The Day of The Driving Test

It is important to prepare correctly for your driving test by getting some proper Pretest Driving Lessons with an approved driving instructor. What occurs on the day of the driving test is outlined below and should be explained by your driving instructor during your pretest driving lessons. 

You should ensure that you arrive at the driving test centre in plenty of time and have yourself reverse parked in one of the parking spaces about 15 minutes before the scheduled test time.

From 01/02/2013 it is no longer necessary to produce your EDT Logbook for the driver tester to examine but if you were required to complete the EDT programme bring your logbook (if you have it) with you and keep it in the car.

As a consequence of Covid-19 you will no longer be allowed enter the driving test centre waiting room but will be required to wait in your vehicle until the driver tester assigned to you calls your mobile phone. They will ask some questions relating to your general health in order to establish, in so far as they can, that you are Covid free before asking you to make your way to the entrance of the building.

It is essential that the RSA has the correct number to contact you and that you are attentive to your phone around the appointed driving test time.

After a brief discussion at the door you will be invited into the building. Inside the door there is a sanitising station where you will be required to sanitise your hands and avail of a face mask which will be provided for you.

They will bring you into a room where your learners permit is inspected and details recorded from it. You will then be given a form to read and sign, this is for you to confirm that you are who you say you are and are compliant with the requirements for the test – . They will then ask you a number of questions and ask you to identify some road signs from the rules of the road book. Rules of the Road(PDF 2MB)

After this you will be accompanied to your vehicle where some Technical Checks will be conducted. .

You will then sit in your vehicle while the driving tester checks your Tax, Insurance, Nct discs. They will also check for “L” plates and inspect your tyres. Your indicators, front and rear, and your brake lights will also be inspected. If there are issues with any of the aforementioned the driving test will not be conducted.

When this has been done the driving tester will stand outside your drivers window and ask you to demonstrate some of the Secondary Controls. These include items such as lights, wipers, demister etc……

Hand signals, which previously were asked when stopped at the end of one of the manoeuvres (3 point turn), will also be asked at this stage.

They will then sit in the vehicle with you and you will then be given instructions on how they wish to conduct the test.

Drive away as you normally would. You will be given all instruction in plenty of time. If you approach a junction and don’t get any instruction you are to follow the course of the road you are on. If you don’t understand or are unclear about any instruction feel free to ask the tester to repeat it.

The practical part of the driving test averages about 30 minutes. Depending on the amount of traffic, the time of day or where you are brought the driving time may vary slightly.

Over the course of the test you will be asked to carry out 3 manoeuvres.
A hill take off, a turnabout (3 point turn) and a reverse around a corner. The driver tester may get out of the vehicle during the reverse manoeuvre.

When you return to the test centre the driving tester will indicate to you where to park your vehicle. Usually you are asked to drive forward into a parking space but occasionally people are asked to reverse into a space. You will then accompany the tester back into the building where the result of the test will be given to you.