All you need to know about learning how to drive

Learning to drive is a very exciting time in everyone’s life and it is also a time of great responsibility. The vehicle you will be learning to drive in can be a very useful tool but if it is not treated with respect could become potentially dangerous. By learning to drive correctly you will have learned a life skill, one that you will have for as long as you can drive. If you pass your test you will also have cheaper car insurance and may have greater employment opportunities too! You would be advised when learning to drive do so only with a qualified driving instructor who is RSA approved.

Learning to drive is a very exciting time in everyone’s life and it is also a time of great responsibility. The vehicle you will be learning to drive in can be a very useful tool but if it is not treated with respect could become potentially dangerous. By learning to drive correctly you will have learned a life skill, one that you will have for as long as you can drive. If you pass your test you will also have cheaper car insurance and may have greater employment opportunities too! You would be advised when learning to drive do so only with a qualified driving instructor who is RSA approved.

Essential Driver Training (EDT)

If you were issued your first learner permit before 4 April 2011, the new laws will not apply to you. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has introduced a new Learner Driver Training (LDT) syllabus from 4 April 2011. All learner drivers who were issued their first learner permit after 4 April 2011 must complete 12 Essential Driver Training (EDT) lessons before they will be allowed to take their driving test.

Your theory test

Before you book, pick up a copy of The Official Driver Theory Test. A pdf version can be downloaded from www.rsa.ie

You must get 35 of the 40 questions correct to pass.

Book your theory test

Visit the Driver Theory Test website at www.dtts.ie.

These details are just a guide. For full information, visit the Road Safety Authority website at www.rsa.ie.

Apply for your driving test

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.

EDT is only part of the learning process, you will need lots of practice and may need more lessons to become a safe driver.

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 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.

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.