The ADI test Part 2 – Driving Ability

Once you have successfully passed part one of the ADI exam, you may now move onto the next step which funnily enough is called part two. Part two will test your driving ability, with the test lasting for about one hour. You have up to three attempts at passing part two, if you do fail on your third attempt you will then have to wait two years from the date that you passed your part one exam before you are allowed to retake part one again.

Part two is the foundation on which your skills for part three are built on. You must have sufficient and effective training during part two because if you don’t gain all the necessary skills that are required during this important time you will find that you’ll be really struggling at part three, which has a very high failure rate.

Your part two skills really are essential for you to successfully progress and succeed at part three. Remember, you only have three attempts at passing part two, if you gain all the skills required now, you have a very good chance at passing part two and you’ll be able to go into part three with all the confidence and skills that are needed in order to pass.

During your part two exam you will have to demonstrate to the examiner that you have absolute control of the vehicle, like an expert should have, whilst showing a progressive yet defensive approach. You must follow the correct road procedure whilst recognising and dealing with any hazards that may be developing around you, using the MS-PSL routine. The examiner will also expect you to be able to carry out basic car manoeuvres.

Your test will take you on a variety of roads that will show your examiner that you are able to safely drive on all the different types of roads and surfaces, which will include motorways, city centres, towns, dual carriageways, country roads and one way systems.

You will have to carry out set driving manoeuvres that are in the DSA syllabus and these will include:

  • Hill start up
  • Hill start down
  • Left reverse
  • Right reverse
  • The emergency stop
  • Turn in the road
  • Reverse parking
  • Bay parking
  • Moving off

You will be assessed by your examiner in a number of areas that will include:

  • Whether you have expert handling of the controls
  • Whether you follow the correct road procedure.
  • How you anticipate and respond to the actions of the other motorists.
  • Your judgement of speed and distance.
  • Your consideration to other motorists.
  • Demonstrate expert use of the DSA MS-PSL hazard routine.

During your part one training you would have gained all the skills that are required for hazard perception. This foundation knowledge that you would have gained will be now be developed even further whilst you study for your part two exam. Your trainer will make absolutely sure that you are ready and are able to tackle the challenges that you will face during your part two exam. By the time you take your exam you should have reached the standard that is required in order to pass. During your training for your part two exam your trainer will explain every manoeuvre that you will have to demonstrate in the exam by demonstrating these moves to you, for you to then be able to practice thee moves for yourself in great depth.

It is of great importance that you build upon your driving skills, so that you meet with the very high standards that are needed to success in part two and to progress into part three with all the skills and confidence that you will require if you are to succeed. Part two really is the key to succeeding in part three, if you successfully pass part two, you will only be one step away from an exciting new career. Failure in part two should not be an option.

I hope this article has helped you learn more about the ADI part two, next we’ll talk about part 3.