Our ADI Driving Instructors
You will find our ADI driving instructors in Galway to have great social skills and a sense of humor, which will create a relaxed atmosphere; making learning to drive a pleasurable experience. This will take the stress out of learning as you become aware this really is a team effort, not you and I but we. With this relaxed atmosphere and your needs at the centre of each driving lesson, learning to drive will really become a joy. With knowledgeable conservations our driving instructors will build your confidence behind the wheel. You will be given plenty of support and feedback to get you where you want to be. The lessons will be tailored to your needs, at your pace. In fact, after extensive research, we have developed a new approach to teaching you to drive in quick time if you are willing to play your part. We can make you a top class driver.
Before we can offer you the best deals in driver training, you must have passed your driver theory test. Information is available at www.dtts.ie. You can then apply for your learners permit (NDLS) to allow you to legally begin your Essential Driver Training (EDT). These new measures come under the RSA’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programme designed to produce safer drivers on our roads. The Learners Driving Syllabus under this scheme is available to download under EDT course syllabus.
It is an excellent idea to read this very informative document on the learning process and its intended outcomes. It is important you understand what is expected of you as you move through the programme; it will make our roads a safer place if you understand the inherent dangers involved in modern driving.
The National Driver Licence Service is now responsible for the processing of learner driver permits. You must attend in person to be issued with a learner permit.
Learner Driver Insurance on Parents Car
Once you start your RSA EDT training it may be a good idea to email a few insurance companies like Liberty and First Ireland to see if they will insure you on your parent’s car. Impress upon them you have started your essential driver training and always have your sponsor in the jump seat beside you.
Essential Driver Training
EDT is a set of driving lessons designed to produce safe drivers for life.
You must have held your Learners Permit for at least six months and have completed 12 one hour EDT driving lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) before you can apply for your driving test in Galway. Each driving lesson must be signed off by your ADI in your RSA issued log book. Your ADI will provide you with one. Take good care of your logbook as your driving tester might want to see it.
The six months time frame is to allow you time to practice with your sponsor after each EDT driving lesson. Your sponsor is usually a good friend or family member who will oversee your driving training after each of your EDT lessons. As a learner driver you must legally have a qualified driver (sponsor) with you at all times as you learn to drive. You should leave at least two weeks between each EDT driving lesson to allow for practice and further driving lessons if you feel you need them. An hour a day learning with your sponsor will really develop your driving; it is the most efficient way to learn to drive. Our ADI’s are on the Resgister of Approved Driving Instructors with the RSA and are dedicated to giving you the confidence to pass your test first time and the knowledge to be a safe driver for life.
The EDT Course Syllabus
Please use your logbook to prepare for each lesson as you will learn a lot more. This will make it easier for everybody.
- 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
The EDT Logbook
Once you have completed an EDT driving lesson your ADI will rubber stamp the corresponding section in your log book. Our instructors want you to be a safe driver for life and there will be plenty of feedback and advice on how to improve your driving. To meet lesson standards you may need to take supplementary driving lessons, but this can be avoided by good preparation by you and your sponsor. Make good use of the notes you will receive from us which are the result of three years of research. Be prepared for each driving lesson. You will only get out of something yourself; what you are prepared to put into it.
The logbook provides a feedback area for you and you sponsor for each EDT lesson. This is to allow you to focus on areas of your driving which you may need to work on and how best to prepare for your next lesson.
Benefits of EDT Training
- Develop an understanding of the dangers on the road
- EDT is pupil centred learning your needs are priority
- Develop lifelong skills and develop a safer driving mindset
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