Part 2: Driving Instruction College & Training

ADI Part 2 Test: Driving Ability

About the Part 2 Test

  • The duration of the driving instruction exam is approximately one hour.
  • In order to pass, Trainees must have no more than six minor faults.

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

The information below is taken from the Transport Office, Becoming a Driving Instructor web pages.

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

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.

Download a copy of the ADI part two safety questions 

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

Chris Kelly Driving Instructor Training Academy Resources & Training for Part 2

  • At the Chris Kelly Driving Instructor Training College you will receive a Part 2 Workbook and up to 10 hours' Training, which we have found in the past to be more than adequate.
  • The 10 hours will be split into 5 blocks of 2 hours.
  • In addition to this you will receive six DVDs; five of which are the official DSA routes for the Upton area, the sixth is of the manoeuvres.
  • We also recommend that, in between each training session, Trainees should go out and practice for 2 hours a day, concentrating on any areas they have been directed to improve.
  • All tuition is on a one to one basis and is 100% in-car tuition (no classroom).

The above materials and resources are all inclusive with the price of the course.

Don't just choose any Driving Instructor College...

Chris Kelly Driving Instructor Training is designed to help you move quickly through the ADI tests, while offering tuition which will enable you to be a safe and successful Driving Instructor once you have completed your Driving Instructor Training.

We really do care if you qualify because you could be working for us!

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