Only qualified driving instructors are allowed to take this exam. It is conducted at the DVSA training establishment close to the village of Cardington in Bedfordshire. A very high standard of driving is expected.
A permanent senior staff instructor conducts the test. You will drive for 90 minutes around a varied route but there will be a predominance of higher speed driving. It requires a very high standard of driving to be consistently displayed whilst driving on all types of road, including a motorway and a variety of road situations. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a positive, courteous attitude and the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle, safely, systematically and smoothly. A high consistent driving competence based on concentration, effective observation, anticipation and planning is expected. In particular you must demonstrate:
- Expert handling of controls
- Use of correct road procedure
- Anticipation of the actions of other road users and taking appropriate action
- Sound judgement of distance, speed and timing
- Consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users
- Only three (3) minor driving faults are allowed, but not the same faults repeated. In other words, there must not be any patterns of error.
- ADIs who pass this examination are recognised by the DVSA as amongst the most professional drivers in the industry
All successful candidates who achieve a Grade A [3 faults or less] pass mark will be sent a certificate.
All tests carried out by the DVSA are marked on a four grade, A to D which are;
A – Able to demonstrate a high standard of driving competence, to have a knowledge of the principles of good driving and possess the ability to apply them
B – A safe and skillful driver who is able to demonstrate the ability to be safe at all times, but lacking the high standard of driving competence required of a Grade A driver
C – Able to drive at a level somewhat above that of a learner driver, but lacking in some of the car handling skills of Grade B and not able to demonstrate the high standard of driving competence required of Grade A
D – Not able to demonstrate a good safe drive, and involving some degree of potential or actual danger at times