with traffic lights road signs and markings

Use of the vehicle controls accelerator clutch gears breaks and steering

Use of secondary controls

Useful information to help you

The driving tester will realise that you may be nervous and will try to put you at ease

Unlike your instructor the driving tester will not offer you encouragement or advice. You should not be put off by this formal approach which is designed to ensure fairness to all applicants

While you will be given clear directions throughout the test should you not understand a particular direction ask the driving tester to clarify it

If you make a mistake do not worry unduly. It may not be as serious as it appears and may not mean you have failed your test  

A supervisory tester may accompany the tester this is quite normal

Common Faults contributing to test failure

Inadequate observations moving off at junctions, at roundabouts and when changing lanes

Failure to anticipate the actions of other drivers

Incorrect road position on the straight, on bends, turning left, turning right, at roundabouts and when overtaking

Inadequate progress at junctions roundabouts on the straight and when turning right and when overtaking

Incorrect or inadequate use of mirrors and signals

Non compliance with traffic controls eg road markings road signs traffic lights

Incorrect, inadequate or inappropriate use of vehicle controls including gears, clutch, accelerator, steering, handbrake, foot brake and secondary controls

Excessive speed for the road or traffic conditions

Failure to yield right of way to others

Lack of competence in the reverse and turnabout manoeuvers

If you pass

You will receive a certificate of competency to drive. This enables you to apply to your local motor taxation office for a full driving licence 

If you Fail

You will receive a detailed report on which faults occurred on the test. Pay particular attention to these when preparing for your next test with out of course neglecting other aspects of your driving

A person aggrieved by a decision of a driving tester may appeal to the appropriate District Court under section 33 of the road traffic act 1961 . The District Court may either refuse the appeal or if satisfied the test was not properly conducted direct that the applicant be given a further test without payment of another fee

Book your Driving Test on line at www.drivingtest.ie