At the start of the Driving Test the tester will ask you some questions and road signs. Here is a brief sample of some of the possible questions.
If the car in front is turning right, if you are turning left ahead, when vehicles in your right are moving slower (e.g.: One way street).
You may overtake or cross it if it is safe to do so.
One or two continuous white lines ahead. Only cross if safe to do so and don’t park on a road with a continuous white line.
The one nearest your side.
A continuous white line and then a broken white line sometimes with the words NO ENTRY PRINTED on the road.
Yield. You must give way to traffic on the road ahead.
Hatched markings, treat them like a traffic island and don’t enter. They could be anywhere on the road and of different lengths and widths. Yellow hatched markings are always on the left in the hard shoulder on a main road.
The edge of the road and the start of the hard shoulder normally used only by pedestrians and cyclists.
Only temporarily to allow faster traffic from behind to pass you, but make sure there are no pedestrians, cyclists, junctions or entrances nearby. You may also use it if instructed to do so by a Guard or if your car brakes down.
You are approaching a pedestrian crossing so don’t park or overtake on them.
At the Stop sign.
A single yellow means no parking during certain times, e.g.: Business hours, double yellow means no parking any time.
When there is a broken white line on your side, for access or to avoid an obstruction.
Keep yellow box clear. Don’t enter unless you can clear it, an exception is if you are turning right as long as you don’t obstruct other traffic.
An area of road that must be kept clear for moving traffic for the period indicated on the sign. No parking or stopping except for buses/taxi’s.
Traffic on the right and traffic already turning.
The extreme right lane.
Mirrors then signal, position your car just left of the centre white line, get down the gears smoothly, take the turn when a safe gap occurs, never cut the corner and yield to people and cyclists.
If you are broken down on the side of the road, if your car is being towed, if you are stopping or slowing suddenly to warn traffic behind you and at the scene of an accident.
When meeting or following other traffic, in a well lit area, in snow, heavy rain, fog, at dawn or dusk.
Don’t look directly at the lights, look to the left verge of the road and if necessary slow down and stop but watch for people and cyclists.
It’s used to warn other road users of danger and to make them aware of your presence when needed for safety reasons. It’s not to be used between 11.30pm and 7am in a built up area unless in an emergency.
Flashing amber beacons.
Each side of the island is a separate crossing.
Yield to pedestrians.
Stop unless you are too close to stop safely.
You may move only in the direction of the arrow if it is safe, even if a red light is also showing. (e.g. - Crossroads at Wexford Hospital).
This means you may proceed in the direction of the arrow but you must give way to other traffic on the adjoining road (e.g.-Wygram in Wexford)
Green, Amber and Red.
Traffic on the right.
A train is approaching so you must stop behind the stop line or at the lights, there may also be a warning bell in addition to the flashing red lights.
18 inches or 45cm.
Junction = 5 metres, Pedestrian Crossing = 15 metres.
At a corner/bend/brow of a hill or hump back bridge, Where there is a sharp dip in the road, anywhere that blocks the view of a school warden, in a disabled space (unless you have a permit), on white or yellow zig zag lines, on a yellow box, on a pedestrian crossing, at traffic lights, 15 metres before or 5 metres after a pedestrian crossing, at a bus stop/bus lane//taxi rank, where there is a single or double continuous white line in centre of road, on a footpath/grass margin/cycle lane, within 5 metres of a junction unless parking spaces are clearly marked, in a loading bay, clearway or in a tram lane.
On a corner/bend/brow of a hill, a humpback bridge, on a continuous white line/hatched markings, at pedestrian crossings, anywhere your view of oncoming traffic is restricted.
Stay 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you, use a fixed object and when car in front passes that object (e.g.: a sign) it should be at least 2 seconds until you pass it. In wet conditions it’s the 4 second rule.
Towns and Cities = 50km/60km, Regional Roads = 80km, National Roads = 100km, Motorways = 120km.
L Drivers, vehicles without inflated tyres, vehicles 50cc or under, vehicles unable to do at least 50km, invalid carriages, cyclists, animals & pedestrians.
No, unless your vehicle breaks down, you are stopped by a Garda, there is a toll plaza, there is an emergency (crash) or if there is road works.
Buses, Taxi’s and Cyclists. Only Buses may use a contra flow Bus Lane. Normal traffic may use with flow Bus Lanes outside of the Bus Lanes operating hours which should be indicated by an information sign.
A Vehicle at least 13 metres long (A Large Truck), if you are overtaking such a vehicle you will need extra road space to do so and move back in to the left.
A hazard or obstruction up ahead (e.g. - Broken down Truck or Bus).
Make sure it has a depth of at least 1.6mm, make sure there is enough air in them but not over-inflated (tyre pressure is usually 30 – 32psi), make sure all the nuts are tight, check for any damage on the tyres such as bulges or cuts.
A Garda, School Warden, Flagman or a person in charge of animals.
A road where two lanes go in one direction and one lane in the other usually alternating every 2km, it allows for safe overtaking in the two lane stretch.
This is when bald or worn tyres on the car can no longer cope with the build up of water underneath them. It can lead to loss of control of your vehicle.
Check all around before moving back making sure to look in all mirrors & over both shoulders, give way to pedestrians & other traffic, reverse slowly & ask for help if required. Look behind you most of the time as well as checking mirrors. Get out & check if you are unsure. NEVER reverse from a minor road onto a major road.
Driving in neutral or with clutch pressed in fully, you are not in full control of the car especially going downhill. This is not allowed on the Test. If you do this in the test you will quickly lose marks and possibly fail.