ADM Driving School is proud to be Irelands first eco-friendly driving school. ADM Driving School conducts our lessons in the fully electric Renault ZOE. Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular as they are kinder to the environment and much smoother to drive. Electric cars are powered by a battery and do not burn petrol or diesel meaning they do not emit any dangerous greenhouse gases.
Electric cars are automatic transmission meaning there is no clutch or gearbox. This makes driving much easier and fun as you do not have to worry about changing gears and pressing the clutch. There is no risk of an automatic car cutting out which takes a lot of pressure off learner drivers. Without the pressure of learning to use the clutch and gears people pick up driving much easier and it is a fun experience.
Every year electric car sales increase as people are realizing that they are the future and the burning of petrol and diesel is a thing of the past. There is no need to put yourself through the pain of learning to use the clutch and gears as they will be obsolete in the years to come.
Automatic Driving Lessons in Raheny-Mini Roundabouts
Welcome back to your Learner Driver Classroom. In our last session, we spoke about tackling roundabouts. Roundabouts are an everyday part of driving in Ireland. They can be confusing when you are learning how to drive and with a little practice, they get easier. If you haven’t seen the video on roundabouts, click the link below to see more.
Now lets talk about mini roundabouts. Students generally find the mini roundabouts even more confusing than the bigger roundabouts. The same general rules apply, the only difference is that they are much smaller, so you might need to ease off the accelerator slightly.
If you are taking the first exit to the left, it is the exact same as a normal roundabout. We MSPSL on approach. We mirror, signal left, keep our position in on the left, slow and into 2nd gear, off the clutch and L for look out to the right. If there are no cars coming from the right, keep going slowly in 2nd. That is usually easy enough.
Going straight through is where people usually have difficulty. The way we take these is similar to normal roundabouts except there is no need to drive all the way around the outside of the mini roundabout. There is not enough space for that and it can be very confusing for other road users. The trick here is easy. We use our MSPSL on approach, the only difference is we don’t signal on approach because we are driving straight through. So we check our mirrors, keep our position into the left, slow, 2nd off the clutch and observation ahead and to the right. If there are no cars coming from the right keep going. Once we are on the mini roundabout, look in the direction you are driving. Once we steer around the mini roundabout, then we can mirror left then signal to the left. Very important we don’t sacrifice good steering to check your mirror and then signal left. The video below explains more.
The video above explains taking the third exit or to the right in much more detail than I can here. The main things to take into account is the speed at which you drive around a mini roundabout. Some mini roundabouts are extremely narrow, so sometimes it is ok to drive around them in 1st gear.
As always, we do our MSPSL on approach. We mirror, signal to the right. Then we position our car over towards the centre line. Then we slow, into 2nd, off the clutch and observation ahead and to the right. If there are no cars coming from the right, we can keep it moving. If its narrow, slow it down and use first gear. Try use the accelerator lightly or not at all. Try roll around the mini roundabout. We want our steering to be perfect. And remember, when we pass exit 2, left mirror, left signal and exit in on the left. It is not the end of the world if you touch the road markings a small bit, just try to avoid them as best you can
Make sure you stay until the end of the video because I explain why so many people pick up grade 2s for observation at the roundabout.
Also, I never mentioned it in the video but if you are going straight through a mini roundabout and it is straight through, first exit, we left mirror, left signal on approach. Keep our position in on the left, slow and look to the right.
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Welcome back to our Learner Driver Classroom. In our last videos, we were talking about turning left and right and emerging from junctions turning left and right. We also spoke about using MSPSL. MSPSL is really useful when we are learning how to drive. We use it for turning but also for roundabouts. So in our next classroom, I think its best we dive straight into roundabouts.
When you are learning how to drive, roundabouts are probably the most daunting aspect of the lessons. They cause so much confusion for new drivers. There is so much to take into consideration. That is why MSPSL is so important here. It gives us a system to follow and it makes everything easier when we get to the roundabout. Check out the video below
The trick with the roundabout is that when we approach, we try to think of the roundabout like a clock, and that we always approach from 6. If we are taking the first half of the roundabout or from 6 on the clock around to 12, we usually approach the roundabout in the left lane or if it was a single lane, we would drive in our normal position, in on the left.Once we get onto the roundabout we would then drive around the outside of the roundabout and try to exit the roundabout in good position, in on the left.
If you are asked to take any exit past 12 or to the right, we would then position the car as though we were taking a right turn. We would use MSPSL as if we were turning right. (check out my video on turning right right to see more on this) Once we are on the roundabout, we stay on the inside lane until we get to the exit before the one we want to take, then we left mirror, left signal and try to exit in on the left.
The next really important thing we have to talk about is the observation. If you remember from your theory test test, all traffic coming from the right and traffic already on the roundabout have right of way. You have to demonstrate to the tester that you know this. This is where MSPSL comes in so handy. Once we mirror, signal, position, slow and now its time to look. We need to be looking ahead but also turning our head and looking out to the right. If, when we turn our head and we see another road user coming from the right, we should stop.
However, if we get to the roundabout and there is no traffic coming from the right or already on the roundabout, we are ok to keep the car moving. There is no need to stop. Once we are on the roundabout, usually we keep going. As you drive around the roundabout there could be other road users wanting to join the roundabout ahead. Remember that you have right of way now because when they look to the right, they will see you and have to stop for you. Sometimes it can happen that someone will pull out in front of you, in this ease we just ease off the accelerator, try avoid any harsh braking, especially on the roundabout.
Watch the video above for a full explanation and be sure to watch it several times to really get a good understanding of it. If you can get your sponsor to sit through it too, that would be a great help also.
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Automatic Driving Lessons Raheny- Turning Right T Junction
Welcome back to our Learner Driver Classroom. I hope you are enjoying the content so far and we still have so much to cover. So far, we have covered turning left from a major to a minor road, turning right from a major to a minor road, and turning left emerging from a T junction. The last topic to cover on turning is turning right, emerging from a T junction.
During our last sessions, we cover the importance of MSPSL. As soon as you hear the direction, whether it be turning left or right, we have to start applying the steps. We always Mirror-Signal-Position-Slow-Look. If we follow these steps one after another, it should be easy enough when you reach the junction.
When you hear right, straight away you check your inside mirror and then right mirror, then we signal to the right. Once we signal, only then can we start moving over towards the centre line and once we are in position, we drive straight up to the junction. When we are in position, that’s when we slow. We always slow with the brake first and when we are driving slow enough, we clutch in, come in to 2nd gear and slowly off the clutch and we drive up to the junction in a straight line, keeping light pressure on the brake. Before the car wants to cut out, we clutch in, roll it into 1st gear and L is for look. This is when we look right and left onto the road we wish to join. If we see cars coming from either side, we stop
In the video above, we go through two different types of scenarios. The first scenario is a straight forward right turn at a T junction with no hazards to deal with. In the second half of the video, we talk about what to do when there is parked cars that could give you bad position. A lot of people get grade 2 marks for position because they don’t come back onto their side of the road.It will make more sense when you watch the video above.
Another thing I actually forgot the mention in the video was that when we turn right from a T junction, we are actually crossing two lanes of traffic, so it is very important we slow it down and come into first gear. It can be a scary experience flying out of a T junction, at speed and in second gear. Just remember, “if you don’t know, don’t go.” In other words, if you can see, stop.
It is also important to mention that we try not to steer right from the junction. We always want to drive forward first, then look to the right and then steer. Steering too soon would cut the corner and we end up driving on the wrong side of the road for a short period of time. When we do this it also gives us poor position when we try to straighten up.
All will be explained in the video above. It is hard to picture this when reading it but hopefully the whiteboard makes it easier for you to understand.
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Automatic Driving Lessons Raheny- Turning Left T Junction
Welcome back to our Learner Driver Classroom. I hope you liked the previous 2 videos and they are only going to get better from here. In our first video, we talked about turning left from a major onto a minor road. In our second video we explained turning right from a major road onto a minor road. These can be challenging, so be patient with yourself and take notes from the previous videos and try to implement the steps.
In our next video, we explain turning left at a T junction. As always, we use MSPSL on approach. The main difference here when we get to the junction is the observation. When we get to the junction this is when we need to look right and left. We do this because the traffic on the road we want to join has right of way. If we look to the right and we see another road user, we must stop!
There is two types of T junction.
The term “open junction” is used to describe a junction when we can see right and left on approach. It wouldn’t happen too often, especially in built up areas and it is when there would be a small green area or field on both sides of the road. This makes it really easy for us to see right and left long before we reach the junction. If we know the way the clear, we are ok to continue on slowly, in 2nd gear after looking right and left.
A closed junction is what we normally see in built up areas and housing estates. What we mean by the term closed junctions is that visibility is poor and we can not see left or right on approach. In this scenario we have to be very cautious when we try to join the new road. I explain in the video below how to do this. If we approach a closed junction, we don’t want to fly out here in 2nd gear. It is too fast and if you see a car at the last moment, its a very abrupt stop. In the way I explain on the video is that we control the speed of the car with the brake, if, when we get to the top of the road we still cant see, we clutch in, position the car around the bend into the left, roll the car into first gear as we look right and left and if it is safe to do so, only then can we continue on. If we see a car coming, its really easy all you have to do is press harder on the brake. It is very hard to explain in words so watch the video below.
Another big difference with approaching T junctions compared to standard right and left turns is road markings and road signs. When we reach the junction there could be a stop sign, a yield sign or no sign. There could also be road markings such as a stop line, a broken white line for a yield line or no road markings at all. This can get very confusing. There could be a stop sign with no line or there could be a stop line with no sign so learning your road markings is very important. You could also see the new speed limit sign for the new road you will be joining. ( I usually cover this in EDT 4)
So that’s it. watch the video above a few times and visualize yourself doing it even before you start driving. It can be tricky at first dropping the car into first but once you get the hang of it, it will be easy.
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Automatic Driving Lessons in Raheny- Turning Right
We are back with our Learner Driver Classroom and in todays video we will be talking about turning right. Turning right can be more difficult than turning left because you will have more work to do. People generally pick up grade 2s in their test when turning right, usually for position and observation. You can be marked for position for a few different reasons.
Not being able to hold the car in a straight line just left of centre line
Steering too early and cutting the corner
Steering too late and swannecking
Steering from the left side of the road
People generally pick up a lot of grade 2s for observation too. This could be for a number of reasons but the most common one I see is when people steer to turn right, they continue to look ahead. The trick with observation is to look in the direction you are driving.
When turning right, we use MSPSL. If you seen my last blog you will remember that stands for mirror, signal, position, slow and look. For turning right we check our inside mirror first and then our right mirror. Then we signal to the right. Only after we signal, can we then position our car towards the centre line and very importantly, we drive straight up to the turn. Once we are in position, that’s when we slow with the brake first, only when we are driving slow enough, can we clutch in, into 2nd and slowly off the clutch and holding the car nice and straight, light pressure on the brake and L for look. The “Look” (observation) in this scenario is that we have to turn our head and look down to the right. I usually tell people to show the tester the back of your head. Once we have looked and we know it is safe to go can we steer. It is very important that we steer when the front of our car is in line with the centre line on the new road. If we steer too early, we “cut” the corner and too late we “swanneck” the turn.
If there is a car coming from ahead, it is really easy. We just do MSPSL on approach to the turn, look to the right and clutch in and stop when your car is in line with the centre line. While we are stopped in this position, all you have to do is keep your head moving. We look ahead and to the right. Try not to fix your eyes on the traffic coming from ahead, always keep the head moving. When we see the first safe gap, we make our turn.
It can be more tricky if there is no car coming because in this scenario, we don’t need to stop. The trick here is, as always, MSPSL on approach, hold it nice and straight up to the turn, into 2nd, off the clutch but still on the brake and when the road opens, look down to the right and steer when the front of your car is in line with the centre line on the road you will be turning down. Remember when you do this, keep looking where you are going. Resist the urge to look ahead when turning right.
Turning right can be tricky, so watch this a few times and also ask your sponsor to watch it too. At least they will have a good idea of what to look out for as you practice.
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Great news folks! We have started our Learner Driver Classroom Series on YouTube. I got myself a whiteboard and I am going to be breaking down all the thing you should be learning on your driving lessons. I will be starting with the basics on turning left and right using MSPSL, emerging from T junctions, roundabouts, mini-roundabouts and so much more. I have so much content in my head that I want to cover so this classroom should be running for the next few months and the best thing about it is that is FREEEEEE!!! I will be launching a video every Tuesday and Thursday for the foreseeable future. The only thing I ask in return is if you like the videos hit a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel. Even if you have already passed your test, that would be so kind.
So lets get into it. Todays video we will be talking about turning left from a major to a minor road. We will be breaking down the steps you need to take when turning. We will be talking about MSPSL on approach, correct position when turning and correct observation as we drive around the turn.
First things first, we will talk about MSPSL. This is what you should be learning in EDT3-Changing Direction 1. I also mention in the video MSMM and I will explain that next. So for MSPSL each letter stand for a different step. M-Mirror, S-Signal, P-Position, S-Speed/Slow and L-Look. Once you hear the direction from your instructor or the tester you apply these steps. MSMM stand for something similar. It is M-Mirror, S-Signal, M-Mirror, M-Manoeuvre. ( Manoeuvre breaks down to position, slow, look)
So now we know the steps, its all about execution. Its very important that once you hear the direction, its showtime. If you are slow to get the routine started, or you start well and are too late to slow and change gear, it will be too rushed at the turn and it could look a little messy. Always follow the steps.
For turning left, we check inside mirror then left mirror. Once we do that, left signal. After our signal, that’s when we bring our position in slightly but very importantly, STRAIGHT up to the turn. This is so important. If you drift back out and take it wide it could result in a Grade 2. Also if you come in at an angle it will be too tight at the corner and you could hit the kerb. Once we are in position, SLOOOOOOW with the break first. If we are coming in at 50kmph or even 60kmph, don’t be shy, press the brake and keep pressure on the break. When you are going slow enough, that’s when we clutch in, into second, OFF the clutch. It is ok to go from 4th to 2nd gear, we call that block changing. It just means slowing a lot with the break first. When we are in position, slowly in 2nd then L for look. Quick look in the left mirror, then off the break and steer. See my half finished video on steering below. (Started last winter and still not finished, shame on me ha)
What I generally say to people is get your position in first, and then eyes up. Always looking where you are going. That is the trick behind correct observation when when we are turning. If you have done your test before and you were marked for observation it either meant you looked right when turning left or you were looking left but didn’t actually see hazards on the new road.
I hope you enjoy the Classroom. On Tuesday we will be talking about turning right. Best of luck to you all
Automatic Driving Lessons Raheny and Kilester- Dash Cam
Unfortunately, in life, some people are out to make a quick buck by doing dishonest activities. It doesn’t matter where you go in the world, this is just a sad fact. These people generally prey on more vulnerable people to make their money.
Unfortunately, when you are learning how to drive, you fall under this “vulnerable” label. When these people see that big shiny L plate or even N plate in the window, you could possibly become a target. Especially in the beginner stages, your control over the car would be very basic and your anticipation and reaction to hazards would be slow.
Have a look at the video below. This is where anticipation comes in. As we drive along we are always scanning the road ahead for potential hazards. Weather it be children playing, a jogger about to cross the road in front of you without looking or weather it is unusual activity ahead.
If, on a lesson, we were driving along and we seen someone at the side of the road looking like he was going to run out in front of us, we would ease off the accelerator on approach, and when he stepped out onto the road, we would be on the brake. Its a much smoother stop when we ease off the accelerator in anticipation of a stop rather then being on the accelerator and braking hard at the last second. We use this approach anytime we drive up the road and we think something or someone will walk out in front of us.
Luckily, in this scenario, the driver was quick to react to this “moving hazard” and also the driver had his dashcam in place. When the guy seen the dashcam he realized he was caught and it would be pointless to take any further action.
In the next video, we have another attempt of someone trying to make a quick buck from an honest taxi driver. The driver was clearly stopped at a junction on a Dublin City street and the young guy tried to claim he was knocked down. Luckily again, the driver had his dashcam in place. Look at the video below. If you are sensitive to bad language turn the volume down but you need to see what could happen on city streets.
When it comes to false claims, the next video is the oldest trick in the book. This is called a rear-end collision. This is why we always keep our safe distance from the car in front. If you remember from your Theory Test in dry weather we use the 2 second rule. Another thing to mention here is when you see brake lights, you immediately do the same. This is something I teach my students in our very first EDT when we talk about the primary controls and how to use them. “When we see brake lights ahead, we do the same.”
Luckily enough for the driver in the car behind, he has solid proof of negligent driving. This is why it is so important to have a dashcam in place. It covers you from anything that may happen ahead and also you can get rear ones fitted too, so if anyone does go into the back of you, you are covered.
If you think you may need a dashcam to keep you covered at all times, why not click the link below to see what dashcams amazon have in stock. Before you click, just a quick disclaimer that I am an Amazon Affiliate and if you do click the link, Amazon do pay me a royalty. Feel under no pressure to buy I just felt it was an interesting blog and some interesting videos.
When you sit your driving test, you are basically telling the world that you have the skills and knowledge to drive unaccompanied and without instruction from your sponsor or your driving instructor. You will be asked to demonstrate these skills in front of an RSA Official. (Tester) The tester will asses your rules of the road knowledge first, then ask you some technical checks about the car and some hand signals, and then it’s all down to you in the driving part of the test.
The driving test lasts, on average, 50 minutes. On the day of your test, you are asked to arrive 10 minutes before your start time. When your time comes, the tester will call your mobile phone (be sure to have your phone on loud until you answer the call and then turn your phone off) and ask you if are you, feeling well with any signs of COVID. When you answer the questions you will walk to the test centre. As soon as you start this call, you are on a test. Be polite and answer the questions. As you walk to the test centre, be safe and use any pedestrian crossings they might have. When you see the tester, greet them with a lovely good morning/afternoon, nice to meet you.
The first thing you will be asked to do is show them your Learner Permit. Have this ready in a separate pocket; you don’t want to be looking through wallets or purses in front of them. Once all this is done, you will be straight into your road signs and questions. After you complete this section, you walk to where your car is parked. Here you will complete under the bonnet, check your lights are working, secondary controls and hand signals. To see my free pretest videos, click here
The tester will be marking your progress as you go along. The marking sheet is broken down into 18 different sections. Section 1 is Rules/Checks up to section 18 Parking. See the video below to see section 1-3 explained
In the video above, I speak about position and observation. People generally loose a lot of marks in these sections because of there failure to drive in a straight line and basically look where they are driving. These are things I drill into my students from EDT 2.
In the next video, we talk about anticipation and reaction to hazards. Also mirrors, clearance and signals. Reaction to hazards is another part of the driving test where people lose a lot of marks. This is covered in EDT 6 and it is very important. See the video below to see the next video.
In the final video we explain the remaining 10 sections. The video starts at section 9 Courtesy and goes all the way to section 18 Parking. I tried to get it all into 1 video but after listening back, its too long and I might redo the video and break it down into sections. Let me know what you think.
I will be putting out a lot more content over the next few months and I will be running YouTube Classrooms in the coming months, so if you would like to be a part of the FREE action, all you have to do is subscribe to my channel and throw in a few likes. Best of luck guys
Automatic Driving Lessons Raheny Kilester- Trees for Passes
We are on such a successful run the last few months. It makes me so happy to see all my students passing their test. I really am so lucky to have the best bunch of students.
Although nothing beats that feeling of getting a student over the line, another thing that gives me great satisfaction is the charity we help with each pass. For every student that passes their driving test with me, I donate 10E to a charity named CRANN.
Crann is Ireland’s leading voluntary tree organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of our trees, hedgerows and woodlands.
Crann is now probably best known for its high quality Crann magazine and for the Crann ‘Tidy Towns Assist Programme’ and the numerous school visits we provide through the Crann ‘Bring a Tree to School’ Programme.
I really enjoy donating to this charity because it is backed by our president Micheal D Higgins. Micheal D Higgins is our Patron. See the image below
So far this this year I am delighted to report a massive 310E donated to Crann. That is 31 trees planted somewhere in Ireland. That really makes me happy to know we are making a difference.
That is what I am trying to do here. Make a difference in peoples life while trying to make the country a greener place. It might be only 31 trees now in Ireland and with enough students and enough passes we can replant the rain forest. Always dream big.
Would you like to have that winning feeling of passing your driving test in Raheny or Kilester? Would you also like to know that you are helping the planet by first of all, driving an electric car and also having a tree planted for you somewhere in Ireland?
If this is something you like the sound of, reach out to me and I will see if we can make it work. Best of luck to you all
Although driving is the most important aspect of the driving test, the tester will check to see that you know some of the basic rules of the road before you set off driving. Firstly, the tester will ask you between 4-7 road signs. It is important to get these right because the tester needs to know you are not going to drive the wrong way down a one-way street. I have added 4 videos here on road signs.
Next, the tester will ask between 4-7 questions. Again, the tester needs to know that you know speed limits etc. Once you do well with the road signs and questions, it puts the tester at ease that you have made an effort and you go into the next section with no marks. I have added more videos on test questions below.
After you have completed these two sections inside the test centre, you will both walk over to where your car is parked. As you walk to your car, you are on test, so be polite and be careful if you have to cross any roads. The tester will ask you to open your bonnet. As you are doing this, the tester will be making sure you have tax, insurance and NCT. The 2 videos below are of a petrol car and an electric car.
Next, the tester will ask you to get inside your car. Again, be careful and only open your door if it is safe to do so. This is when the tester will check your lights are working and then ask you to demonstrate some secondary controls. Secondary controls are things like fog lights, windscreen demister etc.
Once you have completed this, the tester will ask you to demonstrate some hand signals. There is only 6 they can ask you and they usually only ask 1 or 2.
And that is it. The tester will now get into the car beside you and it is showtime. Now you have to move off from a parked position. This will be the first thing you demonstrate for the tester so you really want to get this one perfect. See the video below to see how we use GOSHO.