Mullane School Of Motoring Cork    - A Family Run Driving School For Over A Decade
ADICARADI spotThe Driving Test Ireland
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
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
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
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