Essential Driver Training is a mandatory 12 lesson training course that teaches fundamental driving skills to new learner drivers. It is part of the Road Safety Authorities graduated driver licensing scheme and is designed to improve overall road safety. The big mistake both parents and students make is that they believe that after the 12 lessons they will be capable of passing the driving test and don’t think that any further training is required. Then when the student fails the driving test they wonder why. The 12 lessons is really a beginner course and a means to having structured training initially but additional training to improve basic roadcraft and onroad skill is essential to developing an overall complete but still inexperienced driver.
Studies show that younger more inexperienced drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured in collisions and EDT is one of several measures introduced to improve critical driving knowledge, skills and attitudes.
If you received your learner permit after the 4th of April 2011 then you must first complete the 12 EDT Driving lessons. The benefits are that you will know what it means to be a better safer driver, practice driving skills in a structured way focused on your learning needs and develops lifelong skills that make it easier for you to stay safe on our roads.
A Sponsor is an experienced driver who accompanies the learner in their practice sessions. Sponsors can be family members, friends or colleagues or anyone who holds a full Irish driving licence for more than 2 years. The sponsor plays a key role in safe driving experience and helps build confidence and self esteem.
Dont have a sponsor? No worries thats where we can help. We can act as your sponsor and more often than not we advise some Non EDT driving lessons to act as a support mechanism outside of the EDT Driving lessons syllabus so as to build a higher level inbetween EDT lessons.
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