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    Am I Safe to Drive?

    I’M SAFE is an acronym that helps check if we are safe to drive.

    If any of your answers are different to the answers below, you should not drive your car or any motorised vehicle. Remember the code I’M SAFE

    I= Infection? No, M= Medication? No, S=Sleep? Yes, A=Alcohol? No, F= Food? Yes, E= Emotions? No

    Drink Driving in Ireland

    Official guidance from the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána says that any amount of alcohol will impair your driving and increase the risk of a collision, making our roads less safe for all road users. The time of your last drink at night will affect when it is safe for you to drive the following day. This means that there could still be alcohol in your system the morning after drinking. In Ireland, almost half of all arrests for driving under the influence of an intoxicant (DUI) take place between midnight and 6am. 1 in 10 DUI arrests are made between 8am and 2pm, with a peak on Sundays.

    Try out DrinkAware’s Drinks Calculator to see how many hours it could take for alcohol to leave your system (results show an estimate for education purposes only)

    If you are tired or ill, you may not be fit to drive. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that up to 20% of all fatal crashes involve a sleep-deprived driver. Drivers with less than seven hours of sleep dramatically increase their chances of a collision. Sleeping for 5-6 hours doubles your likelihood of crashing compared to those who slept for seven hours or more.

    Try to avoid driving when you are not feeling well, and plan long trips carefully to provide time for rest stops every couple of hours. If you begin to feel tired, open a window for fresh air and stop for a cup of coffee or tea. Don’t drive at all if you are very tired, or for at least 15 minutes after waking from sleep.

    Remember also that medicines may affect your driving ability. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about any medication you are taking.


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    How to Remember the Stopping and Breaking Distance of a Car

    When learning to drive, one of the biggest things to remember is the stopping and the braking distances of the car you are driving.

    To be behind the wheel without knowing or being able to remember the distances can be extremely dangerous, not just to yourself and your passengers, but to others on the road too.

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    EDT Lessons

    The Essential Driving Training (EDT) course is a carefully designed 12-part driving lesson guide which has been designed to teach you fundamental driving skills so that you drive safely with confidence.

    When you receive your Learner Permit, you will need to complete a minimum of 12 x one-hour lessons* before applying for their driving test. These 12 Lessons are the EDT course and are regarded as the minimum number of lessons required. Very often learner drivers need more hours to prepare for “lifetime” driving.

    EDT candidates will also be required to have an Essential Driver Training Logbook. This logbook will be filled in and signed off after every EDT lesson by your qualified ISM ADI Instructor.

    The Road Safety Authority (RSA) recommends that all 12 EDT Lessons should be spread out over the first 6 months of your new Learner Permit. They also suggest that Learner Drivers take filler lessons in between these EDT lessons if necessary.

    It is also recommended to get lots of practice with the help of a sponsor i.e. parent, guardian, or family friend who possesses a full Licence for a minimum of two years. Make sure you are insured for this practice.


    Completing your Essential Driver Training Course (EDT) will help you to:

    • understand what it means to be a better, safer driver.
    • practice driving skills in a structured way focused on your own learning needs.
    • develop lifelong skills that will make you a better safer driver.




    Note: EDT is only part of the learning process, you will need lots of practice and may need more than a one-hour lesson per module in order to become a safe driver.

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