ESSENTIAL DRIVER TRAINING (EDT)
If the issue date of your first B category (Car) learner permit is on or after 4 April 2011, in order to be able to sit your full driving test, you must first complete all 12 EDT lessons
Essential Driver Training (EDT) is a mandatory training course that teaches fundamental driving skills to learner car drivers. It is part of the RSA’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) scheme and is intended to improve road safety.
EDT is only part of the learning process, you will need lots of practice and may need more lessons to become a safe driver.
Studies show that young drivers and inexperienced drivers are more likely to die or be seriously injured in collisions, and EDT is one of several measures introduced by the RSA to help improve critical driving knowledge, skills and behaviours of new drivers.
If you are not required to complete EDT, you may still choose to take an EDT course, as it can help increase your chances of passing the driving test and will help make you a better safer driver.
EDT is a course of 12 one-hour lessons. These lessons are designed to cover certain critical driving skills and improve your practical driving skills.
As you complete each lesson, your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) will record your progress in a specially issued logbook.
You should also have a Sponsor, an experienced driver (many learner drivers choose a family member) who will supervise your driving practice outside of lessons, and will also track your progress in your logbook.
After you finish your EDT course, you may still need additional lessons with an ADI to improve your driving skills. Additionally, you should practice with your Sponsor as much as possible to get comfortable behind the wheel.
On the day of your driving test you should bring your completed logbook on the appointed test date, as you may be required to show it to the examiner
Benefits of EDT
Completing your Essential Driver Training course will help you to:
• understand what it means to be a better safer driver.
• practice your driving skills in a structured way that is focussed on your own learning needs.
• develop lifelong skills that will make you a better safer driver.
Suggested EDT Lessons Timeline
• Lessons 1-8 must be taken in sequence, but lessons 9-12 may be taken in any order.
• Each of the 12 lessons in EDT lasts about one hour.
• The RSA recommend that you leave at least two weeks between each EDT lesson to allow for further instruction, practice and learning.
• The RSA recommend that the EDT course is best spread out over six months.
What Do The Lessons Cover?
Each of the EDT lessons has particular objectives. You should prepare for each lesson using the EDT Course Syllabus. The 12 lessons are titled:
• 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
When you start the EDT syllabus you will be given a Logbook. In the EDT logbook the ADI can record details of each lesson. The logbook has a page for the Sponsors to record details of any practice carried out.
The information in this logbook can help plan out practice sessions and pinpoint areas of learning to focus on. You need to bring the logbook to each session.