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Driving Test Questions guaranteed to be asked by your Tester.

On arrival to the test centre you should make your way to the waiting room approximately 15 minutes before the test time.

Arriving late will mean the test will not go ahead and you must reapply for another test.

Wait untill your name is called then follow the driving tester into the office and take a seat at the testers desk.

Having spoken to you and read your learner permit details then the tester will first test your knowledge on the general rules of the road.

You will be asked to identify a selection of road signs and to answer a selection of questions on the Rules of the Road.

To help with your preparation, National  Driving School has produced this helpful guide which includes some of the more popular questions and answers that you must know as first impressions to the tester lasts.

We have also included some additional questions without answers to test your knowledge. If you don’t know the answers, ask your instructor to help!

Rules of the Road Q&A- Your National Driving School Guide

1.            When can you overtake on the left?

  • When you want to go straight ahead & the driver in front of you has moved out & signalled that they intend to turn right.
    • When you have signalled that you intend to turn left.
    • When traffic in both lanes is moving slowly & traffic in the left-hand lane is moving more quickly than the traffic in the right-hand lane.

2.            What is meant by a solid white line in the centre of the road?

You must stay to the left & must not cross the line unless it is for access or in an emergency.

3.            What does a broken yellow line mean?

The road contains a hard shoulder which is normally only for pedestrians & cyclists but may be used briefly to allow faster traffic to overtake if it safe to do so.

4.            What does double broken white lines along the centre of the road mean?

These alert the driver to continuous white lines a short distance ahead.  You must not cross them unless it is safe to do so.

5.            At a stop sign that has no white line, where should you stop?

You must stop at the sign.

6.            Where there is a continuous & a broken white line along the centre of the road, which one do you obey?

You must obey the line that is nearest you.

7.            Who has priority at a roundabout?

You must give right of way to traffic already on a roundabout.

8.            When driving, when should you dip your headlights?

  • When meeting other traffic.
  • When following close behind another vehicle.
  • On continuously lit roads.
  • In snow, fog, dusk/dawn.
  • Generally, to avoid inconveniencing other traffic.

9.            What should you do if you are dazzled by another vehicle’s headlights?

  • Slow down & stop if necessary.
    • Always watch for pedestrians or cyclists on the side of the road.
    • If the dazzle is from an oncoming vehicle, avoid it by looking towards the left verge until the vehicle has passed.
    • If the dazzle is from a vehicle behind you & reflected in your mirror, operate the night-driving mode on you mirror.

10.          What restrictions are there in relation to the use of the horn?

Do not use a horn in a built-up area between 11.30pm & 7.00 am, unless there is a traffic emergency.

11.          Within what distance from the kerb should you park?

45cm

12.          Where should you not overtake?

Near a bend, the brow of a hill, a hump back bridge, a continuous white line, where your vehicle would obstruct a sign, at an entrance, opposite another vehicle on a narrow road, a taxi rank.

13.          What is the sequence of traffic lights?

Green, Amber, Red.

14.          What does a clearway mean?

No parking during specified times or stopping unless you are waiting in a line of traffic.

15.          What rules apply to a box junction?

You must not enter a yellow box junction unless you can clear it without stopping. An exception is when you want to turn right.  You may enter while waiting for a gap in traffic coming from the opposite direction as long to do so would not block other traffic that has priority.

16.          What is the difference between a pelican crossing & a zebra crossing?

A pelican crossing is controlled by lights.  A zebra crossing has flashing orange beacons & is controlled by the presence of pedestrians.

17.          What does an island in the centre of a pedestrian crossing mean?

Zebra crossings with a central island should be treated as two separate crossings.

Pelican crossings that go straight across the road count as one crossing even if there is a central island.

If Pelican crossings on either side of the central island are not in a straight line (staggered), they count as two separate crossings.

18.          What do the white zig-zag lines at a zebra crossing mean?

No overtaking or parking.

19.          What is the speed limit on a) national roads (primary & secondary) & on b) motorways?

a) 100km/h

b) 120 km/h

20.          What are the speed limits in built up areas?

Usually 50km/h unless special speed limits apply to designated roads and zones. Special speed limits are generally 30km/h or 60km/h.

21.          What is the minimum tread depth on tyres?

Most vehicles on the road must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm over their main treads.

22.          What are the rules regarding bus lanes?

A with-flow bus lane runs in the same direction as the traffic beside it & can be used by bicyclists & taxis as well as buses & is reserved during the times shown on the information plate.

A contra-flow bus lane is reserved only for buses, which means no other traffic may use it day or night.

23.          How far away should you park from a junction?

Over 5 metres.

24.          What position would you take up for a right turn in a one-way street?

When turning right from a one-way street, drive as close as you can to the right-hand side.

25.          What are hatched markings?

Hatched markings are diagonal or chevron markings on the road that can be used for merging traffic, for diverging traffic & for separating traffic travelling in opposite directions (central median islands).  If you see these markings on the road you must not enter the area they cover.

26.          What does a yield sign mean?

If you see a Yield sign on the road, usually near a junction or roundabout, you must give way to traffic on a major road ahead or on the roundabout & you must not proceed unless it is safe to do so.

27.          What is a filter light?

An arrow light, green or amber, you may proceed in the direction of the arrow if it is safe to do so.

28.          You are approaching traffic lights & they change to amber, what action should you take?

Stop unless it is unsafe to do so.

29.          What does a flashing amber traffic light mean?

                Proceed if the crossing is clear but pedestrians have priority.

30.          What do flashing red traffic lights mean?

                Stop, train approaching

31.          What does a continuous yellow line at the side of a road mean?

                No parking during certain hours.

32.          What do double continuous yellow lines at the side of the road mean?

                No parking at any time.

33.          Give examples of where you would not park.

Near a bend, the brow of a hill, a hump back bridge, opposite a single or continuous white line, where your vehicle would obstruct a sign, at an entrance, opposite another vehicle on a narrow road, a taxi rank, near a junction, at a bus stop, on a footpath.

34.          Within what distance from a pedestrian crossing, should you not park?

                15 metres before or 5 metres after.

35.          What procedure must you adopt if crossing a dual carriageway with a narrow central median?

                If the median is too narrow for your vehicle, you must wait until you can complete the crossing.

36.          What are the differences between a motorway and a dual carriageway?

On motorways, exits to left only, no traffic lights, no junctions, no roundabouts, 120Kph speed limits may apply.

37.          Who has priority at a unmarked crossroads with roads of equal importance?

                Give priority to traffic on the junction & traffic approaching from your right.

38.          What are the road markings for no entry?

                A continuous & a broken white line with the words “NO ENTRY”

39.          What would you look out for on country roads?

                Pedestrians, animals, muddy surfaces, concealed entrances, slow moving farm machinery.

40.          When being overtaken, what must you not do?

                Increase your speed.

41.          Where would you never make a U-turn?

                In a one-way street, where there is a continuous white line or lines, where a sign directs you not to.

42.          What is meant by tailgating?

                Driving too close to a vehicle in front, not keeping a safe distance.

43.          What human factors can affect your driving?

                Alcohol, drugs (prescription and non-prescription), tiredness & fatigue, road rage, attitude.

44.          What is coasting & why is it potentially dangerous?

Coasting is when the vehicle is not being driven by the engine i.e. the clutch pedal is held down or the gear lever is in neutral.  It is dangerous because it reduces the driver’s control of the vehicle.

45.          Who is responsible for seat belts?

                For passengers under 17 years of age, the driver is responsible

                For passengers 17 years of age & over, the person themselves.

46.          When following the road ahead on a multi-lane dual carriageway, which lane would you normally use?

                You would normally use lane 1 or the left-hand driving lane, unless road markings indicate otherwise.

47.          What is the “2 second rule”?

Used as a measure of a safe following distance of at least 2 seconds in dry conditions, doubled in the wet and extended further in icy conditions.

Test your Knowledge!

  • How would you test if your handbrake is working properly?
  • How would you test if your brakes are working properly when stationary & when on the move?
  • How would you test if your brake lights are working?
  • How would you know if you had a problem with your steering?
  • How would you check to ensure that your tyres are in good working order?
  • How would you check your tyre thread depth?
  • How would you check your engine oil level?
  • If your brake fluid level is low, what might the reason(s)?
  • How would know if your coolant level is low?
  • How would you ensure that your head restraint is correctly adjusted?
  • What warning light(s) will remain on after turning on the ignition?

Your theoretical knowledge is an important part of the Driving Test preparation and shows the Tester that you know your theory when it comes to the Rules of the road just before going out on test.Making that first impression with the tester is crucial as it sets the theme of the Driving Test.

How To Get A License For A Driving School?

These days, almost all people who are permittable by law to start driving want to learn how to drive and drive their own car at some point. Learning how to drive is a very important rite of passage in most cultures, especially in Ireland. In Ireland, if a teenager is 17 years or older, they are eligible to learn how to drive a car by getting a learner’s license. Most teens (and their parents, if we may say so) like to enroll with reputed driving schools like National Driving School in Dublin. If they don’t go for that option, then the next most popular option – hiring their own personal ADI approved driving instructor. National Driving School has multiple branches all around Dublin, which makes it easier for the residents of Dublin to enroll with them and join a branch which is closest and most convenient for them.

Why do people love driving schools so much?

Learning from friends and family is the old fashioned way of learning how to drive a car. Now, more and more people are relying on respected driving schools like National Driving School in Dublin. And honestly, if you ask anyone who has experience of attending a driving school, then you would understand why there is a booming number of driving schools and driving instructors popping up these days. One of the biggest reasons why people like driving schools and driving instructors so much, is because of the streamlined and intricate details of driving, some of the information which might get left out when you are learning from some friends or family numbers.

Advantages of joining a driving school –

  • You get equal and appropriate amounts of theoretical and practical knowledge.
  • You get an updated version of the newest traffic and road rules and regulations.
  • You get personal one-on-one attention from professional ADI approved driving instructors.
  • The student stays safe in the car when they have a professional driving instructor with them in the vehicle.
  • Driving schools like National Driving School offer great EDT (Essential Driver Training) courses which cover the entirety of driving lessons in a compact, easy to digest package.
  • Driving schools provide the perfect environment for aspiring drivers to give it their best shot while learning to be responsible and safe drivers.
  • People who already know how to drive but want to ace their driving test to get their driver’s license can also attend the school to polish up some of their skills.
  • If a student does not own a car to learn how to drive, the school can give them a vehicle to practice on.
  • At a reputed driving school, students can learn to drive all types of vehicle, be it automatic, manual or semi-automatic.

How can people get a professional license for their driving school?

If an individual or a group of individuals want to start a driving school, you totally can. All you need to do is make sure that you know what you are getting into. If you as an independent person want to get into the lucrative business of driving schools, then you must most definitely possess an ADI certification. To start a driving school, all you need to do is possess a car which you can teach students on, and have an ADI certification along with some study material which you can refer to from time to time.

To start your own driving school, you must have the following –

  • A valid driving license
  • An RSA approved ADI certification
  • An insured car (or cars)
  • Study material so that your students can also learn the theory
  • Team members who can help you expand your business

If you want to start off as a one-man show, then starting your own driving school is pretty simple and straightforward. You may want to put in some efforts in terms of how you will market your driving school and how you can attract students, but as long as you have the ADI certification which legally allows you to teach others how to drive a car and have all the facilities which a student may need while learning how to drive, you are good to go. But if you want to expand your business and set up a proper institution, then you will have to hire other RSA approved driving instructors who have a valid ADI certificate. Once you have an established and well-trained team of driving instructors and have a fleet of cars which students can use to practice their driving skills, then you are all set to make your mark in the driving school industry! Once you get the whole functioning of your new driving school established, then you can also introduce driving courses which let people prepare for their driving test or driving instructor courses which let people study how to be a driving instructor as well.

Once you have the basic structure of your business ready, then you can also register your driving school. You can go to the CRO (Companies Registration Office), pay 40 euros, fill in a detailed application form and register your company legally. Voila! You are now an official owner of a legally licensed driving school!

How Can One Open A Driving School?

If you are itching to venture into the world of driving schools, then you have come just to the right place. More and more people every single day look forward to learning how to drive, and their most favorable way to learn how to drive a car is by either joining a reputed driving school like National Driving School or hire an Road Safety Authority (RSA) approved driving instructor. In the Dublin area, National Driving School is immensely popular as it has multiple branches all over the city. National Driving School has branches in Citywest, Churchtown, Clondalkin, Rathcoole and many more. This way, students interested can pick a branch which is closest and most convenient to them. All the driving instructors at National Driving School are Approved Driving Instructors and have been trained to deal with all types of students – students who have some knowledge about ars and driving as well as students who have no clue about the driving world. Being an ADI approved driver is not only a necessity to earn money as a driving instructor, but it also makes the driver instructor seem more professional and reliable, something driving students look for actively in driving instructors.

I want to open a driving school – How should I go about it?

Firstly, you must be sure about the decision you are about to make. Becoming a driving instructor sure is a rewarding job in all aspects – in terms of payment (Ireland has some of the highest rates of payment for driving instructors, going up to 45 euros per hour) and also in terms of job satisfaction. If you enjoy driving, then becoming a driving instructor is a fun and professional job you must consider. But if you want to expand and reach even greater heights, then you can even consider setting up your own driving school. For this, all you would have to do are the following steps –

  • Get an ADI certification yourself

To start a driving school of your own, you must be an Approved Driving Instructor by the standards of the RSA (Road Safety Authority). You must also have already had more than 2 years of experience in teaching students professionally how to drive a car. You must also not possess any driving related felonies. All convictions should be cleared by law. You can only start a driving school if you as a founder have all the skills and certifications to practice as a professional driving instructor.

  • Get the cars you would be using for teaching students how to drive insured

It doesn’t matter if you are starting your driving school on a big or small scale, you must make sure all the vehicles you are using for teaching purposes have been insured so that in case your vehicle undergoes some irreparable damage, it won’t burn a hole in your company wallet, or even worse, your personal wallet. Insuring your cars is the smart move every driving school owner must perform. Regular car servicing should be marked in your calendars as well so that the cars students use for practicing how to drive are in top quality condition.

  • Hire more ADI approved driving instructors

Now, you must work on creating a team of well-trained ADI approved driving instructors who have enough experience working with all types of students. Since these driving instructors are the people the students will directly engage with, you as an employee need to make sure that these driving instructors are not only skilled drivers but are also good with communication and their ability to instruct effectively. The team of driving instructors you hire ultimately reflect the quality of education you provide at your driving school.

  • Register your driving school

Once you have decided what you want to call your driving school, then you can go to the CRO (Companies Registration Office) and register your company/driving school officially. It takes about 40 euros to register your company name, or even cheaper if you do it online (about 20 euros). You now officially have a driving school of your own!

  • Advertise your driving school

Once everything has been set up, the biggest challenge is spreading the word and attracting people towards your driving school. This is majorly done through advertising. These days, social media plays a huge role in advertising businesses. Be it Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or even Google+, all social media platforms can be used for advertising. You can also use traditional advertising media like newspapers, pamphlets, brochures or even television advertisements. Whatever lets your brand build traction and ultimately convert into business is good advertising.

  • Make sure you have all the facilities you require for a driving school

To function as a reputed and recognized driving school, you must have a fixed curriculum which has equal amounts of theoretical knowledge as well as real-time driving practice. This curriculum should also be in line with the curriculum assigned by the governement as well. Your driving school should also have enough cars for all your students to practice on. All these cars should be in great working condition as well. A collection of study material which students can refer to from time to time is also helpful. Like any institution where students are coming to learn anything, there must be certain facilities available so that they are comfortable. Facilities like a clean and hygienic washroom, few classrooms where students can learn the theoretical aspects of driving and a safe and secure driving area.

  • Welcome students who want to join your driving school

Now that you are ready for business, students will start rolling in wanting to join your school and learn how to drive a car in the most responsible and safe manner possible.

The Best Small Automatic Car You Must Buy

Automatic cars are all the rage these days because of the convenience and ease of driving that comes along with it. While driving your own car is something everyone wants to do, there are some limitations in driving a car in a city scenario. Drivers now want an automatic car which is powerful, fuel efficient and yet has a lot of power. People who don’t know how to drive yet sign up with driving schools like National Driving School which is in Dublin to learn all they need to know about driving a car. National Driving School gives its students a choice in what type of vehicle they want to learn how to drive – manual, automatic or even semi-automatic. Their driving school has professional ADI approved driving instructors who have been trained to handle all types of students with varying knowledge of the skill of driving.

Automatic cars have become increasingly popular these days. Not only there is one less foot pedal to worry about, but the people driving an automatic car do not have to worry about switching gears from time to time again and again while driving. People who drive automatic cars can now fully concentrate on the road and not worry about changing gears at all. And if you ask any manual car driver, they will most definitely say that the most tricky part about driving a car is the part where the driver is required to change gears over and over again when there is a significant change in the speed of the vehicle.

Why do people prefer automatic cars?

Driving is a great privilege as it lets you get around from one place to another without having to rely on any other person or any form of public transport. With this being said, due to the gradual improvement in technology and the world of automation, people have now figured out how to simplify the process of driving even further. Given below is a list of advantages of driving an automatic car.

  • The driver no longer has to change gears while he/she is driving
  • The driver does not have to worry about the clutch pedal anymore, just the brake and the accelerator
  • The driver can pay more undivided attention to the road
  • Stopping and starting due to traffic is now easier than ever!
  • Drivers who drive an automatic car have been known to have lower stress levels while driving

Now that we know of all the advantages of a great automatic vehicle, let us tell you some more about the best small automatic car in our opinion –

Skoda Fabia DSG

The Skoda Fabia DSG model in a sensibly sized hatchback which works on the automatic transmission, providing its driver with a smooth and stress-free ride. The reason why this car is so popular is that it meets all the requirements of the busy drivers who are always on the go and have to drive on busy city streets. Apart from giving the driver peace of mind and great driving experiences, on the whole, the car may seem small and compact, but the interiors are spacious and roomy, giving each passenger a lot of leg space and the promise of a comfortable ride.

Features of the Skoda Fabia DSG

Specifications –

  • It has a 1197cc engine with 4 inline turbocharged cylinders
  • The engine has a power of 108bhp and works at 4600 to 5600 rotations per minute
  • The engine can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 9.4 seconds
  • The topmost speed of this engine is 124 miles per hour
  • The car has 16-inch wide alloy wheels which are strong and sturdy
  • It had 7 different speeds which automatic transmission
  • It has a kerb weight of 1103 kilograms, making the car hefty and stable while in action
  • It has a ‘sports’ mode which makes the car a fun and entertaining ride
  • It has a great infotainment system (which includes a 6.5-inch wide touchscreen bang in the middle of the dashboard which lets you see the rear part of the car easily)
  • It had LED headlights
  • It also has rear parking sensors which allow you to back up/reverse carefully, avoiding any kind of mishaps
  • It has SmartLink technology – which means that syncing your phone to the systems of your car is now simpler than ever!
  • It has a 330 liter capacity of boot space
  • It has a high grip leather steering wheel
  • The car also comes along with a three-year-long warranty

The reason why people would go for the Skoda Fabia DSG vehicle is very simple – this car has the likes of a powerful vehicle coupled with the sensibility of city comforts and overall easy-going driving. Skoda Fabia DSG wines the title of the best small automatic transmission car hands down!

Which Is The Best Driving School?

National Driving School is known for being the best driving school in the Dublin area. So many people who want to learn how to drive head over to National Driving School to enroll themselves for driving lessons. Most people hear about this school from people who have already learned from the driving instructors at National Driving School and have nothing but good things to say about it. People trust reviews and referrals a lot as they have real humans behind them. And if these reviews are coming from their friends and family, then even better!

But why National Driving School?

National Driving School has an experience of over 25 years in teaching aspiring drivers how to drive a car in a safe and responsible manner. They have branches all over Dublin, including counties like Naas Saggart, Blanchardstown, Clondalkin, Churchtown, Rathcoole, Terenure and so on. If you are in Dublin and you want to learn how to drive, all you need to do is contact National Driving School and they will help you out by letting you know which branch is closest and most convenient for you to learn how to drive at. The location of the driving school also makes it extremely convenient for aspiring drivers as they can choose any location which is closest to them. This way not only is attending their lessons simpler but when they have to give their driving test, they can go to the test center which is closest to them and be completely stress-free.

Advantages of joining National Driving School –

Students who have learned how to drive at National Driving School have said that the benefits of joining this school made the learning process so much more interesting. Here are some of the benefits of enrolling with this amazing driving school –

  • You get to choose how many driving lessons you want to take. In case you feel that you aren’t ready to take your driving test yet, you can still continue taking as many lessons as you want until you are a 100% comfortable and confident to take the test.
  • They have a brilliant team of highly professional and well-trained driving instructors who are ADI certified.
  • Their driving instructors have a lot of experience and can deal with all types of students and personalities. All the driving instructors are required to have very good people skills as well as impeccable communication skills. They are also trained to boost the morale and confidence of the students and push them to give it their best shot without making them nervous or uncomfortable.
  • Before a student attends their first driving lesson, they organize an orientation class where each newcomer is given a brief of what they should expect, what they should bring along with them for their first class, what type of shoes they should wear to stay comfortable and maintain a great grip on the foot pedals. This orientation class is a must as it puts all the restless and nervous students in a more comfortable position and also makes them less anxious.
  • All students of National Driving School get personal one-on-one attention from their ADI certified driving instructors. This focused attention gives the instructor more understanding in terms of where the student is lacking and what their positive points are. It gives the students more inputs and they know what they should work on and improve.
  • With over 25 years of experience, this driving school has been able to develop a very effective and intensive EDT course. They have a 12 lesson long EDT course which covers all the basic as well as important information about driving and road etiquette. Their 12 EDT course is a crowd favorite, and when you enroll for it, you’ll understand why!
  • If you have your own car you want to use while learning how to drive, you are welcome to bring it to the class. But if you don’t own a vehicle yet, don’t worry, National Driving School has got you covered.
  • If you are busy during the day with work or school, you can even apply for night classes. National Driving School is very flexible and you will always find a class which will suit your timings.
  • You can also take lessons right before your driving test so that you are well prepared and can pass the test easily
  • If you want to become a driving instructor, National Driving School also offers a course where you can polish up your driving skills and prepare for the driving instructor test.
  • AT this school, you can learn how to drive any type of vehicle you want, be it manual, automatic or even semi-automatic.
  • Students can also get motorway driving lessons
  • You can pay for the classes in cash, by cheque or even through bank transfers.

Will All Cars Be Automatic In The Future?

If you drive a car or are keen on learning how to drive one, then you would be knowing that there are 3 main types of cars out there – manual, automatic and semi-automatic. All three of these types of cars have their advantages and disadvantages but after weighing all the pros and cons and studying the buying behaviors of drivers, we have realized that automatic cars are the crowd favorites, hands down! Whenever an aspiring driver enrolls with a driving school for driving lessons, one of the first questions they are asked is whether they want to learn how to drive an automatic car or a manual car. Most reputed driving schools like National Driving School in Dublin are able to teach their students to drive both types of vehicles. National Driving School has a well-trained team of ADI approved driving instructors who have an appropriate amount of experience in driving manual as well as automatic cars. Automatic cars are becoming increasingly popular these days with the advancements of technology and auto But many car owners, especially those car owners who have never driven an automatic car before, would have one lingering question which they might ask all the time…what is so special about automatic cars and why does everyone think that it is the future of the automobile industry? If you are one of those people who keeps asking these questions, then keep reading on!

Why are automatic cars so popular?

If you ever drive an automatic car, you will immediately understand why people love automatic cars and what the hype is all about. The cars with automatic transmission gearboxes basically handle all the stress of changing gears for you. When you drive an automatic vehicle, since you don’t have to change gears all the time, you can finally pay a hundred percent attention to the road. Some people say that the most challenging part about driving a car is handling the steering wheel as well as taking care of changing the gears as well. One more plus point of automatic cars is that these vehicles only have two pedals – the brake and the accelerator. The clutch is redundant in the automatic car, which means that it reduces the stress and confusion while driving a car by a significant amount. Automatic cars are just easier to drive in heavy city traffic, which explains why more and more people are going for these vehicles and why they are growing so popular amongst people who want to buy cars.

Why are automatic cars the future of the automobile industry?

Since automatic cars are still a new development, the majority of vehicles running on the streets are still working on manual transmission. But studying the current trends of people buying new cars, it is evidently clear that more and more people are opting for the automatic transmission option. In fact, if the car buying trends remain the way that they are going right now, it is quite possible that in the next 20 years, manual cars will be completely irrelevant and only semi-automatic and automatic cars will be ruling the streets.

Let’s take Japan for example. It is by far the most technologically savvy country that exists today. About 90% of their car production is focused entirely on automatic vehicles. Europe is still a bit slow in its transition from manual to automatic cars, but we are sure that in a few years, this will be changing drastically as well. It is also predicted that the dual clutch system will be gaining a lot of popularity in the next 5-10 years as well. So it is safe to say that in about 30 years, manual cars would be the equivalent of an extinct bird or animal.

We can’t really predict whether the production of manual cars will be stopped completely in the next few decades. But what we can confirm is that in the coming years, the purchasing of manual cars will slowly reduce, making automatic and semi-automatic cars the kings of the roads. Automobile companies are also working on a variety of hybrid electric cars which the masses seem to love, so the decline in buying manual cars obviously makes a lot of sense.

We are a generation of comfort and convenience, and most people are willing to pay whatever price they are asked if they are promised their leisure and peace of mind. Automatic vehicles do just that. They offer a simpler and more stress-free way of driving at a particular price. And by the looks of it, people seem to be loving these automatic transmission cars!

How To Become A Driving School Instructor?

These days, learning how to drive is the new fad, but it is a fad which is also an extremely useful one too. Learning how to drive gives people the freedom and independence to move about according to their own will and wishes. Individuals who drive do not have to depend on any other human and can drive themselves as well as their friends and family to places where they need to be. One of the most popular ways to learn how to drive is by enrolling for driving lessons. When a person joins a reputed driving school like National Driving School which has multiple branches all over Dublin, they get personalized one-on-one attention from ADI approved professional driving instructors. Not only that, when a student registers with National Driving School, they get the option of bringing their own car if they have one for the lessons. This makes the learning process a lot more comfortable for the students if they get to learn and practice on their own car. If the student does not have their own car, they can use any of the cars provided by the school. They can learn how to drive a manual, automatic or a semi-automatic car, the choice is up to them.

Who certifies driving instructors in Ireland?

Since more and more people want to learn how to drive, it is obvious that the profession of teaching people how to drive cars has also boomed immensely. More and more driving enthusiasts are looking for driving schools or registered ADI approved driving instructors who can teach them how to drive. One of the biggest criteria for becoming a successful and reputed driving instructor is being registered with the RSA as an Approved Driving Instructor. Now you may ask, what is the RSA? The RSA is the Road Safety Authority of Ireland. Their mission is to make the roads of Ireland a safe place to be. This is why they scan each and every aspiring driving instructor thoroughly before they can start teaching impressionable students how to drive. If any driving instructor does not have the seal of approval from the RSA, then they cannot earn money from teaching people how to drive.

How can an individual become an ADI approved driving school instructor?

To become an RSA approved ADI certified driving instructor, you first must be an exceptional driver with a valid driver’s license. This means that you should have already completed your driving lessons, given the driving test, passed the exam and gotten the license in your hands. After this, you are required to do the following –

  • Prepare for the driving instructor test

Before you start thinking about applying as a driving instructor to routed driving schools, you must be prepared for what’s coming your way. If you want to be a driving instructor, you are required to hold a valid driving license for at least two years, and you are also required to give a driving instructor test which aims at assessing three main aspects of your driving teaching ability. The test has three parts to it, which the test giver is required to pass individually so that they can clear the driving instructor test on the whole. The three parts of the test are –

Theory test – this part of the test aims to understand how up to date you are with the latest road and traffic rules and etiquette.

Practical test – here, the examiner tests how good you actually are behind the wheel

Instructional ability test – here the examiner pretends to be your driving student, and you will have to give them instructions to tell them how to drive. This is kind of a roleplay test.

  • Apply for ADI certification at the RSA

Once you have cleared all three parts of the driving test, then you can apply to be an ADI driving instructor by filling in the form provided by the RSA of Ireland.

  • Clear all the paperwork and receive the ADI certification

You will have to present your proof of identity, driving convictions of any, driving licenses and the result of your driving instructor test. Once you have all the papers and documents in place, then you can submit the application for the ADI certification

  • Start teaching as an ADI certified driving instructor!

Now that you have the ADI certification, you can officially apply to any driving school of your choice or even work independently as a professional ADI approved driving instructor.

Once you have the ADI certification, you can head to any reputed driving school of your choice and let them know that you want to work with them as a driving instructor. If they are convinced by your skill and personality, you will be hired easily as a driving school instructor.

How Many Hours Of Driving Lessons Does A Student Need?

Driving is an extremely sought after skill and everyone wants to learn it – from teens to adults. In Ireland, once a teenager is 17 years old, they are legally eligible to join driving lessons and ultimately give their driving test and get their license. People who want to learn how to drive usually reach out to driving schools so that they can get a thorough and comprehensive bundle of information of skills which they can utilize and become a responsible and safe driver. Driving is one such skill that should not be taken lightly. If not learned and practiced correctly, the results of driving can be fatal to not only the people in the car but can also be life-threatening to the people on the streets. Road accidents are not something to mess around with, so driving with high precautions is very important and a must, we would say.

In Dublin, National Driving School is extremely popular as they are renowned for their professional and highly skilled team of well-trained and ADI approved driving instructors.

If you are looking for Ireland’s only all female instructor driving school providing best driving lesson Dublin has to offer , Ladybird Driving School Dublin should be your only choice for training with amazing instructors.

These driving instructors have been trained in such a way that they are well equipped to deal with all types of students, young or old, slow or fast. They can handle it all!

What makes a good driving instructor a great one?

The field of driving is very lucrative and in high demand. Everyone wants to learn how to drive, and they only want to learn from the best. Most people depend highly on reviews and referrals. If a driving instructor is known to be excellent, you can be assured that their students will also turn out to be really great drivers. But what are the qualities which make for a great driving instructor?

  • A high level of patience
  • Complete and thorough knowledge about the subject
  • Equal amounts of theory and practical knowledge
  • Must stay updated about all the traffic rules and regulations
  • Should make the student feel comfortable and confident
  • Should not be too hard on the student
  • Should not make students nervous when they are driving
  • Must encourage students to give it their best shot

How many hours of driving lessons are required to learn how to drive?

Many aspiring students ask this question as they are curious to know when they will be ready to drive a car on their own without any supervision. But there is no straight way to answer this question because each and every person has their own pace of learning and picking up a new skill. Some people may be slow, some people may be fast, and some people might fall right in the middle. But all these people must remember – there is no fixed number of hours one must take driving lessons to become a driving expert. Students can take as many or as little classes they want depending on how quickly they can absorb the information. So if somebody tells you that they were able to pass their driving test just after two hours of driving lessons, you must not get swayed by that information, because that fact only holds true for that particular individual. There are some exceptionally talented people who just have the natural affinity to driving, but that in no way dictates the average number of hours one might need to learn how to drive. According to the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) of Ireland, it has been studied that on an average, people need about 40 to 45 driving lessons to pick up the skill of driving effectively. Each driving lesson is about an hour long, so on average, a person would need about 40 to 45 hours of driving lessons to learn how to drive. But just this knowledge is in no way enough! Apart from the driving lessons, people need about 20 to 22 hours of practicing to perfect their skill. The practice hours are independent of the driving lessons. Sure, there are some driving crash courses you could take, but that still does not exempt the person from the driving practice hours at all.

Students must keep in mind that the number of hours you spend learning how to drive does not matter at all! The only thing that matters is that they become responsible and safe drivers at the end of the day, regardless of how many hours it took them to get there. There is a lot to the art of driving. It is not just about using the steering wheel and changing gears, but it is also about maintaining peace on the road, obeying traffic rules and regulations and ensuring the safety of all the parties involved.

Students who want to learn how to drive have to attend EDT lessons compulsorily. EDT stands of Essential Driver Training. If you miss any of the EDT lessons, you will not be allowed to give the driving test, and ultimately would not be able to get your driver’s license. But in conclusion, all we can say is that there is no fixed number of hours you have to attend driving lessons for. You can take as many as you want until you are confident in yourself and your driving abilities.

How To Jumpstart An Automatic Car?

Owning a car comes with a lot of responsibility. When you sign up for buying a car of your own, you are also signing up for a whole lot of responsibility. By this, we mean that along with the pleasures of driving your own car, you also get faced with certain maintenance issues from time to time. To combat these issues like a pro, the best idea is to read up about the potential problems or pain points of owning a car of your own. In this article, we will read more about the problems that come along with owning an automatic car, namely the issue of jumpstarting an automatic car.

A good practice of being well prepared for all the responsibilities that come along with owning your own automatic car is most definitely joining a professional driving school. In Dublin, more and more people are signing up with reputed driving schools like National Driving School so that they can learn all about driving as well as car ownership (manual or automatic) from professional driving instructors who are trained to deal with all types of situations. These driving instructors are ADI approved and possess all the knowledge and skills to transform an automobile newbie to an automobile expert. Not only will you learn the dos and don’ts of driving a car and rules and regulations of the road, but you will also get insider tips on how to take the best care of your vehicle.

Why should I know how to jumpstart my automatic car?

This is something every automatic car owner must know because chances are that at some point of car ownership, you are going to leave the lights of your car own, draining the battery, or you might have to deal with the dying power of your car battery sooner or later. The sooner you equip yourself with the knowledge of being able to jumpstart your automatic car, the more prepared you will be in case of a sticky situation. It is also trickier to jumpstart an automatic car whose battery is dead compared to a manual one. For a manual car, a simple push is enough to get the car rolling and started eventually. But the matter isn’t so simple for an automatic car. This is why we have written this article so that more automatic car owners understand what needs to be done in a situation like that.

How to jumpstart my automatic car?

There are a few tried and tested methods to jumpstart an automatic car. Here, we will elaborate on the most popular and effective methods –

1. Pushing the car

While pushing an automatic car may not be the most effective way to jumpstart it, there is a certain technique you could use to make sure the car can start correctly. When you want to jumpstart your automatic car, make sure that there is an empty road in front of you. You also need to make sure that the car is in the second gear and that the hand brake has been released completely. You can then ask your friends to start pushing the car. Once the car is moving and has enough momentum, the person sitting in the driver seat should turn on the ignition. If the car still does not start, then in your next attempt, you can also try stepping on the gas pedal to accelerate the motion of the car. If you follow these steps well and to the T, the chances of your automatic car jumpstarting will be very high.

2. Connecting the car to another working one

This method is also alternatively called tapping some power from another working car to get your stalled automatic car going. For this method, you will need jumpstart cables and a well functioning car. Park the well-charged car near the one which needs to be jumpstarted. The two cars need to be close to each other so that the jumpstart cables can reach both the car batteries. Now pop the hoods of both the cars, find the batteries of these cars and clean the connectors well so that the jumpstart cables can be connected to both the batteries easily. Car batteries have two sides – positive and negative. The positive side is usually in red and the negative side is usually black. Now you have to attach the red cable to the positive side of the working car and the other end of the cable to the positive side of the battery that is no longer working. Similarly, attach the black part of the cable to the negative side of the working car’s battery, and the other end of the cable to any metal part of the car that isn’t working. Now that all these connections have been made, you have to start the car which is working and keep the engine running for about half an hour. This process is basically done for recharging the car with the dead battery. Switch off the working car and try starting the car with the dead battery. If you have followed the steps correctly, the car should start right about now. Now that your car had been jumpstarted, you can disconnect the jump start cables.

How Do Automatic Cars Work?

There are many different types of cars these days, but the most common types are manual and automatic cars. As technology has gotten more advanced, more types of cars have been created like hybrid and electric cars, but manual and automatic cars seem to be the most popular ones in today’s time. Manual and automatic cars both have their own advantages and based on popular demand, these cars are the ones that mostly run on the streets.

These days, the demand for people wanting to take driving lessons has increased immensely. For teenagers, driving a car on their own is a very big rite of passage. For others, it is a sign of freedom and independence. In the Dublin area, most people who want to learn how to drive flock to National Driving School as it has many great reviews and has produced a large number of responsible and great drivers. At National Driving School, each student gets the option of learning how to drive a manual car or an automatic car. This choice is often based on what car the student has back home, but most drivers also choose what to learn to drive based on ease and accessibility. National Driving School has a professional and well-trained team of driving instructors who aim to bring out the best of driving abilities of the students. If students want to learn how to drive an automatic car, it is a good idea to thoroughly understand all the intricate details of the car so that in case anything goes wrong, they can take certain steps to correct the situation. This is why this article aims to explain the working of an automatic transmission gearbox.

How does automatic car work?

Most people who drive manual cars are stunned by the fact that in an automatic car, you no longer have to switch gears while driving. This really simplifies the process of driving as most people struggle with the changing gears bit when they are driving. When this tricky part is removed, driving on a whole becomes easier and more enjoyable. But how does the car even do it? This is all due to the incredible design and planning of the automatic transmission gearbox.

So let’s break down the functioning of an automatic gearbox, shall we?

In basic terms, the engine of your car is connected to the automatic transmission gearbox at the bell housing. Now you may ask, what is bell housing? The bell housing is basically where the torque converter is for automatic vehicles. For manual vehicles, the bell housing is in the clutch. This is why automatic cars do not have a clutch pedal because, for the automatic transmission gearbox, it is completely redundant.

What is a torque converter? It firstly connects the engine to the automatic (or manual) transmission and gets the wheels of the car going. An automatic transmission consists of planetary gearsets which are responsible for regulating the gears while driving. They provide different gear ratios for different speeds of the car. If there are no gear ratios, then the car will only be able to run at one constant speed, something which isn’t desirable and is also highly dangerous.

The torque converter

The torque converter usually consists of 4 parts – the impeller, the turbine, the stator, and the lock-up clutch. Now let’s describe each of these 4 parts of the torque converter. The impeller is the part of the torque converter which is connected to the engine. The turbine is something which runs on viscous force. It also is the part which is connected to the input shaft. Fluid forces are what drive the engine and ultimately rotate the turbine. This whole process is how the torque gets received by the automatic transmission. The fluids which generate torque are constantly being circulated between the impeller and the turbine. The stator is the part of the torque converter which is between the turbine and the impeller. Its purpose is to reduce as much churning losses as possible. It also helps in the redirection of the fluid forces to the turbine and the impeller. The stator in no way increases or multiplies the torque, but it does provide with some additional torque when you are pressing on the brakes of the car or when you are accelerating the car. The lock-up clutch is something which ensures that the turbine and the impeller are connected mechanically. This mechanical connection is very important as it makes sure that the torque of the engine is being sent to the input shaft at all times.

The planetary gearset

Now that we have an understanding of how the transmission receives power from the engine, let’s try and understand the concept of planetary gearsets. The reason why it is referred to as the planetary gearset is that it consists of one big wheel in the center and several small wheels around it, like the planets in our solar system. The whole concept of this gear set is that by using the brakes and accelerator,you can control how the movement of certain parts of the gearset. This way you can limit the movement of some wheels, resulting in changing gears. This is how different gear ratios are controlled. This is a unique gear system which is exclusive to the automatic transmission.