Stage 2 Advanced Driving

Stage 2 Advanced Driving Test

This test is not just a slightly more difficult ‘L’ test. It is of an advanced nature and a very high standard of competence is required.

You must show that you have a thorough knowledge of the principles of good driving and road safety and that you can apply them in practice. In particular, you must satisfy the ADI Examiner on all of the following subjects:

  • Expert handling of the controls.
  • Use of correct road procedure.
  • Anticipation of the actions of other road users and the taking of appropriate action.
  • Sound judgment of distance, speed and timing.
  • Consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users.

Test Routes used

The routes used for the test will include roads which may carry heavy traffic or fast moving traffic, for example motorways or fast dual carriageways. The routes will be both inside and outside built-up areas.
You will also have to demonstrate your ability to perform on 5 occasions a check on the condition and safety of one component of the vehicle. Checks will be chosen from a list of the components, e.g. tyres, steering, etc. Failure to answer questions correctly will accrue driving faults.
Occasionally the Examiner’s Supervisor may wish to come along as well. Don’t worry, they will not be concerned with your performance but with the examiner’s and will take no part in the conduct of the test.


You must drive in a brisk business-like way. You should aim to drive as you normally do and not try to put on an act for the Examiner. You must drive safely and within the legal limits. You must show the ability to perform any or all of the following manoeuvres:

  • Move away straight ahead or at an angle.
  • Overtake, meet or cross the path of other vehicles and take an appropriate course without undue hesitancy.
  • Turn left-hand and right-hand corners correctly without undue hesitancy.
  • Stop the vehicle as in an emergency.
  • Drive the vehicle in reverse gear and whilst doing so enter a limited opening to the right and to the left.
  • Turn the vehicle to face in the opposite direction by the use of forward and reverse gears.
  • Park close to the kerb, using forward and reverse gears.
  • Park in a parking bay, using forward and reverse gears.

Causes of Failure

Some common causes for failure include:

  • Lack of progress (particularly on dual-carriageways and motorways).
  • Failure to avoid or correct skidding in the emergency stop exercise.
  • Failure to use observation correctly or to get the timing right in the turn round or reversing exercise.
  • Inconveniencing other road users.
  • Using signals which are excessive, unnecessary or misleading.
  • Lack of effective observation at junctions, including those controlled by traffic lights.
  • Lack of observation during manoeuvres.
  • These are only a small selection of faults. There are many more reasons for failing the test but these are the most common.

Vehicle Requirements

You must provide a car for the test and prove that it is properly taxed, insured and NCT’d if necessary.
The car must comply with the following vehicle requirements:

  • It must be a saloon or estate car in proper working condition.
  • It must be capable of the normal performance of vehicles of its type with manual transmission, right hand steering and a readily adjustable driving seat and seat for a forward-facing front passenger.
  • The car should be free from advertisements and signs which could cause other road users to give it special consideration.
  • If the vehicle does not meet these requirements the test will not proceed. The car may be going onto a motorway or fast dual carriageway, so make sure that any roof signs are removed.
  • Cars must be fitted with an appropriate head restraint for the front passenger seat.
  • A seat belt for the front and rear passenger seats in working order.
  • A rear view mirror, for use by the Examiner from the front passenger seat.

Marking and Result Notification

All driving faults relating to a particular marking item will be recorded. More than 6 driving faults recorded during a test will cause the candidate to fail the test. One or more serious or dangerous faults will also result in a failed test. The Examiner will give his decision and provide written confirmation at the end of the test.


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