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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.

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.

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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 Much Do Driving Lessons Cost?

Are you looking forward to learning how to drive? Then chances are that you are already contemplating about joining a driving class where you can get personalized attention from a driving instructor. Driving lessons are immensely popular as learning and being able to drive is often seen as a rite of passage in many countries and cultures. While learning how to drive may seem like a daunting task, it is quite fun and interesting to do! And like most skills, driving relies heavily on muscle memory and coordination. This means that the more you practice how to drive, the better you will get. National Driving School is a renowned driving school in Dublin which prides itself on a well rounded and comprehensive driving experience. People love National Driving School for a wide array of reasons, but the main one is that former students speak very highly of all the driving instructors there are on board. All these driving instructors are trained in a very systematic manner and are made to prepare for all kinds of situations. At National Driving School, not only does the actual act of driving matter, but they pay equal importance to your knowledge of traffic rules and regulations. They strive to make well rounded, aware and responsible drivers, as they know better than anyone that an underprepared driver is a threat to everyone – to themselves and even people who are on the road. National Driving School takes this responsibility very seriously and aims at preparing all their students to the best of standards. A lot of focus is given to practice and generally being aware while behind wheel.

How much do driving lessons cost?

The first thing we want to make absolutely clear is that no driving lesson should be judged on how much you have to pay for it. This article mostly aims at giving the readers who are most likely to be potential driving students a rough idea and understanding about what average costs they should expect when they are looking to enroll themselves in driving lessons. The prices of the driving lessons can fluctuate on the basis of your location and where you decide to take the class, but in Ireland, there is a certain price range within which you can get great quality of diving lessons which is worth all the money that you invest. While some people enroll for an entire course of driving lessons, there are people who decide to pay for driving lessons one at a time. This means that rather than paying for all the lessons of the curriculum at once, the student may decide to pay for each lesson separately. If they do decide to do that, then the cost for one single driving lesson can be anywhere from 30 to 40 euros. This is the fee for an hour of personal training from an ADI certified driving instructor. If someone wants to take two hours of driving lessons, then the price will be doubled (the price can range from 60 to 80 euros). This price will also include actual road time, which means that not only will the student gain theoretical knowledge, but will also get to practice with a professional next to them behind the wheel. Most driving schools in Ireland provide a complete course of driving lessons for about 300 to 400 euros. Depending on the school you choose, the course would comprise of about 6 to 12 hours of intensive driving training.

Automatic or Manual?

There is a very slight difference in the fees a student will have to pay when they are learning to drive either an automatic gear shifting vehicle or a manual gear shifting vehicle. The difference between the two can be just a few euros, but in our opinion, learning how to drive a manual or a stick shift gear changing vehicle as that gives you the advantage and the edge to drive any type of car.

Driving lessons package

Most driving schools provide a comprehensive driving lesson package which covers the cost of the actual tuition fee, and also the cost of hiring a car for the pretest as well as the test for getting a drivers license. This is one of the most sought after packages as it not only comprises of about 10-12 hours of driving training but also includes the other big cost, which is the hiring of the car for giving the test which gets you your driver’s license. This package generally cost around 600 to 700 euros.

Driving lessons help a potential driver immensely as it helps being taught the ropes of any particular skill by a professional. The option of taking driving lessons beats being taught by a friend or family member who knows how to drive decently because the chances of them skipping over some prominent facts and tips are way higher than someone who is a professional and teaches how to drive for a living.

How To Drive An Automatic Car

The vehicle industry has come a long way, especially in terms of how convenient and easy they have become to drive. The automatic car was one such invention which made the lives of people who wanted to commute in a very easy manner possible. But why does the automatic car get so much love? It is because it is so much simpler than driving a manual car. The way the automatic gearbox is made is quite different from the manual gearbox. All the modifications made to a manual car is what makes the automatic cars so easy and simple to drive. When you are enrolling for driving lessons with a reputed driving school like National Driving School which is in Dublin, one of the first questions they will ask you will most probably be about what kind of a vehicle you drive. The learning procedure of a manual vehicle and an automatic vehicle are quite different, which is why this question has so much importance. With an automatic vehicle, you have one less foot pedal to care about – the clutch pedal. Based on what type of vehicle you choose on driving once you have learned to drive, the driving instructors at National Driving School will teach you in the similar type of vehicle so that you will be using.

First things first – what is an automatic car?

An automatic car, as the name suggests, basically automatically changes gears while you are driving. Unlike in a manual car where you have to manually shift gears when you are driving, an automatic car does this for you. So now you speed up or slow down your car without worrying about shifting from one gear to another. This is the most basic yet biggest difference between an automatic and a manual vehicle.

How can one learn to drive an automatic car?

How automatic gearbox will have the following letters on it – P, R, N, D. Let us explain what each of these letters means.

P – P stands for Park. This should be used when you are parking your car or when you don’t want the vehicle to move at all. Putting the gearbox in P locks all types of gear transmission right away.

R – R stands for Reverse. You must select this setting when you want to reverse your car/drive your car backward.

N – N stands for Neutral. This is a gear which should be used along with the handbrake. It should be used when you have to stop the vehicle for a short period of time.

D – D stands for Drive. Obviously, this is used when the car is in motion, or in other words when you are driving.

These are basically the four modes of driving you will have to care about while driving an automatic vehicle. Forget about the clutch pedal. The only things your two feet will press upon will be the brake and the accelerator. To learn how to drive an automatic car, you will have to get used to the P R N D modes, and once you do, you will be able to drive the car with absolutely no issues at all. One thing you have to be very careful about is stepping on the brake if you want to briefly stop. Unlike a manual car which will stop as soon as no gear has been put on, the automatic car is a little bit different. Apart from just practicing and practicing over and over again, there is nothing else that can be done to improve one’s driving skills. So practice is the key.

Why are automatic cars gaining popularity?

The reason why automatic cars are becoming increasingly popular is as it has a long list of advantages these cars come with.  Some of the advantages of an automatic car are  –

  • You no longer have to worry about changing gears!
  • It makes driving very convenient
  • You can now multitask quite easily in your car
  • It lets you have a quicker and smoother shift

I can drive an automatic car – am I eligible to drive a manual car as well?

No. You will need a manual car driving license before you drive a manual car. This is a very basic yet important rule because the intricacies of driving a manual and an automatic car are very deep and vivid. If you have learned how to drive with a manual car, it will be easy for you to pick up driving an automatic car. But doing the other way round is a lot more difficult. So if you have learned how to drive with an automatic car, you will not qualify as eligible for driving a manual car. You will have to apply for a manual driving license to do so.

How Many Driving Lessons Does It Take To Learn How To Drive?

One of the most common ways of learning how to drive is by enrolling in a reputed driving school. In the Dublin region, most people prefer to join National Driving School because there are so many things that a student can learn at a professional driving school rather than when they learn from a family member or friends. National Driving School focuses on the theory as well as the practical aspect of learning how to drive. The students get a general classroom learning type of experience paired with an actual on-road driving experience as well. This pairing is important because it provides the student with both the things they need to work on hard to become a skilled driver.

Why must one choose a driving school to learn how to drive?

There are many advantages of going to a driving school. They help a student grasp information in a systematic linear manner, and enough attention is paid on very minute yet important information.

Here are some of the reasons why you must join a driving school like the National Driving School in Dublin –

You get one on one time with the professional driving instructor

Driving schools like National Driving School have a team of well trained professional driving instructors who are responsible and reliable as teachers. When you enroll with a school like this, then you get the privilege to interact with an instructor one on one and learn from the best about how to drive a car.

You learn about the theory as well as the practical

The advantage of enrolling with a driving school is that all students get to learn about the theory part of driving in a serious classroom setting, but also get to get inside a car and physically drive a vehicle.

You get a real-time driving experience

The time you spend in a car learning and practicing how to drive is very important. This is where you are forming your driving muscle memory. Practicing in a car with a professional adult gives the students the margin of making important mistakes – mistakes which make them learn and remember not to make them again.

You stay safe in the vehicle

When a student is learning how to drive, it is very important to have them be accompanied by an adult professional who knows how to act in certain situations which they might find tricky to deal with. Also, it is a safety precaution students must take to be safe while learning how to drive.

You get assisted coaching so that you can pass your driving test easily

One of the main goals of a driving school is not just to teach students how to drive, but it is also to help these students pass their driving test so that they can get their official driver’s license. A driving school teaches its students to be prepared for both the types of tests – theoretical and practical. Both these parts are equally important and if the student fails to pass any particular part, they would be required to take the test again, until they are able to successfully pass both the parts.

How many lessons will it take for me to learn how to drive a car?

Driving is a skill. And like many different skills out there, people have a personal affinity to some, and not to others. By this, we simply mean that some people can take information a lot quicker than the others. Everyone learns things at their own different paces, so the number of driving lessons you may need might be a lot less than others. The best part about a driving school is that you can enroll for as many classes as you wish until you feel comfortable enough to give and pass your driving test. A lot of the times, driving can be all about the nerves as well. This means that technically you have all that it takes for a person to drive a vehicle in terms of skill, but the nerves can interfere with their ability to drive. This is why being calm and relaxed is important while driving.

But if we are still talking numbers, statistics and studies have shown that on an average it takes about 40-50 hours of driving lessons for a student to be fluent in the skill of driving a car. Although this is not a number on which you must judge your learning abilities, it is a good number for hours to put into learning how to drive a car.

How To Save Fuel While Driving An Automatic Car?

Driving an automatic vehicle is extremely easy and convenient, but one of the things people tend to forget often is that an automatic vehicle does consume a lot of gas or fuel. While the process of not shifting gears when you are driving can be extremely comfortable and easy to get used to, there are other concerns about driving an automatic vehicle.  Not only are automatic significantly more expensive than regular manual transmission cars, but they also consume more fuel than manual transmission cars. But with this being said, it no way takes away the positives from automatic transmission cars. Every automatic car must know of these certain tips and tricks to conserve fuel and increase the gas efficiency of their automatic cars.

When you join a reputed driving school like National Driving School in Dublin, you will be asked to choose what type of vehicle you want to learn how to drive. While this choice mostly relies on what type of vehicle you have back home or what type of vehicle you want to buy, National Driving School offers the opportunity to learn both types of transmission so that the aspiring driver is well prepared to tackle any type of driving situation. The driving instructors at National Driving School are well trained in both manual as well as automatic cars and are also ADI approved, which gives the students peace of mind and satisfaction that they are in fact learning from the best.

How can I save fuel when I am driving my automatic transmission car?

Along with the comforts of owning and driving an automatic car, you must most importantly be equipped with the information which will help you conserve fuel when you are driving your car.

Given below are some pointers you must keep in mind if you want to conserve fuel while driving your automatic transmission car –

  1. Maintain a constant momentum

This is almost common sense, but has a huge scientific reason for this too. According to one of the Newton’s laws of motion, a body in motion will stay in motion unless an external force acts upon it. The more constant the momentum is, the more distance will be covered by the car without expending extra fuel, hence save more fuel in return!

  • Do not constantly press on the brake

You must avoid doing this at all costs, no matter how lightly you press on the brake. When you constantly press on the brake, the car experiences a constant drag which causes a lot of unnecessary friction and ultimately, a lot of fuel loss. Also if you keep doing this, then you will also kill the quality of your brakes for suture use.

  • Make sure the tyres of the car are properly inflated

The tyres of your car are the only part which actually come in contact with the road. If the tyres of your car are not properly inflated. Not having your tyres properly inflated also causes your car to drag and consume more fuel than it needs to. If you want your automatic transmission car to be fuel efficient, you must ensure that all the tyres of your vehicle have been inflated the right way.

  • Try to buy gas/fuel when it is cool

This is a smart one. As you may know from studying about this in school, liquids tend to expand when they has hot. For this reason, make sure you are always filling gas in your vehicle when it is cooler, preferably during the morning or the evening.

  • Cruise as much as you can

It is in the nature of automatic vehicles to cruise. So it is a good idea to use this peculiar trait in your favour. When you cruise, you are not braking the car unnecessarily and not accelerating either, but just following the natural flow of the vehicle. You maintain momentum and in turn, save fuel!

  • Be aware of driving surfaces

Your car is most likely to slip on wet and frictionless surfaces. And every single time your vehicle loses control, you end up losing mileage on your fuel, which means that you spend more fuel than required. You must be very careful about where you choose to drive your car because not only will you waste fuel, but you can also get seriously injured while driving your car in such tricky terrains.

  • Maintain your vehicle

The more careful you are about maintaining the quality of your car, the better will be the fuel efficiency. If you get your car checked regularly and nip any issues in the bud and get them fixed, it is known to improve the fuel efficiency of the car by almost 10 per cent.

All these little tips, when kept in mind and under consideration, can make a huge difference to how much fuel you consume and how much fuel you save. And remember, every little bit adds up, and helps immensely in the long run.

Does One Need To Give The Theory Test Before The Driving Lesson?

These days, driving is seen as a life skill which people must learn to master. This is because being able to drive means that you would no longer have to depend on any person or public transport to go from one place to another. This is why more and more people, especially young adults are enrolling themselves in driving lessons so that they can learn how to drive in a safe and professional environment. Driving schools like National Driving School in Dublin are so very popular because they have a team of well-trained and highly responsible driving instructors who are trained with the expectation of being able to deal with all types of students, no matter what age. At National Driving School, the driving lessons are well planned out and thought of, as they follow a very streamlined learning procedure which makes it very easy for students to follow and lets them grasp all the information in a very effective way.

I want to learn how to drive. How should I do so?

If you are looking forward to learning how to drive, then there are a few things you must be aware of. Firstly, you must get a provisional driving license. For getting the license in your hand, you must also give a road skills test so that the examiner can evaluate your driving skills. After these two major points, you can enroll yourself in a driving school where you will take multiple driving lessons until you find yourself ready to give a driving test, and later receive your driver’s license.

1. Apply for a provisional driving license

What is a provisional driving license? This is a type of license which gives the license holder the permission to drive while being accompanied by a driving instructor. This is also a license which should be presented by you when you are going to join any driving school. At National Driving School, all driving students must, without fail, present their provisional licenses at the time of the registration process. If someone is unable to produce their provisional license at that time, they cannot enroll with the school. This license is very important because it is one of the very first steps which needs to be taken so that someone can start their journey of learning how to drive.

2. Give a road skills test

So how can you get your provisional driver’s license? You will have to present certain documents like proof of identity, residential address proof, photographs and a medical certificate which announces you as fit to be able to drive a vehicle under supervision. Along with the documents, you are also required to give a very basic road skills test which assesses your basic knowledge of the road and the vehicle. You will need to pass this road skills test and once you do, you are eligible to receive your provisional driving license.

3. Enroll in driving lessons

Now that you have submitted all your documents and have passed the road skills test, and have your provisional driving license, you can now go to a reputed driving school like National Driving School and take regular professional driving lessons in order to prepare for your driving test as well as improve your skills as a driver.

Do I need to give a theory test before I take a driving lesson?

Before you start taking driving lessons, you are supposed to get your provisional driving license for which you are required to give a very simple and basic driving test which includes a practical as well as theory assessment. So to answer your question, yes you do have to give a theory test before your driving lessons

What does the road skills test assess?

The road skills test is a basic assessment test which aims at understanding how well adept you are with the road and your vehicle. You may have a question which may be in the minds of other people as well – why is the test simple and basic? It is easy and basic because once someone receives their provisional driving license, they can only drive a vehicle under the supervision of a trained driving instructor. So while the test is not very intensive, it only aims at understanding the capability of a driver. Once a person has their provisional driving license, they can enroll in driving lessons and move forward in the conquest of clearing their driving test and receiving their actual driver’s license.

Should One Take Driving Lessons Before Giving The Driving Test?

It is a known fact that people like to enroll for professional driving lessons as a way of wanting to learn how to drive. While casual lessons here and there from family members and friends who know how to drive can help in your initial learning process, it is in no way completely enough to learn everything there is to learn about driving a car. Most reputed driving schools like National Driving School in Dublin specialize in teaching students who are completely new to the world of driving in a comprehensive and systematic way. At National Driving School, there is a dedicated team of driving instructors who give one on one attention to each student, introduces them to all the basics of the vehicle and its functioning, and teaches them everything from driving on a busy highway to parallel parking. You not only learn how to be a decent and responsible driver, but you also learn the technical aspects of the vehicle as well as the rules and regulations of the road.

In Ireland – Dublin too – driving lessons and learning from professional driving instructors is quite the rag, after studies have proved that those who enroll in such type of lessons tend to clear the driving test with a lot more ease than otherwise. Keep reading this article and you will understand why so many people are going for this option so commonly.

How are driving lessons helpful?

Driving lessons are helpful in a variety of ways, but the main reason why people seem to prefer it over learning in a very casual and informal manner is that once you start learning from a professional source, chances of you developing bad habits which are characteristic of irresponsible drivers become very less. You tend to learn the correct process from the very beginning, leaving very little room for error. Also, when you take driving lessons at a reputed driving school like National Driving School, you get assistance in very specific areas that you need. Students looking forward to getting their driving license can focus on preparing and studying for their driving test. People who are not comfortable and confident about their parking or reversing skills can choose to focus on this pain point and improve their driving skill.

What does the driving test comprise of?

The driving test which is required to give before they can receive a driver’s license comprises of two important parts – the theory test and the practical test. Both of these parts of the driving test are super important, as if you want to pass the test, you will have to pass both the parts of the test, theory and practical, individually. If you fail to pass any one part, you will have to give the test again. The theory part of the test focuses on the rules and regulations of the road, on the technical aspects of the vehicle you are driving and why you need to do what you should be doing. The practical aspect of this test focuses on your practices when you are behind the wheel and actually driving. Everything from when you should switch the indicator, honk, stop, pull over, park, etc, all of this is covered in this part of the test.

Do I need to take driving lessons before I give the driving test?

There isn’t a rule set in stone anywhere which mentions that you must most definitely enroll in driving lessons before you give a driving test, but from years of experience and statistics, we are able to conclude that people who take driving lessons before giving their test are way more successful in clearing their driving test with flying colors. This is because when one enrolls from a driving lesson with a professional driving instructor, the method of learning is more clear cut, linear and systematic, which makes it easy for beginners to pick up on a new skill. So while it is not absolutely necessary to take driving lessons, it sure is advised for a student to do so.

Advantages of taking driving lessons

Now that we know that taking driving lessons seriously increases your chances of passing your driving test and allows you to get your license in hand quickly, let’s move on to the other not so obvious advantages of taking professional lessons from a responsible driving instructor –

  • You get personalized attention from a driving instructor
  • You get adequate theoretical as well as practical knowledge
  • You can be assured of your safety when you are in the car with the driving instructor with you
  • You get an update on any change in rules and regulations
  • You take as many lessons as you want until you are convinced that you are prepared for the big test.