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RSA Mulhuddart Driving Test Routes

Mulhuddart Driving Test Routes

There are 2 Driving Test Centres in Mulhuddart. The busiest one is beside the M3 Services in a portakabin of the M3 Van Centre. The other is at the Carton Hotel in Mulhuddart about 1.5km away. Make sure to check which Mulhuddart Driving Test Centre it is before turning up for the driving test as test candidates regularly turn up at the wrong driving test centre and forfeit their driving test.

Both of the Mulhuddart Driving Test Routes are pretty similar. You will likely be brought onto the N3 as well as through Mulhuddart Village, the indistrial estate as well as up past the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. Before sitting the test it is very important to practice merging on and off the N3 as it is a 100KM speed limit and can be quite busy at certain parts of the day.


As you enter the Mulhuddart Driving Test Centre Carlton Hotel (see photo above) you should stop once you meet the hedge, observing both ways before turning to the right. Go slow in this area as it is very busy with lots of hotel guests walking to and from their cars. Before the test reverses into a car park space to make it easier once you start the driving test and where possible leave the first 5 spaces free for those coming back in from their test as they are the easiest to drive straight into. At the end of your test drive straight into space (you do not need to reverse). If the car isn’t parked correctly simply reverse back and correct it but make sure to do adequate observation.

The prominent features of the Mulhuddart Driving Test Routes would be speed bumps, shopping centres, hatch/road markings and roundabouts. Speed Bumps are classified as hazards and you need to check the mirrors and slow down before each one before building up speed again.

Mulhuddart Driving Test Routes

Generally speaking try to go over the “cushion” bumps in 2nd at 20/25kmph and the larger ones which cover the full width of the road in 3rd gear . Aim to slow down gently coming up to it, releasing the brake a few meters before hitting it and then begin to accelerate again once the impact has been made to maintain the speed.

If the speed bumps are far enough apart you can build up into a higher gear before dropping back down to 2nd or 3rd where necessary. Hitting speed bumps too fast is classified as a Grade 2 fault for Hazards and is one of the most common faults on the Mulhuddart Test Route.

The Blanchardstown Shopping Centre area can be very busy and there is a very busy roundabout beside it that testers often use. To navigate it safely you will need to both be able to anticipate a safe gap developing and have the ability to move quickly and take advantage of it. Faults for lack of progress or proceeding dangerously can easily be given.

The other unique feature of the Mulhuddart Driving Test Routes is the N3 Dual carriageway. Most test routes include the N3 and it is certainly something to practice as merging on with traffic travelling at 100kmph can be both daunting and dangerous and should be practiced well in advance of the driving test.

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The Test Routes App has 8 separate driving test routes for Mulhuddart. The App can be downloaded for free from the Playstore or iOS.

How to use the Testroutes app ? ​

STEP 1 :

Download the App onto your mobile phone

STEP 4 :

At the Test Centre select a Route

STEP 2 :

Register your details and Driving Test Centre

STEP 5 :

Follow all directions to complete the route

STEP 3 :

Unlock the Routes

STEP 6 :

Repeat for all remaining routes

If you have any questions about using the App please email [email protected] and we will try and help as soon as possible.

Driving Test waiting times for RSA Mulhuddart Driving Test Centre

The current waiting time for the driving test at Mulhuddart Driving Test Centre is 24 Weeks. The average waiting time nationally for the driving test is 15 weeks. The waiting times for both Ballina and Mulhuddart are 9 weeks. This means if you log into your MyRoadSafety Account and change your Test Centre to Ballina or Mulhuddart you will receive the invitation to book the driving test much sooner. If you have already been waiting for over 10 weeks you will get an email from the RSA within the next few days.

Once you receive the invitation to book your driving test you can change the location back to your preferred location. In the example above they were able to select Naas from the drop down menu and get a date within 12 weeks as opposed to 9 months which is the standard waiting time at Naas.

To Pass your Driving test in Mulhuddart you need to complete 12 stages: ​

When is the best day or time to pass the driving test in Mulhuddart?

  1. Apply for and pass your Theory Test
  2. Apply for your Learners permit with the NDLS
  3. Upon receipt of the Learners Permit book driving lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)
  4. Complete 12 EDT Driving Lessons as a minimum
  5. After agreement from your ADI apply for the driving test
  6. Get familiar with the Driving Test Route by using The Test Routes App
  7. Take Pretest Driving Lessons
  8. Learn all the Road Signs, Questions and Technical Checks
  9. Watch Youtube videos for the driving in general and Mulhuddart Test Centre in particular.
  10. After receiving an email from the RSA choose a suitable day/time for your test
  11. On the day, turn up at least 15 minutes early and await a phone call from the tester.
  12. Driving normally on the day and don’t drive differently just because its a driving test.

There are times of the day when the traffic around Mulhuddart is lighter. Generally speaking, Mondays and Fridays are busier than Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays and morning times are quieter than afternoons. The busiest time for driving tests in Mulhuddart is Friday afternoon so it is best to avoid choosing this time if possible. If you have an option of between 9:15-11:55am Tuesday to Thursday or the very rare Saturday morning slots then snap it up while you can.

After you receive the email from the RSA and go to choose a Test time it will only give options for 3 days. If neither the times or dates or suitable simply come back the next day and the options will have moved on a day. If you log on early in the morning you will have the best choice available. But don’t worry – If you are good enough to pass the day or time won’t make any difference!

Where do testers bring you on the Mulhuddart test route?

Where is the Hill Start done on the Mulhuddart Driving Test Route?​

The Tester can bring you anywhere within a 5km radius of the driving test centre. The best way to familiarise yourself with the test route area is to book Pre Test Driving Lessons or to download the Test Routes App.


The driving test is a minimum of 7.5km and 25minutes long. Normally the driving part of the test will take 30-35 minutes.

Where is the reverse around the corner done on the Mulhuddart Test Route?

How long is the driving test in Mulhuddart? ​

These are most commonly done in Whitestown estate but there are other less well known places the tester can bring you. The Test Route App will have a complete updated list of the most common places used.


These are most commonly done in Whitestown estate but there are other less well known places the tester can bring you. The Test Route App will have a complete updated list of the most common places used. on early in the morning you will have the best choice available. But don’t worry – If you are good enough to pass the day or time won’t make any difference!

Can I change the date/time of my driving test in Mulhuddart?

What is the format of the driving test in Mulhuddart?

If your test is more than 10 days away you can change the time and date of the test for free. If it is under 10 days you will lose your fee if you need to cancel unless you have covid, in which case you can cancel and reschedule for free.

1: Enter the waiting room 15 minutes before your test starts.
2: Inside the Test Centre answer some questions including 12 Road Signs and 12 questions on the Rules of the Road.
3: Go to the car and do the under bonnet checks
4: Tester will check the insurance disc, tax, NCT, brake lights and indicators.
5: Inside the car do the Technical checks and hand signals.
6: Drive for 30-35 Minutes which includes a reverse around the corner, hill start and turnabout.
7: Return to the Test Centre and after being seated receive the result.