Advanced DrivingAdvanced driving can be anything you want it to be from taking a Pass Plus course after passing your L test through to a refresher course to stay up to date with current driving practices. Or for the more serious driver you can move through various courses which are outlined below either way there is something for everybody when considering road safety.
- awareness and anticipation
- effective planning of prevailing road and traffic conditions
- correct use of speed
- emergency stop (one in three tests)
- a manoeuvre involving reversing
- Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Car related exercise
- passenger safety and comfort
- wheelchair element (for Black Cab style only)
The wheelchair exerciseIf you are taking the taxi test with the wheelchair exercise you should also be able to:
- demonstrate your ability to securely erect the wheelchair ramps, floor ramp etc.
- safely install the wheelchair in your vehicle.
- secure seat belts/safety harness and also secure any wheel belts/clamps fitted to your vehicle.
- reverse the process by taking off the belts, harnesses and clamps, taking the wheelchair out of the vehicle and putting the ramps away.
Your vehicle should be in the right position on the road at the right time, travelling at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and must always be able to be stopped safely on the right side of the road in the distance that can be seen to be clear.
There are 3 grades for passing the course Gold, Silver, and Bronze whilst all are achievable to get a Gold pass you must have a sound knowledge of Road Craft techniques which must be applied throughout the entirety of the test.
The Diamond Advanced Test will take over an hour and will encompass most types of road conditions. A maximum of six minor faults will be allowed. The Diamond Advanced Driving Test is the first advanced test available to the general public which examines the Driving Standards Agency's recommended syllabus for driving in its entirety. The system of driving will remain the same as you were originally taught but of course you will be expected to demonstrate a progressive drive and a higher degree of skill and competence. All the manoeuvres contained in the recommended syllabus may also be examined.
There may be situations where you can show flair or sparkle on an open country road where optimum progress can be gained at maximum safety, using optimum road positioning and excellent observation. All this combines to give a brisk smooth drive, at the legal limit on the open road. In other situations, you will need to show restraint and composure to deal with tricky hazards that may become apparent throughout the drive. Such as in a town centre, where observation is used to pick out hazards in situations that are constantly changing. The main objective is that you have to perform well in all situations rather than excel in one.
ADIs have to demonstrate a positive, courteous attitude and the ability to control their position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly. A high consistent standard of driving competence based on concentration, effective observation, anticipation and planning is expected. In particular, you must demonstrate:
- expert handling of controls
- use of correct road procedure
- anticipation of the action of other road users and taking appropriate action
- sound judgement of distance, speed and timing
- consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users
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