Training

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 info@advancedrive.com



Testimonials

  • 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 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.

    Would highly recommend Advance Drive,Phillip has so much patience its unbelievable,passed both my C and D tests first time very easy,the name ADVANCE speaks for itself your fully advanced when your finished with phillip in both driving and CPC tests.I now also have a great knowledge of dangers of other drivers and different things you come across on a day to day basis on the road especially on the busy streets of galway.cheers phillip.........L Warde
    April 28, 2014Lorcan Warde

    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

    Passed my truck test first time after 6 lessons with Phil. Brillant tutor and very friendly. Two hour lesson really make a difference, would highly recommend them. Cheers Phil!!
    April 28, 2014Ger Dolan

    I found Advance to be excellent. I did truck lessons with them and passed first time in both the CPC and main test. They have great experience they put you at ease and explain everything. There vehicles are excellent to learn in.
    April 30, 2014Tadhg Bolger

    I highly recommend Advance Drive for their professional service. Having never driven a large vehicle before, from day one my bus driving training with Mike was excellent! Initial nerves were soon put to rest and I felt at ease with his guidance and his great wealth of experience as we progressed with the driving training program and preparations for the CPC. I passed both my D driving test and CPC first time! Thank you to Mike, Ailbhe and the team at Advance Drive!
    February 2, 2015Claregalway

    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

    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

    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

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

    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

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

    I would thoroughly recommend Advance Drive if you need to aquire a D bus license. I felt confident going into the test as Philip gave me good preparation and always managed to spot my faults. Driving around Galway by the sea was a pleasure much better than other locations I can think of. A great experience from a very good company.
    April 28, 2014Clive Guthrie

    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

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

    Just perfect, they look after you very well!! Lessons in galway with Phillip and C1 truck test with Owen in Sligo!! Excelent preperation and vey very good instructions. Lots of patience and passion. Thanks Lads.
    April 30, 2014Ralph Wieschalla

    Received some excellent tuition from Philip in preparation for my EB licence, which I passed first time.
    April 28, 2014Michael M

    I passed my EB test first time around on the 19/06/13, thanks to Phillip and his excellent tutoring. I found him very professional. He had me well prepared and very focused for the test.I would highly recommend him and the Advance Drive team to others in the future.
    April 28, 2014Brian

    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

    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

    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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Highly recommended.
    April 28, 2014Marc Coyle

    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

    Special thanks to Dezzie , who was my instructor for category D. I just passed my driving test for the first time with very positive result ! Dezzie is very patient instructor, very understandable and highly skilled professional. I would highly recommend Advance Drive school for someone who want to work with competent and professional people. Thank you very much once again ! Jozef Szuszkiewicz
    December 17, 2015Galway

    I just want to say thanks to Philip for the lorry lessons and most importantly for his calming nature on the morning of my test. I would never have passed first time without your help. Looking forward to round two for the horsebox!! Many Thanks Aine
    April 30, 2014Aine

    I would highly recommend Advance Drive. I passed my Jeep and trailer test first time thanks to great lessons from Philip. Will be back for truck and bus lessons!
    April 30, 2014David Irwim

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

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

    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 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

    Definately recommend Advanced Drive, had a few lessons with Philip and passed first time round. Great instructor, made it easy!
    April 28, 2014Darren Greaney

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

    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

    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

    (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

    I would highly recommend advance drive in galway. Passed my trailer test first go thanks to excellent tutoring.
    April 28, 2014Michael king

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Could not speak highly enough of the team at Advance Drive. At extremely short notice Ailbhe and Philip were able to accommodate me and with 7 hours lessons I passed the Rigid Truck test first time around. Thanks a million guys really appreciate it!
    April 2, 2015

    Excellent tuition by Philip in Galway. Very professional and had me prepared for trailer towing test in a few lessons. will highly recommend to anyone needing tuition.
    April 28, 2014Lonan o farrell

    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 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

    Had numerous lessons with other tutors and failed my test first time. My second time had only two double lessons with Philip and passed with flying colours! thanks a million guys! keep up the good work
    April 30, 2014Susan Looby Cullinane

    Passed the truck (c) test today. Had Des as my instructor. Sound man, easy to get on with and knows his stuff. Thanks again Des and all at advance. Hope to be back in the future.
    April 30, 2014keith derrig

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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    I would highly recommend advance drive. Passed my truck test with them in Oct 2013.I felt very well prepared for the test and feedback on my errors and driving very positive during the lessons. Well done on your recent award Philip. Results speak for themselves.
    April 28, 2014Kevin Forde

    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 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'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 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

    I did both my truck and minibus lessons with Advance Drive and found them excellent. I passed both tests first time.
    April 30, 2014Lisa Kelly

    I would highly recommend advance drive. I done the rigid, artic, and the bus with the lads and flew thru all the tests with there help. Between the good gear that they have and the great instructors it's no wonder they have a high pass rate!
    April 28, 2014Tom

    Passed Bus and cpc first time. Thanks again Philip for ironing out the bad habits.
    January 26, 2015Galway

    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

    Thanks to philip for his help in passing the c licence. And i think this is what your dad (mike)ment when he asked me to put a thingy up on the thingamagey.
    April 30, 2014 austin connolly

    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 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

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

    (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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    I would highly recommend Advance Drive.Passed category C and D and CPC. Thanks for the team of Advence Drive. I am not a native english speaker this was not problem they were very helpful and patient with me. They are first class !! Thanks
    April 30, 2014Zsolt Szabo

    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

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

    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 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

    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 am delighted that I passed my category D1 mini-bus test today (18/02/16). A big thank you to Dezzie for his excellent tutoring. He had me thoroughly prepared, fully ready and confident for my test after 8 hour lessons. Thanks again.
    February 18, 2016Kevin Connolly

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    I would highly recommend advance drive for getting lessons on whichever type of vehicle. I got my coach licence 1st time thanks to Philip and Michael. I was made very comfortable and found it easy to ask questions at any time. You will do you're driving test with confidence.
    April 30, 2014Paul Maloney

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

    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

    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

    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

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