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ADI PART 2 - THE TEST OF YOUR DRIVING ABILITY

In order to progress to second stage of passing the ADI examination you will have to have completed the part one, Theory and Hazard perception tests.

In Part Two, you will be need to demonstrate your specialist knowledge and skills to a well versed Examiner who will be scrutinising every aspect of your driving capability. You will be required to not only show your thorough undertaking of the rules and procedures but also the ability to apply the rules whilst on a wide variety of road situations. In short, the Part Two test is designed to test your ability to drive to a very high standard for the duration of one hour with less than five driver errors or any serious slip-up's.

The practical test of driving ability consists of tests of eyesight, safety questions and driving technique. You must pass all parts of the test at the same time.

On the day of the test you will meet your examiner and commence your test at your chosen test centre. You will be required to go through the preliminary authentication checks and declarations before you will be allowed to proceed with the test.

The eyesight test

You must be able to read in good daylight with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn, a motor vehicle registration mark containing letters and figures:

·        79 millimetres in height and 50 millimetres wide at a distance of 26.5 metres or

·        79 millimetres in height and 57 millimetres wide at a distance of 27.5 metres

If you do not pass the eyesight test, you will not be allowed to take the driving ability element. The test will be marked as a fail and will count towards your three attempts.

Safety questions

Before you commence the test of driving ability 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

The routes used for the 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

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 straight ahead or at an angle
  • overtake, meet or cross the path of other vehicles and take an appropriate course without undue hesitancy
  • turn left-hand and right-hand corners correctly without undue hesitancy
  • stop the vehicle in an emergency
  • 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 or reverse park into a parking bay while taking effective all-round observation

The test vehicle

It is your responsibility to provide a car which is properly taxed and insured. It must be a saloon car or hatchback/estate car in good working condition and with seat belts in working order. It must be capable of the normal performance of vehicles of its type with a manual transmission, right-hand steering,  a readily adjustable seat with a head restraint for a forward facing front passenger, and 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, your test will be terminated and you will lose your fees.

Please note this is a specialist test requiring specialist training, we at Monk School of Motoring have ORDIT registered specialist instructors who are in a position to offer the highest standard of training available. Please contact us if you require any further assistance.