WHAT IS THE EDT?
While driving is fun and exciting, unfortunately it can also be dangerous if taken lightly.
Young, inexperienced drivers are in the most danger on the road. They’re the group most likely to be injured or killed in an accident. Fortunately, the Road Safety Authority has a variety of measures designed to help learner drivers.
THE ESSENTIAL DRIVER TRAINING SYLLABUS
Also known as the EDT, this training is specifically designed to help new drivers learn the rules of the road and develop the driving skills which will keep them safe for a lifetime behind the wheel.
If you’ve received your first car learner permit on, or after, the fourth of April 2011, you are required to take at least 12 hours of Essential Driver Training. This Training needs to be under an approved driving instructor (an “ADI”). All 12 hours must be completed before you’re allowed to take the driving test. Note that many learners need more than just the 12 lessons, so you should plan to take some support or filler lessons as necessary.
12 EDT LESSONS… AND MORE
Aside from you and your ADI, there’s a third person involved in your EDT success: Your sponsor. What’s a sponsor? It’s a person you know who can help you practice what you learn in our classes. Your sponsor can be a parent, an older sibling or any other safe driver who has held a category B license for more than two years.
Your sponsor plays an important role! The more your practice, the easier it’ll be for you to pass your driving test. Your sponsor should be someone who has both the time and the willingness to help you practice.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR EDT
Each of the 12 EDT lessons is one hour long. We recommend about two weeks between lessons, so you have enough time to practice the lesson with your sponsor. If any part of the lesson is difficult, you can take supplemental lessons with us as necessary. Note that you have, at minimum, six months between when you’re issued your learner permit until you can take the test. So there’s no need to rush through the lessons. Taking your time to get it right is one of the keys to success when it comes to learning how to drive.
Be sure you prepare before your first lesson. Our ADI will check your learner permit before you can start. Also, if you’re using your own vehicle for the lessons, our ADI will need to check out the insurance, motor tax, NCT and the general condition of the automobile. (Your car doesn’t require an NCT until it’s four years old.)
THE EDT LOGBOOK
Your logbook is an important part of the EDT training. You’ll get your logbook at the start of your first lesson, and you want to make sure you keep it somewhere safe. Your logbook contains the details of each EDT lesson. When you finish each lesson, the instructor records your progress with a stamp and a signature.
LESSONS ONE – EIGHT
The first eight lessons must be taken in order. They cover the following:
- Car Controls and Safety Checks
- Correct Positioning
- Safe Direction Changes
- Progression Management
- Anticipation and Reaction
- Sharing the Road
- Safety Traffic Navigation
LESSONS NINE – 12
The lessons in the second section can be completed in any order, as you’ll have the necessary expertise in order to be safe on the road. Lessons nine through 12 cover the following:
- Changing Directions in Complicated Road Situations
- Speed Management
- Calm Driving
- Night Driving
More information on each lesson can be found in our RSA booklet, Essential Driver Training. It’s available from your ADI and can also be downloaded from the RSA website.
AT THE END OF EACH LESSON, YOU WILL HAVE LEARNED SPECIFIC SKILLS
It’s important to bring your logbook to each lesson, because after you complete the lesson your ADI will record your progress and detail instruction tailored specifically to your needs. After each lesson, you’ll also complete a self-analysis worksheet in your logbook. You and your sponsor will be able to determine what types of driving skills you should practice in preparation for the next lesson. Between lessons, your sponsor will log practice sessions in the logbook. The logbook is an easy, effective way to track your progress.
Your ADI will work with you to develop a plan for success. Together, you and your ADI will determine what you should study and what aspects of driving you should practice. We’ve also produced a manual entitled Learning to Drive a Car. It’s available in bookstores. The study materials, your instructor and your sponsor will all work together in order to turn you into a safe, confident and comfortable driver.
You can check your EDT records whenever you like by visiting MY EDT on the RSA website. Your instructor will upload your lesson records as you complete each one. You can view or print out the results.
Once you’re completed the entire EDT course, and have had your learner permit for at least six months, you can schedule your driving test. Applying is easy and can be done online at the official test website or through the RSA website. Every post EDT Learner we have had has passed his or her driving test the first time. Start today and soon you’ll be able to join our many satisfied customers on the road.