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

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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 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

    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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Thanks to advance drive, I passed my class d licence Excellent tuition from Philip and good pointers all helped
    April 27, 2015Galway

    (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 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 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

    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

    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

    Want to thank Dezzie for teaching me and getting me to pass my driving test first time in Galway,Great instructor,easy learning :) MC
    April 28, 2014Michelle

    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

    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

    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 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 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 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

    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

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

    Thanks to advance drive espcially philip for all your help. passed my test first time.
    April 30, 2014Noel Walsh

    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 would recommend advance learning to anyone, I would especially be recommending Dezzie as an instructer as i passed first time with only getting three lessons. He was a fantastic instructor with a very calm and relaxed way of teaching. He made it easy to remember things and i flew threw my test.
    April 30, 2014Aishling Donnelly

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

    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

    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 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

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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

    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

    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.

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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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

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

    (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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

    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

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

    Highly recommended.
    April 28, 2014Marc Coyle

    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 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

    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 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

    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

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

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