Approved Driving Instructor training Part 2

Once you have taken and passed Part 1, you then move on to the next part of your qualification. Just like a new learner driver you will be tested on both theory and practical aspects of driving. In Part 2 you will be tested on your driving ability and that test will last about 60 minutes. Just like your initial practical driving test, you will be required to drive with an examiner and demonstrate your knowledge of road layouts, signals and being able to deal with hazards. You will need to perform certain manoeuvres which we will cover in more detail shortly. In essence, it’s a test to show your driving capabilities and our driving instructor training part 2 will give you these.

The test will start with the eyesight test. You will need to be able to read a number plate from a distance of 26.5 metres (for vehicles with a new-style number plate) or 27.5 metres (for vehicles with an old style plate). If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you will be permitted to wear them but they must be worn for the duration of the test. If you do not pass the eyesight part, you will fail the test.

Next, you will be asked 5 questions based on vehicle safety and maintenance. These questions are known as Show Me / Tell Me questions. The 3 Show Me questions require you to show the examiner how would execute the check they have asked you about.  The last 2 will be in the Tell Me format requiring you to explain your answer. When it comes to marking and the overall results of this test, if you answer a question incorrectly you will get a driving fault for each incorrect answer. If you answered them all incorrectly then you will fail the test.

driving instructor training part 2Now to the actual driving! Firstly, the examiner will be looking at how you control the car. They are looking for smooth use of the foot pedals and gear changes with no sudden braking or acceleration. You will always need to be using the pull-push method when steering the car. Our trainers will be able to help you with these things as we all know drivers can fall into bad habits after they’ve passed their test. Don’t forget the correct use of the handbrake too. Many drivers use the handbrake to stop the car whilst it’s still moving slowly for example. This would be a fault in your test. The handbrake should only be applied when the car has come to a complete standstill. The use of the handbrake at a hill start will also be scrutinised.

Righto, let’s talk manoeuvres! You will need to perform the following in your test:



  • Moving off (straight or at an angle)
  • Hill Start (Up and Down)
  • The Emergency Stop
  • Left and right reverse (into a limited opening)
  • Reverse Parking
  • Turn in the Road
  • Bay Parking

Throughout the test, you must display your knowledge of how to be a competent, safe driver. You will drive on dual carriageways, side roads, motorways and encounter traffic lights, roundabouts and other traffic signals. The handling of the car, use of correct road procedures and the perception of hazards will factor enormously. Being able to be aware on the roads and notice the actions of others will show how alert and good your instincts are. You will have a period of about 10 minutes where you will have to drive independently without instruction from the examiner. You will have to negotiate everything along that route that comes your way. The examiner may give you a brief set of instructions before you set off on this challenge or they may simply leave you to adhere to traffic signs. It may even be a combination of both! Try not to worry! You will have had expert guidance from one of our trainers and don’t forget, you’ve been driving yourself for years! You’ve had to navigate and negotiate all kinds of scenarios over the years so just keep calm and concentrate.

Now we come to the marking and result! There are 3 faults that can be marked

  • A dangerous fault – this is when, as a result of your actions, someone is put in ACTUAL danger. That could be yourself, the examiner, a member of the public or even property.
  • A serious fault – this is a fault that could be POTENTIALLY dangerous.
  • A driving fault – this type of fault is not potentially dangerous, however, if you continue to make the same fault more than once, it could become a serious

Our driving instructor training part 2 will show you how to avoid these.

You cannot make more than 6 driving faults in your test. If you do, that will be a fail. Serious or dangerous faults will also result in a failure. You can have 3 attempts at this test. However, if you fail on your 3rd attempt you will have to wait until the 2 years (from when you passed Part 1) is up and you will have to take Part 1 again.

Here at Optimum driving instructor training part 2, we strongly believe that the utmost time and effort should be given to each and every part of the qualification process. Each one links to the others and not one of the parts is “less” important or relevant than the others. Part 1 and Part 2 are your foundations, they are the experience and skills all new drivers have to learn. You need to be an expert in that field so you can impart that knowledge to your pupils. Without Part 1 and Part 2, you will find Part 3 increasingly challenging.

Some trainees have the view that they can whizz through Part 1 and Part 2 with little or no assistance or driving instructor training part 2. How wrong can they be? How long is it since you passed your test? Have things changed? How confident would you feel taking the theory test with no help? Did you even take a theory test first time round?! I think you can see what we’re getting at! Without the foundations at Part 1 and 2, the failure rate for Part 3 is high! None or minimal input or training for Part 1 and 2 has a negative impact on Part 3.

We hope this has clarified this part of the process for you. Please turn to Part 3 for information on the third and final part of the process.

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