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Part 2 - Driving Instructor Training with 4front Driving School

Part 2 - Driving Instructor Training with 4front Driving School

Once you have completed Part 1 we advise you undergo some driver training with us to get you prepared for part 2. Most drivers develop habits over the years that need to be ironed out. I know I did before I started my training. It was hard to admit but my driving skills needed improving and I needed to make myself aware of them and fix them. You only get 3 attempts at this part otherwise you have to wait 2 years before you can start again from scratch. Each attempt is costly and time consuming to you.

What happens during the Part 2 Driving Instructor Training Test?

There are 5 parts to the approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test:

  • an eyesight check

  • ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions

  • general driving ability

  • manoeuvres

  • independent driving

How long the test lasts The test takes around one hour. The eyesight test You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

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

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

New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, such as AB51 ABC. You’ll fail the test if you do not pass the eyesight test. It will count as one of the 3 attempts you’re allowed at the ADI part 2 test. ‘Show me, tell me’ questions You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. These test that you know how to carry out basic safety tasks. You’ll be asked:

  • 3 ‘tell me’ questions at the start of your test, before you start driving

  • 2 ‘show me’ questions while you’re driving - for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers

You’ll get a driving fault for each incorrect answer you give. You’ll get a serious fault and fail the test if you answer all 5 questions incorrectly, or if you lose control of the car while answering any of the ‘show me’ questions. Your general driving ability You’ll have to show the examiner all of the following:

  • expert handling of the controls

  • use of correct road procedure

  • anticipation of the actions of other road users and then taking appropriate action

  • sound judgement of distance, speed and timing

  • consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users

  • driving in an environmentally-friendly manner

You’ll drive in varying road and traffic conditions, including motorways or dual carriageways where possible. You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop. Reversing your vehicle The examiner will ask you to do 2 of the following exercises:

  • parallel park at the side of the road

  • reverse into a parking bay and drive out

  • drive into a parking bay and reverse out

  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic

Independent driving You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:

  • directions from a sat nav

  • traffic signs

The examiner will tell you which you have to do. Following directions from a sat nav The examiner will provide the sat nav and set it up for you. You cannot follow directions from your own sat nav during the test. Going off the route Your test result will not be affected if you take a wrong turning, unless you make a fault while doing it. The examiner will help you get back on the route if you do. If you cannot see traffic signs If you cannot see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one. If you make mistakes during your test You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious. The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users. Once you have successfully completed part 2 then we can undergo the relevant training for part 3. When we think you are ready you can apply for a pink PDI badge which will allow you to teach whilst getting paid with real students that we can provide for you. Some of this will involve us observing your teaching so that you can develop the right skills to pass part 3. You will be required to take 40 hours of Part 3 training before you will be entitled to apply for a trainee licence. We can offer more training if you need it or request it. Want to know more? Call Simon on 07905657229 or email Visit our website at

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