ESSENTIAL DRIVER TRAINING (EDT)
From 4th April 2011, learner drivers in Ireland will be required to undertake
Essential Driver Training in order to get their full driving licence.
The purpose of this is to ensure a higher standard of driving and safety in newly qualified drivers and
means that you will need to have at least 6 months driving experience before taking your practical test.
You will be issued with a log book which will be updated by your instructor. Note that only RSA approved instructors can provide the EDT course and will keep you informed of your progress as you build up your knowledge and skills throughout the course
A sponsor is someone who can help you practice your driving between lessons with your instructor. This should be someone that you feel confident and comfortable with and must hold a full driving licence for at least two years. They should have plenty of driving experience themselves
The Log Book
You will be issued with a log book on your first lesson which you need to keep safe and bring with you on each lesson so it can be updated by your instructor. Your sponsor can then check your logbook to help them guide your practice. You must keep your book even if you have finished training.
EDT has been introduced to help you learn some of the vital driving skills and to improve your knowledge and understanding of road safety.
The course consists of 12, 1 hour lessons. Each lesson has a set of expected outcomes describing what you should be able to do by the end of the lesson. It is important to remember that the EDT course alone is not enough to make you a competent driver and additional lessons and practice with your sponsor should be used to bring your skills to a suitable level before progressing on to the next EDT course lesson.
Lessons 1-8 must be taken in sequence, but lessons 9-12 may be taken in any order.
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