Churchtown School Of Motoring
The Churchtown Rathgar School Of Motoring
The leading driving school in South Dublin Since 1975

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Orwell Rathgar
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Tips For The Day Of Your Test

Our instructors have prepared some great tips to help you through your test, just click read more to find out what they are!

Before The Day

  • Arrange your pre-test lessons with Churchtown or Orwell Rathgar School Of Motoring well in advance of your test date.

  • Read the RSA Rules of the Road book well in advance of your test date.

  • Ensure once you have sat a pre-test, you are reasonably comfortable to sit your test when it is scheduled, if not get in more practice or reschedule, and being unprepared fail can be costly and pointless.

On The Day

  • Make sure you know the registration of the vehicle you are using, write it down if you can’t remember.

  • Make sure your vehicle is in working order, including seatbelts, all lights, windows, you may be asked questions regarding Tyres, Engine dept. and secondary controls inside your car.

  • Make sure your car displays L-plates, one on the front and rear, with the legal white border.

  • Make sure your car displays valid tax, insurance & NCT disc.

  • You will need your provisional license with you, don’t forget it!

  • Make sure you arrive in the waiting room of the test centre 10 – 15 minutes before your test time, if you don’t know where your test centre is, ask your instructor at COSOM well beforehand, rather than rushing on the day.

  • Use the toilet before the test, and ensure you hold on to necessary documents and items, such as driving glasses, your license, etc. Being nervous tends to increase the chance of losing things.

The Test

  • Make sure you know your “Rules of the Road” questions and all “Road Signs”, as you will be asked about them, and in theory, should be using them on the test.

  • Once on the road, drive confidently, while observing the rules of the road, and paying due care and attention to road conditions, other drivers and other road users. Drive with consideration, using mirrors, indicators, acceleration and braking as regularly as required and acknowledge other road users appropriately.

  • Be courteous at all times to them and they will usually respect your need for total concentration on the road.

  • Maintain all relevant road positions, turning correctly, and your road position on straights are very important.

  • Drive with respect to the weather, traffic and environmental (people and natural) conditions on the road you are using. Drive appropriately for the conditions present, and do not try potentially dangerous manoeuvres, including unnecessary overtaking, tailgating, inappropriate use of the horn, etc.

  • Always check your blindspot, every time you take off (glance over your right shoulder). Do not assume the test instructor has seen you do so before.

  • Deal with hazards appropriately, although you should not talk on your driving tester, if something unusual happens, and you take action, e.g. avoiding an obstacle, ensure your test instructor knows why you suddenly slowed, sharply braked, etc. Certain actions don’t necessarily mean you will fail in certain circumstances providing you have firm reasoning.

  • Left Turns: Before you turn left check the rear-view mirror and left wing mirror & indicate left and just before the turn glane in the wing mirror again.

  • Right Turns: Before you turn right check the rear-view mirror and right wing mirror & indicate left and just before the turn glane in the wing mirror again.
  • If on a turn, your view is obscured by parked cars, obstacles, hedging, etc, walls, edge slowly forward, do not react suddenly, or pull out affront of fast oncoming vehicles.

  • Ensure your foot is not resting (or hovering over) the clutch when it is not in use. “Riding the clutch” is a common fail, and is also highly dangerous at high speeds (on motorways, etc) later in your motoring life.

  • Glance in your rear view mirror every 10 seconds. Always check before braking, turning or adjusting your speed significantly.

  • A common fail is not maintaining reasonable progress, as is speeding.

  • Forth Gear should be used on open road at 45-50km/h (depending on speed limit!). Make sure your engine remains “comfortable” / not labouring at whatever gear it is in. Approaches to roundabouts and indicated turns should be taken in Second Gear.

  • Do not use Second Gear on straights, even in housing estates, use third at least. Second Gear is a climbing Gear in nearly all cars.

  • Use your handbrake when stopped for periods of time in traffic, at traffic lights, or when you park or on any hills. Rest your feet if you get a chance in neutral gear. Remember, if you are in neutral gear, your handbrake should be applied.

  • A solid white line affront of you should be treated as a stop, and ensure you stop. A broken white line affront of you will generally mean yield. A solid white line, then a broken white line will generally mean no entry to traffic approaching that junction.

  • When doing the reverse around the corner, check blind spots before moving off and reverse in a straight line until the kerb has nearly disappeared from your wing mirror, thus starting to turn your car into the road with the kerb just kept in your sights. Don't be too close to the kerb, try and maintainan even gap of between 30 and 90cm's while alll the time maintaining good awareness to the front, rear and wing mirrors. Check your blind spot to the right at least twice while half way around the corner before continuing reversing.

  • On the reverse around the corner, reverse in a straight line until the path has gone from your left wing mirror. Look behind you 40%, in each wing mirror 20%, rear view mirror, 10% & in front 10%. ahead for hazards. Look to the right half way around the corner before you continue reversing. Reverse back until you are instructed to stop and where your stopping position is within half a metre of the kerb.

  • On the turnabout  / three or five point turn lock the wheel  full to the right. Look over your right shoulder moving off. As you cross the centre of the road, quickly check to your left and right and stopping as close as practical to the kerb. Select reverse, lock the wheel fully to the left and observe to the left and right and rear while crossing back. Select 1st gear, check to the left before you move off. Remember - Don't hit the kerb!

  • Make sure you use your brake progressively while approaching ramps to make it a smooth comfortable ride for the driver tester. Slow in 2nd gear is needed for high steep ramps, first gear should rarely be needed for this purpose and may cause over revving.

  • If you see a green light ahead, do not accelerate dramatically in case it changes to orange. If you are within stopping distance when a light has turned orange / amber, stop if safe to do so.


After The Test

  • Ensure you park your car in a safe manner with consideration to other road users, make sure to pay and display if required (a fact of motoring life!). Lock up your vehicle and follow your test instructor back to your test centre.

  • Remain calm, if you have passed thank your test instructor and ask them if they were happy overall / what problems they found (a pass doesn’t mean perfect!). If you fail, be courteous, and ask them where you can improve / what level they think you need to work towards.

Most importantly of all, relax, be confident and drive with consideration to other drivers, 99% of them will have good consideration for you as a learner on the road, so you should do just fine

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