Congratulations! By finding this website you are on the right road to Learning how to drive & passing your driving test in Galway. Weather you are a complete beginner or looking for a pre test course of lessons for your driving test in Galway. Advance Drive is the driving school for you, We will help you pass your driving test frist time. Take a moment to read our customer Testimonials on the righthand side.

Advance Drive is Galway’s largest and most successful driving school with a pass rate second to none. Advance Drive was est. in 1989 by Michael Rice, before being taken over by his son Philip Rice in 2013. With a combination of over 25 years delivering driver training, Advance Drive has its main office in Salthill Galway and is the only driving school and training centre in the West of Ireland approved by the RSA to deliver ADI instructor training and to deliver driver training in every category of vehicle (A, A1, B, B, C1, C, CE, D1, D).
Advance Drive teaches beginners how to drive manual and automatic cars as well as providing driving training to professional drivers in such industries as The Fire Service, Ambulance Drivers – Paramedics / EMT’s, Coach & Minibus Drivers and Rigid & Artic Truck Drivers. Whatever the license category Advance Drive has you covered!

Advance Drive carry out weekly Driver CPC Training courses, Manual Handling courses, Digital Tachograph Training and provide information on ADR Driver Hazchem Training courses for existing drivers in Galway, Mayo and Westmeath.

Driver recruitment is another service offered to recently qualified and experienced drivers. We work with existing companies to place newly qualified drivers. Some commercial clients of Advance Drive include; The Department of Social Protection & Employment Services, An Post, The ESB, Galway City Council and Galway County Council.

Advance Drive guarantee to give the best possible training with Director of Advance Drive; Philip Rice being presented with the RSA’s ‘Leading Lights’ in road safety award for ‘ADI Truck Instructor of the year 2013’ and Advance Drive was also short listed and a finalist for the ‘Safety Award’ in the ‘Irish Logistics and Transport Awards 2014’.

Learning to drive is something that nearly every person will do in their lifetime. Getting the right and professional training from the start helps drivers to become safer, more competent drivers thus minimising risks to themselves and other vulnerable road users. Advance Drive will help you pass your driving test first time and provide you with all the information you need along the way.

For more information contact Ailbhe on 091 524689 or email


  • Found Advance Driving School to be very helpful and informative when making inquiries about getting a new category added to licence. I had a couple of truck driving lessons with Dessie and passed first time. Found Dessie to be very informative about all aspects of rules of the road as some of these had to be refreshed for me. Also found him to be very relaxed during lessons. Would definitely recommend for future lessons. Thank you.
    January 12, 2016Galway

    yes i am another one of the thousands who got first class tuition and passed my c class liscense first time thanks to philip .Would highly recomend him.
    April 30, 2014david

    (17/04/14) Looked at a number of other driving schools before choosing Advance Drive. I'm glad I went with my 'gut instinct' & chose this one. Philip did a great job of teaching me. I felt relaxed with him & learnt something at every lesson. He's patient, very astute (misses nothing!) a good communicator and great instructor. Managed to pass my driving test first time. I'm 'over the moon!' I would certainly recommend Advance Drive to anyone in the process of choosing a driving school. Thanks to Philip, Ailbhe & all at Advance Drive.
    April 28, 2014Allison Barry

    Michael and Philip are a super team. You get experience mixed with youth and all angles covered. They were always on time for lessons and know the routes involved in the test in great detail. I passed my bus test thanks to their support and encouragement. Strongly recommend them.
    April 28, 2014Kieran Skerritt

    I've passed my test 1st time today with the help of Philip's professionalism, patience and support. Once he spotted my mistakes, he was determined to teach me the proper way of driving. I was not confident driving at first but he soon put me to ease. I would highly recommend Philip, Advance Drive.
    April 30, 2014Stephen Carr

    I passed my Car test first time with ADVANCE DRIVE on 14/05/2015 . Want to say special thanks to my instructor PHILIP. He is very patient & well trained professional. I highly recommend ADVANCE DRIVE they are absolutely brilliant.
    May 14, 2015Galway

    Thanks to Philip I passed my bus ‘D’ licence test, first time. Philip is a great instructor with great patience, very clear in his advice and instructions. I would highly recommend him and Advance Drive. Thanks again.
    April 28, 2014Eileen

    After failing the test twice, I changed companies. I passed today with a clean sheet after lessons with Dezzie. He quickly helped me get rid of any bad habits and made sure I was confident myself before doing the test. I would recommend Dezzie to anyone who is applying for their test.
    April 30, 2014Niamh

    I found Advance Drive to be excellent. I passed my BE test first time after four lessons from Dezzie. Great instructor and highly recommended!
    April 30, 2014Tommy Faherty

    Just wanted to say thanks to the guys at advance drive for getting me on the road to hopefully a new career. Got my truck licence first time and with CPC's included. See ye in the bus in the near future.
    April 30, 2014M.V.Walsh

    Would highly recommend advance drive, Philip was great. passed C1 and D1 first time. Very Helpful & friendly.
    April 28, 2014 Nicola O'Malley

    Would highly recommend Advance Drive. From the professional instructors to the helpful hints and tips before the test. Passed my C1 in Galway first time on 21/10/13 and had never drove a large vehicle before. Thanks Desie and Advance drive. Looking forward do doing the D1 soon hopefully.
    April 28, 2014Conor Carrig

    Massive thanks to Advance Drive for getting me through the C1. Very helpful in getting me out of my bad habits that I'd picked up since doing the B. Was also a lovely small truck for learning. Will be back for the D1, thanks again.
    April 28, 2014Helen van den Hof

    Thank you very much Philip and all at Advance Drive for helping me pass my category C Rigid Truck test today. In six lessons Philip honed my skills to perfection with careful, patient instruction and total professionalism. Passed with flying colours the tester said! I recommend Advanced Drive in Galway to any prospective learner driver. Thank you again Philip.
    March 12, 2015Clifden, Co Galway

    Hi All, I just want to thank Dezzie and all the team at Advance Drive for helping me pass my Class B driving test last Monday in Westside Galway. Overall, I did 17 lessons with Dezzie in the Ford Fiesta and I found him to be extremely friendly, professional and knowledgeable at all times, and I can definitely say that he has the patience of a saint. As such, I can't recommend Advance Drive enough and I know that I would not have passed my driving test first time round without Dezzie's expert help. Thanks a million Dezzie.
    April 30, 2014Brendan Kelly

    thanks to philip passed D LICENCE on 8th oct ,five 2 hour lessons test and passed with flying colours thanks to advance
    April 30, 2014steven whelan

    Would highly recommend advance drive, Philip was great. passed C1 and D1 first time. Very Helpful & friendly.
    April 28, 2014Nicola O'Malley

    I would highly recommend advance to anyone thinking of getting driving lessons as I passed my rigid truck and bus test both on first attempt. A special thanks to dezzie my instructor whom had great patience for me and made me feel at ease.
    September 17, 2016

    Extremely Professional and Competent People, Advance helped me pass the ADI Instructor Practical for the D License and The Conventional EC License test
    April 30, 2014Ken O'Loughlin

    Massive thanks to Advance Drive for getting me through the C1. Very helpful in getting me out of my bad habits that I'd picked up since doing the B. Was also a lovely small truck for learning. Will be back for the D1, thanks again.
    April 28, 2014Helen van den Hof

    I Would highly Recommend Advanced Drive. I Recently passed my 'C' test and found the tuition from Philip very helpful. I found them very accommodating regarding lesson times and good value for money.
    April 30, 2014Daniel Payne

    Past my jeep and trailer test at the first attempt. Dezzie was my instructor and was very knowledgeable and a great support. Also Ailbhe in the office was extremely pleasent, efficient and gave good detail of all lessons to take place. This is an excellent driving school with customer service and success a top priority. Thanks for all the help and support. Gearoid.
    December 17, 2015Galway

    With the expert help of Philip at Advance Drive I managed to pass both my C and D licences 1st time! I found Philip excellent and his patience unending. I would highly recommend Advance Drive for lessons
    April 28, 2014Diarmuid

    Got my C1 and my full D license first time round so far with Advance Drive in the space of about 4months. Cannot recommend Advance and Dezzie enough. Brilliant guidance and instruction. Great value for money.
    October 22, 2015

    Highly recommended driving school. Philip was an excellent instructor who had me well coached in every aspect of the test. Don't think I've ever gone in to a driving test feeling so calm and well prepared. Many many thanks. Will definately be coming back to Advance Drive for my D1.
    April 28, 2014Edel Smyth

    Passed my test 1st time Found them to be great to deal with And happy to recommend
    April 30, 2014Garrett Fox

    great driving school, I highly recommend Advance drive. I passed my driving test cat C first time. Dezzie was my instructor very well trained and patient .. Thank you guys.. looking forward to do my artic lessons..
    February 9, 2015Galway

    Passed C1 yesterday and have to put it down to Dezzie's patience and knowledgeable guidance. Can't recommend enough. Thanks guys.
    April 30, 2014Derek McMahon, Sixmilebridge, Co.

    if there is a reward for best school advance would win every year.passed c:d test first time with only seven hours for the d licence.phillip and mike are very patient,helpful and great drivers.i would recommend any b licence drivers to sit your truck test,just for the experience and to rid off any bad habits.thx lads.
    April 30, 2014mark h

    Just wanted to thank both Philip & Micheal for the highly professional, freindly service they provide. I passed my C with no problems, will defiantly be back for D & E in the near future. Couldn't recommend them highly enough, thanks again lads.
    April 28, 2014 Neil Gavin

    I would highly recommend Advance Drive. I found Philip, my Instructor very friendly, pacient and skilled driver. He was able to fit me in with only a week notice and I learn so much in a short space of time. Thanks Philip.
    April 28, 2014Sylwester K.

    I found Philip, my instructor, to be very professional and helpful. As a result I passed my D license bus test first time and managed to get a great job within a week. Highly recommended.
    April 28, 2011john hanlon

    I would highly recommend advance drive.cheers to des for all his help and patience!!you are fully aware and ready when your heading into your test.past my car test first time.des was with me every step of the way.thanks for everything:)
    April 30, 2014Pauline spelman, Salthill

    i did my EB (trailer) test on monday the 26th and passed first go thanks to advanced drive.
    April 28, 2014galway

    Phillip got me passed my bus test thanks again to all in advance drive.
    April 30, 2014Cedric burke

    Passed my Artic Driving Test All Thanks To The Team Par Excellence At Advance Drive ,Their Professionalism ,Patience ,Communication, Consideration and Knowledge is Exemplary .Thanks Again And Continued Success In The Future To All At Advance Drive .
    January 16, 2016Galway

    Advanced Drive were fantastic,I passed my driving test first time thanks to Mike. Great friendly service, great tips and value for money what more could you ask for!
    April 28, 2014Claire O'Toole

    I passed my D licence with Philip from advance drive 1st time absolutely Brilliant service, drivin instructor....very switched on guy ,many many thanks to Philip. Rizwan
    April 30, 2014Rizwan

    Would highly recommend mike, passed my car test 1st time with his help and patience.
    April 30, 2014Gemma Mc Grath

    Passed my D1 (minibus) driving test today after five hours of tuition with Dessie - a great teacher with a relaxed, professional approach which works well. I would recommend Advance Drive to anyone looking to pass a driving test first time - they know their stuff, they have all sorts of vehicles available and they run a professional operation.
    April 30, 2014Rory

    Done the switcharoo to Advance as I wasn't making progress. Came onboard with Dessie and the license was a formality. Great instructor, easy learning - I highly recommend.
    April 28, 2014Anthony G

    Passed my artic lorry test today so happy! Want to say a huge thanks to Philip for all his patience and confidence boosters especially today! Really appreciate it! Happy trucking... Highly recommend them to anybody!
    April 28, 2014Ciara Fallon

    I am delighted that I passed my category D1 mini-bus test today (09/02/16). I can't praise Dezzie in Advance Drive enough for his excellent tutoring. He had me thoroughly prepared & fully ready for my test. He put me at ease & gave me confidence. Thanks Dezzie. I also passed my BE jeep & trailer test & my Category C rigid test in the last few years after receiving lessons from Advance Drive. I would highly recommend Advance Drive to those looking for driving lessons in any vehicle category.
    February 9, 2016Brian Mullins

    Passed first time. HGV and CPC. Thanks Philip!
    April 28, 2014John Howard

    Passed my full trailer licence E+B first time. Phillip gave me great advice and I learned a lot from the lessons I had with him. Thanks Mark
    April 28, 2014Mark Guerin

    Thanks to Philip and Vincent for helping me pass the bus driving test. Top class lads and to ailbhe as well. A brillant driving school. Mile buiochas
    September 17, 2016

    i found advance to be very knowledgable on what it takes to pass test first time as i successfully did, for someone who did not drive on a daily basis, which is a credit to advance as they kept on my toes right up until test day. i would gladly recommend advance drive to anyboy seeking any licence
    April 30, 2014kenneth hynes

    Passed my test today with the help of Dezzie. He's incredibly patient, professional and makes learning to drive a breeze! Can't compliment him enough. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him & Advance Drive to anyone. Big Thanks!!!!!
    April 30, 2014Ciara McGuinness

    I would highly recommend advance drive. I had Dez as an instructor, he really made everything simple, and makes you confident as a driver.
    January 26, 2015galway

    First class driving school, passed my car & rigid 1st time. Doing the bus now. Thanks again Mike!
    April 30, 2014Gerry Kelly

    Highly recommended.
    April 28, 2014Marc Coyle

    Philip is an absolute genius when it comes to driving and answering questions you ask there is absolutely nothing he doesn\'t know, done 3 tests in a year rigid, coach and artic yesterday 1st oct with nearly a clean sheet only 1 fault due to another very unprofessional bus driver. how good is that for a result driving a truck with a 35ft trailor thanks to the expert tuition from Philip. impossible to fail. why go to an apprentice when you can learn from a professional cheers philip
    April 28, 2014Lorcan Warde

    I passed my C1 and D1 in the same week. I would highly recommend Advance drive. Philip was very calm and professional. I felt like I had been driving for years and not 10hours!
    April 30, 2014Sarah Davoren

    Massive thanks to the team at Advance Drive for their fantastic instruction and professional advice with helping me pass my Jeep & Trailer test first time. Philip was a fantastic instructor with great patience. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
    April 7, 2015Galway

    I passed-my car test the first time thanks to dezzies help. His patience and informative lessons really helped me to learn qucikly and I would definitely recommend him for anyone hoping to pass their car test.
    April 30, 2014Shane Nugent

    I passed my car test first time with Mike's help and without any other practice than lessons with him. Brilliant value for money. I would highly recommend using advance drive.
    April 28, 2014Will

    I went to Advanced drive after they were recommended by a friend. I have now passed 2 tests with them (bus and truck) and can't praise them enough. Phillip and Mike are both very patient and encouraging during the learning process. During each pre-test lesson they re-assured me and gave me ways to deal with the test nerves. This patience,professionality and excellent prices, added to their felxibility in scheduling lessons make them my first choice for any more tests. well done lads
    April 28, 2014Stephen Hand

    I just passed my Bus (D) test first time. A massive thanks to Phillip for his professional and relaxed instruction. I would not hesitate in recommending him to anyone learning to drive.
    January 26, 2015Galway

    Just passed my C licence Rigid truck under Dezzie's tuition this morning. Excellent school and only the best teachers around! Patience and outstanding communication from the instructor with superior knowledge of not only what he was teaching but of what I was going to do next. He s always 5 steps ahead to ensure everything was done correctly. Id recommend Advance Drive to all without question. Looking forward to doing my D licence already!!!!
    April 30, 2014Alex Mc Mahon

    did my test today 16-10-13 for my EB licence using their jeep and trailer passed first time would highly recomend advance drive
    April 30, 2014brian

    I recently received tuition for my category D-D1 Bus test with Advance Drive.It was the first time i used this driving school and also the first time i passed a vehicle category test,first time.Excellent,patient tuition delivered in a proffessional manner.I was lucky enough to get a job two weeks after.I would highly recommend Advance,thanks Philip.
    April 30, 2014Gerard Murphy

    Passed my D1 test first time thanks for advance drive, all thanks to Philips tuition! He was calm, professional, patient and a great teacher! Made me feel at ease straight away and knocked all the bad habits out of me! Very flexible and willing to accommodate changing bookings at short notice. I have no bad reports for advance drive, I would highly recommend them. The best around! :-)
    April 30, 2014Fiona

    Hey just want to say I would highly recommend Advance Drive.I passed my car test for the first time on 15/11/2013. Dezzie was my instructor and he was brilliant, the main reason that I passed. I would like to give a huge thanks to everyone involved as I found Advance Drive to be very efficient and great to deal with. Thanks again.
    April 30, 2014Maria Louise Lyne

    Thanks to Advance passed my C1 first time. They where very good would recommend them. will def be back for D1. Thanks Philip.
    April 28, 2014Eoin Molloy

    I would highly recommend Advance Drive to anybody taking an EB licence test [for trailer]. Philip gave me great advice and tips. I would not have passed first time without your help, thanks.
    April 30, 2014Denis Martyn

    Hi all, I would like to thank Philip and all the crew at advance drive for helping me along the way to passing my D licence (bus) I found them very helpful and had an answer for any question you could throw at them. Would highly recommend them... Regards Brendan
    April 28, 2014Brendan Burke

    Passed my Rigid test first time!!!! would definately recommend Advance Drive to any person thinking of doing there test. People claiming social allowances can get funding towards your Lessons to help you get your licence in any of the vehicles through Fas or the Social Office!!!
    April 30, 2014Emmet Sweeney

    Thanks to Phillip for his great teaching skills , patience and all round tutor skills . passed the test first time with just a couple of lessons . would highly recommend him or any of the wounderfull team at advance.
    April 30, 2014matthew mc mahon

    Thanks to Advance passed my C1 first time. They where very good would recommend them. will def be back for D1. Thanks Philip.
    April 30, 2014Eoin Molloy

    Highly recommend Philip.Passed the truck(C) test first time.Great for getting out of bad habits.
    April 30, 2014John Mooney

    Big Thanks to Dezzie in Advance Drive, he got me through both my B & C1 licence. I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend them to anyone wanting to learn to drive and to anyone who want to advance on to other licences. Very friendly, accommodating and professional!
    February 16, 2015Galway

    All praise to phillip and advance drive for helping me through my driving test in athlone. ec licence ps.sweating buckets cheers
    April 30, 2014cedric burke

    Passed my BE(jeep&trailer) test today I highly recommend Dessie he really knows his stuff and I can guarantee you will pass the test after a few lessons with him .
    April 30, 2014Padraig Linnane

    I just want to say thank you very much to all the crew in Advancedrive,I passed my test!,keep up the good work
    April 28, 2014joe annis

    Thanks Philip and Mike, Bus and CPC passed first time with your help. A good morning for you too as along with me you got a Car, LGV and the HGV passes in less than 2 hours. Keep up the good work.Mick.
    April 30, 2014Mick Walsh

    Thanks to Dessie and gang at Advance for the lessons, passed EB on first attempt
    April 30, 2014mark carroll

    I passed my D licence with philp from advance drive ..... absolutley fantasic drivin instructor....very switched on fella,many many thanks philp....
    April 30, 2014james collins

    The best way to describe these guys is top class in there profession! With Philip as my instructor, I had never even been in a truck until my first lesson, and after few lessons with him I passed my test first time! I would highly recommend anyone looking to get there licence for whatever vehicle to get in touch with these guys
    February 2, 2015Galway

    Switched to Advance Drive from another instructor after I failed my test. Had lessons with Dezzie and passed it the next time! Really nice relaxed instructor!
    April 28, 2014Maria Wilson

    I found Philip very pleasant, professional and thorough. His knowledge and experience were very apparent throughout the lessons. I hope to deal with Advance Drive again when adding further categories to my license.
    April 28, 2014Tim

    Found Advance very helpful, Took lessons for my EB test using their Jeep & trailer. Passed 1st time. Philip is a very patient tutor & I would highly recommend him!!
    April 28, 2014Rachel

    I passed my bus test first time with Philip from Advance Drive. he's a great instructor and has loads of patience. I would like to thank my instructor and everyone involved in advance drive.
    April 30, 2014Costica Ariton

    Definately recommend Advance Drive. Passed my test first time with great lessons from Dezzie Barry. Great instructor and highly recommended
    April 28, 2014Padraic Casserly

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank philip, for all his sound advice and his top marks in helping me pass my d licence bus test , would highly recommend this company as I passed my test today on first attempt, was more than happy with the service I received from advance driving school , absolutely brI liana work philip once again thank you so much ,,,,, kind regards Ciaran kenny
    February 16, 2015galway/dublin

    I would highly recommend Advance Drive to anyone wishing to do their driving test. I found Dessie very helpful through out all the lessons and wouldnt have passed it first time with out his help. Great value for money :)
    April 30, 2014Stephen Carr

    passed test first time great service from phillip and mike really good ps a glass of champagne after passing test would be nice.
    April 30, 2014eddie brennan

    Sailed through my Artic Truck test thanks to Philip and his brilliant, assuring and dedicated teaching. These guys really know their stuff and tutor you very professionally AND calmly! (this is most important, especially when trying to reverse a 35FT trailer around a corner!) When it came to seeking a professional driving qualification and after doing my research and getting info from all the other 'instructors' I am really delighted to have gone with Advance Drive - they're my No.1
    April 30, 2014Nicholas

    I would highly recommend Advance Drive to anyone wishing to do their driving test. I passed my C test in order to drive my horse lorry first time (in the pouring rain!). Teaching is comprehensive and prepares you to the last for the test, many thanks Philip. Very well organised service with SMS reminders of appointments and clear communication on all aspects of learning.
    April 28, 2014Gillian Dunlop

    Found advance drive were excellent. Mike and philip were excellent and I would highly recommend them to anyone thinking of doing there test.
    April 30, 2014Dave Badger

    Passed my test, friendly & well worth the money.
    April 30, 2014Pat

    i would definetely recommand advance drive.passed my rigid test first go!!! keeep up the good work lads :)
    April 30, 2014keith mannion

    I passed my truck C test and bus D test first time with Advance Drive. I now drive a bus full time. I would highly recommend Advance Drive. Excellent training, and excellent instructors Philip, Mike, Dez, and Ailbhe for all her help. Thanks very much and I will be back to do my Artic shortly.
    August 19, 2015Connemara

    I did my D licence with Advance Drive before Christmas. Dessie was my instructor and I found him to be very experienced, patient and professional. Dessie subtly gets the point across of the mistakes that you are making without making you feel bad about it. He recommended that I do 2 extra lessons, the benefit of which was very noticeable and I may not have passed first time without them. Many thanks to Dessie and all at Advance Drive.
    January 13, 2016Galway

    I would recommend Advance Drive. I felt confident and well prepared for my C1 test, which I passed first time thanks to Dezzie's very clear and professional tutelage.
    April 30, 2014Rob

    Would highly recommend Advance Drive for the catagory D license, found the bus very smooth and easy to drive and the staff were very helpfull and friendly. Passed the test 1st time with their help.
    April 28, 2014Jonathan Linnane

    (22/04/14) Would definitely recommend advance drive for lessons. Passed my car test first time. Thanks to Dessie I was well informed and knew what to practice each week. Alan.
    April 30, 2014Alan connolly

    I would highly recommend advance drive I used them to get my eb licence and I found dezzie great for information and very straight talking and a great instructer I will be defiantly be back to do the artic or the bus.once again thank you for everything. Sean o malley
    April 28, 2014Sean o malley

    highly recommended rigid truck pass at 1st time just after 10 hours its great score . thanks again
    April 28, 2014greg

    Many thanks to Philip and Micheal at advance drive.. Very friendly and professional.. Passed my bus test 1st time thanks to them.. Highly recommended!
    April 28, 2014Pierce

    I passed the C1 test first time thanks to advance drive. Philip has a remarkable knowledge of all things related to the driving test and he did everything in his power to help me pass first time.
    April 28, 2014Darragh Kirwan

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