What is EDT?:
The EDT means ‘Essential Driving Training’. It is a serious of 12 structured lessons taught to you by an approved driving instructor (ADI).
For many people who passed their test prior to 2011 the EDT is a completely new concept when learning to drive & lets be honest pretty hard to get your head around! But luckily for you, we are here to help! This article will explain each stage of the EDT and more and will get you started on your journey. It really isn't as hard or complicated as it sounds and the bottom goal is for the learner student to become a safer driver.
Why was the EDT was introduced?:
The government introduced the EDT programme in 2011 purely to reduce the large number of young inexperienced drivers on the road hurting themselves and other road users. There have been too many fatalities on the road and the driving system had to improve! With the EDT programme, learner drivers are taught every aspect of driving from speed management to sharing the road. The final outcome is to produce more knowledgeable, safer drivers.
EDT Lesson breakdown:
Once you have your learner permit you can now begin your EDT lessons. The EDT is broken into a 12 lesson syllabus. You must have your permit for 6 months before applying for the drivers test. Within this 6 month period you will have time to complete the EDT. There is no need to rush as it is recommended that you have an EDT lesson every 2 weeks with your ADI and a filler lesson in between. Given you plenty of time to perfect your new skills.
The 12 EDT lessons are set out like this:
- Lesson 1: Car Controls and Safety Checks
- Lesson 2: Correct Positioning
- Lesson 3: Changing Direction
- Lesson 4: Progression Management
- Lesson 5: Correct Positioning (advanced)
- Lesson 6: Anticipation and Reaction
- Lesson 7: Sharing the Road
- Lesson 8: Driving Safely Through Traffic
- Lesson 9: Changing Direction (advanced)
- Lesson 10: Speed Management
- Lesson 11: Driving Calmly
- Lesson 12: Night Driving
All 12 lessons must be completed with your ADI in the order shown. However lessons 9-12 can be taken in an order that suits you. After each lesson your logbook must be filled by your ADI to prove completion. All lessons must be completed in order to apply for your drivers test.
The EDT Logbook:
Your logbook is an important document given to you on your first EDT lesson with your ADI. The logbook keeps a record of every lesson you have completed with your ADI. Only your ADI can log your EDT lesson in your logbook and they also have to log your lesson on the RSA online portal. A combination of both will give you proof of EDT completion when applying for the drivers test.
After each lesson that is logged your ADI has space to leave any comments on your driving and areas that may need improving. This is a great tool to use with your sponsor as they will see what areas need improving during your filler lesson. After each filler lesson your sponsor also has space to log their lesson and leave comments that your ADI can read on your next EDT lesson. With both comments it will be clear to both sponsor and your ADI what areas need to be worked on.
What is a sponsor?:
A sponsor is someone that takes the learner driver out on filler lessons in between the structured EDT lessons. A sponsor can be your ADI, parent or Uncle/Aunt. The decision is down to the learner driver and who you believe will help you the most. Criteria for a sponsor is that they must be an experienced driver and have held their full driver's license for at least 2 years.
Filler lessons are basically lessons in between the EDT lessons. It is a time for the learner driver to practice what they were taught in their EDT lesson and maybe focus on improving a certain area that was written in the comments from their ADI. It is the responsibility of the sponsor to create structured filler lessons in order for the student to get the most out of the lesson.
It is encouraged that you brush up on your rules of the road and general knowledge in order to be as beneficial at you can to your learner driver. This role is important and should not be considered if you do not have the time to commit.
Choosing a sponsor:
As a learner driver when choosing your sponsor take some time to really consider who will be beneficial to you and your learning experience. At the end of the day your sponsor is meant to help you not stress out and make you more nervous then you already are. Also this person needs to make time for you, so if they have a busy schedule and start to cancel filler lessons on you, chose someone else. You need to be able to trust them, simple as that.
So the first hurdle of their driving experience is over, your EDT lessons are completed and logged in your log book, you’ve had your permit for at least 6 months and you are ready to apply for your drivers test!
But first consider some pretest lessons. Once you have received your test date, you need to learn how to pass the test! With pretest lessons that's exactly what will happen. Your ADI will show you potential test routes, pointers on what the tester is looking for and tips to keep calm during the test.
At the RSA School of Motoring we are experts at EDT lessons as well as pretest lessons. Have a look through our website for further information on how we can help you today or simply give us a call.