Preparing for Your Driving Test

Posted on January 3, 2023

Getting a car on the road in Ireland can seem like a daunting and expensive experience for first-time drivers. Buying a car, tax, car insurance, and driving lessons can all add up. The sooner you get your full driving licence, the better. both in terms of safety and cheaper running costs. Did you know that your car insurance premium can decrease if you pass your driving test?  

Before you Apply for Your Driving Test

Before applying for your driving test, you will need to check whether you’re eligible or not to apply. Ireland’s requirements to apply for a driving test have changed in recent years.girl doing driving test

So what has changed? Well, you now need to have your driving permit (previously known as a provisional licence) for a least six months before your driving test date. You also need to make sure that you complete the required 12 one-hour sessions of driving lessons. This is referred to as Essential Driver Training (EDT) and was set up to teach fundamental driving skills to new drivers. Before signing up to a new driving instructor, it is important to ensure that they are approved to carry out EDT training. If not, you will have to repeat your driving lessons with an approved teacher. 

Once you have completed the required number of driving lessons, you can then apply online for your test on the RSA website

Manual or Automatic Transmission

It may be tempting to buy an automatic car when you’re starting out, but it’s important to remember that if you complete your driving test in an automatic car, you will be licensed to drive automatic cars only. Therefore if you want to make a switch to an automatic car or drive someone else’s car at a later date, you’ll need to redo the driving test in a manual car. 

Preparing your Car for the Driving Test 

Your driving inspector will examine your car before you begin driving. This will include checking whether you have valid discs for insurance, tax and the NCT. You are also required to have ‘L’ plates at the front and back of your car. Your car should also be clean and presentable and meet all safety requirements. 

Driving Test FAQs

Q: How do I book a driving test in Ireland?
A: You can book a driving test online through the Road Safety Authority (RSA) or by contacting your local National Driver Licensing Service (NDLS) center. You will need to provide your learner permit number and personal identification number (PIN) to book a test.

Q: How long does the driving test take in Ireland?
A: The driving test in Ireland typically takes about 40 minutes. This includes an eyesight test, a vehicle safety check, and the actual driving portion of the test.

Q: What happens if I fail my driving test in Ireland?
A: If you fail your driving test in Ireland, you will need to wait a certain period of time before you can retake the test. The waiting period will depend on the specific circumstances of your failure, but it is generally at least 10 days. Unfortunately will also need to pay the test fee again to retake the test.

Q: Can I take driving lessons in Ireland before taking the driving test?
A: Yes, taking driving lessons before attempting the driving test in Ireland is recommended. Driving lessons can help you become more comfortable behind the wheel and give you the skills and knowledge you need to pass the test. 

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