MY DRIVING TEST IS BOOKED… NOW WHAT?
At the RSA School of Motoring, we have a proven track record of success. Feel free to check out our review page for testimonials from many of our satisfied students. One of the secrets to our success is our pre-test strategy.
PASSING YOUR DRIVING TEST
IS JUST A SERIES OF SIMPLE STEPS
The Irish Driving Test has four parts. They are
- 1. Theoretical questions about the rules of the road, including road signs
- 2. Under-the-bonnet checks
- 3. Internal checks and secondary controls
- 4. The actual drive
Let’s examine these in-depth, so you can have a better understanding of each step.
This test takes place at a driving test centre. You should arrive 15 minutes early, just to make sure you’re prepared.
First, you will wait in a waiting room. When your name is called, you move into another room where you sit across from a tester at a desk. You’ll have your learner’s permit checked out, as well as a few other formalities, and then the test will begin.
You’ll be asked about 12 to 18 questions regarding traffic safety and the general “rules of the road.” You’ll then be asked about 12 to 18 questions about road signs. After this part of the test is over, you’ll move on to the next stage.
UNDER THE BONNET
Stage two of the test involves you and your car. The tester will first check that you have all the proper paperwork and certifications, including valid insurance, tax and NCT certificates. Then the tester will examine your windshield and check the thread depth on your tyres.
Then the tester will check under the bonnet. They will probably ask you some questions regarding the operation and maintenance of your vehicles. Some examples of the topics you might be asked about include the following:
- How to test the oil levels in the engine
- Where the coolant reservoir is located
- How to determine the various fluid levels of the vehicle
- Where to find the bottle washer for the wipers
- Where to fine the brake fluid
This is sometimes called the “show me/tell me” stage. After it’s completed, you’ll close the bonnet and you and the tester will enter the vehicle. The tester will want to see that all of the indicators and brake lights are working properly. From there, the test enters State Three
The tester will now assess your understanding of the vehicle’s secondary controls. Some examples of this type of testing include:
- Locating the hazard lights
- Operating the rear window de-mister
- Turning dipped lights and full lights on and off
- Using the windscreen wipers
- Putting water on the windscreen
- Clearing the windscreen in the event of fog or condensation
- Using the fog lights
The final part of the test is a drive through a variety of road conditions and situations. You’ll need to show you understand the theory behind various situations, and that you can apply that theory to real world events. Your ability to follow the rules of the road will also be tested. You’ll be expected to deal with a variety of driving situations while always maintaining a level of safety and courtesy towards your fellow motorists.
It’s important that the TESTER FEELS YOU DESERVE the license by the end of the ride. The test takes place over a variety of pre-selected routes.
This is your time to shine. You need to show the tester that you deserve to drive on our Irish roads. At the RSA driving school, we’ll prepare you for this test by providing you with a template for safe, courteous driving.
There is no such thing as perfect driving. Rather, your overall driving ability must be such that the tester feels you’ll be safe to drive independently on the roads. Any mistakes you make behind the wheel during the test are identified as “faults.”
A minor fault is a Grade One fault. A Grade Two is a more serious fault. The most serious fault is a Grade Three fault, and is a dangerous or potentially dangerous error.
The fewer the faults you get, the easier you’ll pass the test. It sounds simple, but it’s at the heart of why the RSA School of Motoring is so successful. We’ll help you understand what the tester wants you to do, and what he or she will consider a fault.
NO FAULTS MEANS NO MARKS ON YOUR TEST
We’ll help you prepare for the test by providing you with the information you need to “beat the system” and obtain your full license. We’ll not only teach you how to drive safely, we’ll also help you identify what the tester is looking for.
A VIEW FROM THE EYES OF THE TESTER
Driving testers have busy schedules. For every test, they start with a blank piece of paper and, as they observe you behind the wheel, they’ll mark down everything you do. The tester will want to see the following actions performed well:
- A reverse around a corner
- The navigation of a turnabout
- A hill start
- Left turns
- Right turns
- Roundabout usage
YOU HAVE A SERIOUS ADVANTAGE DURING THE TEST IF YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING:
- How the tester will speak to you, and generally what they will say
- How the tester sees your actions from his or her point of view
- How the tester will expect you to perform various maneuvers
IF YOU UNDERSTAND THE TESTER,
YOU UNDERSTAND THE TEST
At the RSA School of Motoring, we will guide you and prepare you for every aspect of the driving test. Failing is simply not an option we believe in. If you’re looking to pass your driver’s test, we can help you.