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Driving Test

The motorcycle test is often the last step before a full motorbike driving license. During this standardised test, you will be judged on the following:

  • Know the rules of the road (including signs and behavioural rules)
  • Understand the basic mechanics of your motorcycle, for example how to check fluids and oil.
  • Demonstrate you can manoeuvre your motorcycle. You may be asked to roll your bike forward and backwards into a parking spot.
  • Are able to drive safely, and confidently
  • Are able to do special manoeuvres, such as u-turn, hill start, parking and backing up.

If you’ve been issued a learner permit, which is valid for 2 years, you may apply for a second subsequent permit, but not for a third one without being able to show you’ve applied for a driving test. Also, you cannot apply for a driving test within the first 6 months of having received your learner permit.

Are you ready to train for your motorbike driving license? Contact Massbrook Driving school in Ballina, Co. Mayo today! And we will get you ready for you test in no time!

The motorcycle driving test

The motorcycle driving test is a standard test and all test centres use the same testing procedures. Motorbikes with sidecars are not acceptable test vehicles.

The test is designed to determine that you:

  • Know the Rules of the Road
  • Possess the knowledge and skill to drive competently in accordance with those rules
  • Drive with proper regard for the safety and convenience of other road users

Driving Test Sample question:

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These questions are relevant for all driving test categories.
  • When the vehicle in front has signalled that they intend to turn right.
  • When the traffic in the right lane is moving slower than traffic in the left lane.
  • You must not cross unless for access or in an emergency if safe to do so.

  • Do not park across from a solid white line.

  • Do not do a U-Turn .

  • The road has a hard shoulder which may be used briefly to allow faster traffic to overtake if safe to do so.

  • You are approaching continuous white lines. Do not cross unless safe to do so.

  • Coasting is when the vehicle is not being driven by the engine, this occurs when the clutch pedal is pressed or the gear lever is in neutral.

  • Give priority to traffic on the junction and traffic approaching from your right.

  • No parking at certain time, normally no parking at business hours.

  • Proceed if the crossing is clear but pedestrians have priority.

  • Car 1.6mm, motorcycle 1mm,

  • Do not stop in the yellow box unless you are turning right.

  • You must give right of way to traffic on the roundabout.

  • When meeting other traffic.

  • When following another vehicle.

  • When driving in a lit up area.

  • Do not use the horn in a built-up area between 11:30pm and 7:00am unless in the event of a traffic emergency.

  • A lifesaver is a glance over your shoulder in the direction you are going and is the last thing you do before moving off or changing direction.

These questions are relevant for Motorcycle test categories.

  • A lifesaver is a glance over your shoulder in the direction you are going and is the last thing you do before moving off or changing direction.

  • Apply front brake before rear
  • Approaching a bend
  • Approaching a hillcrest
  • Where there is a junction ahead
  • Oncoming traffic
  • A powder check is a pre- ride inspection of your vehicle
    P – Petrol
    O – Oil
    W – Water
    D – Damage
    E – Electrics
    R – Rubber
  • Check sprocket for any signs of wear
  • Check chain for lubrication and correct tension
    (For majority of motorcycles chain tension will be between 20 – 40 mm)

These questions are relevant for BE Category Jeep and Trailer test categories.

  • During the day loads must be marked with a red flag … night loads must be marked with a red light and red reflector. /li>
  • load should be evenly distributed across the trailer and properly secured.
  • In the event of an emergency if the trailer gets detached from the towing vehicle it will apply the trailer brakes.
  • Place a heavy object on the brake pedal to turn on the lights.
  • Reverse to within a meter of the trailer,
  • Check alignment of ball and hitch,
  • Reverse till ball is under hitch,
  • Attach brake away cable,
  • Lower hitch onto ball and lock the hitch,
  • Raise jockey wheel,
  • Connect light socket,
  • Release parking brake.
  • Apply parking Brake,
  • Disconnect light socket,
  • Lower jockey wheel,
  • Unlock hitch and raise trailer from ball,
  • Disconnect brake away cable.
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