Passing your Driving Test in Seven Steps.
The Driving Test in Ireland
The Irish Driving Test…Success not Duress.There seems to be more myths surrounding the Irish Driving Test than ever before. This is probably due to the fact that there are more people attempting to take the Irish Driving Test than in the past. Currently in Ireland there are approximately 450,000 Learner Drivers and there shows no sign of a reduction as a new generation of young people come of age and immigration continues apace. The various attempts at reducing the waiting list for the Irish Driving Test have been unsuccessful to date due to many opposing factors. Not least of all is the exponential growth in both the economy and the population. The minuscule number of Driving Examiners has been unable to cope with the situation for close on five years now. When overtime and late night Summer Driving Tests were introduced some years ago there was an improvement but this was short lived following the decision to revise the common practise of allowing Drivers to drive for ever and a day on a Provisional License. However there is some light at the end of the Tunnel following the inauguration of the Road Safety Authority recently .This new body has been given the brief to oversee and overhaul the whole Driving and Learner Driver scenario in Ireland and deserves the support of all drivers even though some of the proposals will not be at all popular. Especially amongst those who think that a Driving License is an inalienable right. The days of spending a night in the local pub and driving home are coming to an end as tougher measures which include random breath testing have now been introduced and are showing some interesting results. A recent report showed that alcohol was a contributory factor in at least fifty per cent of fatal accidents and this had been suspected for some time but was brushed under the carpet by successive administrations. Creating a culture of safe driving and skills for life that will be imparted by Professional Driving Instructors and not friends or neighbours will eventually bear fruit but certainly not overnight.
The planned Registration of Driving Schools and Driving Instructors has commenced and is long overdue. From 1st January 2009 all Instructors will have to have passed a series of Exams and other background checks in order to be in business. In Europe in general there is quite a strict procedure to comply with when setting up a Driving School since it has been recognised that Road Safety starts with the standard of tuition imparted to Learner Drivers. This standard is not to be found with Parents, Friends or work mates so it is imperative that Learner Drivers are exposed to the highest level possible of current driving practises and requirements.Further changes to the Irish Driving Test and Learner Driver environment are scheduled and will ultimately lead to a generation of Drivers who at least know what to do and how to do it when behind the wheel. This is not currently the case.
The Seven steps to passing a Driving Test are not something that can be achieved in a week. You have to take the process of obtaining a full Drivers License seriously or you will not be successful.
(1) Prepare your car well and don't change a car in the lead up to your Driving Test.It takes time to get used to a new car and a week from the Test is not the time to do this. If you are not the owner of a car yet and are planning to use a Driving School car then make contact two months ahead of your Test.Two weeks from your Test and you may not gain access to a car if the Driving School is busy.
(2) Know the basic Technical Check Questions and answers and be able to rattle them off without stumbling.This creates a good impression and shows that you have at least taken the trouble to find out what is required from you on your Driving Test.
(3) Practise your reversing skills until you are dizzy from it .Reversing techniques are used every day in your driving which is why they are included in the Driving Test. Most Drivers who do not pass the Test throw marks away needlessly by incometent reversing.Remember Observation is 50 % of these manoeuvres.
(4) Get to know the area where your Test is taking place to establish the Hotspots where it will be difficult for you. Practise at different times and on different days of the week to get a feel for how the traffic flows.The time of your test plays a big part in your performance on the day.
(5) Roundabouts create a big challenge for any driver ...not just Learners.They come in many different guises.Standard and non standard configurations 2exits; 3 exits; 4exits; 5 exits and so on.Each one will often require different postioning ,different signalling and a good deal of observation.How do you cover all your basses here? Learn the basic rules... take lessons from an Instructor preferably several months ahead of your Test and practise at different times of day .
(6) Check out the Test Centre that you have been allocated to well in advance so that you can read the rules that are posted and find out how things work there. Not all Test Centres are custom built and many share car parks with other businesses making them difficult to negotiate.You should reverse park into your space at the commencement of your Driving Test.At the end of your Driving Test you should drive nose-in to avoid any delays.
(7) It goes without saying that you should check all your documents some weeks ahead of your Driving Test to ensure all are up to date.License;Insurance; N.C.T Certificate; Road Tax .Location of your Test and time also important.People do go to the wrong Test Centres and get times mixed up.
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While passing the Driving Test is an important milestone it is just the first in a journey of a lifetime.Skills will be added every day you are behind the wheel until you hang up the keys after retirement ( hopefully ).
Passing the Test does not mean you are an excellent driver...far from it! You have put together a serries of skills on the day to the Examiners satisfaction ..nor more no less.You will need to be extremely vigialnt and sensible for the first two to three years AFTER passing the Test.Why? This is the most dangerous time in any driving career.Satistics show that many accidents happen to novice drivers during this period.
Failing the Driving Test does not mean you are Dunce you will just need to TAKE MORE TIME TO LEARN AND PRACTISE.Simple Really it just takes time and effort like everything worthwhile in LIfe