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Don’t get caught out on the day. Take a look at our comprehensive driving test checklist before the big day to ensure you are fully compliant with RSA standards.

Driving Test Checklist

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on the Irish driving test checklist. At Get Driving Safe, we understand the importance of passing your driving test with flying colours. It's not just about obtaining a driving license; it's about ensuring road safety and responsible driving habits. In this checklist, we will walk you through every detail you need to know to increase your chances of acing your driving test first time. Let's dive in!


Get Driving Safe Mock Driving Test

We provide students with pre-test driving lessons and a mock driving test so that you can be prepared and know what to expect on the day of your driving test. We will prepare you as comprehensively as possible so that you can undertake the test knowing that you have received the highest level of training possible.

Your valid learner permit

Valid & in date Tax Disc displayed on the vehicle

Insurance disc displayed on the vehicle, ensuring the green strip on the side remains attached to the disc

Valid & in date NCT disc displayed on the vehicle

L plates displayed correctly with full visibility


Practical tips for driving test prep

Arrive early – it’s better to have to wait a while at the test centre than to be rushed and arrive flustered.

Wear suitable footwear for your test – there is no point in turning up in heels, flip-flops, or heavy shoes that could potentially affect your performance.

Familiarise yourself with the engine – pop the hood and find out where the coolant, oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and windscreen washing fluid are. You may be required to point these features out in your test.

Ensure your tyres are in good nick – the tyre tread must not be less than 1.6mm (about a fingernail’s length)

Ensure your windscreen is clean – it must be free from dirt, excessive cracks, or scratches. Light transmission must be at least 65%. Your windscreen wipers must also be in good working order.

No modifications - Any vehicle modifications that pose a risk to the health and safety of the driver tester are not permitted.

Examples include but are not limited to: unpadded

or protected internal roll-cages.

Lights on – ensure all of your headlights, brake lights and indicators are working.

Lights off – ensure there are no warning lights appearing on the dash.

Clean up – ensure the vehicle is free from debris, smoke, and large objects. Have a walk around the car and ensure there are no obvious defects that may cause your examiner to cast doubt.

Please note - your test will be stopped if your vehicle

fails to meet any requirement outlined in this

document. This might happen before or even during

the test itself. Likewise, if during the test you are

unable to proceed for any reason, the test will be

stopped as a result. In these instances, you will have

to book another test and pay the appropriate fee.

Keep in mind - if you are not ready to take your test

due to not meeting the test requirements, you can

reschedule twice so long as you give at least 10 days

notice without losing your fee. You must follow the

instructions on when rescheduling.


If you are unsure of what is required before the test, you can get in touch with Get Driving Safe, and we will advise you further.

  • How many pre-test driving lessons do I need before taking the driving test?
    The number of pre-test lessons you need depends on your individual progress and confidence level. We will assess and recommend the appropriate number for you.
  • What types of driving lessons does Get Driving Safe offer in Dublin?
    We offer manual and automatic driving lessons.
  • Can I read reviews from your previous students?
    Absolutely! You can find reviews from our satisfied students on our website, sharing their experiences and success stories with Get Driving Safe.
  • What should I bring with me on the day of my driving test in Dublin?
    We provide a comprehensive driving test checklist that includes essential documents and items you'll need for your test day, ensuring you're fully prepared.
  • Do you provide automatic driving lessons in Dublin?
    Yes, we offer automatic driving lessons in Dublin for those who prefer learning to drive with an automatic transmission vehicle.
  • Can I choose between manual and automatic driving lessons?
    Of course, you can! We offer both manual and automatic driving lessons to suit your preferences. Whether you want to conquer the stick shift or prefer an automatic, We have got you covered.
  • Are you fully qualified as a driving instructor?
    Absolutely! We are RSA-approved and highly experienced.
  • What types of vehicles do you use for driving lessons?
    Our driving school offers a range of modern, well-maintained vehicles that are fully equipped for your safety and comfort.
  • What sets Get Driving Safe apart from other driving schools in Dublin?
    At Get Driving Safe, our passion for road safety and excellence is unmatched. We offer a tailored learning experience with certified instructors who employ modern teaching techniques to ensure you become a confident and skilled driver.
  • What is an automatic driving lesson, and how is it different from manual lessons?
    An automatic driving lesson uses a car with an automatic transmission, making it easier for learners. Unlike manual cars, you don't need to worry about changing gears. You simply focus on steering, braking, and accelerating, making it an ideal choice for beginners and those who prefer a stress-free driving experience.
  • Do I need to have a learner's permit to start my lessons?
    Yes, you must have a valid learner's permit before taking automatic driving lessons in Dublin. You can obtain one from the NDLS (National Driver Licence Service).
  • How do I get started with automatic driving lessons in Dublin?
    Getting started is easy! Simply contact Get Driving Safe, and we'll schedule your first lesson. We offer flexible timings and can accommodate your schedule.
  • Can I use my own car for lessons, or will I be provided with one?
    You can use your own automatic car for lessons if it meets the required safety standards. Alternatively, we can provide a well-maintained vehicle for your lessons.
  • How many Pre-Test Driving Lessons do I need?
    The number of lessons you need can vary depending on your existing skills and experience. However, we typically recommend a minimum of 3-5 lessons to cover all aspects of the test and build your confidence.
  • What does a typical Pre-Test Driving Lesson cover?
    Our lessons cover a wide range of topics, including mock driving tests, parallel parking, three-point turns, and all the essential manoeuvres required for the test. We also focus on hazard perception and road safety.
  • What are Pre-Test Driving Lessons, and why do I need them?
    Pre-Test Driving Lessons are designed to fine-tune your driving skills and prepare you for the driving test in Dublin. They help boost your confidence, familiarize you with the test routes, and ensure you're fully prepared to pass the test with flying colours.
  • Do you provide vehicles for the lessons, or should I use my own car?
    We offer the option to use our dual-controlled, fully insured vehicles for your Pre-Test Driving Lessons. However, if you prefer to use your own car, that's perfectly fine too.
  • What does a broken white line in the centre of the road mean?
    You may overtake if it’s safe to do so.
  • Why is a STOP sign octagonal and a yield sign triangular?
    To help drivers distinguish between the two in snowy weather.
  • What does the island in the centre of a pedestrian crossing mean?
    Each side of the island is a separate crossing.
  • Outline the restrictions in relation to the use of your horn?
    In a built-up area, you cannot use your horn between the hours of 11.30pm and 7.00am, except in the case of an emergency.
  • What is the national general speed limit?
    100 KM p/h for cars
  • What should you do if you are dazzled by the lights of an oncoming vehicle?
    Slow down and stop if necessary.
  • How would you know a zebra crossing at night?
    By the yellow flashing beacons.
  • Why is the checklist important for my driving test?
    The checklist is crucial because it ensures you're well-prepared, organised, and compliant with the test requirements. It can significantly boost your confidence on the day of your driving test.
  • What is the acceptable tyre tread depth?
    1.6mm min
  • If you saw a red triangle on the road, what does it mean?
    There is an obstruction on the road ahead.
  • What position would you take up for a right hand turn at the end of a one way street?
    You would take up position int eh extreme right hand lane.
  • When driving at night, when should you dip your lights?
    Answers-1-6 Upon meeting oncoming traffic/ road users. Following vehicles in front of you, Driving in Snow, Fog or Very heavy rain, When at a junction. Also, you should dip our headlights 5. Driving in well lit areas. 6. Driving during daylight hours.
  • Where should you not park?
    On a bend, the brow of a hill, a humpback bridge, at a continuous white line, or where your vehicle may obstruct a sign or entrance.
  • What is aquaplaning?
    When a film or water builds up between the tyres and the road, which effects the steering and braking.
  • What does a broken yellow line mean?
    It signifies the edge of a roadway, also known as a hard shoulder.
  • What does a double yellow line mean?
    No parking at any time.
  • How close to a junction can you park?
    5m from a junction.
  • What do white zig zag lines on the road mean?
    A zebra crossing is ahead, no overtaking, no parking.
  • What does a single continuous yellow line mean?
    Parking is prohibited at certain times.
  • Describe the road marking for ‘no entry’?
    A continuous white line with a broken line behind it.
  • What is a clearway?
    An area in which stopping and parking is prohibited (except for buses and taxis) for a period indicated on the clearway signpost.
  • What is the motorway speed limit?
    120KM p/h
  • If there are two parallel lines in the centre of the road, one continuous and one broken, which do you obey?
    Always obey the line nearest to you.
  • Where should you not overtake?
    On a bend, the brow of a hill, a humpback bridge, at a continuous white line, or where your view of oncoming traffic is restricted.
  • What do white diagonal lines in the centre of the road mean?
    Treat them like a traffic island and not enter the space between the lines.
  • What does a green traffic light mean?
    Go. Providing the junction is clear.
  • What does an amber traffic light mean?
    You should stop if you can do so safely at the stop line. Name three people in authority for whom you must stop. Gardaí, school warden or a person in charge of animals.
  • What is the safe distance to drive from the car in front of you?
    You should allow 1m for each kilometre per hour you are travelling. Double that for wet roads, four times that for icy roads or observe the ‘two-second rule’.
  • What is the Irish Driving Test Checklist?
    The Irish Driving Test Checklist is a comprehensive guide that outlines all the essential items and knowledge you need to have before taking your driving test in Ireland. It covers everything from documentation to vehicle requirements.
  • When can you cross a continuous white line?
    You can cross the line in order to avoid an obstruction, gain access, or if there is a broken white line on your side of the continuous white line.
  • When can you overtake on the left?
    When the driver in front of you is turning right, when you intend to turn left, when the vehicles in the lane on your right are moving slower than the vehicles in your lane in queueing traffic.
  • What rules apply to a yellow box junction?
    You must not enter a yellow box unless your way ahead is clear. The only exception being if turning right. You can then enter and wait in the box so long as you do not obstruct other traffic.
  • At a junction with roads of equal importance who should give way?
    Traffic to the right and traffic already turning.
  • What is the legal parking distance from the kerb?
    45 cm or 1.5ft
  • At a junction when traffic lights are not working, to whom should you give the right of way?
    You should give way ti traffic on the right and traffic already turning.
  • Are there vehicle requirements on the checklist?
    Absolutely! Your vehicle must meet specific requirements, such as valid tax and insurance, functioning lights and indicators, and roadworthy tires. The checklist helps you ensure your vehicle is test-ready.
  • What are the different types of Irish road signs?
    In Ireland, road signs are categorized into several types, including regulatory signs, warning signs, information signs, and directional signs. Each type serves a unique purpose in guiding drivers safely.
  • What are regulatory road signs, and how do I recognise them?
    Regulatory road signs are designed to convey specific rules and regulations that drivers must follow. They are usually circular with a white background and a red border. Examples include speed limit signs and no entry signs.
  • How long does it take to master manual driving?
    The duration varies from person to person. It typically takes 10-20 hours of training to become proficient, but more practice may be needed to achieve mastery.
  • Is manual driving suitable for all vehicles?
    Manual transmission is available for a wide range of vehicles, from compact cars to sports cars and even some larger vehicles. We can adapt our training to your specific needs.
  • Can I switch from automatic to manual driving lessons?
    Yes, you can. Our instructors can help you transition from automatic to manual driving, making the process smoother and more manageable.
  • Is manual driving more difficult than automatic driving?
    Manual driving requires more coordination and attention, but with the right training, it can become second nature. Our instructors are experts at guiding you through the learning process.
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