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ADI Part Two

Driving ability

This part of the ADI exam lasts about one hour and consists of 3 elements:

  1. an eyesight test;
  2. vehicle safety questions;
  3. a practical driving test.

You must pass all three parts on the same occasion.

The 'Driving Ability' Test is not simply a longer version of the 'L' test - it is a very demanding advanced driving test, with a pass rate currently running at less than 50%. To quote the DVSA:


This test is far more difficult than the learner test. It is of an advanced nature; 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 in practice.

You must drive in a brisk and 'business-like' manner, demonstrating that you have a thorough knowledge of the principles of good good driving and road safety; and that you put them into practice at all times, on a variety of roads.


You must satisfy the examiner on your:

  • expert handling of the controls;
  • application of correct road procedure;
  • anticipation of the actions of other road users and taking the appropriate action;
  • sound judgement of speed, distance and timing;
  • consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users.


The result


During the test the examiner will be making an assessment of your personal driving skills and will mark any relevant faults on the driving test report form - DL25. You will be given the result as soon as the test is completed.

To achieve a pass you need to score six or fewer driving faults. Your examiner will give you and oral debrief and explain any driver faults that have been recorded. 

DL25 Driving Test Report Form
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The Car

You must provide a suitable vehicle that:

  • is properly taxed and insured;
  • has a valid MOT certificate if required;
  • is a saloon or estate car in proper working condition with front and rear seatbelts in working order;
  • is capable of normal performance of vehicles of it's type;
  • has manual transmission (except for applicants with a disability);
  • is right-hand drive;
  • has a readily adjustable seat, with head restraint, for a forward-facing front-seat passenger;
  • is not displaying 'L' plates;
  • has an additional, adjustable interior mirror for use by the examiner;
  • does not have a 'space saver' tyre fitted.

If the car does not meet these requirements it will not be possible for the test to be conducted and you will loose the fee.

From time to time a member of the DVSA staff may accompany your examiner to ensure the uniformity of the tests. All seatbelts front and rear must therefore be in working order, otherwise the test might be cancelled. Anyone who accompanies you on the test would also be expected to wear a seatbelt.



You will be asked to read a vehicle number plate from a distance of 26.5 metres for the new style registration plates, or 27.5 metres if it is an old style number plate with larger digits. If you need to wear spectacles or contact lenses to do this, you must wear them for the driving part of the test.

If you are unable to complete the eyesight test satisfactorily, you will not be allowed to continue with the driving test and it will be counted as a failure.

Vehicle safety questions

The examiner will choose three of your car's components and ask you to explain (tell me) how to carry out checks on their condition and safety. You will be asked to demonstrate (show me) how to make checks on the conditions and operation of two other items. Incorrect answers are marked as 'driving faults', but if all five questions are answered incorrectly this will be marked as a'serious fault'.

The Driving Test

During the test you will be assessed on your driving in a variety of situations, including:

  • urban areas;
  • rural roads;
  • motorways or dual carriageways;
  • roads that carry heavy and/or fast moving traffic.

The syllabus

During the test you will be assessed on your:

  • handling of the controls;
  • application of correct road procedure;
  • anticipation of the actions of other road users and taking appropriate action;
  • judgement of distance, speed and timing;
  • consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users.


The examiner will also be assessing whether you drive in an environmentally friendly manner.

Specific exercises during the test include:

  • moving away - straight ahead and at an angle;
  • dealing with other vehicles when:
    • overtaking;
    • meeting
    • crossing their path
  • turning left - and right - hand corners correctly and without undue hesitancy;
  • controlled stop
  • reversing into opening to the left and right;
  • reverse parking into a space behind another parked vehicle;
  • turning the car around using forward and reverse gears;
  • reverse into a parking bay.

Normally during the test you will be following the specific direction instructions of the examiner, but for a period of about 10 minutes you will be asked to drive 'independently'. You will be asked to follow road signs to a particular location, or a series of verbal directions, or a combination of both. To pass this part of the ADI exam you must show a high standard of competence, demonstrating the principles of eco - friendly driving. Your driving should be well - planned, positive and progressive, keeping to speed limits but attaining national speed limits when it is save to do so.  Further reading in Driving Lessons

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