Common driving faults and how to avoid them

The DVSA has stated that the most common reason people fail their tests is not making effective observations at junctions.


The DVSA has stated that the most common reason people fail their tests is not making effective observations at junctions. 

1. Junctions and observations

Junctions and observations are marked on:

    • ♦ The speed you approach junctions, if you approach too fast you will not have time to prepare. 
    • ♦ Your observations on approach, if there are pedestrians you would need to show that you have noticed them. 
    • ♦ Your position at the junction, if you are turning left or right you would need to be this side of the junction.
    • ♦ Do not cut corners when turning into a junction, this can land you a minor. 

You needed to show you can drive through junctions safely. You should have observed your surroundings, made your intentions clear, followed road signs and signals, and properly controlled the car.

2. Incorrect use of mirrors

You needed to show you can use your rear view mirror and door mirrors (wing mirrors) to see what’s behind or to the side of your car. This should be done in good time.
Mirrors need to be used when:

  • signalling
  • changing direction or lanes
  • changing speed
3. Control

You needed to show you can use all the car’s primary controls smoothly, these include:

  • ♦  accelerator
  • ♦  clutch
  • gears
  • brake
  • ♦  handbrake or parking
  • brake
  • ♦  steering
4. Positions and normal stops

When asked to by your examiner, you needed to pull up and stop at a safe place on the side of the road. When parked, your car should not have been a hazard to other road users.

5. Moving off

When moving off you need to make sure you control the car correctly and safely.
You needed to show you could move off safely and under control throughout your test.
Situations where you need to move off safely are:

  • ♦  from the side of the road
  • ♦  on a slope or hill (gradient)
  • ♦  from behind a parked vehicle, so you have to move off at an angle at junctions

You should use your mirrors and check blind spots to observe your surroundings, and signal when necessary. Your control of the car should prevent it from rolling backwards or stalling.

6. Response to signs and signals

You should recognise and react correctly to signs and signals on the road. This includes:

  • ♦  road signs
  • ♦  road markings
  • ♦  traffic lights
  • ♦  traffic controllers
  • ♦  other road users
7. Positioning

Not only does your positioning need to be correct at junctions, but it also needs to be correct when normal driving. You must not drive too close to the pavement or lines on the road, you need to remember lane discipline which is your ability to maintain your position within the lane. 

8. Reversing

You need to ensure you have full control of the car when reversing; to check all blind spots and mirrors. Do not rely on just mirrors to check surroundings. 

9. Ancillary controls

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10. Awareness and planning

You will need to show that you can anticipate other road users’ actions and notice potential hazards. You will need to react in good time, do not react last minute as this can cause an unnecessary hazard.
You should make sure to take extra care around more vulnerable road users. This includes:

  • ♦  motorcyclists
  • ♦  cyclists
  • ♦  horse riders
  • ♦  pedestrians
11. Clearance to obstructions

You need to maintain a safe amount of distance when passing other road users, parked vehicles, or potential hazards. A car door’s width should be maintained where possible.

12. Emergency stop

You need to come to a stop as soon as your examiner indicates for you too. The examiner will not ask you to do an emergency stop if there is a potential hazard around. You need to ensure that you have control of the car whilst stopping. You should make the stop without locking the wheels and losing control of the car.

13. Eyesight check

Your examiner will begin the test with an eyesight check. You need to read out the vehicle registration of a parked car. You will have had 3 chances to do this correctly.

If you did not read it correctly, you will have failed and will not be allowed to continue with your test.

If you need glasses or contact lenses, you must bring them to your next test.

14. Following at a safe distance

You need to maintain a safe distance when following other drivers, the distance kept from other vehicles needs to suit the road conditions. 

15. Forward park (bay park)

You will be marked on your control of the car when parking, and your observations of your surroundings. You should choose a designated space to park in, then reverse out. You should be straight and central in the space. 

You should check your surroundings throughout, proceeding only when it was safe to do so.

16. Judgement

You need to show good judgement when overtaking, meeting, and crossing other road users, such as knowing when to proceed, and when to wait for a safer opportunity.

You need to make your intentions clear, and understand the intentions of the other road users.

17. Pedestrian crossings

You need to recognise each type of pedestrian crossing and react accordingly. Different types of crossings are:

  • ♦  Zebra crossings.
  • ♦  Pelican crossings.
  • ♦  Puffin crossings.
  • ♦  Toucan crossings.
18. Precautions

Before you start driving, you should perform a few safety checks. This includes making sure:
your seat is positioned correctly and you can reach all the controls
your mirrors are positioned correctly;

  • ♦  all doors are shut
  • ♦  the handbrake or
  • ♦  parking brake is on
  • ♦  the gear is in neutral
19. Progress

You need to ensure that you can show you know how to use:

  • ♦  appropriate speed – your ability to drive at an appropriate speed for the road and traffic conditions
  • ♦  undue hesitation – your ability to maintain progress, and not hesitate and slow down when you did not need to

You should have driven at a speed appropriate for the road and traffic conditions, without holding up other road users.

20. Signals

You need to ensure you use correct signals when driving. You need to only use signals when necessary, and ensure to use the correctly. Do not use signals too late or too early, this can confuse other road users and may lead to a hazard.

The Process of Becoming an ADI (Driver Instructor)

SmartLearner provides the option and choice for individuals to train and become a driving instructor. SmartLearner ensures that instructor trainees are both given high-quality yet affordable tuition through their journey in becoming a qualified driving instructor.

Through this, individuals wishing to undertake training can reap the benefits of annually earning approximately £30,000 working full time. Trainees become their own boss, are ultimately in full charge of their scheduling, working within hours that are personally suitable and flexible to them, as well as receiving additional full support from the SmartLearner office, assisting with ADI’s success in their efforts with helping learners achieve their driving tests.

There are ultimately 6 steps to becoming an ADI or SmartLearner driving instructor.


The first step requires individuals to make sure that they are eligible in becoming an ADI. To become an instructor, one must be over the age of 21 and have had passed their driving test, with an experience of at least a minimum of 3+ years or more. Trainees are then to undergo a CRB (Criminal Record Check). In addition to this, there are 3 parts of an exam they must take, trainees must successfully pass this before awarded the name and title of being a fully qualified driving instructor. Though, before applying to undergo these tests, one must apply and receive their personal and unique PRN number.



The second step essentially requires learning instructors to undergo a theory test which is specified for driving instructors. The first part of the test will need learning trainees to ensure they know in-depth information regarding highway codes and the hazard perception test thoroughly. This test consists of 100 multiple choice questions with trainees requiring to successfully achieve a score of 85+ to pass through. With the hazard perception test, ADI trainees need to score 57 out of 75 to pass.

It should be noted though that there are unlimited attempts to taking these tests, however, each one will cost £81.00.



Part three of ADI training concentrates on the individual’s ability to drive, like the original test to receive the standard full driving test. SmartLearner provides 10 hours of lessons with an ORDIT approved trainer. Though, it should be further noted that ADI trainees will have a maximum of 3 attempts and no more. Each attempt would cost £111.00.



After passing the necessary driving test, ADI trainees are then required to take 40 hours of training with a qualified trainer. This will allow the learners to apply for a “pink badge” meaning that they can provisionally teach learners and subsequently earn for 6 months. This route is however optional, but if one does decide to go down the “pink badge” route, trainees will be able to take a pupil in which they are currently tutoring. This route requires ADI trainees to pay for 20 hours of additional training, on the other hand, this cost will be easily covered by the money that trainees are earning from lessons.



Alternatively, once ADI trainees have completed their requirements of 40 hours of training and when confident with their skills, they will be able to apply for their final test. This exam is ultimately about the trainee’s ability to teach a pupil. If trainees decide to go proceed straight for the exam, they will be required to find a full license holder who owns their own car.

Furthermore, it should be noted that ADI trainees will have a maximum of 3 attempts. Each test will cost around £111.00


Stage six is all about celebrations, as during this step, ADI trainees will be able to receive the title of a full driving instructor. All hard work, perseverance, and commitment have paid off! ADI will be able to reap the rewards.


Benefits of Intensive Driving Courses

Learning to drive can be a long process and requires a great deal of time and money.
In average, new drivers typically undertake between 40 to 50 hours of driving before they pass their practical driving test. This has resulted in the emergence of a different form of driving lesson, now more individuals are opting to learn how to drive in shorter and much more rigorous time periods. These are known as intensive driving courses.

What is an intensive driving course?

An intensive driving course is initially a ‘crash course’ where new learners can book straight set of hours for driving lessons. So, in comparison to your standard lesson being 1 hour, learners have the luxury within their grasp to choose different options; Smartlearner offer choices ranging from 5 hours, 10 hours, up to 20. These intensive courses can range from 5 hours per week to 5 hours per day.

Essentially, intensive driving lessons teach learners in a shorter timeframe than usual, the aim of all intensive courses is to get learners passed in the quickest and safest way possible. SmartLearner provides these intensive driving courses for learners who wish, or rather prefer learning in a concentrated method.

What is the difference between an intensive and advanced driving course?

Intensive driving courses and advanced driving courses are ultimately different. Advanced driving courses are an optional extra that you can take once you have passed your practical test. They are not essential but can assist to refine and hone your road skills, making you a safer and more competent driver.

What are the benefits of intensive driving courses?

1. One of the biggest benefits of an intensive course is the time. Often, individuals and learners who undertake an intensive course will have a week scheduled off work or duties. Instead of learning over a period of six to eight months, some may prefer to compress driving lessons into a smaller time frame, thus meaning, everything can be done and dusted in less than a fortnight.

2. Another further advantage would be regarding the price of intensive driving courses in comparison to standard driving lessons. These intensive courses are generally cheaper and less expensive than standard conventional driving sessions.

SmartLearner offer and provide block packages of Automatic lessons within Coventry and Warwickshire 5 hours being £140, 10 hours for £140 and 20 hours for £520. Manual sessions lean further on the cheaper side, with a block of 5 hours being £130, 10 hours for £250 and 20 hours for £480 within Coventry. When these prices are compared to normal prices of a standard lesson, individuals will find that purchasing block sets of lessons will be much cheaper. A great option if you are in search of lower cost driving lessons.

3. In SmartLearner driving school, all sessions are one-on-one, face-to-face which means that learners will have the full and undivided attention of their assigned local driving instructor. Any inquiries learners have, their instructors will be able to assist and answer there and then.

4. New learners are often overwhelmed and nervous when beginning to drive on the roads. Intensive driving courses tackle this head-on, which eventually and gradually increases a new learner’s confidence on the road with every hour or day that passes.

Should you take an intensive course?

Everyone works differently. Some individuals thrive off the pressure, in a concentrated manner, eager to quickly pass their driving test as quickly as possible, and some may want to spread their sessions out through the weeks and months, learning at their own pace with steadiness. As a learner, it is subjective and all up to personal preference!

What to do if you are hit by an uninsured driver?

Driving without insurance is considered a criminal offence. So what do you do if you are hit by an uninsured driver? 

What to do straight after the accident?

The first thing to do after an accident is to assess if there are any risks or hazards. Risks and hazards can include fire, injuries, and an individual being trapped. It is important to assess the need to call emergency services, and which are needed.

Important information to note is the registration plate of the other vehicle, the make, model and colour of the car. Call the police and make a note of the police reference or CAD number for the incident, take the other drivers name, contact and insurance details. Take as many photos as you can and draw a diagram of the scene, finally, notify your insurer.

What if the driver does not stop or is uninsured?

If the other driver is not insured, or does not stop the police will investigate. If you are injured or your car is damaged you can make a claim through your own insurance.

Although, unless your policy includes a clause for accidents caused by uninsured drivers, claiming through your own insurance will likely affect your no claims discount. It will also raise your premium, especially if you are a recently qualified driver.

The Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)

The MIB is an organisation that helps victims of uninsured and untraceable drivers through a central fund. The MIB is funded directly by the car insurance industry through motor insurance premiums. In association with The Road Traffic Act 1988, all UK motor insurers must contribute.

The MIB will pay compensation for injuries as well as vehicle and personal property damage.

Do I qualify?

If you find yourself involved in an accident with an untraceable or uninsured  driver, the MIB will consider your claim if you meet the following criteria:

  • The accident happened in the UK or the Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Gibraltar.
  • Attempts to identify the driver and their insurer have failed.
  • If you have gained injury you should inform the police and the claim must be started within 3 years of the accident.
  • If your vehicle was damaged but you were not injured, you should start a claim after the accident.

Claims can be from all road users (car, motorcycles, cyclists and pedestrians).

They also take into consideration claims from UK citizens that are involved in accidents with a foreign-registered vehicle in the UK or EU. (these may not be accepted post-Brexit).

What if I am a passenger?

Yes, you can claim unless you knew that the person you were travelling with is not insured. The MIB can reject your claim because of this. If you were aware that the driver was also under the influence of drugs or alcohol you cannot claim.

How do I set up a claim?

Claims must be submitted online, you will need to grant access to your medical records and provide evidence to support your claim. The MIB may contact the relevant parties such as the DVLA, the police, your insurance or witnesses.

How is a decision reached?

If they find the other road user to be at fault, you will receive compensation. If you were both equally responsible, compensation may be changed to suit the extent to which you were blamed.

If you are held responsible for the full accident you would not be compensated. Although you would have the right to appeal.

Driving lessons will be resuming again from the 12th of April, with the practical driving tests returning from the 22nd of April. SmartLearner Driving School are currently taking pre bookings for lessons, you can call 0800 118 2001 to speak to our office staff and book your lessons in time for April.

9 Big Changes for Drivers Coming This April

9 huge changes are set to take place this April that can affect most drivers in the UK.

9  huge changes are set to take place this April that can affect most drivers in the UK. 

Car tax

Car tax is rising from the 1st of April. What you will need to pay depends on how much CO2 emissions your car pumps out.

If your car was registered on or after the 1st of April 2017, you will have to pay the following for the first 12 months:

You won’t have to pay anything if your car emits no CO2.

      • £10 if your car emits 1-50 grams per kilometre of CO2 (the same tax rate as last year).
      • £25 if your car emits 51-75 grams per kilometre of CO2 (the same tax rate as last year.
      • £115 if your car emits 76-90 grams per kilometre of CO2 (£5 extra than last year).
      • £140 if your car emits 91-100 grams per kilometre of CO2 (£5 extra than last year).

Purchase tax

To make UK roads more eco-friendly, purchase tax will be introduced targeting petrol and diesel car owners. The aim of this tax is to make eco-friendly vehicles more affordable.

Cars that emit more than 225g of CO2 per kilometre will be required to pay a 50% purchase tax from this year. These changes haven’t been confirmed.

Local clean air zone charges

This year, a number of cities will start to charge drivers commuting in and around the area to decrease the number of journeys, to lower pollution levels.
Motorists in several outer London boroughs, Bath and Birmingham face an extra daily charge of between £8 and £100.
Birmingham’s scheme will charge drivers of the most polluting cars up to £8 per day, and £50 for HGVs (trucks and lorries), coaches and buses.
You can check exactly how much you’ll be paying using the’s clean air zone charge checker here:

Driving lessons and tests

Driving lessons will be resuming again from the 12th of April, with the practical driving tests returning from the 22nd of April.
SmartLearner Driving School are currently taking pre bookings for lessons, you can call 0800 118 2001 to speak to our office staff and book your lessons in time for April.

Mobile phone ban

This year stricter rules for the use of mobile phones whilst driving will be brought into place.
Drivers will face fines of £200 and six penalty points on their licence for holding their mobile phone while driving – for any reason.
The new complete ban closes a loophole which allowed drivers to take photos or videos while driving without being penalised.

Driverless cars

Driverless cars may come with technology that helps them to drive by themselves, by detecting traffic changes and lane markings from Spring this year.
Last year the government looked at whether it would be safe to use the technology on cars driving at speeds of 70mph.

‘Benefit in kind’

Benefit in kind rates may be reintroduced this year after they were drawn out in 2020. From April drivers may need to pay up to £390 per year to use their vehicles.
Initially, there will be a 1% charge, based on income and vehicle value, but it is likely to rise to 2% in 2022.

Fuel duty freeze

Fuel duty will be frozen for the new tax year. This is a tax on fuel which is currently £57.95p per litre of any type of fuel.
Pavement parking ban
Currently there is a parking on pavements ban in London which may be introduced to the rest of the UK. If you break this ban you could receive a £70 fine.

Vaccines within the BAME community

More than 20 million people have now had the vaccine in the UK.
Having your vaccine is important to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

More than 20 million people have now had the vaccine in the UK.

Having your vaccine is important to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

    • It protects you from having a high chance of contracting the virus.
    • It prevents the risk of more individuals having long term symptoms. Such as: shortness of breath, joint pain, depression and anxiety and chest pain etc.
    • It protects those who have underlying health conditions and that are high risk.
    • It keeps the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths lower.
Vaccines within the BAME community

Recently there has been uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine, this may be due to conspiracy theories, false news articles, or false information being widely spread on platforms such as Facebook. Many of these are leading to individuals to believe that the coronavirus is not real.

Within previous national vaccination programmes in the UK, reported vaccine uptake has been lower in areas with a higher proportion of minority ethnic group populations. Barriers for these groups may be, perception of risk, low confidence in the vaccine, distrust, access barriers, inconvenience, socio-demographic context and lack of endorsement, lack of vaccine offer or lack of communication from trusted providers and community leaders.

Despite the black, Asian and minority ethnic groups making up 14% of the BAME community, they account for a third of patients in hospitals. People from BAME backgrounds are more likely to be employed in frontline roles whether it’s in the NHS, as care workers, warehouse or bus drivers. In the NHS, around 40% of doctors and 20% of nurses are from BAME backgrounds.

What is included in the vaccine?

Previously, false claims have been made that the vaccine contains microchips, aborted fetus cells or that they can somehow alter our human genetic code (DNA).

There have also been suspicions over whether they contain ingredients that are forbidden under religious beliefs. Rumours that the vaccines contain traces of pork (not eaten by Muslims) or beef (cows are considered sacred by Hindus) have been circulating online.

It’s true that some other non-coronavirus vaccines have contained gelatine derived from pork, added as a stabiliser. However, none of the Covid-19 vaccines currently approved for use in the UK contain any source of gelatine.

Researchers from the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) found that:

  • 72% of Black or Black British people said that they were unlikely or very unlikely to be vaccinated against COVID.
  • Pakistani and Bangladeshi groups were the next most hesitant minority ethnic group, with 42% unlikely or very unlikely to be vaccinated.
  • In contrast, people from Indian groups were less hesitant, with 21% not willing to be vaccinated.

The vaccine is currently helping to reduce cases and deaths from COVID-19, and is an important way to fight off the virus overall.

With driving lessons returning on the 12th of April, our instructors are taking extra precaution and preparation to ensure all lessons are as safe as possible. They will wear masks, open windows for ventilation, use sanitation products such as wipes and hand sanitiser. The car will be cleaned after each student and if you would like to be given a wipe to clean the car yourself you will be able to. If you’re looking for driving lessons but are hesitant due to the risk of COVID-19 know that SmartLearner is following every precaution we can to keep our learners safe.

If you would like more information about how we are keeping our learners and instructors safe during their driving lessons call us today on 0800 118 2001.

To find out who can have the vaccine and how to get it follow the link below:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – NHS (

Driving Instructors Training – Latest COVID Guidelines

Mark your calendar!

Driving lessons and driving instructors training and tests schedules can all resume from the 12th of April 2021. This date has been given by Boris Johnson (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) in a national press conference on 22nd of February 2021 where he unveiled his roadmap for relaxing lockdown restrictions in England¹.

In this plan, it was announced that Driving Tests/Lessons would resume no earlier than the 12th of April 2021. This is providing that the UK Government meets vaccination targets and COVID-19² cases continue to fall.

What does this mean for you as a Trainee driving instructor (PDI)?

If you had a theory or driving ability test that has been cancelled due to COVID-19 then the DVSA will rearrange this for you. However, if the date they rearrange it to doesn’t suit you, you can request to change this to a more convenient time/date.

If you have a trainee driving instructor license (PDI Badge) and it is going to expire you can apply for an extension. You can do this by applying through the DVSA directly.

Part 2/3 tests are now shorter in duration. Usually driving tests would include a brief before and after the exam. However, this has been reduced to help minimise the risk posed by COVID-19. The DVSA has also added a new process to help further reduce risk to pupils, examiners, and instructors. This process means that if a serious fault, or dangerous fault, is made during the examination it will be immediately terminated. The pupil/you would then be required to return to the test centre immediately.

Looking to train to become a driving instructor?

Has COVID-19 had an impact on your career? Why not train to become a driving instructor with SmartLearner Driving School?

Driving instructors on average will earn upwards of £30K per annum. Becoming a driving instructor means that you are the boss and can work hours that suit you and your family.

At SmartLearner Driving School we offer support every step of the way even beyond your PDI training with us. We offer 1-2-1 ADI theory training, personalised training plans and we guarantee you a job at the end of your training! We offer affordable franchise agreements and if required can even help you secure an instructor vehicle.

We understand that COVID-19 has had a huge impact on many people financially and that’s why we have made our driving instructor training more affordable than ever!

Call us on 0800 118 2001 or email us at to take the first step into your new career.

Alternatively, if you are looking to find out more about driving instructors training or the steps involved in how to become a driving instructor then click here –

Learning to Drive in a Post-COVID World

Mark your calendar!

Learning to drive in Manual or Automatic? Driving, Theory, and Simulated lessons can all resume from the 12th April 2021. This date has been given by Boris Johnson (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) in a national press conference on 22nd of February 2021 where he unveiled his roadmap for relaxing lockdown restrictions in England.

In this plan, it was announced that Driving Tests/Lessons would resume no earlier than the 12th of April 2021. This is providing that the UK Government meets vaccination targets and COVID-19 cases continue to fall.

What does this mean for you?

We reopened our phone lines to the public on the 1st of March 2021 and have already managed to book over 80% of returning pupils. If you haven’t already called us on 0800 118 2001 to rebook we advise that you call us as soon as possible! Spaces for driving lessons are limited and we are booking diaries on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Our office is working reduced hours. The office phone lines are open 10 AM to 4 PM from Monday to Friday. However, if you prefer you can also email us at or contact your instructor directly to rebook.

Has your theory expired?

If your theory has expired or is going to expire before you sit your driving test, there is no way to extend this. Unfortunately, you will need to retake the theory test and pass before you can sit your driving test. You can rebook this already via the online booking service provided by the DVSA.

Beware! The theory test may not be what you remember. Every year the DVSA¹ changes the questions. Recently case studies were removed from the test and replaced by a video analysis section. If you feel like you want additional support we offer 1-2-1 in-office training which will be resuming from the 12th April 2021.

This service will cost £5 per hour. If you would like to book call us TODAY on 0800 118 2001.

Is it worth learning automatic driving lessons Solihull?

The automatic driving lessons are preferred by most of the new drivers; one of the toughest parts of learning to drive is getting to grips with the gear shifting, which creates lots of problems for beginners. In an automatic car, gear changes are easy. So, if you are struggling with your manual driving lessons, you can switch to the automatic driving lessons for learning the driving more effectively.

Benefits of getting  Automatic driving lessons Solihull:

  • Driving is less stressful

The most obvious benefit of learning automatic driving lessons is that it’s easier to learn as compared to learning manual driving lessons. Moreover, new drivers don’t have to worry about gear changes, they can focus entirely on the road ahead of you.

automatic driving lesson

  • Safer if you have issues with coordination

If you generally struggle with coordination, an automatic car can make you as safe a driver as anyone. You can easily adjust your car in a crowded place; for a beginner, the automatic transmission is very safe to drive.

  • Fast preparation for driving exams

If you have less time available for your exam, then the automatic driving lesson is a good choice for you. In an automatic car, a beginner can learn the driving effectively in a quick time. Most of the new drivers prefer to learn in automatic vehicles when their exam date is near.

automatic driving lesson

You can also contact the Driving Instructor Solihull for learning automatic driving; the major benefit is that your instructor will be DVSA-ADI who can prepare you better for driving tests.










What are the main features of ADI-Training?

For Becoming a Driving Instructor, you have to pass three rigorous ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) tests. There are three parts of this exam which includes both theory and practical part. All three qualifying exam parts are described below:

  • ADI part 1 (Theory training and Hazard perceptions)

In this phase, you will have to pass two sections; the theory test and a hazard perception test. The theory test includes 100 multiple choice questions; within the test, there are four bands which each requires 80% to pass. You have one and half hours to complete this test and also require an overall pass mark of 85%.

You also have to face a hazard perception test consists of 14 video clips and need to score a minimum of 57 out of a possible 75.  You will be given a further 20 minutes to finish this test.

approved driving instructor

  • ADI test part 2 (Checking Driving Ability)

This second test measures the driving skills and eyesight of a trainee, which is conducted by the DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) supervising examiner. The duration of this test lasts approximately one hour.

You will be failed if you do not pass the eyesight test. Moreover, you need to answer five vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions and you will get a driving fault for each incorrect answer.


  • ADI test part 3 (Instructional Ability)

The aim of this test part is to assess your instructional abilities. In this phase three of the ADI training, you will get both theory training and practical work, which will develop your teaching ability. A DVSA examiner will watch you giving a “client-centered driving lesson” to one of your pupils, which lasts about 45 minutes.

After passing this Driving Instructor Training, you will be automatically elevated to an ADI (a fully Approved Driving Instructor) status. For better learning, you can contact SmartLearner driving school’s professionals.