Make 2014 the year you become a better driver or rider...
Whether you're a driving / riding enthusiast, someone who enjoys a challenge, or just aware that you have room to improve, if you want to fulfil your potential on the road IAM's Advanced courses could be for you.
The course delivers advanced driving / riding stemming from the police’s Roadcraft manual, helping you to improve your skills, anticipation, and enjoyment.
The course is based on a series of observed drives or rides, leading to the advanced test. The test is quality assured by the DSA (Driving Standards Agency).
Once you've booked a course, you'll be assigned to one of our 200+ local groups around the country. You'll be paired with an observer from your group, who will accompany you on drives / rides and advise you on how to improve your skills to the advanced test standards.
The test lasts for about 90 mins and usually covers 30 - 40 miles along a variety of road types. During the test the examiner will thoroughly assess your driving / riding ability according to the different road conditions. You'll negotiate various hazards and situations, utilising the skills and techniques that have been developed on the course.
What benefits will I get?
The main benefit of taking the course is becoming a safer road user - providing you with the skills, experience and understanding to quickly adapt to a range of situations.
The statistics speak for themselves. We asked 2500 drivers* who passed the Advanced Driving Test what benefit they’d seen. They told us that taking the Skill for Life course:
- Improved their driving (99%)
- Gave them greater awareness of other road users (90%)
- Helped them avoid a crash (66%).
We also asked 3, 338 riders** what they thought of the Advanced Riding test:
- Find riding more enjoyable (97%)
- Avoided a specific accident or incident (61%)
- Experienced the benefits of the programme (99%).
Passing the test also makes you a member of the IAM, which has a number of benefits - including a year's free RAC Roadside & Recovery assistance*** (worth £106 RRP), a year's subscription to our award-winning Advanced Driving magazine, and access to exclusive discounts.
Once you've passed the test you can also get a quote from our affiliated insurer, IAM Surety. IAM Surety are able to beat other quotations 93% of the time and over 30,000 IAM members benefit from cheaper insurance.
* Jean Hopkins report 2012
** Transforming Riding: An Evaluation of Advanced Motorcycling. 2012
*** Single, personal based cover
How much does it cost?
Both the Advanced Driving and Riding courses cost £149. This includes as many observed drives / rides as you need to be prepared for the test, the cost of the final test, a copy of the How to be a better driver / rider handbook, and your first year's membership of the IAM.
Who are the IAM?
We are the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), the UK's leading independent road safety charity.
We exist to improve the standards of driving and riding on Britian's roads, and improve the standards of road safety across the country - primarily through delivery of the Advanced Driving test. We also deliver a range of other training and driving support, as well as informing and influencing government and key decision-makers.
We also have a commercial arm, IAM Drive & Survive, that delivers training and materials to help businesses meet their duty of care to employees. Profits generated from Drive & Survive are reinvested into our charitable operations.