ADI Part 2

The ADI practical test of Driving Ability is split into three parts, eyesight, safety questions and driving ability.

The eyesight test for part 2

You must be able to read a number plate with or without spectacles or contact lenses from a distance of:

26.5 metres where the digits are 79 millimetres high and 50 millimetres wide

27.5 metres where the digits are 79 millimetres high and 57 millimetres wide

If you are unable to complete the eyesight test then you will not be allowed to take the driving ability element. The test would be marked as a fail and would count as one of your three attempts.

Safety questions for Part 2 (Show me Tell me)

You will be required to answer three questions about how you would make routine checks to your car and demonstrate a further two actual checks on other components.

ADI test of driving ability

This is an advanced test where a very high degree of competence is required. You must be able to show a sound knowledge and good working principles of good driving and road safety. You will also have to drive independently for a period of around ten minutes following signs and/or maps/diagrams. You must satisfy the examiner on any or all of the following:

Expert handling of the controls.

Use of correct road procedures.

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 this test 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 roads.

In order to pass you must:

Show the ability to perform any or all of the following manoeuvres.

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 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 left and right, taking effective all round observation.

Turn the vehicle to face in the opposite direction by 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.

Reverse park into a parking bay, with due regard for other vehicles or pedestrians, whilst taking effective all round observation.

The vehicle for Part 2

You must provide a car that 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 manual transmission, right hand steering, and 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.