Essential Driver Training - getting your fully driving licence
Learning to drive and passing your test is an important personal achievement, so we at easyDrive want to help you get started, below is information on the 4 STEPS you will need to successfully complete in order to get a full Irish driving licence.
The first step in learning to drive is to pass the driver theory test which is a computer-based examination of motoring rules and practices appropriate to the category of vehicle you wish to be licenced to drive.
The driver theory test checks your knowledge of:
The rules of the road - An in-depth knowledge of the Rules of the Road is essential, not only for drivers with full licences but for learner drivers also
There are 3 things you must do to complete this step:
Revise official RSA material - you can purchase learning portal subscriptions, books and CD-ROMs on the theory test website.
Book a test - you can book and pay for your driver theory test online.
Provide appropriate ID - for a list of acceptable forms of identification that you must show on the day of your theory test in order to complete the exam. If you do not have the appropriate ID you will not be allowed to take your exam and you will lose your test fee.
What do I need to Apply for the Theory Test?
To avoid testing delays please ensure your name and PPSN are registered correctly.
Note: Please have a credit / laser card and PPSN (formerly RSI number) readily available.
For C (Bus) and D (Truck) tests, please also have your driving license number readily available
Your learner permit allows you to drive on all public roads, except motorways, for the purpose of learning to drive. All learner permit holders, with the exception of those who hold a learner permit in category A1, A2, A, AM, or W, must be accompanied at all times by an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) or someone who holds a full, valid driving licence in the same category for more than two years
You can apply for your driving test when you hold a learner permit however first time learner permit holders must hold their learner permit for six months and complete Essential Driver Training (EDT) or Initial Basic Training (IBT) before sitting the driving test. A reduced EDT programme is available for drivers who currently hold a full car licence (category B) from a country that does not have a licence exchange agreement with Ireland.
Now you will need to complete your mandatory 12 Essential Driver Training (EDT) Lessons with an RSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). This is a 12 one-hour training session that teaches the fundamental driving skills to learner car drivers. These sessions cover certain critical driving skills and improve your practical driving skills, each of the EDT Sessions has a particular objective.
What's covered in the 12 Essential Driver Training/EDT Sessions
Practice driving as much as possible on all types of roads and in all types of traffic situations with an ADI.
On the day of your test you will be asked some questions on the Rules of the Road, the tester will then bring you out to your vehicle and you must explain some technical checks on three of the following: steering, horn, brakes, tyres, lights, indicators, reflectors, coolant,engine oil, and windscreen washer fluid.
During Your Driving Test
You will be marked on the following tasks:
Driving in traffic
Reversing round a corner
Performing a turnabout
Performing a hill start
You will be assessed on your:
Overtaking and passing
Anticipation and observation
Use of mirrors and signals
Compliance with traffic lights
Road signs and road markings
Proper use of your vehicle controls
Once you have successfully passed your test and have a fully driving licence you must display ‘N’ plates on your vehicle for a period of 2 years.
If you have just passed your test and you're nervous about driving on Irelands busy motorways then you can book a two hour Motorway Driving lessons with easyDrive
Our Dublin driving school will teach you how to drive on motorways confidently, courtesly and safely starting in Dublin. We also offer Driving Lessons on Motorways such as, M1, M2, M4, or M11, M50 in either your own car or one of ours