With the increased popularity of electric and hybrids cars, some learner drivers are now happy to take their driving test on automatic cars. At the same time, it’s important to keep in mind that if you pass your test in an automatic car, you can only apply for a full driving license to drive an automatic car. If you later want to apply for a full driving licence for a manual car, you will have to pass a test in a manual vehicle before applying for a full license to drive it.
When taking a driving test on an automatic car in Ireland, here is what to keep in mind:
Keeping up with the speed limit when able to do so.
Moving out from junctions and roundabouts when safe to do so and not delaying for too long when not deemed necessary.
Maintaining position to left to centre of the lane you’re driving in where applicable when driving on a straight lad.
When taking a left turn avoiding swinging wide and maintaining a position reasonable close to the kerb when necessary.
When taking right turns avoid cutting the corner and maintain position left to the centre of the road when waiting to take a right turn.
Choosing the appropriate lane on approach to roundabouts and maintaining that position where necessary.
Checking mirrors before either signalling left or right or on approach to roundabouts when necessary.
Indicating when overtaking a hazard such as a cyclist, obstruction on the road or where you feel you are going to cross the line in the middle of the road.
Driving with adequate control of the accelerator and brake maintaining smoothness of both controls.
Applying the handbrake when necessary on hills and if a pause becomes a wait. For example in a queue of traffic.
Carrying out effective observation where necessary:
On approach to roundabouts looking to see if safe to go if clear.
Before emerging from a T junction, scanning in both directions that it’s safe to go.
Just before moving off from the kerb. For example, when moving off doing the hill start after you do the left reverse. Check mirrors, signal right, check blind spot over right shoulder.
Turnabout/3 point turn
Carrying out effective observation before and during the manoeuvre.
Doing the manoeuvre with adequate control of the brake and accelerator when necessary.
Reversing back with mostly looking back in the direction of travel looking forward every car length or so.
You can adjust your left mirror for this manoeuvre to see the kerb but don’t over rely on it doing the manoeuvre.
Reversing the car back at a slow walking pace. The examiner isn’t looking for speed. They are looking for control of the car and effective observation when necessary.
When you’ve finished the manoeuvre stopping within half a metre from the kerb.
Many roundabouts have different road layouts, but let’s have a look at the roundabout rules in Ireland.
It is not possible to cover all possible layouts, however, the general rules given are a basic guide for approaching any roundabout.
If a roundabout is controlled by traffic lights, the traffic lights must be obeyed. Motorists should be aware of other road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists, horse riders, large or long vehicles and so on, who may have to change their position on the road to get around the roundabout safely.
It is also important to watch out for pedestrians who may be attempting to cross the roundabout. Enquiries relating to particular roundabouts may be directed to the Gardaí or to the local authorities. By law, a driver must enter a roundabout by turning to the left. Failure to do so is an offence.
If you are guilty of this offence and you pay the fixed charge, you will get one penalty point on your licence. If you choose not to pay the fixed charge and go to court instead, you will get three penalty points on your licence if you are convicted.
Not every roundabout is the same. they are different shapes and sizes and can have different numbers of exits. some are controlled by traffic lights. The purpose of having a roundabout is:
to reduce delays – traffic flows smoothly compared to the stop and go traffic at normal intersections such as at traffic lights, to significantly reduce the risk of collisions
to reduce pollution – emissions from vehicles on roundabouts are less than they would be at traffic light junctions.
This ‘golden rule’ should help motorists to drive safely at any roundabout regardless of the number of exits: think of the roundabout as a clock.
If taking any exit from the 6 o’clock to the 12 o’clock position, motorists should generally approach in the left-hand lane.
If taking any exit between the 12 o’clock to the 6 o’clock positions, motorists should generally approach in the right-hand lane.
If there are road markings showing you what lane you should be in, follow those directions. Traffic conditions might sometimes mean you have to take a different approach but, in the main, the ‘golden rule’ will help you to drive safely on almost any roundabout.
Approaching a roundabout
Conditions at roundabouts may vary. When you’re coming up to a roundabout, look for directional arrows, road markings or signs which might be indicating which lane you should use for the exit you’re taking.
Move into the correct lane in good time. use the 12 o’clock ‘golden rule’ to help you plan a safe course of action unless road signs indicate otherwise.
Treat the roundabout as a junction, yield to traffic coming from the right, but keep moving if the way is clear.
Making a left turn
Approach in the left-hand lane, indicate ‘left’ as you approach and continue to indicate until you have taken the left exit. Going straight ahead (or any exit to the left of 12 o’clock);
Approach in the left-hand lane (unless road markings say otherwise) but do not indicate ‘left’ until you have passed the exit before the one you intend to take. Where traffic conditions dictate otherwise, for example, a long line of traffic in left lane signalling left or road works in the left lane, you may follow the course shown by the broken red line. Taking any later exits (those past 12 o’clock – Right);
Approach in the right-hand lane (unless road markings say otherwise), indicate ‘right ‘on your approach and leave your indicator on until you have passed the exit before the one you intend to take. then change to the ‘left’ turn indicator.
– 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 .
– By ANewDriver
This section includes signs that warn road users of a hazard ahead. They are diamond or rectangular in shape and have a black border and black symbols or letters on a yellow background.
– 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.
– 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.
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
| Advance direction sign
| Entry to motorway
| 300m to next exit
| 200m to next exit
| 100m to next exit
| Motorway ends 1km ahead
| Motorway ends 500m ahead
| End of motorway
| Route confirmatory sign for M7
| Advance direction sign for destination