Tips for your Driving Test

Checks before arriving at test centre

  1. Ensure that all your discs are up to date, i.e. Tax/ Insurance/ NCT, and that they relate to the car you are using for the Driving Test
  2. Ensure that your brake lights, indicator lights and all other lights on your car are working correctly
  3. Make sure your Learner Permit is in good condition and in date.
  4. Make sure that all your tyres are in good condition and have significant thread depth, Check the threads and the side walls regularly while driving.
  5. Check that all seatbelts and windows are working correctly.
  6. Check under the bonnet and ensure that the Engine oil, Brake Fluid, Coolant, Power Steering Fluid, Windscreen wash, are all at the required level.

The Driving Test

  1. Arrive at the test centre in plenty of time before your Driving Test to ensure that you have a proper parking space in preparation for your Driving Test.
  2. Be in the test centre approx 15 minutes before your starting time and ensure you have your Learner Permit with you.
  3. Try to stay as calm as possible while awaiting the Driver Tester.
  4. The Driving Test will last approx 45 minutes in total covering 8 – 10km.

The most common reasons why people fail driving tests:

  • driving test report formInadequate observation 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 overtaking
  • Incorrect or inadequate use of mirrors and signals
  • Non-compliance with traffic controls, e.g. road signs and markings and traffic lights
  • Incorrect, inadequate or inappropriate use of vehicle controls, including gears, clutch, accelerator, steering, handbrake, footbrake, and secondary controls
  • Excessive speed for the road or traffic conditions
  • Failure to yield the right of way to others
  • Lack of competence in the reverse and U-turn manoeuvres