The second stage in becoming a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor is the Practical Test of driving ability. You will be required to complete:
- Eyesight test
- Safety questions
- Test of driving ability
The test will last for about one hour, and you must pass all parts of the test at the same time to achieve your part two pass certificate.
What will you need to bring with you
On the day of your test you will need to ensure that you bring the following documents with you:
- Your full valid driving licence (GB or Northern Ireland). If you have a photocard driving licence you must remember to bring both parts with you.
- A current passport (for candidates who don’t have a photocard style driving licence)
- Your Theory Test pass certificate
The test vehicle
It is your responsibility to provide a car which is properly taxed and insured and must meet the following requirements:
- It must be a saloon car or hatchback/estate car in good working condition
- Have seat belts in working order.
- Manual transmission
- Right-hand steering
- A readily adjustable seat with a head restraint for a forward facing front passenger
- An adjustable interior rear view mirror for use by the examiner.
The car must not display L plates. If your vehicle does not meet the above requirements, it will not be possible to carry out part two of the practical test.
The eyesight test
You must be able to read in good daylight a motor vehicle registration mark containing letters and figures which are:
- 79mm in height by 50mm wide from a distance of 26.5m OR
- 79mm in height by 57mm wide from a distance of 27.5m
If you normally wear glasses or contact lenses for driving these MUST be worn at all times. If you cannot read the registration plates from the required distance you will not be allowed to continue with your test and you will be marked with a fail.
Your examiner will ask you to describe how to perform a check on the condition and safety of three components of the vehicle and demonstrate an actual check on the condition of a further two components. The components will be chosen from the following list: tyres, steering, brakes, lights, reflectors, direction indicators, audible warning device and the liquids used in the braking system, steering system, engine or elsewhere in the vehicle as a coolant, lubricant, cleaner or otherwise.
Test of driving ability
The test of driving ability is an advanced driving test and a very high standard of competence is required. You must show that you have a thorough knowledge of the principles of good driving and road safety and that you can apply them. You must satisfy the examiner on all or any of the following subjects:
- Expert handling of the controls
- Use of correct road procedure
- Anticipation of the actions of other road users and the taking of appropriate action
- Sound judgement of distance, speed and timing
- Consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users
- Driving in an environmentally friendly manner
The routes used for the Approved Driving Instructor part two test will include roads which may carry heavy and/or fast moving traffic; they will also cover a range of road and traffic conditions, including urban and rural conditions. The test will also include a section on Independent Driving. This will take approximately ten minutes and you will be expected to drive unsupervised and make the correct decisions without guidance.
What else must I be able to do in order to pass?
You must show the ability to perform any or all of the following manoeuvres including all three of the reversing exercises:
- Move away at an angle or straight ahead
- Cross the path, meet or overtake other vehicles and take appropriate action without undue hesitancy
- Turn right hand and left hand corners correctly without undue hesitancy
- Complete an emergency stop
- Drive the vehicle in reverse gear and whilst doing so enter limited openings to the right and to the left, taking effective all round observation
- Turn the vehicle to face in the opposite direction by the use of forward and reverse gears taking effective all round observation
- Reverse park the vehicle into the space behind a parked car, within the space of about two car lengths and close to and parallel with the kerb, taking effective all round observation OR
- Reverse park into a parking bay, with due regard for other vehicles or pedestrians, while taking effective all round observation
If you make any driving faults in the Approved Driving Instructor part two test, the examiner will note these. You are allowed to make six driving faults, but if you make seven or more you will fail the test. One of more serious or dangerous faults will result in you failing your test.
At the end of the test
When you have finished the ADI part two test, the examiner will present you with your results. If you achieve a pass, on the back of the result letter you will find details on how to apply for the part three test. Make sure you are fully prepared before you apply for the next stage. You will also be offered a trainee licence application form on which you can apply for a trainee licence to help you gain experience in instructing pupils to drive. For more information about the trainee licence and how to apply, visit the ADI trainee licences page. If you fail, the result letter contains an application form. This can be used to apply to re-sit the part two test.