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Anthony thanx very much for the lessons you were really good at getting me ready for my full test .. I will tell everyone about you and send them your way cheers Anthony

Val Wallace, Ballyhaise

Essential Driver Training    

The Essential Driver Training Programme is spread across 12 lessons as detailed below:

  • Lessons 1-8 must be completed in that order but lessons 9-12 can be taken in any order.
  • Lessons should ideally be taken 2 weeks apart.
  • Learners are recommended to practice for 3 hours between EDT lessons with a sponsor who must have held a licence in the same category of vehicle for at least 2 years
  • Learners must wait a minimum of 6 months from issue of their learner permit before they can sit the test.
  • A test date will not be given until all 12 lessons are completed and registered on the RSA EDT system by your ADI.
  • A Logbook will be provided to you by your Approved Driving Instructor and this should be completed by the ADI, yourself and your sponsor at the releveant places and at the relevant times.


The 12 structured lessons are detailed below


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

Expected outcomes: what should I have learned at the end of each Lesson?


Lesson 1: Car Controls and Safety Checks

Primary and secondary controls

At the end of the first lesson, you should be familiar with the pre-start vehicle check and know the location and function of the following, and be able to show you know how to use them:

  • footbrake
  • handbrake or parking brake
  • steering
  • gears
  • accelerator and clutch (where fitted)
  • windscreen wipers and washers
  • lights and reflectors
  • horn
  • front and rear demisters
  • windows, doors and locks.

You should also be able to explain why their correct and appropriate use is important to your own safety and that of other road users.

Vehicle safety.

You should be able to explain:

  • what routine safety checks should be performed on a vehicle and demonstrate how to do these;
  • the main reasons why a vehicle may not be roadworthy;
  • the safety and legal consequences of driving a vehicle that is not roadworthy; and
  • the main points to take into account when carrying out safety checks;

You should also be able to explain:

  • the positive environmental impact of proper use of primary and secondary controls;
  • how to plan a journey; and
  • where relevant, journey information may be available.
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Lesson 2: Correct Positioning

At the end of the second lesson, you should be able to show that you know how to:

  • generally keep a safe position on the road;
  • always keep a safe braking distance from other vehicles;
  • show appropriate and safe use of available road space.
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Lesson 3: Changing Direction

At the end of the third lesson, you should be able to show that you can:

  • use mirrors appropriately;
  • carry out the MSMM routine correctly.

You should also be able to show that you can do the proper ‘safety glances’ when:

  • moving off;
  • turning;
  • at junctions;
  • negotiating roundabouts.

You should be able to show that you are aware of blind spots and how to compensate for them.

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Lesson 4: Progression Management

At the end of the fourth lesson, you should be able to show:

  • you know how to adjust the speed of your vehicle appropriately for speed limits and road layouts.

You should also be able to explain the effects of:

  • road and weather conditions;
  • a vehicle’s load on stopping distances at different speeds;

You should be able to explain the potential effects of driving too fast and braking too hard on:

  • your own safety;
  • the safety of passengers;
  • the safety of other road users;
  • on the environment.
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Lesson 5: Correct Positioning

At the end of the fifth lesson, you should be able to show that you can:

  • consistently maintain a safe position on the road while keeping a safe braking distance;
  • make appropriate and safe use of road sharing;
  • perform manoeuvres (parking, reversing and turnabout) in challenging situations.
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Lesson 6: Anticipation and Reaction

At the end of the sixth lesson you should be able to show that you can use scanning techniques to identify and respond to hazards. You should also be able to take into account potential hazards:

  • by choosing the correct speed and gear;
  • keeping a safe distance;
  • braking correctly.

You should be able to explain the potential effects of driving:

  • at night
  • in the rain
  • in fog
  • in snow.

You should be able to show that you can identify hazards and respond to them in good time.

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Lesson 7: Sharing the Road

At the end of the seventh lesson you should be able to show that

  • you can enter, cross and join roads safely.

You should know how to park safely on roads where there are other road users.

  • You should be able to pass stationary and slow moving vehicles, cyclists and other road users safely and responsibly.
  • You should know when and how to give way to other road users including pedestrians.
  • You should know how to deal with emergency vehicles.
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Lesson 8: Driving Safely Through Traffic

At the end of the eighth lesson, you should be able to show that you can:

  • act appropriately and decisively while driving in traffic;
  • describe actual and potential risks to other road users and manage them effectively;
  • demonstrate how to use defensive driving techniques, which do not cause hesitation or impede reasonable progress;
  • demonstrate a good level of co-operation with other road users.
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Lesson 9: Changing Direction (More Complex Situations)

At the end of the ninth lesson, you should be able to:

  • change course safely with due regard for traffic controls;
  • change course safely with due regard for other road users;
  • yield to other road users and progress appropriately;
  • change course safely using MSMM routine without prompt.
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Lesson 10: Speed Management

At the end of the tenth lesson you should be able, without prompting from your ADI, to show that you can:

  • manage and control your speed;
  • drive safely in fast moving traffic;
  • drive safely where speeds are highly variable;
  • make decisions independently when in challenging situations.
  • You should also be able to describe how to drive safely in fast-moving traffic during different weather conditions.
  • You should be able to explain how using the vehicle’s main controls and complying with speed limits affect the environment.
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Lesson 11: Driving Calmly

At the end of the eleventh lesson, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate appropriate anticipation of and reactions to other road users;
  • drive safely and independently without hesitation or prompting;
  • explain how to deal with peer pressure or other distraction;
  • recover promptly and smoothly if the vehicle stalls;
  • recover promptly and smoothly if conditions force you to stop.

You should also be able to explain what might cause you to be unfit to drive including the effects of:

  • alcohol
  • drugs
  • prescribed medication
  • lack of sleep
  • sickness
  • injury
  • heightened emotions

You should be able to describe the consequences – for your own safety and for the safety of passengers and other road users – of driving in an unfit condition. You should also be able to describe the legal implications of driving in an unfit condition.

You should be able to describe the possible consequences of carrying passengers who are likely to distract you.

You should be able to explain:
  • the effects on a vehicle of it being fully loaded;
  • how to load a vehicle safely and securely;
  • the importance of not carrying more than the maximum number of passengers.
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Lesson 12: Night Driving

At the end of lesson 12, you should be able to:

  • drive safely in the dark;
  • drive safely where road lighting is poor;
  • describe the symptoms of poor night vision and how to deal with it.

You should also be able to show you know:

  • how to use your vehicle’s lighting correctly;
  • the appropriate response to other vehicle lighting, including emergency vehicle lighting.
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