Learning to Drive Irish Independant Newspapers.

May 31, 2013 9:15 PM

On May 7th 2013 the Irish Independant Newspapers in association with the RSA distributed with its circulation a Booklet called Learning to Drive. The booklet can now be downloaded as a PDF at http://www.rsa.ie/Documents/Learner%20Drivers/RSA_Learning%20to%20Drive_APR13%20web.pdf Also to support this launch is a series of Learning to Drive Videos which can be found on the RSA YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/RSAIreland Please feel free to contact Mike on 086 825 6913 if you require any further information. Mike is  a Fully Qualified ADI and ADI Fleet Driver Trainer(UK)  Registered and Approved in Ireland and United Kingdom under the references RSA_F_34782 and ADI No.291934(DSA UK)

Safe Driving For Life

May 31, 2013 10:04 AM

Once you have passed your test, learning to drive does not stop there. Please go to http://www.safedrivingforlife.info/ for additional information to develop your new life skill.

MSPSL Routine

May 26, 2013 2:29 AM

Mirror Signal Postion Speed Look The various approaches.

 

 

PSA Texting while Driving U.K

December 15, 2012 12:02 PM

Show me Tell me indepth

July 3, 2012 12:48 AM

A more indepth view of the Show Me Tell Me questions.

Show me Tell me 3

July 3, 2012 12:27 AM

Learn to Drive in One Week/Specialised Course for Nervous Drivers

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May 10, 2012 11:22 AM

Our one week intensive driving courses for both manual and automatic cars are now available in our shop. Click here to buy or call 086 825 6913 for more information.

Why will a whole week’s intensive course work so well?

Learning to drive taking only 1 or 2 hours of tuition a week will never be enough practice time for most learners to make real progress. Particularly as most learners will take up to 40 lessons and at least fail their tests 3 to 4 times, due to irregular teaching and possibly using different instructors.

On average learner drivers on an hourly tuition basis will take anything up to 14 months to achieve the driving test standard. Look back at your friends and family who taken their test and ask.

Why will a whole week’s intensive course work so well for a Nervous Driver?

Learning to drive can be stressful at the best of times, particularly if there are long gaps between lessons and lessons drag on. Due to repeated requests and nervous drivers taking the Learn to Drive in a Week course Dragon Driver has now adapted the course to encompass nervous drivers. Particularly spending more time in the areas of great difficulty. The course has been adapted to be paced at the speed at which the individual can cope with and accept. So if at the end of the week as long as the individual is happy with their progress, the guarantees of the course will be offered with no time limit on them taking the test, as long as they meet the standards required by the RSA testers through continued practice with any elected driving teacher/instructor of their choice.  At the beginning of the course learners can move between manual and automatic cars if they so wish. (They will be charged proportinately if the second vehicle of choice is used more than 3 hours due to the higher petrol consumption of the automatic). It would be useful to note that anyone learning to drive that is over 23+ years old. It is recommend that they take at least a minimum of 1 hour of lessons for every year of their life (Source: D.S.A (UK)) Dragon Driver suggests anyone over the age of 36 years should opt for the automatic, as it basically can take up to 6 hours to get use to gears, clutch, brake, and appropriate speed for appropriate gear. In normal circumstances gears, clutch and brake can be learnt within 1 hour through the specialised teaching techniques adapted from Garda/Police driver training, which are taught to most DSA driving instructors before they qualify.

Will the week’s intensive course be right for you?

For most people who want to learn quickly the answer is yes. At the end of your first day because you will be taking in and learning a number of diagrams, written notes plus applying the correct way you need to develop your driving skills. You will be tired the first day. However as each day unfolds you will find that you will feel more confident and learning becomes quicker and easier. Remember that intensive courses are proven to be the fastest way for learners of all ages when learning to drive but are not common in Ireland. Yet Garda drivers, the Armed Forces, LGV drivers, Bus drivers and even Driving Testers are and are being continued to be trained in this way.

Learning with an intensive driving course means that your training will be over a five day week of 6 hours per day with 3 half hour breaks and not over not many months. You are with one instructor who is a highly skilled Fleet Driver Trainer who not only specialises in teaching learners but is also specialised in teaching company fleet drivers to improve their daily skills in driving. Your trainer is registered both in Ireland and the UK as an Approved Driving Instructor and in the UK as a Fleet Driver Trainer.

Every day you will be assessed as you progress through the day and this will be documented on a  Student Check List at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week with a simple assessment level to guide you through the course.

Everything you learn will stay fresh in your mind encouraging a new confidence in your driving to grow and develop you into a safe, skilful and defensive driver.

Nature of the course. As said before the course has now been encompassed to cater for nervous drivers as well as Learn to Drive In A Week. The course will now cover approximately 400 miles/640 kilometres of all types of road ranging the small roads in Phoenix park, to built up area roads of the elected Dublin test routes, to the N81 country road Dublin to Tullow and return. Also the N7 Dublin to Naas return (the nearest busiest road to Motorway in Ireland). The mileage/kilometres will be commited to even through continued repetition in the case of extremely nervous learner drivers who can not commit to the long drive runs which greatly enhance hazard awareness, anticipation and what if scenarios.

Types of courses

One to One Course Dragon Driver tuition is all on one learner driver to one instructor basis. This is mostly preferred by most learners when learning to drive.

Shared Tuition Course Shared tuition courses are where two or three learners are trained in the car together Dragon Driver will only recommend shared tuition course for friends or family members, who want to take a shared tuition course. Please call for details.

What will the course cover and what learning materials will be supplied?

Topics covered in the course include

  • Cockpit drill
  • Controls of vehicle
  • Anticipating actions of others
  • Taking appropriate preventative and corrective action where necessary
  • Moving off, stopping and road position
  • Reversing and Left Reverse around a corner
  • Turnabout, also known as the three point turn
  • Approaching road junctions to turn left and right
  • Approaching roundabouts
  • Emerging at road junctions and roundabouts
  • Progression
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Dealing with crossroads
  • Use of mirrors and giving all types of signals
  • Meeting, overtaking and clearance of all other road users
  • Judgement of speed
  • Driving at night
  • Stopping distances in different weather conditions
  • Commentary Driving

Learning Materials.

  • 33 pages of written notes with colour diagrams, plus questions and answers.
  • 47 minute intensive DVD on Learning to Drive, which will take up to 3 hours to learn
  • Student Check List with assessment level
  • Recap colour diagrams and notes on full course.

 

Course Commitment. If you should fail the test the first time Dragon Driver will offer a two hour lesson free of charge for the First and Second fail only.

Course Times. Times can start from anytime between 6am to 3pm. You can start the course any day in the week ie start Sunday and finish Thursday if you so wish.

Course Fees. 6 hours of lessons per day for 5 days consisting of 2 hour lessons with half hour breaks.

Manual Car €950 Buy Now! Automatic Car €1,010 Buy Now!

Courses must be prepaid. All courses take place in Dublin commence in Phoenix Park, and then go on road for local road, built up area including Grafton Street area, O’Connell street area, Smithfield market area and National route training. The course is then completed on one of the Dublin test centres of the learner’s choice.

EDT can be done with this course and Dragon Driver will ensure all the standards are met.

RSA-Operation Learner Driver – 43% of learner permit holders drive unaccompanied

May 9, 2012 9:45 AM

2012 News

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07 May 2012

Operation Learner Driver – 43% of learner permit holders drive unaccompanied http://www.rsa.ie/en/Utility/News/2012/Operation-Learner-Driver—43-of-learner-permit-holders-drive-unaccompanied/

Road Safety is every road user’s responsibility. Tragically 58 people have already lost their lives on our roads so far this year. This is 7 road deaths less than this period last year.

The majority of road users have adopted safer behaviours and played their part in reducing the pain and grief that comes with every fatal or serious injury road collision. With this in mind, we appeal to every road user to once again play their part in continuing with this reduction in road deaths.

Enforcement by An Garda Síochána will continue to focus on high risk behaviour such as speeding, drink or drug driving, non use of seatbelts, reckless driving and use of mobile phones. A particular focus will also be on the Learner Driver. From 2 recent operations targeting Learner Drivers we find that a significant percentage of those are not abiding by the conditions of holding that permit. Of the 2200 drivers checked, 43% (946) were un-accompanied by a full licence holder, and 30% (660) were not displaying L plates. In some cases both offences were committed by the same driver.

Assistant Commissioner John O’ Mahoney said today:

“We appeal to all road users to continue to do all they can in keeping our roads as safe as they can be. Although 7 less people have been killed on our roads, we saw an increase in April 2012 compared to April 2011 (18 versus 8). We must be mindful that any mistake on the road can lead to very serious consequences for all involved. We especially wish to remind all learner permit holders of their legal obligations with regards to displaying L-plates, being accompanied by qualified drivers at all times and motorway restrictions. A recent series of operations highlighted the fact that as high as 43% of learner permit holders were in breach of these conditions. Driving is a skill which must be practised to improve that skill. As a learner you are doing exactly that, learning, to drive. All vehicle owners should also ensure that any learner permit holder driving their vehicle is accompanied by a fully qualified driver and displays L plates at all times. An Garda Síochána will continue to prioritise the enforcement to these road traffic regulations to ensure greater compliance by Learner Drivers. ”

Commenting on ‘Operation Learner Driver’, Mr. Noel Brett, CEO, Road Safety Authority while disappointed at the high number of novice drivers detected welcomed the Garda enforcement of these vital road safety laws, “A learner permit is just that, a permit, it is not a driving licence. A Learner Permit allows an individual to learn to drive under certain conditions, until they are ready to take a driving test. These include, that they be accompanied by a driver who has held their full licence for more than two years and that ‘L’ plates are displayed at all times to alert other drivers to the presence of a novice driver. These laws are there to protect this group who are vulnerable road users by the fact that they are inexperienced drivers.”

“There are now over 2,000 Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) nationwide, registered with the RSA, who are able to provide a high standard of tuition to candidates. They are also providing tuition under the new RSA’s mandatory Essential Driver Training Programme, which requires anyone who received their first Learner Permit since the 4th May 2011 to undertake 12 hours of compulsory driving tuition. Waiting times for the driving test have been cut dramatically and are below a ten week national average and in some places this waiting time is lower. If someone needs an urgent driving test, for example to secure a job, we can prioritise that candidate for a test. Waiting times for a driving test or access to quality tuition are no longer excuses for driving long term or breaching the terms of the Learner Permit.”

“There is also an issue of parental responsibility involved here and I would appeal directly to the parents of young learner drivers to stop turning a blind eye to what’s going on and do not allow their son or daughter access to a vehicle, unless they are accompanied and have ‘L’ plates displayed.”

“It is also worth pointing out that a learner permit holder who is not adhering to the requirements for that licence and who is involved in a collision will be covered for third party liability but their insurance provider may not cover any other costs and may seek to recover costs for the non compliant driver,” concluded Mr. Brett.

A list of over 2,000 Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) nationwide can be found on the RSA’s website.

Commenting on results of the Garda enforcement Mr. Garry Redmond, President, Union of Students in Ireland, said “I am concerned by the number of Learner Drivers who are driving unaccompanied. Such drivers pose a real risk not only to other drivers and vulnerable road users but also to themselves. As a learner driver you simply have not proven that you are a safe and competent driver, no matter how many lessons you have taken. So it’s vital that you drive accompanied by a fully qualified driver whenever using the road.”

Mr. Redmond added that, “the USI is fully supportive of such campaigns by An Garda Síochána to eliminate this irresponsible driving practice and would remind drivers of the consequences of driving unaccompanied. Furthermore we will continue to work with both the Gardai and the RSA to promote road safety on campuses across the country.”

ENDS

For media queries, please contact:

Garda Press Office:             01 666 2030

Notes to Editors:

1. Operation Learner Driver March 1st-2nd 2012
Region

No of L drivers

Unaccompanied

No L Plates

 

Dublin region

197

85

93
Eastern region

226

125

97

 

Northern region

137

76

46

 

South Eastern region

258

94

55

 

Southern region

204

98

66

 

Western region

161

56

37

 

Total

1,183

534

394
2. Operation Learner Driver 19th April 2012
Region

No of L drivers

Unaccompanied

No L Plates

 

Dublin region

96

63

52

 

Eastern region

255

114

78

 

Northern region

137

61

51

 

South Eastern region

170

53

24

 

Southern region

274

92

47

 

Western region

85

29

14

 

Total

1,017

412

266
3. Number of car drivers on a learner permit in Ireland as of 31st March 2012
Learner permit Count

Number of car drivers

 

1st

114,632

 

2nd

67,022

 

3rd

19,557

 

4th

12,380

 

5th

6,470

 

6th

4,495

 

7th

3,717

 

8th

3,007

 

9th

2,498

 

10th

1,359

 

11th or more

848

 

Total

235,984
4. Provisional figures from An Garda Síochána – Operation Learner Driver March 1st -2nd 2012
Region

NO of L drivers

Unaccompanied

No L Plates

Caution

Proceeding Commenced

 

Dublin region

197

85

93

111

37

 

Eastern region

226

125

97

147

35

 

Northern region

137

76

46

67

9

 

South Eastern region

258

94

55

69

49

 

Southern region

204

98

66

68

42

 

Western region

161

56

37

59

4

 

Total

1,183

534

394

521

176
5. Provisional figures from An Garda Síochána – Operation Learner Driver 19th April 2012
Region

No of L drivers

Unaccompanied

No L Plates

Caution

Proceeding Commenced

 

Dublin region

96

63

52

64

32

 

Eastern region

255

114

78

112

31

 

Northern region

137

61

51

84

1

 

South Eastern region

170

53

24

61

18

 

Southern region

274

92

47

80

14

 

Western region

85

29

14

27

7

 

Total

1,017

412

266

428

103

 

Overall Total from both operations

2,200

940

660

949

279
6. General penalty
S.10219 — Where a person is guilty of an offence under any section or subsection of a section of the Road Traffic Acts, 1961 to 2006 and, apart from this section and disregarding any disqualification that may be capable of being imposed, no penalty is provided for the offence, such person shall be liable on summary conviction—
(a) in the case of a first offence under that section or subsection – to a fine not exceeding €1000,
(b) in the case of a second offence under that section or subsection, or of a third or subsequent such offence other than an offence referred to in the next paragraph – to a fine not exceeding €2,000, and
(c) in the case of a third or subsequent offence under that section or subsection which is the third or subsequent such offence in any period of twelve consecutive months – to a fine not exceeding €2,000 or, at the discretion of the Court, to imprisonment for any term not exceeding three months or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

May 2013 Madness! 12 EDT Lessons for €290 cash only Ends 30/05/2013

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May 2, 2012 7:07 PM

Offer €290 for 12 EDT Lessons Ends 30/05/2013

The course includes the following free items:

  • Free Pack of 16 pages of abbreviated diagrams and support notes for learner and sponsor
  • Free Learner Driver Training Syllabus Module Notes
  • Free Booklet Helping learner drivers to drive safely
  • Free EDT Trainer Logbook.

Briefly the course consists of:

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

For more information you can download the brochure here.

The course must be supported by an elected sponsor if possible.

Some students may find difficulty in completing the course in 12 hours whilst others may get through the course more quickly.

If difficulty is found in completing any of the EDT lessons and student would like additional lessons to improve their standards a special hourly rate of €30 will be charged

Terms and Conditions

A STRICT 48 hour cancellation policy is in place.
Vouchers may be bought and will be valid for 1 year only.
The offer is limited to the first 30 customers on a first come first serve basis.

Recap Lessons €40 per hour

November 26, 2011 1:20 AM

Need refreshing before your test or a standard check test? Finished your course and want to go on? Then all lessons thereafter are charged at €40 per hour