Area Knowledge Test
The first thing you need to do is learn how to read a map. Whatever the area, even if you have lived there for your whole life, you will have to get to know it as a professional driver knows it.
There are also technologies that can help you navigate your way around, but these should be used as additional aids only. The internet, radio reports and satellite navigation systems all have their advantages and disadvantages.
Here is a summary of the key information you need to know for the test:
- One-way systems
- Street names
- Housing estates
- Adjoining streets
- Routes to other towns and villages
National roads and motorways
- Numbers of motorways and national roads
Towns and villages
- Locations of towns and villages
- Directions to larger urban areas in counties bordering your area
Places of interest
- Hospitals and medical centres
- Airports (in or near your area)
- Local ferries and boat services
- Transport terminals
- Hotels and holiday centres
- Stadiums and prominent sports grounds
- Sports clubs (golf clubs, tennis clubs, yacht clubs)
- Sporting and leisure (swimming pools, bowling alleys, cinemas, theatres, libraries)
- Major landmarks and tourist attractions
- Shopping centres and retail parks
- Public buildings and amenities
- Industrial estates and business parks
- Well-known pubs, restaurants and night-clubs
- Schools, universities and other educational institutions
- Garda stations
Building up your knowledge
Here are some tips for building up your knowledge of the area for which you wish to become licensed:
- Examine street and road maps to get an overall view of the main roads and districts in the county. OSI maps are the most useful here, although they should be used in conjunction with other resources such as Google maps and AA route planner, rather than as an exclusive research aid.
- Focus on one district at a time and use a map to identify the location of all the major roads and places of interest listed above.
- Do some legwork. Go out and physically explore each district, armed with a map. You may do this in your car, or on foot or by bicycle if you want to explore the district more thoroughly.