What on earth is Essential Driver Training (EDT)
Essential Driver Training (EDT) is a structured training programme put together by the Road Safety Authority 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.
Why do I have to do this Essential Driver Training?
The purpose of EDT is to save lives by maximising the safety of inexperienced drivers and helping them to develop the skills and confidence needed to share the road safely with others. The introduction of EDT for learner drivers is part of the Road Safety Strategy 2007-2012 and is one of a range of measures announced by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) last September to enhance the way that drivers are trained, tested and licensed in Ireland as part of a new Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system.
Do I need to do Essential Driver Training?
If your first learner permit for a car is dated on or after 4th April 2011, you must complete EDT. All learner drivers must have completed EDT before they can sit a driving test.
How long does it take to complete the EDT?
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.
How much does the EDT course cost me?
The price of the full EDT course with us is €360 (was €420) saving you a whopping €60! To avail of this price you must make payment in full at the time of your first EDT driving lesson. There is a pay per EDT lesson option but unfortunately you will not avail of the offer price. Book me in
What happens when I have finished my EDT course?
I 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 practise your driving with your Sponsor and taking extra driving lessons until you can take your test.
Is there an exam at the end of my EDT training?
No, there is no exam at the end of EDT. However, each lesson has specific content that must be covered as part of the lesson. You can only achieve expected outcomes from each lesson by listening carefully to me and taking the necessary further lessons and practice in addition to the EDT programme.