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.
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.
The Essential Driver Training (EDT) program consists of 12 sessions thoughtfully designed to serve multiple purposes:
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.
What is the objective for Session 1?
The first session with your instructor will focus on essential aspects of vehicle handling and safety. The session includes:
By the end of this session, you will have learned the following:
Primary and secondary controls: You should know the location and function of various controls, such as footbrake, handbrake/parking brake, steering, gears, accelerator, clutch (if applicable), windscreen wipers, washers, lights, reflectors, horn, front and rear demisters, windows, doors, and locks. You should also understand why using these controls correctly is crucial for your safety and that of other road users.
Vehicle safety: You should be able to explain and demonstrate routine safety checks for a vehicle, understand the reasons why a vehicle may not be roadworthy, and be aware of the safety and legal consequences of driving an unfit vehicle. Additionally, you should grasp the main points to consider while carrying out safety checks.
Positive environmental impact: You will learn about the positive environmental effects of proper use of primary and secondary controls.
Journey planning: You should understand how to plan a journey and, where relevant, access journey information.
Overall, this first session aims to provide you with foundational knowledge and skills related to vehicle control, safety, and responsible driving practices.
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.
Essential steps required to embark on the thrilling journey of obtaining a Car Essential Driver Training (EDT) driving course.