Learning to drive videos

A series of ‘Learning to Drive’ videos explaining everything you need to know about doing your test and becoming a safe and socially responsible drivers. There are 13 videos in the series, each of which deals with a different aspect of the ‘learning to drive’ process for driving a car, motorcycle, bus or truck. They provide additional support and guidance to some of Ireland’s most vulnerable road users.

The videos, which are also available here and on the RSA’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/RSAIreland , cover every aspect of learning to drive a car or motorcycle, from taking the Driver Theory Test, to what happens on the day of the practical test. Since 4 April 2011 all new learner drivers must complete the Essential Driver Training programme (EDT). The videos clearly outline the steps involved in EDT and provide additional advice for learner drivers and their families that complement the booklets and online material currently available. There are also two videos aimed at Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) and Sponsors that demonstrate their roles and responsibilities in the learning to drive process.

video Video 1: Getting ready for your driving test

This video is aimed at learner drivers and outlines the steps involved in getting ready for your driving test. It covers studying for and passing your driver theory test, getting your learner permit, Essential Driver Training (EDT) and ultimately, booking your driving test. The video also outlines the many resources that are available to help learner drivers as they learn to drive as well as the requirements they must adhere to, for example, displaying L plates on their car and having valid NCT, tax and insurance.

video Video 2: On the day of your test

The second video in this series outlines what to expect on the day of your test before you take the actual test itself. It demonstrates the preparation required before your test, what happens when you arrive at the test centre, and the pre-test verbal exam that will be conducted by your driver tester before the practical part of the test. The video will also highlight other important considerations, for example, the learner driver must be accompanied to the test centre by a fully licensed driver, the documents that must be signed before the test, as well as a general overview of how the practical test will be conducted, including the pre-test technical and in-car checks. 

 Video 3: During your driving test

Video 3 covers what will happen during the driving test itself. It shows a candidate undergoing her driving test with a Driver Tester, demonstrating the technical checks that are conducted beforehand, the in-car checks, the manoeuvres that you are required to perform during the test as well as the many other elements that you will be tested on when out on the open road. The video will also cover what happens after the driving test, if a candidate passes or fails, and what the candidate should do next in both situations.

 Video 4: Getting ready for your motorcycle test

Video 4 outlines everything you need to know about getting ready for your motorcycle test, from the initial steps involved in studying for your theory test right through to applying for your motorcycle test. The video will show a learner biker undergoing Initial Basic Training, known as IBT, with their IBT instructor. IBT is covered in more detail in Video 8. The video will also outline what you, as a learner biker, need to know about relevant safety equipment, such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), motorcycle helmet and high vis tabard with an L plate. Finally, the video will also highlight your additional responsibilities, such as tax, insurance and the roadworthiness of your motorcycle.

 Video 5: On the day of your motorcycle test

Video 5 outlines what learner motorcyclists should expect on the day of their test, before you take your actual test. The video will go through what is required on the day, such as having the correct category of licence for the test you wish to take, your registration certificate, and the correct protective gear. The video will go through the documents you must provide and sign before the test and shows the bike tester and learner biker discussing the test in the test centre beforehand. The learner biker is shown answering questions on the Rules of the Road, demonstrating hand signals and demonstrating technical knowledge of a motorcycle. These are all requirements of the motorcycle test. Finally, the video reminds learner bikers that they will be instructed during their test via a radio mike given to them by the tester.

 Video 6: During your motorcycle test

This video demonstrates what happens during the motorcycle test, including the technical checks and the driving portion of the test which will be conducted via a radio mike as the tester follows behind you in either a car or on a bike. In the video, the different situations that you will be observed during the test are explained. This includes the emergency braking exercise, U-turn and obstacle avoidance manoeuvres as well as additional elements of the test. The video will also cover what happens after the test, if a candidate passes or fails, and what the candidate should do next in both situations.

 Video 7: Essential Driver Training (EDT)

In this video, the Essential Driver Training programme, known as EDT, is covered in more detail. The ultimate aim of EDT is to keep young drivers safe on Irish roads by working with them to become competent, confident and skilled drivers. The video will outline the different components of EDT, including the role of the ADI and how to find one, as well as how to choose a Sponsor, the person chosen by you to support you as you learn to drive. The video also shows what happens in your first EDT lesson as well as the preparation required beforehand. It will outline the purpose of the logbook and how it is used, what each of the 12 lessons will cover and how the learner driver uses self analysis to identify what needs to be practised with their Sponsor between lessons. 

 Video 8: Initial Basic Training (IBT)

This video goes into more detail on Initial Basic Training for learner motorcyclists, known as IBT. The purpose of IBT is to help the learner rider to master basic motorcycling skills through a series of 16 lessons with an IBT instructor. The video will also outline the preparation required of the learner biker before and during their IBT programme, what Personal Protection Equipment is needed during and after their training, as well as explaining what is covered in each IBT module.

  Video 9: Driver Certificate in Professional Competence (Driver CPC)

This video gives an introduction to Driver CPC, the Driver Certificate in Professional Competence, which is required of all professional bus and truck drivers. The video will explain what examinations must be undertaken before you can receive your Driver CPC licence, as well as the periodic training required for the remainder of a professional driver’s career.

 Video 10: Learner Driver

This video will outline the roles and responsibilities of the learner driver as you learn to drive. Learning to drive is not just about doing a test – it is about learning the skills and behaviour required to be a lifelong safe road-user. This video will show you how to ensure you get the most out of the learning to drive process, by working together with your ADI and Sponsor to develop safe and competent driving skills. It will also give you helpful tips on how to choose your ADI and Sponsor as well as clearly outlining the roles of each person supporting you as you learn to drive.

 Video 11: Sponsor

This video is aimed at the Sponsor, the person chosen by the learner driver to support them as they learn to drive. Helping a family member or friend to learn to drive is an important commitment and should not be taken lightly. This video will outline the role and responsibilities of the Sponsor in the ‘learning to drive’ process, including the requirements of that person in terms of time and commitment. It will also give you tips on how to use the learner driver’s Logbook to complement the work of the ADI during your practice sessions with them. 

 Video 12: ADI

The third video in this series is aimed at the Approved Driving Instructor, known as an ADI. As a driving instructor, you are the person that a learner driver looks to for expert tuition and guidance as they learn to drive. Therefore, you are critical to the development of lifelong safe road use and socially responsible behaviour and to the future of road safety here in Ireland and even abroad. This video will outline the key skills and personal qualities that are required of an ADI to help a learner driver as they learn to drive, developing the lesson plan with your learner driver and their Sponsor, giving constructive and appropriate feedback, as well as the importance of maintaining accurate and up to date records and using the EDT Portal. 

 Video 13: Learner Motorcyclist

This video will outline the roles and responsibilities of the learner biker as you learn to ride a motorcycle. As with learning to drive, learning to bike is not just about doing a test – it is about learning the skills and behaviour required to be a lifelong safe road-user. This video will outline the Initial Basic Training programme as well as explain how you can get your Category A licence through Direct Access or Progressive Access.