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                           Many new learner drivers who are undertaking the new EDT (Essential Driver Training) seem to be misinformed.  This article is aim at giving you some practical advice when you are doing the course, firstly preparing for EDT. If your first licence was issued to you on or after the 4th of April 2011 then you will need to complete the EDT course. It is recommended by the RSA that you ring an instructor asking how to prepare for EDT, you will be informed to familiarise yourself with the basics such the controls of the car e.g. brake, accelerator mirrors and other controls. Make sure you ask the instructor where you will be taken for your first lesson this is important  if you have never been in the driver seat or nervous about driving, I always take my students to a large and quite area where they can practice some basic like stopping and starting using the gears and mirror before they are taken on the road. I have heard of learners been taken right out on the road for lesson one and resulting in the learner been frightened from a bad experience. Ask other questions like the price of lessons as prices vary, it might not be a good idea to pay for the lessons all in one payment simply because you might not like the instructor’s style of teaching. Also ask friends what instructors they used and their experiences of that instructor.


                                     When you start your first EDT lesson, you will be given an official logbook by your ADI to record the details of your training and progress, as well as necessary preparation for your next lessons. You can familiarise yourself with the format by viewing a sample logbook(PDF).

When you complete an EDT lesson, your ADI will stamp the relevant section of your logbook and record some feedback on how well or whether you met the lesson objectives. To meet the lesson objectives you must prepare properly, practice with a Sponsor and you may need to take additional instruction. 

An ADI can only sign the lessons they have given, so be sure to get your logbook updated by your ADI after each lesson. If you change ADIs, your new ADI will not be able to fill out your logbook for lessons you have already taken.

The logbook also provides space for both you and your Sponsor to assess your performance in your EDT lessons. This evaluation will help you understand what you need to practice to become a safer driver and how best to prepare for your next lesson.

                                                          The instructor will fill in the first page and also ask you to sing the bottom of lesson one that is in (blue) and you should also sing the pre lesson checks (green). After the lesson is finished the instructor will then fill in what was covered in the lesson and should right in some points they will need you to work on in order to improve. The instructor should also go to the back of the book at the lesson certificate page and stamp and fill in all the areas required, this is very important it is filled in fully as failure to do so could result in your test not being conducted and you losing your test fee.  Another important thing you need to check is that your lessons are being uploaded regularly and you can do this on the RSA website by clicking on My EDT below is a link.


For EDT questions and answers click here.

For My EDT click here

                                   For more information on driving lessons in Waterofrd please contact us. 

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