Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel is our unique driving and road safety programme designed for 13- to 17-year-olds who are eager to learn how to drive and get behind the wheel of a car for the first time. This memorable experience in the unique environment of our Mondello Park track, combined with the training expertise of our instructors, allows students to learn about driver safety in a realistic way, giving them the foundations and skills for when they become drivers in the future.
Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel is a combination of on and off-track practical sessions in dual controlled vehicles and demonstrations which result in students becoming safer pedestrians, cyclists and ultimately drivers.
Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel is run in partnership with Ireland’s nationwide Driving School, the Irish School of Motoring (ISM). ISM was established in 1961 and is the largest Driving School in the country.
This Programme is supporting the Road Safety Authority’s Vision Zero objective. ISM’s role is to provide driver training expertise to support learner behaviour that will improve safety for everyone sharing the road.
Through Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel, ISM assists in engaging young road users to increase their awareness of their own limitations and of the dangers relating to driving. ISM is proud to extend our expertise in providing this essential life skill for young people in the safe and special setting of Mondello Park.
Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel for Transition Year Students
We run specific days of this course for secondary school transition year students. We have relationships with schools all around the country. To find out more about how to bring your Transition Year students to Mondello Park for the Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel Course please fill out the contact forum below and a member of our Customer Experience Team will be in touch.
SOME OF THE SCHOOLS WE WORK WITH
On The Day
Part of the Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel experience:-
- ‘Road Ready’ session that includes road safety, steps to apply for getting a licence, as well as tips and practice questions for passing theory tests.
- A minimum of 20 minutes driving in one of our Opel Corsas with one of our instructors beside them, where they will learn:-
- Precision throttle and steering control
- Correct speed and braking techniques
- Parallel parking
- Spatial awareness and observation skills
- A tour of Mondello Park which is first and foremost a Motor Racing Circuit, the podium, our garages and pitlane.
- A static Break Reaction test in one of our race cars.
- A tour of our impressive selection of cars in the Martin Birrane Collection.
- Certificate upon completion
These Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel programmes requires no previous driving experience and are available for both individuals as well as school groups from a minimum 30 of up to 45 students. Gift vouchers are available for individuals if you would like to buy a memorable gift and create a magical memory for their first time behind the wheel. The course is €95 per person and lasts for a half day, discounts applied for school groups.
Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel is a specially tailored driving and road safety program explicitly designed to cater to the interests and needs of 13- to 17-year-olds who are eager to take their first steps into the world of driving. As a transformative experience, this unique program offers young individuals the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a car for the very first time, all within the secure and controlled environment of the prestigious Mondello Park track.
Our mission with Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel is to instill essential driving skills and road safety awareness in young drivers-to-be, empowering them with a strong foundation and valuable expertise that will serve them well in their future driving endeavors. Our team of experienced instructors is dedicated to ensuring that each participant gains a profound understanding of driver safety and the responsibilities that come with being on the road.
This unique driving and road safety program offers a comprehensive driving and road safety program that encompasses a diverse array of hands-on practical sessions, immersive demonstrations, and vital road safety education.
Our program’s uniqueness lies in its carefully curated blend of on and off-track activities, thoughtfully designed to create an immersive and engaging learning environment for young participants. At the heart of the program are the on-track practical sessions, where eager 13- to 17-year-olds get to feel the exhilaration of being behind the wheel for the very first time. But fear not, as safety is paramount. Our dual-controlled vehicles allow our expert instructors to provide real-time guidance and intervene if necessary, ensuring a safe and enjoyable learning experience.
During these on-track practical sessions, participants learn and refine essential driving skills that form the building blocks of responsible and confident driving. From mastering precision throttle and steering control to understanding correct speed and braking techniques, young drivers-to-be gain a deep appreciation for the mechanics and nuances of operating a vehicle effectively and safely.
As part of our commitment to foster a culture of responsible road users, our off-track practical sessions focus on developing critical road safety awareness and skills beyond just driving. Through immersive demonstrations and engaging activities, participants are exposed to various road safety scenarios, equipping them with the knowledge and mindset required to make informed and cautious decisions when interacting with the road as pedestrians and cyclists.
No, previous driving experience is not required. The program is suitable for beginners. Whether you’re a complete novice or have never set foot behind the wheel before, our program is specifically tailored to cater to beginners, making it the perfect starting point for your driving adventure.
We understand that the decision to learn how to drive can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, especially for those taking their first steps into the world of driving. Rest assured, you are not alone, and our experienced team of instructors is here to guide you every step of the way. Our commitment to ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment means that you can take your time, ask questions, and build your confidence at your own pace.
During the program’s hands-on practical sessions, participants will immerse themselves in a range of fundamental driving skills, all under the expert guidance of our experienced instructors. These skills form the very backbone of responsible and confident driving, ensuring that each participant gains the knowledge and ability to navigate the roadways with precision and care.
The “Road Ready” session includes road safety education, steps to apply for a driving licence, and tips and practice questions for passing theory tests. This engaging session goes beyond just learning how to drive; it is designed to provide participants with the essential road safety education and practical insights necessary to become conscientious and knowledgeable road users.
At Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel, the “Road Ready” session serves as a crucial stepping stone towards becoming a well-rounded and informed road user. By combining road safety education, driving licence application guidance, and theory test preparation, we empower participants to embrace their driving journey with the utmost confidence and preparedness. Our ultimate goal is to nurture a new generation of drivers who not only excel on the road but also embody the principles of responsible and considerate driving, making a positive impact on the roadways for years to come.
Participants will enjoy a thrilling minimum of 20 minutes behind the wheel of one of our Opel Corsas, accompanied by a skilled instructor. The dual-controlled vehicle ensures a safe and confident learning experience.
With personalized coaching, participants gain valuable driving skills and build confidence for their future journeys on the road.
Yes, Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel is run in partnership with Ireland’s nationwide Driving School, the Irish School of Motoring (ISM). The Irish School of Motoring (ISM) has a remarkable legacy, with its roots dating back to 1961.
Over the decades, ISM has earned a stellar reputation as the largest and most trusted driving school in the country. Its unwavering dedication to providing high-quality driver training and road safety education has made it a household name, guiding countless learners on their journey to becoming skilled and conscientious drivers.
Yes, participants will receive a certificate upon completing the Early-Drive | Electrified by Opel program.
The program is priced at €95 per person for a half-day experience, with discounts available for school groups.
HOW CAN I BOOK THE EARLY-DRIVE | ELECTRIFIED BY OPEL COURSE FOR MY SCHOOL’S TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS?
To inquire about bringing Transition Year students to Mondello Park for the program, please fill out the contact form provided on the website.
Participants will also enjoy a tour of Mondello Park, including the motor racing circuit, the podium, garages, and pitlane, as well as a static Brake Reaction test and a tour of the Martin Birrane Collection.