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 stages.

What is EDT? (Essential Driver Training)

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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.

What does EDT involve?

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.

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As you complete each stage, your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) will record your progress in a specially issued logbook. It may be necessary to have extra driving lessons in between each stage so you can improve on what you have learnt already and progress onto the next stage of your EDT. Practice with a sponsor (ie. parent) may also help you progress quicker.

The logbook can only be supplied by an RSA ADI Driving Instructor.

After you finish your EDT course, you may still need additional lessons with an ADI to improve your driving skills before sitting the Practical Driving Test.

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:

What do the EDT 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:

To book driving lessons or to find out more about EDT call EDS Driving School on: 085 755 9992


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