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Driving Test Advice

Disclaimer: The issuer of these notes, Cú-Chulainn Driving Lessons Cork, takes no responsibility for any accidents that may occur as a result of these general notes on driving.

Tip of the Week  As soon as one starts their EDT Driving Lessons one should strongly consider aplying for their driving test at that time. You will not be offered a date for the test until you have completed the 12 EDT lessons and have had your permit for six months. However it is currently taking about six months to get a driving test in 2018. Thus, your time waiting can / will be ticking over.

Basic Things to know for your Driving Test

Before one drives on the road
  • One must provide ones own vehicle for the driving test. The Government do NOT provide cars at the test center to use in your driving test.

  • If you do not have your own car then you may be able to hire a Driving School car that you may have taken lessons in, get insured in a friends / relatives car for the day to use in the driving test, or, hire a car from one of many car rental companies.

    With the latter one has to present a note stating the car is insured for the purposes of driving test. 

  • Bring your Learner Permit, the notification (either printed email, text or letter) you received from the Road Safety Authority, stating the date & time of your driving test.​​

  • Show up about 15 / 20 minutes before the test to park your car to your liking in the center's car park. Then walk into the test center waiting room if you are able. Wheelchair bound people are allowed wait in their car until the tester is called out to them by their assistant.

  • Before you go out in your car for the 'on the road' part of the test you will be asked a few theory questions and road signs.

    You will also have to sign a form stating that your car is roadworthy and that you are insured to drive it. Your Learner Permit will be checked in the office.

  • Ensure your vehicle is roadworthy for the test. When the tester goes to your car the tester will check the insurance disc, motor tax disc and NCT discs, (the latter if appropriate), on the car windscreen.

    Make sure the Insurance disc has a full green strip on the left of it or your test may not be conducted and you will lose your fee!!. The tester will then check the tyres, indicators (back and front) and break lights on your vehicle.

  • There must be an L-Sign on the car front and rear - i.e. L in red with a white background.

  • One may be asked to show how a check would be performed on the engine's Coolant level, the car's Steering (via the Steering fluid level or electronic dashlight, and/or by driving feel), the engines Brakes (via the Brake fluid level), the engines oil level, the windscreen wash fluid level, the condition of the tyres and / or the cars reflectors

    Click on the video above for an example of such checks.

  • One may also be asked how do you know that an indicator bulb is blown. Answer is the indicator light on the dashboard in the car flashes very fast when an indicator bulb is blown

  • Also how would you check your tyres. Answer is tyres are good when they are at the correct pressure (as per Manufacturer's specification normally written on sidewall of the tyre and / or in the Owner's Manual Folder for that car), when they have no visual defects such as cut's, tear's, bulge's or have wire showing, and finally the thread depth has to be at least 1.6mm.

  • Finally one is likely to be asked to show how the secondary controls in one's car work, before one leaves the test centre.

    These secondary controls are the wipers, all lights, air conditioning controls, back window heats, etc. One should therefore know how to demonstrate the operation of these such controls.Click on the video below for an example of such checks:


Below is a map of where the Driving Test Centre Cork is located on Sarsfield Road, Wilton.

Driving Test Centre Location


Driving on the Road
  • Entering any Junction or Roundabout always look around, (e.g. at a Green Traffic Light. Remember only proceed at a green light if it is safe to proceed.)

  • Drive approximately mid-way between the white center line and the edge of the road in the lane you are in.

  • Give clearance of approximately one door's width ONLY to parked vehicles when passing them.

  • Always look (i.e. a quick glance) in the mirrors at regular intervals (e.g. every 12-15 seconds) when travelling straight along the road.

  • Always keep within 45 Centimeter's (or 1.5 feet) of the kerb or edge of the road when pulling in to stop at the side of the road to do a turnabout, hill start and the reverse around a corner.

    Be within 45 Centimeter's of the kerb and parallel to the Kerb when finished the reversing around the corner also.

  • When pulling off from a the hill start, at the start of the turnabout (1st point only) and after reversing around a corner always remember to check your


    mirrors, signal and look over your right shoulder (to check your blind spot) before taking off from the side of the road.

  • Give right of way to pedestrians waiting to cross at pedestrian crossings, zebra crossings or if they have started to cross at a junction one is turning into.

  • For any left / right turn on the road always look (i.e. with a quick glance) in your mirrors (M), signal (S) and take up your position if safe to do so in good time.

    For left turns stay as close as possible to the kerb. Do not swing wide. For right turns go to the centre of the road/junction before turning the steering wheel. Check your wing mirror (M) again just before the manouvre (M) is done.

  • Be travelling in second gear, off the clutch, coming up to a roundabout or left / right turn. If one has to stop 1st gear should be chosen until it is safe to go.

  • One should ideally try to stop the car in second gear at a red traffic light, at a stop sign or on the side of the road if time allows. In an emergency just STOP in any gear!!!

    • For a stop sign, stop and put the car into 1st gear - ready to go when safe.

    • For a red traffic light the handbrake should be on until the green light comes on. Then take off in first gear. (Leave the car in first gear at a red light if one is near the front of the queue, otherwise neutral, N, may be chosen).

  • On the test route one is required to demonstrate hand signals in the car for going left, right and straight ahead to a pointsman (e.g. a garda) and to following traffic.

    Also one will be required to reverse around a corner, do a turnabout on the road and a hill start.

  • Never beckon anyone on during the test. It is not a safe thing to do.

  • If you are clearly beckoned on by someone else, you should go only if it is safe for you to go. In other words look before you leap.

  • Always drive SAFELY!!!. - GOOD LUCK.

During your test when driving on the road focus and concentrate completely on your driving, not on the driving tester examining your driving. Listen carefully to each instruction for every individual task the tester sets you.

Follow that instruction as best you can doing the task. Then forget that task as soon as you have it completed, whether you thought you did it well or not. Try not to loose the plot, i.e. passing your driving test!!!

Click Driving Test Theory Quesitions & Answers for a sample of common theory questions people are asked on the day of your driving test. Possible answers are also given.

If you would like to see sketches of the ROUNDABOUNTS that are driven through in the driving test in Wilton, Cork - with possible routes through these roundabouts marked out in colour - see us on Facebook and click on the Photo's tab. (Any Likes for our Facebook page are gratefully appreciated).

You are strongly urged to read the Checklist For Your Driving Test that the Road Safety Authority send you.

Please also contact the ACE Driving School Group for more information.


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 Content edited by Caoimhghin Whyte