The Lead – Up to The Irish Driving Test

Start with let us say categorically, that passing the driving test cancellations is actually the beginning of your driving career irrespective of how well you undertake on the day of the exam. It is going to take the average novice operater maybe three years of constant, regular driving, before they could then say “I am now becoming an experienced motorist. Please notice the emphasis on the word “becoming”. Arrival on the Suffered Driver Podium will take much longer. I guess it really depends on the level of driving one undertakes on a daily, weekly basis, how much night-time driving, and also the traffic conditions during daily sorties will dictate how long this learning experience will take. That will paraphrase Robert Oppenheimer, the inventor of the Atomic terrorist….. “I am become a destroyer of worlds” This could be ascribed to many learner drivers who pass their Driving Test and next proceed to total their cars and those of other people in the weeks and months following the Test.

Passing the exact Driving Test is a combination of basic driving skills, positive mind-set, detailed preparation, attention to detail, practise in the general space where Tests are undertaken and plenty of in-depth Instructions by a Driving School. The need for professional instruction cannot be misunderstood and the insider information imparted to the pupil by the Pro will give a Test candidate the best possible chance of a positive result. Some aspects are ignored by Test candidates and we will examine in greater detail what will be required throughout the remainder of your text. There are numerous details to be attended to during this preparation when the candidate takes these on board with a positive center, a good result with ensue.

We will have a look at the issues with the car that need to be checked: –

Tyres……… Tyres need to be be well protected with well above legal limit tread depth adequate no cuts, splits or bulges to the sidewall. The exact tyres with the best treads should always be on the front axle this is something that should be regarded as an essential part of your 7 days a week technical check. Tyre pressures should be according to the tyre spec since incorrectly inflated tyres are not only unsafe but will tire out very quickly and give an uncomfortable ride.

Lights and Indicators…… Most of brake lights and indicators should be functioning correctly plus lenses must be damage -free and clean. Its truly essential to carry a couple of spare bulbs in your emergency kit regarding last minute replacement since they can blow at any time and a bad brake light or indicator will mean that the Test is definately not carried out.

Loose Items…….. All loose items in the car (and who doesn’t have them? ) should be removed but raise head rests, if fitted, must be retained despite their whole obstruction of the rear windscreen. The fad for owning dangly spiders, furry dice and nodding dogs in the rear parcel shelf is not the way to create an impression along with the Driving Examiner and block vision. In fact I always cringe when I see these in cars, particularly those that are of course driven by learner drivers. It is also a particularly dangerous hobby to be driving as a learner Driver and not displaying D Plates. I am always amazed at pupils who turn up intended for pre test lessons in their own cars with no M plates. The number of excuses would fill the chapter on the book. It’s a sad reflection that basic driving guidelines are flouted continually by learner Drivers but far worse is the all too common sight of Learner Drivers less than tuition with so called Instructors who actually drive outside Test Centres with no L Plates showing. It reveals a disregard for the Law and the need for superb cruising skills and the need for concentration. Of course mobile phones should be powered down and out of sight.