Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a licence to do a lesson?
You must have a valid learner permit to do a lesson. Under Irish law you must be carrying your learner permit or full driving licence when driving. We cannot carry out training without a licence.
Do you pick up at home?
We do our very best to facilitate lessons and provide a free pick up within the city boundaries. This can be stretched into some country areas but for operational reasons some areas cannot be covered. Please ring to enquire.
Can you provide a car for test?
Yes. The only thing you need is a learner permit. We can give you a car fully insured and a lesson beforehand at a cost of €130.
Can I purchase a gift voucher?
We provide well presented gift vouchers for any value you require.
Once I have a learner permit can I drive on my own?
No. You must have a fully-licensed person with you at all times until you pass your full driving test.
Do I have to use the driving school car or may I use my own car?
You can use your own car if you want, but it must be roadworthy and you must be at a good enough standard of driving so that I don’t need dual controls.
How many lessons should I get?
Legally you must get a minimum of 12 lessons if your learner permit was issued since 4/4/2011. However an internationally recognised guideline suggests that you should get one lesson per year of your life. So if you are 23 years old then 23 lessons is recommended. Everyone is different and people learn at different rates.
Is there an upper age limit for learning?

Absolutely not. My oldest test pass was 81 and no he didn't have to do 81 lessons.

Road Markings

What does a single broken white line along the centre of the road mean ?
Alert drivers to danger and must not be crossed unless safe to do so.
What does a continuous white line along the centre of the road signify?
All traffic must keep to the left. Must not cross.
On what occasions can you cross a continuous white line?
In an emergency and for access. When directed to do so by a Guard.
Are you allowed to park opposite a continuous white line?
Where there is a continuous and a broken white line along the centre of the road, which one do you obey ?
One nearest the driver.
What does two broken white lines along the centre of the road indicate ?
Alert drivers to continuous lines ahead. Must not be crossed unless safe.
Where would you see a broken yellow line ?
Edge of carriageway where hard shoulder is provided. (May be used to allow faster traffic to overtake)
What road markings would accompany a "No Entry" sign ?

Continuous and broken line - also words "No Entry"

What does the white Zig-Zag line at a Zebra Crossing mean ?

No Overtaking No Parking.

Road Procedure

Complete the following
- You are turning ....Right.......?
- Your exit is .. Clear.......?
- Your way is held up by ....Oncoming Traffic
Where two cars are turning into the same road from opposite directions, one turning left the other right, who has priority ?
Car turning left.
Who has priority at a junction of equal importance ?
Traffic to Right.
Who has priority at a roundabout ?
Traffic on the roundabout.
When can you overtake on the left or on the inside ?
When traffic is moving more slowly in the lane to your right. When driver ahead has moved out and indicated his intention to turn right.
What are the rules regarding Bus Lanes ?
Bus lanes are reserved for buses which provide a scheduled service 2 types. With - Flow (which may be used by taxis and cyclists Contra - Flow - Reserved exclusively for Bus Eireann and Bus Atha Cliath.
On what occasions should you give way to pedestrians ?
Already crossing at junction. On Zebra crossing. On Pelican crossing with red or flashing amber.
Where should you not overtake ?

Where view ahead is restricted (brow of hill, bend, dip in road, bridge etc etc.) Zig-Zag lines at Ped lights. Road markings (continuous lines etc).

How far should you be following behind the vehicle in front on a Dry Road, on Wet ?

2 seconds and 4 seconds.

Night Driving, Parking, The Vehicle

When/Where would you dip your headlights ?
- Behind a car
- Meeting a car
- Built up areas or special speed limit areas
- Continuously lit roads outside above
- Beginning and end lighting up time.
- Poor Visibility due fog rain etc
- To avoid inconvenience to others
What would you do if you became dazzled ?
Slow down stop if necessary.
Where should you not park ?
- On Zig Zag's.
- Where solid white lines in centre of road
- On Double yellow lines
- Single yellow lines during business hours
- Areas marked as Bus stops, taxi-ranks.
- Loading bay during business hrs
- Within 5 meters of junctions
- Any place vision restricted, ie bends, brow of hill, bridges
- With-Flow bus lanes during hours of operation
- Cycle Track
- School Entrances
How far should you park from a junction ?
Over 5 meters.
You should park within what distance from kerb.. ?
45 Centimeters.
How far should you park from a pedestrian Crossing or Zebra Crossing, on a two way street, ? one way?
15 meters 2 way On One-way, 15 meters on approach, 5 meters exit side.
What does a single yellow line mean ?
No parking during office hours.
What does a "Clearway " mean ?

No Parking during specified times.

What does a double yellow line mean ?

No parking at all at all.

What lights should a car be equipped with ?

- 2 Headlamps (white or Yellow)
- 2 white front sidelamps
- 2 red rear lamps
- 2 red stop lamps
- 2 red rear reflectors
- white number plate at rear
- amber indicators

What is the Legal minimum thread depth of a tyre ?

1.6 MM

When are the 7 times you should check the Interior mirror ?

Moving off, overtaking, changing lanes, slowing down, stopping, turning, opening door.