Show Me Tell Me The New Technical Checks Of The Irish Driving Test.

Show Me Tell Me The New Technical Checks Of The Irish Driving Test.



The latest round of​ changes to​ the Irish Driving Test were implemented on, Feb.14th 2018, as​ part of​ a​ chain​ of​ E.U.Directives.

Test Candidates are now required to​ have a​ basic level of​ mechanical knowledge, which any good professional School of​ Motoring would have been teaching from day one in​ any event.


The car of​ today is​ a​ very different beast compared with its grandparents and​ any driver, young or​ old, should have a​ range of​ skills that enable them to​ identify problems and​ take the necessary remedial action.


The Driving Examiner will select three questions at​ random from a​ list of​ technical aspects which will include opening the bonnet. While it​ is​ not exactly space technology, the ability to​ identify this​ range of​ equipment and​ to​ describe how individual checks would be performed, does require some thought and​ a​ little practise. Some of​ the equipment will have accompanying warning lights on​ the instrument panel some does not, so some of​ the requirements will already be known (hopefully!)


Candidates will be asked to​ explain​ how they would perform checks on​ three out of​ the following list:-
Engine Oil: Coolant: Steering: Brakes: Horn: Indicators: Lights: Tyres: Reflectors: Windscreen washer.



The under the Bonnet checks relate to:-Power Steering Fluid; Brake Fluid; Engine Oil; Engine Coolant; and​ Windscreen washer Fluid. in​ a​ newer car all of​ these pieces of​ equipment are easily identifiable by coloured tops to​ the various reservoirs, which have an​ easily recognisable icon​ painted or​ etched into them. The location​ of​ these five essential items does vary a​ little from model to​ model so if​ you​ have changed your​ car in​ the lead up to​ the Driving Test then spend a​ few minutes double checking.

in​ the event of​ very bad weather (rarely a​ feature of​ the Irish climate) it​ is​ unlikely that the Examiner will ask for​ the bonnet to​ be opened but since he or​ she has already spent time outside the car, checking brake lights and​ indicators and​ paperwork, it’s not impossible. if​ he or​ she is​ a​ fisherman or​ a​ boating enthusiast then a​ few drops of​ rain​ will be water off a​ duck’s back. Just keep an​ eye on​ the weather and​ ensure that your​ heater or​ demist controls are pre-set .Two persons in​ the car during rainy weather will mist up the windows extremely quickly and​ the candidate needs to​ be equally deft with the controls.

Questions on​ brakes will cover both the footbrake and​ handbrake, and​ on​ steering will deal with cars that both have power steering and​ those that don’t .of​ course there are still a​ few older cars out there without P.A.S. It’s worth adding to​ the list , one more item of​ importance to​ the Driver—that of​ the Alternator and​ it’s drive belt .The fact that all the above need to​ be demonstrated on​ the Driving Test should not detract from the need to​ perform these checks on​ a​ regular weekly basis. it​ is​ precisely because of​ the importance of​ all these pieces of​ equipment and​ their monitoring, that it​ was deemed essential to​ include them in​ the scope of​ the Driving Test.

Show Me –Tell Me……..Below is​ an​ example of​ the question​ and​ answer technique to​ one of​ the Test Questions .The full questions and​ answers will be provided in​ another follow up article and​ on​ the Astral School of​ Motoring website shortly.


Checking the Oil Level.
“Show me the Oil filler cap and​ tell me how you​ would check for​ the correct level of​ Oil in​ the Engine”…Examiner
“Here is​ the oil filler cap and​ to​ check the oil level I would first withdraw the Oil Dip Stick, wipe it​ clean and​ then replace it​ momentarily. I would then withdraw the dip stick again​ and​ ensure that the level of​ oil showing was between the minimum and​ maximum marks on​ the base of​ the dip stick, preferably nearer the maximum mark. in​ the event of​ the oil level being lower than the half way mark I would top up to​ the maximum level”…Candidate



this​ latter sentence has been put in​ for​ good measure since it’s not much good knowing how you​ would check the oil if​ you​ didn’t then follow through on​ the result!


Since all equipment in​ your​ car needs to​ be in​ tip top shape and​ regularly inspected if​ we are to​ stay safe and​ avoid accidents, look on​ the acquisition​ of​ these technical skills as​ two sides of​ the same coin​ ….Safety and​ Economy .if​ you​ look after your​ equipment you​ will be both safe and​ economic. in​ a​ number of​ future articles we will explore the advantages of​ correct techniques and​ the impact they will have on​ your​ safety and​ your​ bank balance.




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