From L to N: Surviving Your Driving Test

Young woman in black car with window rolled down holding up an L plate.

Preparing for your driving test can be a stressful time, so why not take some of our advice on board to help put your mind at ease. Preparation is key.

Everyone remembers the day they passed their driving test. You will face a few hurdles along the way but most agree that the hours of practice, the nerves in the lead up to it and the gut-wrenching fear on the day itself are all worth it once you get that certificate in your hand.

If you have yet to take your test, we’ve got some handy tips to help you go from ‘L’ to ‘N’ in the driving test first time around.

Do your Prep

Even if you’re already a confident driver, book a minimum of three pre-test lessons before you sit your driving test. These are essential to help you prepare and need to be carried out by a qualified instructor. Plus, they will nip in the bud any bad habits you may have picked up.

Know the Rules of the Road

It may sound obvious, but make sure you read the RSA Rules of the Road book well in advance of your test. Know your road signs, as well as the six hand signals. Knowledge is key.

Learner Plates

Don’t forget to have your learner permit and legal plates on display in both the front and the back of the car. Your car must also display valid tax, insurance and NCT discs.

Reduce Pressure on Yourself

Don´t tell too many people that you’re doing the test. The less pressure you put on yourself, the better.

Road Traffic Sign
Get Enough Sleep

Get a good night’s sleep the night before the test and you will perform to the best of your ability. Similarly, don’t do the test on an empty stomach. Have a snack an hour or so beforehand to balance your blood sugar.

Get a good night’s sleep the night before the test and you will perform to the best of your ability. Similarly, don’t do the test on an empty stomach. Have a snack an hour or so beforehand to balance your blood sugar.
Make sure all indicators, front and back, and brake lights are in working order.

Check that your tyres have the correct amount of pressure - above 1.6mm, with no rips, tears or bulges. Finally, make sure to clean the windows and mirrors with a cloth before the test.

Keep It Tidy

Don’t forget to give the interior of your car a good spring clean before your test. It’ll put you in the right frame of mind beforehand, and it’ll mean you get off to the right start with your tester. Remember, first impressions matter!

driver’s hand on steering wheel
Stay Calm

It’s easier said than done, but remaining cool and collected throughout the test is vital. Keep smiling even if you don’t feel like it and - breathe. Panicking simply won’t help, and even if you don’t pass this time it’s not the end of the world. You can always sit the test again.

Don’t Be in a Hurry

Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the test centre. Aim to be in the waiting room at least 10-15 minutes before your test is scheduled to start.

Focus on the Test

Avoid all distractions by turning your phone off before (and keeping it off during!) the driving test. You should aim to get out of the habit of playing music while you’re practicing to get used to the atmosphere of a quiet car.

Slow road marking
Keep your Cool

If it’s a sunny day, wear some shades so you’re not blinded by the sun. It doesn’t hurt that they’ll help you look cool too!

How can AIB Help?

Whatever your level of driving experience, it’s always nice to have peace of mind. AIB has a range of car insurance options that are perfect for new drivers. And if you’re ready to buy that all important first motor, current AIB customers can get a car loan decision from €1,000 to €30,000 in just three hours.*

If you’ve got any more questions, you can get in touch with us on Facebook or on Twitter @AskAIB.

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