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ESSENTIAL

DRIVER TRAINING (EDT)

NEW 12 HOUR DRIVING LESSON PACKAGES TO SUIT NEW LEARNER PERMIT HOLDERS WHO ACQUIRE THEIR PERMIT ON OR AFTER THE 04 APRIL 2011. NEW LEGISLATION REQUIRES ALL NEW PERMIT HOLDERS AFTER THIS DATE TO UNDERGO A MINIMUM OF 12 COMPULSORY LESSONS WHICH WILL BE KNOWN AS ESSENTIAL DRIVER TRAINING.

Type Of Lesson

Current Rate

Essential Driver Training (EDT)


Full Upfront Payment for all 12 EDT Lessons of 1 Hour each.


€399.00

A MASSIVE SAVING OF €81.00 WHEN PAID FOR IN FULL UP FRONT.

Important Note

If availing of the Full Upfront Payment of €399.00 for all 12 EDT Lessons in Block Format on the 1st day, please note that there are strictly NO REFUNDS given on this package should the student change his/her mind midway through their training. A Credit Note will instead be given and any outstanding lessons MUST be completed within one year from original purchase date, otherwise they will become VOID.

Please refer to the full Terms & Conditions page for more information on Payments & Cancellations.

Type Of Lesson

Current Rate

€40.00

The New **Learner Log Books are provided by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) ONLY to qualified and Registered Approved Driving Instructors (ADI)and are then passed on to the customer at a reduced rate. The cost of the **Learner Log Book is only €5.00 which can be paid for at the start of the first EDT Lesson. Alternatively, you can pay for your **Learner Log Book right here and it will issued to you when you first meet your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) for your EDT Lessons.

Type Of Lesson

Current Rate

€5.00

** The Learner Log Book will be issued FREE OF CHARGE to anyone who pays upfront for the full 12 Hour Block of EDT Lessons.

The 12 hour compulsory lessons are designed for all 1st time students of a Learner Permit on or after the 04th April 2011, who will have their lessons recorded and maintained in a Learners Log Book.

They are designed to attain a good sense of Road and Driver perception, discipline and above all, a caring for other road users. By utilising the constant use of the good driving habits, which your Instructor will teach throughout the syllabus and by following the set lesson plans as laid out in the new Student training log books will ultimately make safer drivers for life.

It does NOT in any way suggest or promise that a new student who is starting out from scratch will be at Driving Test Standard at the end of the 12 Hour session as each student learns at a different rate to others. It should be noted that some extra lessons MAY and probably will be required to fine tune the skills already learnt, in order to bring that student to the level required by the

Road Safety Authority (RSA) in order for them to pass their Driving Test.

What is Essential Driver Training?

If the issue date of your first B category (Car) learner permit is on or after 4 April 2011, in order to be able to sit your full driving test, you must first complete all EDT lessons.

Essential Driver Training (EDT) is a mandatory training course that teaches fundamental driving skills to learner car drivers. It is part of the RSA’s

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) scheme and is intended to improve road safety.

The Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Role

The EDT programme does not cover the full set of skills needed by a competent driver. To become a competent driver, a learner will need to prepare carefully for each EDT lesson, take extra Driving Instruction and undertake lots of practice. The function of the ADI is to provide timely advice and guidance to the learner to ensure positive outcomes.

Why do I need EDT?

Studies show that young drivers and inexperienced drivers are more likely to die or be seriously injured in collisions, and EDT is one of several measures introduced by the RSA to help improve critical driving knowledge, skills and behaviours of new drivers.

If you are not required to complete EDT, you may still choose to take an EDT course, as it can help increase your chances of passing the driving test and will help make you a better safer driver.

What does EDT involve?

EDT is a course of 12 one-hour lessons. These lessons are designed to cover certain critical driving skills and improve your practical driving skills.

As you complete each lesson, your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) will record your progress in a specially issued logbook.

You should also have a Sponsor, an experienced driver (many learner drivers choose a family member) who will supervise your driving practice outside of lessons, and will also track your progress in your logbook.

After you finish your EDT course, you may still need additional lessons with an ADI to improve your driving skills. Additionally, you should practice with your Sponsor as much as possible to get comfortable behind the wheel.

On the day of your driving test, you should bring your completed logbook on the appointed test date, as you may be required to show it to the examiner.

Benefits of EDT

Completing your essential driver training course will help you to:

  • understand what it means to be a better safer driver.
  • practice your driving skills in a structured way that is focussed on your own learning needs.
  • develop lifelong skills that will make you a better safer driver.

The Lessons

The Essential Driver Training course is made up of 12 one-hour lessons, which you must complete before taking your Driving test.

  • 1 EDT for 1 hour, every two weeks, over a period of 6 months.
  • The EDT course does not include teaching a total nervous beginner to drive
  • 12 EDT modules not enough time to reach test standard driving
  • Extra lessons required plus practice for 3 hours in between each
  • "Expected outcomes" achieved before each EDT module is stamped by your ADI

Preparation for your First Lesson

At your first EDT lesson, and each lesson thereafter, your ADI will check your learner permit, and if you are using your own car, will check to make sure your insurance, motor tax, NCT and the roadworthiness of the vehicle are all in order.

Your ADI will give you a logbook with your name, address, date of birth and learner permit driver number. You should bring this logbook to each lesson and make sure all the appropriate sections are filled out after each lesson.

EDT lessons timeline

  • Lessons 1-8 must be taken in sequence, but lessons 9-12 may be taken in any order.
  • Each of the 12 lessons in EDT lasts about one hour.
  • We recommend that you leave at least two weeks between each EDT lesson to allow for further instruction, practice and learning.
  • The EDT course is best spread out over six months.

What do the lessons cover?

Each of the EDT lessons has particular objectives. You should prepare for each lesson using the EDT Course Syllabus.

The 12 lessons are titled as follows:

LESSON NUMBER

NATURE OF LESSON

LESSON 1:

CAR CONTROLS AND SAFETY CHECKS

LESSON 2:

 CORRECT POSITIONING

LESSON 3:

CHANGING DIRECTION

LESSON 4:

 PROGRESSION MANAGEMENT

LESSON 5:

CORRECT POSITIONING

LESSON 6:

 ANTICIPATION AND REACTION

LESSON 7:

SHARING THE ROAD

LESSON 8:

DRIVING SAFELY THROUGH TRAFFIC

LESSON 9:

  CHANGING DIRECTION (MORE COMPLEX SITUATIONS)

LESSON 10:

 SPEED MANAGEMENT

LESSON 11:

DRIVING CALMLY

LESSON 12:

 NIGHT DRIVING

Your Logbook

When you start your first EDT lesson, you will be given an official logbook by your ADI to record the details of your training and progress, as well as necessary preparation for your next lessons.

When you complete an EDT lesson, your ADI will stamp the relevant section of your logbook and record some feedback on how well or whether you met the lesson objectives. To meet the lesson objectives you must prepare properly, practice with a Sponsor and you may need to take additional instruction.

An ADI can only sign the lessons they have given, so be sure to get your logbook updated by your ADI after each lesson.

The logbook also provides space for both you and your Sponsor to assess your performance in your EDT lessons. This evaluation will help you understand what you need to practice to become a safer driver and how best to prepare for your next lesson.