Tallaght Driving Test Centre
Tallaght Driving Test Routes
Tallaght Driving Test centre is located on Broomhill Road off Airton Road and Greenhills Road in Tallaght. It is one of the busiest Driving Test Centres in the country with up to 10 tests taking place at any one time. The most recent pass rate figure released by the RSA was 46% which is in line with most other Dublin Driving Test Centres.
The Tallaght Driving Test Routes cover a mixture of residential areas such as Tymon North, Kilnamanagh and Belgard as well as through Cookstown Industrial Estate and past Tallaght Hospital. You may also be brought onto the Belgard Road which is a dual carriageway and speed limit of 60 KMPH or through Tallaght Village.
As you enter the Tallaght Test Centre (see photo above) you should stop or slow down to a crawl once you meet the hedge, observing both ways before turning to the left. Go slow in this area as it is very confined with lots of pedestrians walking to and from their cars. Before the test reverses into a car park space to make it easier once you start the driving test and where possible leave the first 5 spaces free for those coming back in from their test as they are the easiest to drive straight into. At the end of your test drive straight into space (you do not need to reverse). If the car isn’t parked correctly simply reverse back and correct it but make sure to do adequate observation
The prominent features of the Tallaght Driving Test Route would be speed bumps, schools, hatch/road markings and roundabouts. Speed Bumps are classified as hazards and you need to check the mirrors and slow down before each one before building up speed again.
You may need to change to 2nd or 3rdgear depending on the size of the bump and ability of the car but never in 4th. Aim to slow down gently coming up to it, releasing the brake a few meters before hitting it and then begin to accelerate again once the impact has been made to maintain the speed.
If the speed bumps are far enough apart you can build up into a higher gear before dropping back down to 2nd or 3rd where necessary. Hitting speed bumps too fast is classified as a Grade 2 fault for Hazards and is one of the most common faults on the Tallaght Test Route.
There are a number of Schools in Tallaght and care should be taken when children are entering or leaving school. There are also quite a few lane changes and good use of the Mirror Signal (Position Speed Look) Technique should be used with good use of the side mirrors on approach and just before entering as well as a quick glance at the blind spot just before changing. Approaching Tallaght Village to turn right onto Greenhills Road can be particularly problematic. There is a lane to turn right and this often fills up with cars entering the Hatch markings. Do not enter these unless you want to risk a Grade 2 fault. You cannot be given a fault for obeying the Rules of the Road so enter the Right-Hand lane only when allowed to do so (after the Hatch markings at the Arrow). Where possible keep to the right to show your intention and to allow cars to pass on the left who intend to go straight or turn left to the N81.
Pretest Driving Lessons at Tallaght Driving Test Centre
Pinnacle Driving School have covered Tallaght Driving Test Centre for over 15 Years with our PreTest driving lessons in particular demand. Our Pretest Driving Lessons are €100 for 2 hours. If you have a Driving Test Date it is advisable to book a Pretest lesson early so as to give more time to correct any faults. Most people will need at least 4 hours. Lesson 1 will be spent fixing any faults and telling you everything you need to know to pass the test as well as practicing the reverse around the corner, hill start and turnabout. Lesson 2 will be a mock test where the instructor plays the part of the tester and conducts a full test from start to finish. It will be like an actual test where the Instructor will not chat or give feedback during the test but will mark and make a note of everything and give feedback once finished. The aim is to give you an idea if you would pass or fail, highlight any areas you need to work on, warn you of the severity of different faults that you may not have deemed important as well as giving some experience of driving under Driving Test conditions.
The Test Routes App has all 9 Driving Test Routes for the Tallaght Driving Test Centre. Download the App for free from iOS or Google Playstore.
The App guides you around the various Tallaght Driving Test Routes by use of GPS and shows where to practice the Reverse around the corner, hillstart and Turnabout. It is an invaluable resource for driving test candidates who wish to practice or sit the driving test in their own car.