IMPORTANT NOTICE

Driving Test Update

Please note that our customer service agents cannot book or cancel driving tests over the phone or offer any updates on waiting times, so we kindly ask that you do not telephone our call centre for this information.

 

Update on Driving Test Services:

Please see update in relation to the gradual resumption of driving test services following the latest Government announcement on 29 May.  

 

Are you an essential worker who needs a test urgently?

If you are an essential worker who has already applied for a test and completed all of your driver training, please fill in this form and we will prioritise your application. Know more >

 

Need to add yourself to the driving test waiting list?

Please visit our new customer portal MyRoadSafety.ie to make an application and manage your booking.

 

Driver training queries

From 10 May 2021, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) will be allowed to offer Essential Driver Training (EDT) but only to essential workers, please fill in this form if you are an essential worker and want to complete EDT. The ADI portal will reopen from 10 May 2021. Know more >

 

 

Motorcyclists

Initial Basic Training (IBT) will resume from 10 May 2021 for all motorcyclists, not just essential workers, as will driver testing for all motorcycle categories. Know more >

 

 

Covid 19 Safety Measures

We have introduced new safety measures to the driving test which candidates must follow Know more>

 

Driver fatigue

Driver fatigue

Fatigue is the physical and mental impairment brought about by inadequate rest over a period of time. Ideally, people need 7/8 hours’ sleep every night. Drivers suffering from a sleep debt are at risk of ‘nodding off’ whilst driving and substantially increasing their risk of being involved in a crash. It is estimated that driver fatigue is a contributory factor in as many as 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland every year. Furthermore, tiredness-related collisions are 3 times more likely to be fatal or result in a serious injury because of the high impact speed and lack of avoiding action. A survey* of drivers’ attitudes to driver fatigue conducted by the RSA in 2014 revealed that over 1 in 10 motorists have fallen asleep at the wheel.  The survey also found that motorists who drive as part of their work, and motorists who admit to driving after taking any amount of alcohol, had a higher than average incidence of falling asleep at the wheel (almost 1 in 5 fell asleep at the wheel). 

As part of a campaign the RSA produced its first 40” TV-led advertising campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of driver fatigue. The ad which provides drivers with advice on what to do if they feel sleepy while driving. If a driver fights sleep while driving, it’s the same as driving while over the drink drive limit. The message behind the ad is to recognise the signs that you are too tired to continue driving, and then Stop, Sip, Sleep – Stop the car in a safe place, Sip a caffeine drink, and Sleep for 15-20 minutes. This should enable you to continue driving for another hour or so.

The RSA have the following advice for tired drivers:

  • Stop, park in a safe place and take a nap for 15 minutes (set your mobile phone alarm). This is the most important tactic.
  • To really make the most of the break, take a caffeine drink before the nap (150mg of caffeine e.g. 2 cups of coffee). After the nap, the caffeine should have started to take effect.
  • Then get some fresh air and stretch your legs for a few minutes.
  • By following all of the above advice you should be able to drive for another hour or so.

The campaign will provide motorists with advice on what to do if they begin to feel tired while they are driving. The new driver fatigue ad will air this Thursday 30 July during the RTÉ Six One News at 6:20pm. It will be supported by a national and local radio, digital, social, cinema and outdoor campaign. More information on driver fatigue is available at www.rsa.ie

The advert can be viewed below and on the RSA’s YouTube page at Driver Fatigue

Bank Holiday Campaign

The RSA have teamed up with Applegreen to provide motorists with a free cup of coffee every bank holiday weekend to help fight fatigue behind the wheel.  All you have to do is say 'RSA'  or 'driver reviver' at the checkout between 2pm and 8pm on the Friday and Monday of the bank holiday weekend. See here for a list of participating stores.

 

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Driver Fatigie 'Signs'

Radio Ads

Statistics

 The dangers of driving while tired:

  • Driver fatigue is a contributory factor in 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland every year.
  • A survey* of drivers’ attitudes to driver fatigue (2014) by the RSA revealed that over 1 in 10 motorists have fallen asleep at the wheel.
  • It also revealed that motorists who drive as part of their work, and motorists who admit to driving after taking any amount of alcohol, had a higher than average incidence of falling asleep at the wheel (almost 1 in 5 fell asleep at the wheel).
  • Tiredness related collisions are 3 times more likely to result in death or serious injury