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RSA Naas Driving Test Route

Naas driving test routes

The Driving Test Centre in Naas is the only Driving Test Centre in Kildare and attracts candidates from Kildare, Dublin, Wicklow and Laois. It can be quite busy with up to 8 driving tests taking place at the same time but there is ample parking unlike at other Driving Test Centres.

On the Naas Driving Test Routes you will likely be brought onto the outer ring road as well as through Main Street and past the Naas General Hospital. Naas is one of the better Driving Test Centres to drive around as it is less congested apart from on Naas Main Street where you will encounter all manner of hazards such as double parking, pedestrians stepping out unexpected and car doors opening.


Before the test reverse into a car park space right outside the hotel as these are the easiest ones to leave from. 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.

Leaving the Car park area there is a Stop sign right before the roundabout. Failure to stop fully here is an instant fail. You will turn right at this stop sign then immediately to the roundabout where you will turn left or right. This can be awkward if you have never done it before so make sure to practice leaving the driving test centre.

The prominent features of the Naas Driving Test Routes would be speed bumps, Main Street shopping area 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.

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 Naas Driving Test Route.

 The Main Street area can be very busy and with numerous hazards to navigate which is why testers will often go that way. Throughout the driving test make sure to use good Mirror – Signal – Position – Speed – Look technique and for each hazard Look – Assess – Decide – Act.

The other unique feature of the Naas Driving Test Routes is the outer ring road. These circumvent the town centre and are a series of roundabouts. Some are 2 lanes and some are 1 so make sure to get the correct positioning or a Grade 2 fault will be given. They never tend to get too busy and with a little practice are not too difficult to handle in comparison to some of the Dublin Test Routes.

Naas Driving Test Routes

The Driving Tester can bring you anywhere in a 5km radius of the Driving Test Centre. In Naas the most common routes are around the ring road and along Main Street.

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The Test Routes App has 8 separate driving test routes for Naas. 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 Naas Driving Test Centre

The current waiting time for the driving test at Naas 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 Naas are 9 weeks. This means if you log into your MyRoadSafety Account and change your Test Centre to Ballina or Naas 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 Naas you need to complete 12 stages:

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

  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 Tallaght 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 Naas 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 Naas 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 Naas test route?

Where is the reverse around the corner done on the Naas 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.

These are most commonly done in Watsons 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.

Where is the turnabout around the corner done on the Naas Test Route?

How long is the driving test in Naas ? ​

These are most commonly done in Watsons 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.

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

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

What is the format of the driving test in Naas ?

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.