Early Drive - Mondello Park

EARLY-DRIVE Powered by MINI is a road safety programme with a difference. Using the extensive Mondello Park facilities combined with the training expertise of Irish School of Motoring, Transition Year students learn about driver safety in a practical way, building the foundations for safer driving when they become drivers in the future.

The best thing about EARLY DIVE? Driving a MINI!

EARLY-DRIVE is a mix of classroom and practical sessions and demonstrations which result in students becoming safer pedestrians, cyclists and ultimately drivers. Everything about EARLY-DRIVE is designed around teenagers and has their safety at the core. EARLY-DRIVE courses require no previous driving experience and are available for individuals as well as school groups (scroll down for EARLY-DRIVE – First Gear and EARLY-DRIVE – The Next Gear).

Early Drive – for Schools

In the enclosed and completely safe facility of Mondello Park, under the guidance of our professional instructors, young drivers are taught the rudiments of driving and road safety.

The course includes:

  • A brief history of Mondello Park
  • A talk on road safety
  • A chance to try our brake reaction simulator
  • Every student gets a minimum of 20 minutes driving in one of our BMW MINI’s with a professional driving instructor alongside
  • A tour of our facilities including our Museum of Motorsport.

While Mondello Park is first and foremost a Motor Racing Circuit, at EARLY-DRIVE we show and clearly explain to the students the safety features built into racing cars and the race track itself. We explain how these are designed to minimise injuries in the event of accidents and we emphasise to the students that the same features are not available on road cars, or in normal road design.

The course lasts for a half day and definitely keeps the students interested for the duration.

EARLY-DRIVE courses can be booked at any time during the school term and can be morning or afternoon sessions. Groups of between ten and forty can be accommodated.

Courses run between 10:00 and 14:30.

The cost of this course is €50 per student.

To book contact Mondello Park on 045 860 200.

Price

€50

Licence Type

None/Age 13+

Car Type

Saloon

Early Drive – First Gear

EARLY-DRIVE is also available to individuals aged between 13 and 18, who will complete the course with other individuals.

The course includes:

  • A brief history of Mondello Park
  • A talk on road safety
  • A chance to try our brake reaction simulator
  • Every student gets a minimum of 20 minutes driving in one of our BMW MINI’s with a professional driving instructor alongside
  • A tour of our facilities including our Museum of Motorsport

While Mondello Park is first and foremost a Motor Racing Circuit, at EARLY-DRIVE we show and clearly explain to the students the safety features built into racing cars and the race track itself. We explain how these are designed to minimise injuries in the event of accidents and we emphasise to the students that the same features are not available on road cars, or in normal road design.

We firmly believe that EARLY-DRIVE will be of great benefit to you, in terms of your future road safety as a pedestrian, a cyclist and eventually as a driver.

EARLY-DRIVE individual courses are run on specific days. The course lasts for a half day.

Price

€50

Licence Type

None/Age 13+

Car Type

Saloon

Early Drive – The Next Gear

This course is designed for 13-18 year olds who have completed the first EARLY-DRIVE -First Gear course or are capable of driving a manual gearbox car.

The course includes:

  • Sign on, introduction and car safety activities.
  • Driving time with your personal instructor in a MINI Cooper
  • Laps of the circuit
  • Reversing
  • Parallel parking
  • Hill start
  • Emergency braking
  • Driving simulator session which will include a range of scenarios to test the drivers reactions and observation skills such as hazard avoidance and changeable weather conditions. hosted by the Virtual Driving Academy.

The course costs €75 per person and takes approximately 90 minutes to complete.

Price

€75

Licence Type

None/Age 13+

Car Type

Saloon
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