Theory Test Q & A

Most diesel cars require to be serviced at every 10, 000 to 12, 000km or annually if you do less mileage per annum.

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If you leave the lights or radio on in your car overnight , this will result in a flat battery.

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If your car starts to overheat when driving , then pull over to a safe place and turn off your engine.
If you continue driving you will risk burning out your engine and the only way to rectify this is to replace your engine; a costly mistake.
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If your car was dangerously low in Engine coolant then a RED warning light will show up on your dash board , this is often shaped like a thermometer.
In older models of cars then the needle will rise into the red on the temperature gauge of your dash board.
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If the engine coolant is low then ensure to top it up with the correct type of engine coolant for the make and model of your car.
This is extremely important in the winter time as engine coolant  contains anti freeze to keep the coolant liquid at sub zero temperatures ! 
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  • Topping up too much oil in the car will overflow, damage the oil filter and engine parts.
  • Too much engine coolant will overheat , expand and rise up above the maximum mark and possibly blow the top off the coolant bottle ! Similar with adding too much brake fluid.
  • Always fill to just below the maximum mark indicated on the container.
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If the car is low in oil, put in approximately 500ml of the correct type of oil and drive the car, after a few days light  driving check the level again and if necessary tip up a little again. 

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if the oil level is below minimum then the oil Mark will be below the minimum Mark on the dipstick and also a red warning light will show up on the dashboard ( like an Aladdin lamp ).

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To check the oil level in the car you will use the dipstick( some new cars have electronic dipstick which show up oil ok on the dashboard 

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Water for the screen wash is the most common container that you will be topping up under the bonnet.

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After stopping the car you should always apply handbrake first and then gear.

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Coasting is pressing the clutch down too much and too soon when approaching corners , junctions and rounndabouts, when slowing down. You should always brake gently first before you press in the clutch.

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Secure the vehicle with the handbrake , apply neutral gear, restart the engine with your foot on the clutch.After correct observations move off safely.

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Wipers, lights, indicators, horn, air conditioning.

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3 and 9 or quarter to three.

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Third gear.

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There is a louder sound to the engine and the rev counter will reach 2000 revs per minute on the dashboard

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When starting the car initially, when changing gear and just immediately prior to stopping to prevent the engine from stalling

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Steering wheel, gears, accelerator, brake, clutch, handbrake

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Door, belt,seat and mirrors

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The only solution is to pull in and SLEEP.

The legal alcohol limit in Blood is
The legal alcohol limit in URINE is
The legal alcohol limit in BREATH is

For Garda Hand Signals See Rules of Road book

The only way to exit a Motorway is via a slip road to the LEFT.

  • Anybody on a learner permit,
  • cyclists,
  • pedestrians,
  • animals,
  • invalid carriages,
  • a motorcycle with an engine less than 50cc,
  • any slow vehicle not capable of a speed of at least 50km.

The legal parking distance from a corner or a junction is 5 metres or 15 feet.

The legal parking distance from the kerb is 12-18”

  • Bus stop,
  • Taxi rank,
  • Clearway,
  • Disabled parking spot(unless you have the designated sticker),
  • within 5 metres of a corner or a junction,
  • in a loading bay,
  • opposite a junction ,
  • opposite a solid white line,
  • on a narrow road never park opposite another parked car.

The double yellow lines mean NO PARKING AT ANY TIME

A single yellow line means that you MUST NOT park during the times stated,generally no parking during business hours.

To take the third exit of a roundabout approach in the RIGHT lane with your RIGHT signal on,after the second exit exit in the LEFT lane with your LEFT signal on …… nb ask Angela to explain this on a lesson to ensure you are doing it correctly.

To take the second exit of a roundabout approach in the LEFT lane with NO signal on until after you pass the first exit, then signal LEFT to exit.

If the second exit of the Roundabout is AFTER 12 O Clock, the Golden Rule of the Roundabout; then approach the Roundabout in the Right Hand Lane with the Right Signal On and after the first exit, Signal LEFT and exit in Left Lane

To take the first exit of a roundabout approach in the LEFT lane with your LEFT signal on

At a ROUNDABOUT give way to traffic on your RIGHT and traffic already travelling on the roundabout.

The rule at a BOX junction is to never stop in the box, keep it clear at all times. The one exception when you can stop in the box is if you are making a RIGHT turn and your exit road is clear.

The purpose of a YELLOW BOX junction is to keep the junction clear and keep the flow of traffic moving as much as possible

At a crossroads of EQUAL importance you must give way to traffic on your RIGHT and traffic already moving at the junction.You must proceed with caution while showing regard for other road users.

  • Traffic travelling straight ahead i.e when you do the Reverse.
  • At a junction traffic on the major road has right of way.
  • When changing lanes give way to traffic already in the other lane.
  • Pulling out of your driveway you must give way to traffic already on the road.Yield to pedestrians already crossing at a junction,on a zebra crossing .

The speed limit on a MOTORWAY is 120km

The speed limit on a NATIONAL road is 100km

The speed limit on a REGIONAL road is 80km

The speed limit in TOWN OUT-SKIRTS IS 60km

The speed limit in a TOWN is 50km

This is a safe distance to travel behind the vehicle in front. Pick a land mark ahead and when the vehicle in front passes it you should be able to say “only a fool breaks the two second rule” before you pass it. If not you are driving too close behind.

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Refer to Rules of Road Book

A RED traffic light means that you must STOP behind the white line.

A FLASHING AMBER LIGHT means Proceed with caution if there are NO PEDESTRIANS.

A STATIONARY AMBER light means prepare to stop,unless you are so close to the white line that it would be unsafe to do so.

A GREEN light means GO only if it is safe to do so.

This is a BUS lane that is going AGAINST the flow of traffic, and is specifically for BUSES ONLY

Motorway signs are BLUE and WHITE

Roadwork signs are ORANGE and BLACK

Warning signs are YELLOW.

This road contains a HARD SHOULDER, which is normally for cyclists and pedestrians.

Always obey the line nearest to you.

Alert a driver to continuous white line(s) a short distance ahead.

Divides two lanes of traffic.You may overtake if necessary and safe to do so.

All traffic must keep to the LEFT ( except in an emergency or for access)

Extreme right-hand side.

A solid white line with a broken white line behind it. It may also have the words NO ENTRY.

You must STOP at the sign or behind the white line.

Regulatory signs are RED.

Between the hours of 23.30 and 07.00 in a built up area , unless there is an emergency.

Slow down and stop if necessary. Watch for pedestrians and cyclists on the left.

At the beginning and end of lighting up hours.As long as they are needed to see clearly.When stopped in traffic. When meeting other traffic.In built up areas where there is good street lighting.When following behind another vehicle.In dense fog, falling snow or heavy rain.

When you are at or near a pelican crossing, zebra crossing or at pedestrian lights. Where a traffic sign or road marking prohibits it.Approaching a junction.At a corner , bend, dip in the road,brow of a hill.

When the driver in front of you is turning Right and you wish to go straight or left. When you want to turn LEFT. When traffic in both lanes are moving slow and the left hand lane is moving more quickly.

The wipers would be missing when switched on and not taking the water away.

The orange warning light would show up on the dashboard

The engine temperature light would come on ( red ) or hand rise into the HOT and also steam or smoke would be visible from the bonnet

The vehicle would pull to whichever side that the tyre is affected

The steering would feel very heavy or laborious when turning

The vehicle would have a longer response time when stopping

Park your vehicle on a small incline, select neutral and apply the handbrake; if you feel a slight roll back the handbrake cable needs tightening.

The indicator would be flashing erratically

Ask somebody to stand behind the vehicle while you press the brake pedal , if you are on your own you could reverse up against a reflective surface.

Switch on the lights and get out and have a look at the Head lights

Visually inspect the tyre wall for cracks , slices, bulges and perforations or foreign objects eg stones or nails. Check that the Air Pressure is between 30 – 35 psi , visually the tyre would look deflated. Check that the thread depth is a minimum of 1.6mm , visually check against the bridge mark. Uneven wear on the outside or inside of the tyre wall would indicate that the tyres are out of alignment

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