Why use an Approved
Driving Instructor (ADI) ?
It is unlikely that anyone except an ADI
would have the experience, knowledge and training to
teach you properly. Learning safe driving habits
from the start will improve your own and other road
To become qualified, an ADI must pass a theory test,
and strict tests of driving and instructional
ability. All ADI’s must maintain a high standard of
instruction. Fully qualified ADI’s display a green
certificate on the windscreen of the tuition
Trainee driving instructors are granted a trainee
licence so that they can gain teaching experience
before their final qualifying examination. Their
licence is pink in colour. The standard instruction
of all ADI’s is regularly checked by the DSA. This
is done by a DSA supervising examiner sitting in on
a live lesson.
Your instructor should explain how your lessons will
be structured and show you the syllabus that you
will have to complete before you take your driving
test (the syllabus is contained in the DSA
publication The Official Driving Test).
Take advice from your ADI on all aspects of driving,
• Which books to read
• How to practise
• When you will be ready for your test
• Further training after you have passed your test
How Do I Choose An
Select the area that you wish to learn in
& either look in the yellow pages or better still
ask around for friends or relatives experiences. If
an instructor is of a good standard he/she is
normally well recommended. Look for someone who has
a good reputation is reliable and punctual and whose
car suits you.
Ask the instructor if they have signed up to the
Voluntary Code of Practice, or if there is a Company
Code, and ask for a copy.
The Code of Practice has been agreed with the
driving instruction industry and covers instructors’
personal and professional conduct, advertising and
their complaints procedure. For further information,
call DSA on 0115 901 2500.
What do I do if I
am not happy with in ADI ?
If you are not happy with your instructor
tell him/her why and discuss the way forward. If you
still can’t reach an agreement then find another
instructor. If you have any serious complaints about
your instructor then contact DSA as above.
There is no substitute for learning car
control skills and how to deal with different road
situations with a professional driving instructor
before going out to practise privately.
When you have enough confidence, your instructor
will advise you what and where to practise. They
will also be able to advise the person who is going
to supervise you. Your accompanying driver must be
over 21 years old and have held (and still hold) a
full licence for 3 years.
Practise on as many different types of road as you
can, in all sorts of traffic conditions even in the
dark and on dual carriageways where the upper speed
You may be asked to drive on such roads during the
test. Don’t just concentrate on the exercises
involved in the test.
When you practise try not to obstruct other traffic.
Most drivers are tolerant of learners, but don’t try
their patience too much.
Try not to annoy local residents; for example, don’t
repeatedly practise emergency stops in the same
quiet residential streets, or reverse repeatedly
around the same corner.
To help you study
The Highway Code
is essential reading. It explains the rules of the
road and gives sound advice about best driving
The Official Theory Test
for Car Drivers and Motorcyclists contains all the
questions in the theory test and explains the
The Official Driving Manual
explains best driving practices in
The Official Driving Test
covers what is required during the driving test and
explains the full test syllabus.
The Official Guide
to Accompanying learners gives very useful
information to anyone who is supervising you while
The Driving Test
- an inside view is a video explaining
what the examiners expect to see and gives some
What If - an
interactive video and workbook designed to improve
your ability to think ahead to boost your hazard
The Official Theory Test
- your licence to drive is a CD-Rom
providing interactive fun and a modern way of
Your ADI will be able to advise you where you can
How will I know
when I am ready for my test?
You will be ready for the test when you
show that you have reached the standards set in The
Official Driving Test. Learners who pass first time
do so because they are well instructed and get
plenty of practice. They pass because they wait
until they are ready. Your instructor has the
knowledge and experience to tell you when you are
You must be able to drive consistently well, with
confidence and without assistance or guidance from
your instructor. If you can’t, you aren’t ready for
the test. Waiting until you are ready will save you
time and money.
A good instructor will have a
Drivers Record for
This shows both the pupil and the instructor the
standard in each of the categories that the learners
are at, making the learning process simple and easy