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Old 6th February 2019, 15:03   #1
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Default Superb place to learn to drive - Institute of Road Transport (IRT), Chennai

Have you ever wondered how best to teach someone to drive? Or are you wondering how to learn to drive yourself in this mad world of impatient motorists?

There are no more open grounds left in cities like Chennai, with real estate projects springing up everywhere. Just where does a newbie learn to drive? It takes guts meanwhile to learn to control a vehicle with rude motorists intimidating you in real world conditions.

In Chennai, I've used the IRT campus' training roads to good effect in the past, around the year 2012. My brother in law and dad learned to control the car in simulated conditions, without all that traffic to scare them.

The track consists of tarmac which looks like normal roads, with a mix of 2 or more lanes, curved roads, hard turns etc. Road markings are present all along. I faintly remember a corner to practise parallel parking and normal parking. They've even thrown in a mini bridge of sorts for learners to practise taking off from a stop on an incline.

It's been a few years now, and I'm off to the IRT campus again sometime soon to teach my wife to drive. It costs Rs.300 for 3 hours; you can pay by cash at their office on a weekday and then use it whenever convenient on the weekend. From my past experience, the watchman at the gate doesn't harass you and you have show the payment receipt to be allowed in.

Just thought of sharing this tidbit of information for our forum members to know of.

You can catch a glimpse of this driving range in an older thread on the forum: https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/india...ml#post2556183 (@ Chennai BHPians : Ford's "Driving Skills for Life" program on Sunday, 23rd October)

I'll share pictures of the driving range when I do go there to teach my wife to drive.

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Institute of Road Transport
100 Feet Road,
Taramani,
Chennai 600 113

irt_taramani@yahoo.com
irttaramani@gmail.com

044 – 22541723
044 – 22541441
044 – 22542679

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Thanks for sharing! Contact information added & thread moved to the Team-BHP Directory since this place is clearly recommended by you .
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...I'm off to the IRT campus again sometime soon to teach my wife to drive.
Do they have trainers / instructors there, or are you expected to impart lessons on your own?
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Do they have trainers / instructors there, or are you expected to impart lessons on your own?
The IRT does have trainers and vehicles to train people. But, with it being a government institution, their main focus is on training aspiring commercial drivers. Many cab, bus and truck drivers receive free training over here.

We are however allowed to bring our own trainers, vehicles etc. They're pretty open to "private" parties using their campus.
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The IRT does have trainers and vehicles to train people.
Can one employ these trainers' services on request against a fee?
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Can one employ these trainers' services on request against a fee?
I'd need to ask them about that. The trainers should be available for a price though. I'll update this thread with an answer once I speak to them.
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Bumping this thread: is the IRT still available for use? Has anyone utilized this facility recently! Seems to be the only place in chennai when one can drive and gain confidence of the car without all the madness on the road!
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Bumping this thread: is the IRT still available for use? Has anyone utilized this facility recently! Seems to be the only place in chennai when one can drive and gain confidence of the car without all the madness on the road!
Hey there, apologies to you and everyone else - the IRT is still very much available to use. It's just that I mean to utilize it to get my wife trained with a manual transmission car now that she has mastered driving an automatic, but the summer is too harsh to try driving on their open tarmac in a car which will likely stall often (so no AC).

I very much want to book the facility and write a report with pics here.
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