The Road Safety Authority has appealed to drivers to be patient and considerate when they encounter learner drivers on Irish roads this summer. There are 248,739 learner permit holders for a car in Ireland (as of 31st May 2011) and many will use their summer holidays to learn how to drive.
Speaking on Monday, Mr Noel Brett, Chief Executive of the RSA said: “It takes time and lots of practice with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and with an accompanying driver to become a skilled and experienced driver. Learning to drive can be very intimidating for novice drivers, especially when they encounter an impatient and aggressive driver.
This can put not only the learner driver in danger, but other road users too.” The RSA is reminding learner drivers that they must have their learner ‘L’ plates clearly visible on the front and back of their vehicle so that they are clearly identifiable as a learner driver to other road-users.
Learner drivers must also be accompanied by a fully licensed driver, who has held a licence for more than two years, any time they choose to practise their driving skills. Learner drivers are reminded that since 4th April 2011, those applying for their first learner permit must complete a minimum of 12 hours of Essential Driver Training with an RSA registered Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) before they can sit their driving test. For further information on EDT and a full list of the 1,883 RSA registered ADIs, visit www.rsa.ie.