After leaving the office in which you were asked theory questions on the rules of the road and road signs, you will be asked certain questions about your car. You will be asked to point out certain items under the bonnet and how to check levels in some reservoirs. Remember do not touch the engine if it is hot. The tester may ask: ‘How you would check the level of the oil?’ The engine should be cool and the car parked on level ground to get a correct reading. You would take the dip stick out, wipe it and put it back in the same hole. Taking it out again check that the residue of oil is between the minimum and maximum marks. ‘How would you check the level of the coolant ( often referred to as water )? Again the engine should be cool and the car parked on level ground. Look through the side of the container to see that the level is between minimum and maximum marks. When looking under the bonnet of your own car, be aware that the lids of the various containers are usually labelled to help you in naming the parts. After this you will be asked questions about the internal controls. If you are not familiar with the format of the driving test it is explained on our pre-tests page.
The following cars were chosen as they were the highest selling cars in Ireland in recent years. These are samples of those popular cars. However the layout and even the engine used in any given model can change, sometimes on a yearly basis. If your car looks different to the examples below, send a good quality photo to I’ll do my best to help you with labeling the relevant parts.

The driving school car used in Dublin North is a Nissan Micra 171.

  1. Ford

    Fiesta Sample:

    Ford Fiesta Sample

    Ford Focus Sample:

    Ford Focus Sample

  2. Hyundai

    i20 Sample

    Driving school picture of Hyundai i20 engine labled for a driving test. With label.

    Getz Sample

  3. Nissan

    Micra – Driving School Car

    Micra Engine

    Qashqai Sample


  4. Renault

    Fluence Sample

  5. Toyota

    Avensis Sample

    Avensis Engine + Show

    Yaris Sample

    Toyota Yaris engine labeled for driving test show and tell.

  6. Volkwagen

    Golf Sample

    Passat Sample

    Polo Sample


Other popular car will be posted shortly. These include: Toyota Corolla, Renault Megane, Skoda Octavia, Toyota Auris,  Opel Corsa, Renault Clio, Nissan Micra.