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Choosing an ADI or a Driving School is difficult...perhaps this page might make the process just slightly easier

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Choosing an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) is never easy

Why choose an ADI?

  • Well, it's rare that anyone other than an Approved Driving Instructor will have the training and knowledge to provide you with all the skills to drive safely
  • ADIs are trained to a very high standard and have taken and passed a complex theory test, an advanced driving test and a strict test of teaching abilities

How are ADIs graded?

  • Fully qualified ADIs must take further regular tests, known as check tests. During a "live" driving lesson an ADI is examined by a Senior Driving Examiner employed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA)
  • Check tests are supposed to maintain the quality of driving instruction
  • The quality is defined by the Driving Standards Agency
  • At the end of a check test an ADI is graded according to ability. An Examiner will use his or her skill to decide the grade for the Instructor!
  • Grade 4 Competent
  • Grade 5 Good
  • Grade 6 A very high standard

What do the Grades mean?

  • Grade 4 "A competent overall performance with some minor deficiencies in instructional technique"
  • Grade 5 "A good overall performance with some minor weaknesses in instructional technique"
  • Grade 6 "Overall performance to a very high standard with no significant instructional weaknesses"
  • Less than 5% of all ADIs are Grade 6
  • There are about 35,000 ADIs on the ADI register.
  • Not all ADIs teach full time
  • Some have full time jobs and teach to supplement their income, others are retired and teach to supplement their pension
  • Many teach full time
  • Some ADIs specialise in driver instructor training

Qualified or Trainee Driving Instructor?

  • Qualified ADIs display a GREEN licence on their car windscreen
  • ADI's have passed all their exams
  • PDI's display a PINK licence,
  • PDI's have not passed all their exams
  • Sadly many PDI's never qualify to become ADIs
  • ADIs and PDI's must if, they are giving paid tuition, display their licence by law

How do I choose?

  • Grade
  • Reliability
  • Punctuality
  • Reputation
  • The tuition car
  • Try not to be guided by either price, unique driving skills or special teaching techniques
  • If it sounds too good to be true...
  • ...then it probably is

It is true to say that the most expensive is not always the best and the cheapest is not always the worst, however it is extremely unlikely that you will find a grade 6 ADI offering cheap driving tuition


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