Passing my Driving Test

PASSING THE DRIVING TEST

  1. Theoretical questions on your knowledge of the rules of the road and road signs
  2. Show & tell. Under the bonnet checks
  3. Secondary controls & internal checks
  4. Driving

1. THEORY QUESTIONS ON YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE RULES OF THE ROAD AND ROAD SIGNS

theory-test-IrelandIdeally you should arrive at the driving test centre a good 15 minutes before the test .
Wait in the waiting room until your name is called by the tester you will sit across from the tester . After some formalities and having had your learner permit checked and verified by the tester they will advise that they are going to ask you some questions on the rues of the road and road signs. The tester will ask about 8-12 questions on the rules of the road and about the same amount of road signs. An in depth knowledge of the rules of the road is needed for this part of the test. Once you’ve completed the questions you will make your way to the car and you move on to stage 2 of the test.

2. UNDER THE BONNET CHECKS

The tester will inspect the windscreen and make sure the car has valid insurance, tax and NCT certificates displayed. They also check the tyres have the correct thread depth.

With the bonnet raised the tester may ask you to show:

  • Where would you find the brake fluid?
  • How you would test the levels of oil in the engine?
  • Where is the coolant reservoir is located?
  • How would you know what the levels are?
  • Where is the bottle washer for the wipers located?

The tester will ask you to close the bonnet and turn on the ignition to demonstrate the indicators and brake lights are working properly at the front and rear of the car. The tester will check the front and rear and make sure all bulbs are working correctly and will then sit into the car and the test moves on to stage 3.

3. SECONDARY CONTROLS

under-the-bonnetAt this stage of the test the tester wants to see that you can handle all  the secondary controls:

  • Where the hazard warning lights are located
  • Where the rear windscreen demister is
  • How to turn on the dipped lights and full lights
  • How to use the windscreen wipers
  • How to put water on the windscreen
  • How would you clear the windscreen in the event that it was fogged up or there was condensation on it
  • Where are the fog lights located

.and so the test moves on to stage 4.

4. THE DRIVE

learning-to-driveThe driving test will be carried out over a number of pre-selected routes all of equal difficulty and in this part of the driving test the tester will want to see that you can drive unaccompanied in a variety of different road situations and conditions. You need to show that the theory knowledge you have gained can be applied confidently and responsibly in real life driving situations with an ability to respond to road markings and to obey the rules of the road. Throughout the entire test you must be able to plan and deal with any hazardous situation as it arises whilst showing a level of courtesy and consideration to other road users.

This is your time to shine. You have booked this time with the tester so that you can demonstrate and convince them that you are fit to drive unaccompanied on our Irish roads.

MAKE THE TESTER FEEL YOU DESERVE the licence.

WHAT DOES THE TESTER WANT TO SEE?

Every test starts with a blank sheet and for the duration of your driving test they can only mark what they see. For the duration you are on the road the tester must see how you will do the following:

  • reverse around the corner
  • the turnabout
  • the hill start
  • left turns
  • right turns
  • and roundabouts

FAULT MARKINGS

You must ‘overall’ drive well enough for the tester to feel comfortable to give you the independence to have the full licence based on your performance. If you make a mistake during the test the tester will identify it as a fault. They will then assess the error, rate its importance and note it on the marking tablet as either a Grade 1, Grade 2 or Grade 3, with Grade 3 being the worst kind.

Click to download Driving Test Score Sheet PDF driving test score sheetGrade 1 is a minor fault, Grade 2 is a more serious fault and a Grade 3 is a dangerous or potentially dangerous fault.

What we do at A Direct Drive School of Motoring is show you how to get as few marks on your sheet as possible and this comes from us having a direct understanding of what the tester will want you to do and how they want you to do it.

NO MARKS MEANS PASSING THE DRIVING TEST

If you know what is coming up in an exam you can prepare well in advance. We give you the tips and tricks, the facts and the knowledge to prove you deserve to hold a full drivers licence.

Good Luck!