New Year, New Skills?

With January coming to an end many of us will have given up on those healthy New Year’s Resolutions but how about making a resolution to learn some new skills in 2016 writes Suzanne Keane

When it comes to driver training there are plenty of options available across the country to suit all budgets some of which are listed below.


Rally School
Rally School Ireland is based in Co. Monaghan and offers training for drivers of all ages and abilities starting with pre-teens (10+) who can take part in the Junior Rally Experience with packages starting at €130 per person. These packages include safety training followed by 2 rally stages in a Ford Ka. Budding rally drivers can get out on a track for 24 laps with a range of cars to choose from or you could combine the rally experience with drifting for a full day’s track fun. However If you already know it all their Race & Chase package could be a great day’s entertainment for petrol head friends (€550) and don’t worry, your significant other can relax with a spa treatment while you’re out on track with couples getaway packages starting from €350 including overnight accommodation. For more information visit http://www.rallyschoolireland.ie/


Mondello Park
Just outside Dublin, Mondello Park offers a wide range of options for drivers of all ages and skills. If Formula 1 gets your heart racing packages start from €199 which will get you out on the track in a single seater racing car following instruction laps in a race prepped Saloon car. They also offer Supercar experiences with a choice of cars such as a Porsche Boxster S or 911 with prices starting at €119. The Pro Drift academy is also based at Mondello and for €139 anyone age 13 or over can learn how to drift in a Nissan 180S or 350Z and if you’re dreaming of just getting out on the track they offer Track Day training for cars and motorbikes. Nervous drivers are also catered to with the Advanced Car Control course which will provide you with the necessary skills to control a car in adverse weather conditions with prices starting from €150. If you can’t decide which course to try out gift vouchers are available to buy. To book or for more information visit http://www.mondellopark.ie/


While some of us dream of the open road others want to get dirty and Off Road Driving at Palmerstown House will get you rolling in the mud from €59 per person. They also offer packages for Stag and Hen parties which include Off-Roading, Shooting and Archery from €109 per person. For more information visit www.offroaddriving.ie


Stunt Driving
The Stunt Driving School in Co. Wicklow is run by Movie stuntman veteran Brendan Condren and offers 1 day packages starting from €199 per person where you can learn how to pull handbrake turns, Parallel park at speed and try out a high speed reverse slalom in a safe and controlled environment. They say their packages are about participants doing most of the driving and getting as much car time as possible but the most popular Full Day Adrenaline package (from €249) also includes a passenger ride in a high speed cat and mouse chase. See what else you can get up to at Stunt Drive Ireland here www.stuntdriveireland.ie/


Where safety is your priority the IAMI offer training on a range of courses aimed at professional drivers such as Defensice Driving, Chauffeur & VIP driving and can also offer screening for new employees where driving is a key component of a job. For more information visit www.iami.ie


Learn to drive
If you have a teenager who can’t wait to get on the road Leinster Driving Campus offer Summer Camps for 14-17 year olds where they will learn about the Rules of the Road, experience how alcohol and drugs can affect driver awareness using specially designed “beer goggles”, discover how to perform safety checks on a car and finally get out on the private road network with a driving instructor to put their new skills to the test. The summer camp costs €55/day and half day courses are also offered for TY students with prices starting from €40 per student. If you already have your full licence they offer skid control or advanced driving courses (from €99) but if your dream is to get out on the road on 2 wheels they offer Motorcycle taster lessons for €100. More information is available from http://www.leinsterdrivingcampus.ie/.


Refresher Course
Nervous or newly qualified drivers can learn to negotiate motorways with Skilz Driving Academy who have instructors at various locations in the north and east of the country. They also offer refresher courses for those who are taking up driving again after a break or have never driven on the left hand side of the road. For more information visit http://www.skilzdrivingacademy.com/


Suzanne Keane

22nd January, 2016


Author: Suzanne Keane

A confirmed petrol head with a penchant for Retro VW’s, Suzanne has been taking apart (and sometimes putting back together) her own cars for years! You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at @g60girl

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