ADI Part 2 Test

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

ADI Part 2 training with ONEWAY

The training and preparation for this part of the qualification process is all carried out in-car, on a one to one basis.

The 'average' number of hours differs from person to person, but 12-14 hours with a trainer is normally sufficient.

I will look at your driving style and then advise you on strategies which will begin to raise your driving standard to 'expert' level.

Note: for every hour that you cover with a trainer, we suggest that you practise for 2 hours independently.

  • One to one in-car training only
  • Raise your driving level to expert
  • Quickly eliminate poor driving habits

From 4 October 2010, your practical driving test will include approximately ten minutes of independent driving. This is designed to test your ability to drive unsupervised, and make safe decisions without guidance.

Independent driving and riding section of the practical test

Independent driving has become part of the practical driving test in Great Britain. Find out what independent driving is and how it is assessed during the practical driving test.

Which tests will include the independent driving or riding section?

The independent driving or riding section will be included in the following practical driving tests:

Your practical driving test will include a ten-minute section of independent driving.

During your test you'll have to drive independently by either following:

  • traffic signs 
  • a series of directions
  • a combination of both

Independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills, or your ability to remember directions. Driving independently means making your own decisions - this includes deciding when it's safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you're going.

To help you understand where you're going, the examiner may show you a diagram.

The independent driving route

If you go off the route or take a wrong turning, the examiner will help you to get back on the route and continue with the independent driving. Going off the driving route will not affect your result unless you commit a driving fault

You won't need to have a detailed knowledge of the area. You can't use a sat nav for independent driving as it gives you turn-by-turn prompts.

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
  • 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

As from the 10 August 2005 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, taking effective all round observation
  • reverse park into a parking bay, with due regard for other vehicles or pedestrians, 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, it will not be possible to carry out the test.

Booking the part two test

After you have passed your theory test you can then book your part two test of driving ability online, over the phone using the national booking number (see table below) or by post.

Booking line

Practical test booking line

Welsh booking line

Minicom booking line

Fax booking line

Booking number

0300 200 1122

0300 200 1133

0300 200 1144

0300 200 1155


"Thanks to Milan with all his effort and clarity of his work he just made my career and I did not have to start all over again."