ADI Part 2

Once you have successfully completed ADI Part 1 it is time to move on to ADI Part 2.

ADI Part 2 is a practical test of your driving ability.

Information about the Test

The practical test of driving ability provided by ADI Part 2 will consist of tests of driving technique and the driver’s eyesight.

The test will last for approximately 1 hour and in order to progress you must pass both parts of the test in the same sitting.

The Eyesight Test

The first part of the ADI Part 2 is the eyesight test and it is essential that you pass this before you move on to the driving ability test.

You are not expected to have 20/20 vision to pass this test but you must demonstrate a sufficient level of eyesight to read a 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.

The Driving Ability Test

The driving ability section of the ADI Part 2 is a much advanced version of the standard driving test and to pass this test it is essential that you demonstrate an exceptional standard of competence is required.

You must show that you have a thorough insight of the principles of good driving and road safety and that you can apply them in practice. In particular you must satisfy the Examiner on all or any of the following subjects:

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

The routes used for the test will include roads which may carry heavy traffic or fast moving traffic, for example motorways or fast dual carriageways. The routes will be both inside and outside built-up areas.

You will also have to demonstrate your ability to perform on 5 occasions a check on the condition and safety of one component of the vehicle. Checks will be chosen from a list of the components, e.g. tyres, steering, etc. Failure to answer questions correctly will accrue driving faults.

Occasionally the Examiner’s Supervisor may wish to come along as well. Don’t worry, they will not be concerned with your performance but with the examiner’s and will take no part in the conduct of the test.


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