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Provisional License………..A current Irish provisional license is required in order to sit Irish Driving Test, Foreign licenses from countries outside EU will not be accepted .It is also worth pointing out that in order to be issued with a Provisional Licence one must first pass Driver Theory Test. All these aspects take time to complete and so it’s not something that you can accomplish in a couple of days and require thought and planning .Details of provisional licence and theory test requirements can be found on Astral Driving School web site; details at end of this article .
Perhaps all of this might seem just another load of bureaucracy but it indicates importance and level of concern that is placed on acquisition of an Irish Driving Licence by Authorities. European legislation continues to fuel changes to driving laws and there are a considerable amount of new laws in can which are about to be rolled out. We are talking about Speed cameras Nationwide, full implementation of penalty points system, a dedicated Garda Traffic Corps, and mandatory tuition in line with most other European Countries. The regulation, examination and monitoring of Driving Instructors is another aspect currently about to be introduced and all of above is destined to make a coordinated improvement to our horrific road Traffic accident statistics.
The Driver…. There are occasions when, when on days leading up to Driving Test disaster strikes… a change of car, a mechanical problem which cannot be resolved in time, or even an accident on way to Test. This latter happened to a pupil of mine recently, who, while trying to circumvent long Driving Test waiting list by driving half way across country to a strange Town, had a contretemps with a rather large truck. The moral here for Irish drivers is that it is not a good idea to attempt a Driving Test, miles away from your home location. It requires a good deal of practise and familiarisation of area and test routes close to your chosen centre to give you a good chance of passing first time.
What we are not saying is that practise on Test Routes will guarantee success nor are we saying that by practising on Test Routes till cows come home will take place of good basic skills and professional Driving lessons .It is just one of ways that a keen learner driver can tip balance in his or her favour. Another important tip is to reconnoitre general area in few days before Test and again on day of Test if that’s possible to check for major road or building works which could create a difficult situation that may not be handled to Examiner’s satisfaction.
In Limerick as in many parts of Country there are significant building, drainage and other projects going on continually, resulting in much road network disruption. In fact I have often felt that Limerick was most dug-up City in Universe. I am sure it’s all necessary and we will all benefit in long run. It is not uncommon for a really excellent pupil who has all hallmarks of becoming a courteous and skilful driver and who is deserving of Driving Test success to fall foul of such situations during Test and pick up a grade three disqualification. Stray dogs, stray Pedestrians (of whom there are many) and particularly very young children playing in quiet side streets all present very real and demanding hazards during Test.
All of above hazards can be planned for and an in-depth preparation for Driving Test covering all points mentioned will go a long way to achieving success.
We are going to end this article as we began by stating that passing Driving Test is only beginning of a career on road and that it would be a good idea to contemplate taking some additional Night-time and Motorway lessons before embarking on any long journeys or adventures. There is an ever increasing army of novice Drivers coming onto roads here in Ireland and this will continue to grow in line with population increase we are currently experiencing .All new immigrants should regard it as a top priority to take professional Driving lessons and certainly not leave this until a couple of weeks before Test appointment.
About the Author. Robin Piggott is the owner of Astral School of Motoring which is based in Limerick, Ireland .He has thirty five years of Driving Experience and has driven Professionally for most of this time, including teaching in – house, before setting up his own Driving School. http://astralmotoring.blogspot.com http://www.astralmotoring.ie
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