Essential Driver Training
What is the EDT?The EDT is an Essential Driving Training safety programme launched by the RSA on the 4th.April 2011. The programme is aimed at reducing the carnage on our roads and introducing compulsory lessons prior to an individual sitting their Test.
Who Does It Affect?Any person getting their first learner permit with a start date on or after 4th April 2011 must complete a minimum 12 hours of Essential Driver Training, with an RSA registered Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) before they can sit their driving test. Typically the 12 EDT lessons will be spread over six months and be supported by practice and tuition as required.
If we refer to these 12 lessons as Modules it would make a lot more sense as you read through this information.
Each Module focuses on high risk road safety topics and these are the areas that will be covered within the 12 one hour EDT Modules. Safety issues which will be covered include correct road positioning,
changing direction, anticipation and reaction, managing speed, round-a-bouts, lane changing and night driving are some examples.
Because each module will have several safety issues to cover, these may not be achievable in one lesson and will therefore require additional lessons to meet the standard required before you can progress to the next module.
The RSA has recommended that In order to get the maximum benefit from each module, the learner driver must do at least five hours of practice in the two week period before and after each EDT module and the best person to do this with is a Sponsor.
What is a Sponsor?One of the most important decisions you will make as you consider learning to drive is who to choose as your Sponsor. This is a hugely important role and so it is vital that this is a person you feel comfortable with and who demonstrates safe driving behaviour that you can learn from.
The Sponsor needs to show an ability to put you the Learner at ease, to build your confidence, not to raise their voice, to play an active role in advising and encouraging the student. The sponsor could ask to sit in on some lessons with the ADI Instructor so as to gain a valuable insight into how the ADI teaches and instructs and how to maintain a calm atmosphere.
This role might be a parent, uncle or sibling, but it must be someone who can make the commitment to contribute their time to helping you to become a safe and competent driver. EDT modules on their own are not sufficient – it is your responsibility to continue to practise between lessons so that you can build on the skills you have learned with your ADI. This is a critical part of the learning to drive process and will help you to become a lifelong safe driver.
It may be the case where there is no sponsor or the sponsor is not available to take the student out. In this case it would make good sense for the student to have additional lessons between each module. There are also several books and documents available which the student will need to address and revise as the lessons and modules progress.
The student will be given a log book to maintain and when each of the twelve modules has been completed they will be signed and stamped by your ADI Instructor. There will also be progress reports on each module for everyone to read so as good communication is constantly maintained.
It may be the case where a relatively experienced student will be at a more advanced level and therefore will not have to undertake the first few modules provided your ADI Instructor is happy with your driving ability and will sign off on these modules.
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