This part of the ADI exam lasts about one hour and consists of 3 elements:
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:
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.
You must provide a suitable vehicle that:
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.
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'.
During the test you will be assessed on your driving in a variety of situations, including:
During the test you will be assessed on your:
The examiner will also be assessing whether you drive in an environmentally friendly manner.
Specific exercises during the test include:
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