E.D.T.

What is Essential Driver Training (EDT)?

Essential Driver Training (EDT) is a structured training programme for learner drivers. It gives new drivers a stronger foundation of training on which they can build their knowledge and skills. The lessons cover the most important skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed to become a safe driver and draw on our knowledge as to the major causes of collisions in Ireland. You will become a more competent driver by taking the EDT programme together with any further driving instruction as agreed with your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and plenty of practice with your Sponsor. A Sponsor is someone who helps and supports you, the learner driver, as you improve your driving skills by being accompanied by them during practice drives. The Sponsor you choose to help you must hold a full license for two years and have lots of driving experience

Do I need to do EDT?

If your first learner permit for a car (code 991 in the column headed restrictions/information) is dated on or after 4th April 2011(look at the date in the column headed ?/from), you must complete EDT. All learner drivers must have completed EDT before they can sit a driving test.

How long does EDT take to complete?

EDT for learner drivers is a 12 hour course broken into 12 different one hour lessons. It is recommended that you allow two weeks between each lesson so that you can take any further driving lessons needed and do the required reading and necessary practice.

What happens when I have finished the EDT course?

Your ADI will have stamped each EDT lesson as completed inside your logbook. Keep it safe, as you may need to show it to your driver tester on the day of your test. Remember, your training does not finish with EDT so continue to practice your driving with your Sponsor and taking extra driving lessons until you can take your test.

How do I manage EDT with normal everyday practice?

EDT should be built upon in the practice you take with your Sponsor. Every lesson should be followed by at least three hours’ practice on the aspect covered in your lesson. Your ADI will give you feedback on your progress so you know what driving skills to concentrate on. The RSA has developed a syllabus setting out the skills and behaviours that a competent driver should be able to demonstrate. This should help you, your ADI and your Sponsor to manage your learning effectively.

Does my Sponsor need to be an ADI?

No. However, he or she can be an ADI if you wish. The important thing is that your Sponsor should be a responsible person who will help you learn to become a better safer driver. The Sponsor must hold a full licence for two years and have lots of driving experience. Ideally your Sponsor should discuss aspects of your practice and progress with your ADI. For more information go to www.rsa.ie

 

 

SOME USEFUL LINKS

ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY

APPLY FOR YOUR THEORY TEST

APPLY FOR YOUR DRIVING TEST

DOWNLOAD THE RULES OF THE ROAD

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT

NCT

MOTOR TAX

 

The road to success