Padraic’s Blog

Driving Test Preparation – Observations

For anyone with a driving test coming up shortly below are pointers to what you need to be aware of for Observations. Moving Off. Moving off from the kerb to your right, check middle and right mirror, right shoulder…

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Driving Test Preparation – Positioning

For those with a driving test coming soon. Positioning. On the Straight. Correct position is slightly to the left on the straight. Don’t drive to close to the white line in the centre of the road. Give plenty of clearance (1 metre…

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Finding the bite point: Never stall a car again!

The bite point is when the clutch plate engages your fly wheel (engine plate). You will know you are at the bite point by either of the following methods: You’ll hear the engine make a slightly different sound due to the revs…

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Local Driving Tips: Liffey Bridge in Celbridge

As a learner driver the Liffey Valley Bridge in Celbridge is one of the more intimidating road scenarios, especially during rush hour traffic. Here is some advice on dealing with this tricky situation. You must know who has…

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Eco Driving: Down to the last drop

With the cost of fuel spiralling towards the unthinkable €2 per litre mark (at the time of writing 1 litre of petrol is €1.63 and diesel at €1.54 per litre) it’s good to know that we can reduce our fuel bills by up to 20% using…

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Overtaking: How to overtake safely

Overtaking is probably one of the most dangerous manoeuvres a driver can undertake. Before overtaking you should always make sure “it is safe, legal and necessary”. How many times have you seen someone overtake…

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What happens on my first driving lesson

Congratulations! You’ve taken your first step to learning to drive by booking your first driving lesson. After initial introductions your driving instructor will ask to see your Learner Permit and you must then pay for your…

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From Beginner to Passing Your Driving Test

Here is a timeline of how to go from having never driven a CAR before to passing your driving test, hopefully 1st time. Apply for your Theory Test (introduced in 2001). You can sit your theory test at 16 years of age…

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