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Car Essential Driver Training (EDT)

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Essential Driver Training (EDT) is a training that is mandatory to all car learner drivers.

EDT Sessions

These modules provide an introduction to the necessary equipment and skills.


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EDT Requirements

Before booking your IBT there are a few step you need to follow.

Car Essential Driver Training (EDT) Ballina, Co. Mayo

What is Essential Driver Training (EDT)?

Essential Driver Training (EDT) is a specialized program designed for learner drivers holding permits for category B vehicles, including cars and light vans. Through EDT, you will acquire essential driving skills and enhance your understanding of road safety, ensuring you become a confident and responsible driver.

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Contact Massbrook Driving school in Ballina, Co. Mayo and apply for your EDT course today!

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Why do I need EDT?

Research has demonstrated that young and inexperienced drivers have a higher risk of fatal or severe injuries in accidents. Therefore, gaining ample experience during your training is of utmost importance. The Essential Driver Training (EDT) program has been meticulously developed using a risk-based approach. It focuses on equipping you with the necessary skills, understanding, and behaviours to effectively handle driving hazards. By adopting this approach, we are confident that it will significantly improve road safety.

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Essential Driver Training

The Essential Driver Training (EDT) program consists of 12 sessions thoughtfully designed to serve multiple purposes:

  1. Prepare you thoroughly for the practical driving test.
  2. Encompass the most crucial skills and behaviors that a learner driver must possess, establishing essential driving habits.
  3. Provide structured guidance throughout your learning journey.
  4. Emphasize the significant role played by the Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and the accompanying Sponsor in this learning process.

Essential Driver Training Sessions

To successfully complete the Essential Driver Training (EDT) program, follow these guidelines:

Begin with EDT Session 1 to establish a baseline of your driving skills and knowledge. After Session 1, take Sessions 2 to 8 and then proceed to Sessions 9 to 12. Sessions 9 to 12 can only be taken after completing Sessions 2 to 8. Sessions 2 to 8 and Sessions 9 to 12 do not have to be taken in a specific order. Leave at least two weeks between each session to allow for practice and learning. You can use this time for additional lessons with MDS or practice lessons with a Sponsor. Make use of reference materials provided by the Road Safety Authority, such as the Rules of the Road and the Car Learner Manual, to supplement your learning. For the best chance of meeting the expected outcomes, spread the sessions over six months. Combining practice, study, and instruction will help you become a safe and responsible driver, completing the 12 EDT sessions successfully.

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The Seat Leon is an excellent choice for a learner driver car due to its impressive combination of safety features, user-friendly handling, and practicality. With its responsive controls and agile manoeuvrability, it provides a comfortable learning experience for new drivers. The car’s advanced safety systems, such as adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and automatic emergency braking, offer an added layer of protection during driving lessons. Additionally, its modern design and comfortable interior make it an enjoyable car to drive, ensuring learner drivers feel confident and at ease behind the wheel.

Getting Your Full Driving Licence

Theory Test

Apply for and pass the driving theory test in the desired category.



Learner Permit

At any NDLS office in your area apply for your learner permit.



Complete IBT / EDT training for the category permit you hold.


Driving Test

Apply for the driving test anytime. You must hold your permit at least 6 months before taking the test.


Before booking your EDT

Essential steps required to embark on the thrilling journey of obtaining a Car Essential Driver Training (EDT) driving course. 

  1. Firstly, you must pass the driving theory test to gain fundamental knowledge and understanding of road rules and safety measures.
  2. After passing the theory test you need to obtaining a driving learner permit.
  3. After completing the previous steps you can now Book your EDT course.