Recognising that the majority of accidents are caused by driver error, a group of concerned individuals formed IAM RoadSmart (at the time called The Institute of Advanced Motorists) and introduced the Advanced Driving Test in 1956 with the specific objective of significantly improving driving standards. By 1976 the number of motorcyclists in the UK had risen dramatically, so IAM RoadSmart launched the Advanced Motorcycling Test to cater for those road users too.
The tests use the principles of advanced driving, pioneered and applied with great success by the Metropolitan Police, and are accredited by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). All tests are taken by IAM RoadSmart Examiners who hold a Police Advanced Driving Certificate/IMI Examiners Qualification and have extensive experience working with Police Services throughout the UK.
The tests are not exclusively about safety, but to encourage the driver or rider to feel more confident on the road and to get greater enjoyment from the experience.
In the 60+ years since IAM was founded, half a million people have qualified as advanced drivers on IAM RoadSmart’s flagship Advanced Driver course – Quality Assured by the DVSA. With a commitment of three to six months to complete the comprehensive course and some practice, you could add your name to the list, and enhance your driving skills.
Our Group, Northampton Advanced Motorists, are approved official providers of IAM RoadSmart’s Advanced Driver Course.
So what can you expect from our advanced driver course? Sign up and you’ll receive a welcome pack and course manual from IAM RoadSmart, followed by an introduction to us as your local IAM RoadSmart group of volunteers. Our skilled experts, all Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) qualified, will take you through a number of observed drives in your own car.
Each session with your expert lasts a couple of hours and you’ll focus on specific skills to develop across a wide range of competencies, where you’ll need to demonstrate your newly acquired advanced driving skills such as, control, observation, timing, optimum road positioning, ability to deal with unpredictable roads and other road users’ behaviour. When you’re ready, you will be advised to take the advanced driving test.
The Advanced Driving Test lasts for about 90 minutes and usually covers between 30/40 miles along a variety of road types – including city and country driving, dual carriageways and motorways (if available).
During the test the Examiner will thoroughly assess your driving ability according to the different road conditions. While on the test you will negotiate hazards and situations, utilising the skills and techniques that have been developed while undergoing the advanced driving course. Your Examiner will be looking for confident, safe driving, using optimum road positioning and excellent observation, to safely deal with unpredictable roads.
The main criteria for passing the test is to display a consistent, solid driving/riding performance in all road situations, rather than excelling in one specific situation.
The Advanced Driving Test is not easy but is within the reach of all drivers and riders given the right guidance – with many applicants commenting on how much they enjoyed the drive or ride
For information on preparing for the IAM RoadSmart driving test, please click here.
As a member of IAM RoadSmart you are also entitled to a great range of especially negotiated benefits and exclusive offers to help you get the most from your driving or motorcycling, with the highlights being:
Insurance benefits: IAM Surety is a unique car insurance policy for our members. The scheme was voted the UK’s number 1 for value for money in the Auto Express Driver Power survey 2012. This survey also mentions that 93% of members will save if they switch from a rival.
You can either book a free taster drive with us using our booking facility, or join IAM RoadSmart as an Associate member where you will be referred back to us to start your Advanced Driver Course (for more information click here).
The above information is courtesy of IAM RoadSmart