ADI's go through months of specialist training, three qualifying exams and Criminal Records checks before being awarded ADI status. They have to display a green badge in their windscreen and are tested every four years to ensure they meet the DSA's requirements.
Don't be afraid to ask what they scored in their last assessment. Most ADI's are grade four. The highest grading is six.
PDIs have to display a pink badge in their windscreen. They are trainee instructors, so will not have the same guaranteed level of expertise as ADIs.
Driver attitude and behaviour contributes to 19 out of 20 crashes. Basic test preparation may not address this. Your child has a better chance of learning more if their instructor communicates well with them.
Instructors, the test and beyond
Tips for choosing an instructor
ADI or PDI?
Find out if they are an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). Only ADIs or trainee, Potential Driving Instructors (PDIs), can legally take money for lessons.
Are they right for your child?
An instructor will spend around 45 hours alone with your child. Make sure you are happy that they can work together. Ask to sit in on a lesson if you are unsure.
Preparing for the practical test
New drivers need lots of practice. It builds their experience, which helps them read the road and avoid collisions.
Parents who drive are in a great position to supervise practice between lessons, but the advice given must be spot-on.
If you took a lesson today, you would find that a lot has changed. You can make sure you give the best, up-to-date advice by:
- Taking a lesson yourself to refresh your knowledge
- Asking your learner if you can sit in on some of their lessons
- Taking a short course in coaching learner drivers - many are specifically designed for parents
Once they’ve passed!
They are free to use the road alone but you can still help them drive responsibly.
A Safer Driving Agreement is like a contract, which parents and young drivers sign. It acts as an agreement on simple terms for car use and driving behaviour (parents have to agree to behave too!). You can tailor it to suit your family’s needs.
Courses and resources
Other local authorities can help too. Speak to your local Road Safety Team.