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.

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  • 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.

Manual or Automatic transmission?


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Deciding whether to learn in manual or automatic transmission can be a difficult decision. When passing in a manual car, you can then go onto drive an automatic. However, if you pass in an automatic car you CANNOT go on to drive a manual car without sitting a manual test.

Are there any differences?

The main difference between manual and automatic transmission is the gearbox and clutch pedal. In a manual car, when increasing or decreasing speed the driver needs to change gears by pressing the clutch pedal and moving the gear stick into the suitable gear. An automatic car’s gearbox automatically selects the gear which suits the speed, the driver does not need to press on a clutch pedal to do this manually. An automatic car does not have a clutch pedal.

Should I drive manual or automatic?



An automatic car can be easier to drive, as there are fewer things to do. You will be able to focus on your speed and road positioning, along with your surroundings. Compared to a manual car, you cannot ‘stall’ an automatic car.  Those who find themselves struggling with stalling a manual car or are scared to stall may feel more comfortable in an automatic car.


Automatic cars are usually more expensive to buy as they are less common, they can also be more expensive to repair.



Many individuals prefer a ‘driver’s car’ as automatic transmissions can be a very different driving experience. Manual cars tend to be less expensive, they are also a lot more common than automatic cars, so there are more to choose from when looking for a new car at places such as garages. The hand-foot coordination needed to drive a manual can be quite confusing for learners, automatics do not have this ‘issue’.


Ultimately, it is the driver’s decision on what transmission they feel is best to learn, there is no right or wrong choice. You may begin with a manual car and then move onto automatic if you struggle, your instructor will advise you on how to do this.