As with any industry "jargon" is frquently used, the ADI qualification process has its fair share. On these pages you will find some of the common acronyms and abreviations that you are likely to encounter.

Driving Instructor  Jargon. Driving acronyms,  to become familiar with.

Approved Driving Instructor


DV SA document detailing the process' of conducting the Approved Driving Instructor Tests.

ADI 14

Application pack for Potential Driving Instructors.


Record of Additional Supervision - If you have chosen supervision as an alternative to additional training this must be completed to maintain a trainee licence in Great Britain.


Record of Additional Training - required to maintain a trainee licence in Great Britain. Must be completed before your first attempt at part 3 or within the first 12 weeks of your trainee licence - whichever is sooner!

ADI 21 S

Record of Supervision - used as an alternative to additional training for maintaining a trainee licence in Great Britain.

ADI 21 T 

Record of Training - required to obtain a trainee licence in Great Britain.


Part Three test report

ADI 3 

Application for Registration as a Potential Driving Instructor


Application for Trainee Licence to give instruction

Affective Domain

Attitudes. The part of the brain that deals with emotions and attitudes is known as the Affective Domain. It takes more than knowledge and physical ability to carry out a task properly- an individuals attitude must also be correct. For example: a speeding pupil may know, when asked, that the speed limit is 30mph, he may be able to physically get the car to abide by the limit – but does he want to? You cannot force someone to change their attitude, behavior or motivation, the harder you try, the more they will tend to resist. People often change their attitude when they are persuaded by good example, or when they can understand the consequences or effect of their actions on others

A broad statement of intent This appears to be the same as an objective, but used in an instructional sense, it is not so well defined. For example, an objective might be that a pupil is able to reverse into a limited opening. The aim is to do it perfectly. The objective should and indeed will be reached, but the aim may not be, as the pupil may need a lot more practice than there is time for that lesson

Alert – Direct – Identify (ADI)

This is the recommended method of directing a pupil during a driving lesson. Alert, 'I would like you to' – Direct, 'turn right' – Identify, 'at the junction ahead'. Alert, 'At the roundabout ahead' – Direct, 'take the road to the right' – Identify, 'it's the third exit'.

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

This system is designed to allow the driver to brake and steer at the same time and activates automatically if maximum braking pressure is applied to the foot-brake pedal. This is fitted to all new vehicles and many older ones. You will be able to find out if your car has this from the instrument panel (dash board) warning lights that appear when you start the engine. There are many references to the correct use of this in Driving – the essential skills


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