Part two ability to drive

The ADI Part two Ability to Drive test lasts for approximately 60 minutes and consists of 2 sections that must both be passed in the same attempt. The test assesses if your competency level of driving is high and confident. You have 3 chances to pass the Part 2 Ability to Drive Test.

Eyesight Check:

The first stage of the test involves testing your eyesight in which you must be able to read a registration number that contains both letters and numbers in daylight.

Here are the following distances:

  • 26.5 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 27.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

If you need to use glasses or contact lenses you will be allowed. The eyesight test must be passed or you will not be permitted to carry out the ability to drive section. You will fail the test and it will be counted towards one of your attempts.

Vehicle Check Questions:

You will asked 5 Show Me, Tell Me Questions.

You will be asked 2 show questions on the move (whilst you are driving) and 3 tell questions. For each question you get incorrect, you will receive 1 minor fault. If you get all 5 questions wrong this will result in a serious fault.

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Practical Driving :

The practical part will last approximately 60 mins and will include 2 manoeuvres which could be:

Throughout the 60 minute Part 2 test, you may also be asked do the emergency stop up to 40mph.

Every test will also consist of 20 minutes independent driving, where you will be required to follow directions by Sat Nav or traffic signs. The examiner will advise which direction type they would like you to follow.

The ADI Part 2 test is also different from the learners test because you are only allowed up to 6 minor faults over the course of 60 minutes.

The examiner is looking for the following skills to be shown during the 60 minutes driving:

  • Expert handling and control of the vehicle.
  • Concentration and anticipation of other road users.
  • Demonstrate good following distances and use of speed.
  • Follow road procedures.
  • Safe driving and consideration to other road users.
  • Follow the rules of the road and highway code at all times.

What happens if you forget your directions or get a direction wrong on test?

Both the learners test and part 2 test are testing your ability to drive, not to follow directions. In the event you forget where you are going, you must continue to drive safely. As long as you do that, you will not penalised for going the wrong direction. There maybe enough time for the driving examiner to reinforce the direction they want you to go in or alternatively the examiner or the Sat Nav will make adjustments to the route.

PLEASE NOTE: The video below is the only video available from the DVSA regarding the part 2 test at the moment. Please be aware that the Part 2 test has changed from 22nd December 2017. We will change this video once they have published a new one.

Requirements for Part 2 Ability to drive

In order to take your part 2 you should have passed your part 1 ADI theory test. You should also bring the certificate with you on the day of your part 2.

What to bring to your part 2 test

You must take along to your ADI Part 2 test:

  • your ADI Part 1 test certificate
  • your valid Great Britain or Northern Ireland driving licence, plus a valid passport if you have the old-style paper licence
  • a suitable car for the test to be conducted in

Car on the day of part 2

First impressions count, although it’s not essential, we would recommend you turn up to your part 2 ADI exam in a clean, tidy car that is in good condition.

The minimum car requirements are the following:

  • Car should be insured, taxed and MOT if necessary.
  • Should be road worthy. Tyre depth okay, windscreen has no large chips, all lights/signals are working etc…
  • Right hand drive only
  • Hardtop, saloon or hatchback okay. Most convertibles are not okay.
  • Fully adjustable front passenger seat, head restraint
  • Manual only
  • No L Plates required
  • Normal tyres. No space saver tyre or snow chains

You should supply an adjustable interior mirror for the examiners use. Not essential but recommended.

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