Changes to Driver Theory Test for 2017

Changes to Driver Theory Test for 2017

– By ANewDriver


What you need to know about the Changes to the Driver Theory Test for 2017

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) announced last October 2016 some changes to the Driver Theory Test. Questions on drinking and driving will be added to the Driver Theory Test for the Motorcycle, Car and Works Vehicles Driver Theory Test. This is in direct response to a report issued by the RSA earlier this year which showed that drink-driving is still a significant road safety issue, particularly among some young people.

The main Driver Theory Test Question Bank will have 17 new questions on alcohol and driving. Two of these questions will be presented in the tests. The overall format of the test will not change. Learning material on the new questions is available at www.theorytest.ie .

The RSA Pre-Crash Report on Alcohol showed that between 2008 and 2012, alcohol was a factor in 38% of fatal collisions, claiming the lives of 286 people. 43% of drivers killed who had consumed alcohol were between 16 and 24 years old and 57% of motorcyclists killed who had consumed alcohol were between 25 and 34 years old.

Candidates are advised to use the current versions of the supporting learning materials – The Official Driver Theory Test, Book and CD, 5th or 6th Edition –  in addition to the PDF with information on the new section related to drink-driving. The PDF is available on www.theorytest.ie  and www.rsa.ie. Those wishing to book a Driver Theory Test are reminded that the official booking website is www.theorytest.ie .See the list of additional questions here .


 

Questions and Answers to know before your Driving Test

Questions and Answers to know before your Driving Test

Here are some Questions and Answers that are commonly asked on your Driving Test. Click on the Question and find out the Answer.

What shape and colour is a warning sign?

Diamond Shape – Yellow and Black

When should you not drive?

While under the influence of alcohol, drugs (prescribed or otherwise), or when tired or drowsy.

What should always be kept clean on your vehicle?

Lights – Reflectors – Windows – Mirrors – Registration plate.

What is the rule about passing animals on the road?

Slow down, give plenty of room, do not sound your horn or rev your engine. Have patience.

Can you reverse from a minor road on to a major road?

No. (You should only reverse from a major road to a minor road).

What shape is the sign that regulates?

Regulatory signs are round with red on white background with the exception of two: Stop and Yield.

When should you use your hazard lights?

When your car is broken down, being towed, or at the scene of an accident.

A Quick Car Checklist before Your Test

– By ANewDriver


It is a good idea to be familiar with the car you are using for your test. A New Driver has made a quick list of things to check up before you go ahead with it. By checking all the list below is in good order before you go to your driving test centre, you will reduce your changes of getting refused eligibility to sit the test: It happens more often than you know!

So here is what to watch out for:

  • Provisional Licence/Learners Permit: Make sure this is in date and has the correct category on it.
  • Tax: Make sure your car’s tax disc is in date and correct registration number.
  • Insurance: Make sute the insurance disc on the car is in date and has the correct registration number.
  • Nct: Only if the test car is required to have an NCT disc, make sure the NCT disc is in date and has the correct registration number.
  • Bonnet check: Check that oil for engine, coolant for engine radiator, water for windscreen washer, steering fluid, and clutch fluid is topped up. You must know where all fluids go for your test regardless.
  • Lights: Check brake lights and indicators are working correctly and are the correct colour.
  • Warning lights due to fault: Make sure there are no warning lights on before you go for your test as your car will be refused.
  • Seatbelts: Check that all seatbelts are working correctly.
  • Windows: Check that all windows are working correctly.
  • Tyres: Remember you should know the Tyre Check as there is a 90% chance you will be asked. Vehicles with bald or worn tyres will not be taken out on test.

car check up before test


A Quick Guide For Information Signs

By ANewDriver

An information sign is a very legibly printed and very noticeable placard that informs people of the purpose of an object, or gives them instruction on the use of something – like road signs showing directions and the location of services or other places of interest to tourists.


Advance direction signs

Motorway sign (blue) Motorway
National Road sign (green) National road
National road sign (green) National road
Regional road sign (white) Regional road

Direction signs (at junctions)

Motorway direction sign (blue) Motorway direction sign
National road direction sign (green) National road direction signs
Regional road direction sign (white) Regional road direction sign
Large white sign pointed right, with bold text saying next direction Local road direction sign
Destination distance sign (green) Destination distance sign
Town or village sign (green) Town or village sign
Slow lane sign Slow lane sign
Cul-de-sac sign Cul-de-sac
Sign showing industrial estate Industrial estate symbol
Sign showing parking bay for disabled persons Disabled persons parking bay
Sign for airport Airport symbol
Sign for car ferry Ferry symbol
Sign showing alternative route for high vehicles Alternative route for high vehicles
Sign showing lay-by ahead (100m) Lay-by ahead sign
Sign showing hospital ahead (100m) Hospital ahead sign
Sign for lay-by Lay-by sign
Sign for hospital Hospital sign
Sign for carpark with facilities for disabled persons Carpark with facilities for disabled persons
Sign for SOS (emergency) lay-by SOS lay-by
Sign showing restricted heights on route Sign for low bridges or low clearance ahead

Advance information sign for low clearance

Sign for traffic calming Traffic calming sign
Second sign for traffic calming Traffic calming sign
Supplementary plate for traffic calming Supplementary plate
Sign for ramps on road Ramps on road

Tourist information signs

Sign for lay-by with facilities ahead (3km) Advance sign for facilities in lay-by
Sign for lay-by with tourist information ahead (1km) Advance sign for lay-by with tourism information
Sign for Youth Hostel ahead (1km) Sign for Óige youth hostels
Sign for local services Advance direction to local services
Sign for approved tourist information Signing to approved tourist information
Brown sign, white text showing info about upcoming attraction Tourist advanced direction sign
Sign showing direction to tourist attraction (bird sanctuary) Tourist attraction direction sign
Sign for pedestrians showing direction to Tourist attraction (museum) Pedestrian sign to a tourist attraction
Sign for pedestrians for car park Pedestrian sign to a car park
Sign to approved tourist information Sign to approved tourist information point

Quick Guide For Road Works Warning Signs

– By ANewDriver


Warning signs for road work will warn you of hazards ahead, such as roundabouts, crossroads, dangerous bends or anything else that would call on you to drive more carefully.

You should always take special care when you see a warning sign. If you fail to observe these signs you could create an emergency. Like other warning signs, these are diamond or rectangular in shape and have a black border and black symbols or text. However, they are orange in colour instead of yellow.


Sign for roadworks ahead Roadworks ahead
Sign for one-lane crossover out One-lane crossover (out)
Sign for one-lane crossover back One-lane crossover back)
Sign to move to the left (one lane) Move to left (one lane)
Sign to move to the right (one lane) Move to right (one lane)
Sign to move to the left (two lanes) Move to left (two lanes)
Sign to move to the right (two lanes) Move to right (two lanes)
Sign for an obstruction between lanes Obstruction between lanes
Sign showing end of obstruction between lanes End of obstruction between lanes
Sign showing start of central reserve or obstruction Start of central reserve or obstruction
<empSign showing end of central reserve or obstruction End of central reserve or obstruction
Sign showing lanes diverging at crossover Lanes diverge at crossover
Sign showing lanes rejoining at crossover Lanes rejoin at crossover
Sign showing two lanes crossover (back) Two-lanes crossover (back)
Sign showing two lanes crossover (out) Two-lanes crossover (out)
Sign showing single lane Single lane (for shuttle working)
Sign showing two-way traffic Two-way traffic
Sign showing road narrows from left Road narrows from left
Sign showing road narrows from right Road narrows from right
Sign showing road narrows on both sides Road narrows on both sides
Sign showing nearside lane (of two) closed Nearside lane (of two) closed
Sign showing offside lane (of two) closed Offside lane (of two) closed
Sign showing offside lane (of three) closed Offside lane (of three) closed
Sign showing nearside lane (of three) closed Nearside lane (of three) closed
Sign showing two offside lanes (of three) closed Two offside lanes (of three) closed
Sign showing two nearside lanes (of three) closed Alternative Sign showing two nearside lanes (of three) closed Two nearside lanes (of three) closed.
Two alternative styles.
Sign showing offside lane (of four) closed Offside lane (of four) closed
Sign showing nearside lane (of four) closed Nearside lane (of four) closed
Sign showing Two offside lanes (of four) closed
Two nearside lanes Closed Two nearside lanes (of four) closed
Sign showing Side road on left Side road on left
Sign showing Side road on right Side road on right
Sign showing Site access on left Site access on left
Sign showing Site access on right Site access on right
Sign showing Temporary traffic signals ahead Temporary traffic signals ahead
Sign showing Flagman ahead Flagman ahead
Sign showing Queues likely Queues likely
Sign showing hump or ramp Hump or ramp
Sign showing uneven surface Uneven surface
Sign showing slippery road Slippery road
Sign showing loose chippings Loose chippings
Sign showing pedestrians cross to the left Pedestrians cross to left
Sign showing pedestrians cross to the right Pedestrians cross to right
Sign showing Overhead electric cables Overhead electric cables
Sign showing detour ahead Detour ahead
Sign showing Detour to left Detour to left
Sign showing Detour to left Detour to right
Sign showing road closed Road closed
Sign showing diverted traffic left Diverted traffic left
Sign showing diverted traffic Diverted traffic Right
Sign showing diverted traffic Diverted traffic
Sign showing diverted traffic Diverted traffic
Sign showing end of detour End of detour
Sign showing detour destination Detour destination

Information plates at roadworks

Sign showing distance (200m) Distance
Sign showing length (for X km) Length
Sign showing direction Direction
Sign showing direction and distance Direction and Distance
Sign showing end End
Sign showing cautionart speed (35km/h) Cautionary speed
Sign showing slow Slow
Sign showing concealed entrance Concealed entrance
Sign showing type of works Type of works
Sign showing use hard shoulder Use hard shoulder
Sign showing hard shoulder closed Hard shoulder closed
Sign showing unfinished road surface Unfinished road surface
Barrier boards (red and white) Barrier Boards
Chevron boards (black and yellow) Chevron board
Sign showing speed limit (30km/h) ahead (200m) Speed limit ahead

Manual traffic control sign at roadworks

Sign showing flagman ahead Flagman ahead
Sign showing Stop Stop
Sign showing Go Sign showing Téigh (go in Irish) Either form of Go or Téigh can be used

Quick Guide To Motorway Signs

By aNewDriver


A quick guide to Motorways Signs brings you on this Blog the most used signs on Irish roads, as part of our Understanding Traffic Signs posts. We hope you find it helpful and easy to access whenever you may need it.

Motorway signs are rectangular with blue backgrounds and white writing or symbols. Below are the most used signs on Irish roads:


Motorway ahead Motorway ahead
Sign for Motorway ahead Motorway ahead
Advance Direction Sign Advance direction sign
Entry to motorway Entry to motorway
300m to next exit 300m to next exit
200m to next exit 200m to next exit
100m to next exit 100m to next exit
Motorway ends 1km ahead Motorway ends 1km ahead
Motorway ends 500m ahead Motorway ends 500m ahead
End of motorway End of motorway
Route confirmatory sign for M7 Route confirmatory sign for M7
Advance direction sign for destination Advance direction sign for destination

A Quick Guide To Regulatory Traffic Signs

Regulatory signs show the course a driver must follow and an action they are required to take – or forbidden to take.

They are generally circular and have a red border with black symbols or letters on a white background.

Mandatory regulatory signs that indicate the direction traffic must take at junctions are blue and white.

Red Octagon showing stop Stop
White triangle with a red border displaying yieldYield
White triangle with a red border displaying Géill Slí (Yield in Irish) Yield
White circle with red border showing Stop above children School wardens stop sign
White circle with red border showing no left turn No left turn
White circle with red border showing no entry No Entry
White circle with red border showing no right turn No right turn
White circle with red border showing no parking Parking prohibited
White circle with red border showing clearway Clearway
White circle with red border showing 30km/h as the maximum speed Max speed limit 30km/h
White circle with red border showing 50km/h as the maximum speed Max speed limit 50km/h
White circle with red border showing 60km/h as the maximum speed Max speed limit 60km/h
White circle with red border showing 80km/h as the maximum speed Max speed limit 80km/h
White circle with red border showing 100km/h as the maximum speed Max speed limit 100km/h
White circle with red border showing 120km/h as the maximum speed Max speed limit 120km/h
White circle with red border showing taxi rank Taxi Rank
White circle with red border showing no entry for large vehicles, greater than 3 tonnes No entry for large vehicles(by reference to weight)
White circle with red border showing no u-turn No U-turn
White circle with red border showing no overtaking No overtaking
White circle with red border showing height restriction Height restriction
White circle with red border showing pedestrian zone Pedestrianised street
White circle with red border showing parking permitted Parking permitted
Rectangular sign showing disc paking information Disc parking plate
Sign showing no parking of large vehicles Zonal restriction – no parking of large vehicles
Sign showing end of large vechicle parking restrictions End of the restriction zone

Mandatory signs at junctions (white and blue)

White on blue junction sign showing left turn ahead Turn left ahead
White on blue junction sign showing right turn ahead Turn right ahead
White on blue junction sign showing turn left Turn left
White on blue junction sign showing turn right Turn right
White on blue junction sign showing pass either side Pass either side
White on blue junction sign showing straight ahead Straight ahead
White on blue junction sign showing keep right Keep right
White on blue junction sign showing keep left Keep left

Manual traffic control sign at roadworks

White circle with red border showing no entry for pedestrians No entry for pedestrians to tramway
Red circle showing stop Stop
Green circle showing go Either form of Go
Green circle showing Téigh (go in Irish) or Téigh can be used
White circle with red border showing no entry to goods vehicles with 3 axles No entry to goods vehicles (by reference to number of axles)
Blue sign showing with flow bus lane on the left With flow bus lane on left
Blue sign showing with flow bus lane on the right With flow bus lane on right
Blue sign showing contra flow bus lane on the right Contra flow bus lane
Blue sign showing tram lane on the left Tram lane on left
Blue sign showing tram lane on the right Tram lane on right
Sign showing start of cycle track Start of cycle track
Sign showing end of cycle track End of cycle track
Electronic variable sign showing maximum speed of 80km/h Electronic variable speed limit sign (tunnel only)
Sign showing in a tunnel goods vehicles in a tunnel can not use the right-hand lane In a tunnel goods vehicles cannot use right-hand lane (by reference to number of axles)
Electronic periodic speed limit sign showing a maximum speed of 30km/h Electronic periodic speed limit sign
Electronic periodic speed limit sign at a school showing a maximum speed of 30km/h Electronic periodic speed limit sign at school
Sign showing a tram only street Tram only street
Sign showing a tram and access only street Tram and access only street
Sign showing a bus only street Bus only street

Traffic lane control signs in a tunnel

Tunnel traffic lane showing go, lane open Go (Lane open)
Tunnel traffic lane showing stop, lane closed Stop (Lane closed)
Tunnel traffic lane showing move into left-hand lane Move into the left-hand lane
Tunnel traffic lane showing move to right-hand lane Move into the right-hand lane
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