The aims and objectives of the Institute of Advanced Motorists are very simple:
We try to match these aims and objectives by working in the following ways:
IAM RoadSmart is not owned or financially dependent on any commercial organisations that might have a vested interest in a narrow aspect of road safety. Financial support is provided by our 100,000+ strong UK (and beyond) membership.
These members, having passed our advanced driving or riding test, contribute a small annual membership fee. This allows us to be fully independent in both our thinking and our work. The support we have from our members, who take an active interest in their own driving and riding standards, provides us with invaluable insight and a vast resource of practical knowledge related to road safety.
Our staff have a comprehensive background in road safety, strengthened by the in-depth knowledge of our Trustees which covers the emergency services and other additional areas vital to road safety.
IAM RoadSmart is widely respected throughout the road safety industry due to our expertise and experience. As such, we are regularly asked to consult and advise all the major players, including the Government, on all aspects of road safety.
It was first developed in 1956 (the Advanced Riding Test followed in 1976). Since then the test has been developed and refined to reflect the ever-changing face of the UKs roads.
Over 200 local IAM RoadSmart affiliated groups throughout the UK (all are charitable organisations in their own right) provide support for people wanting to prepare for, and pass, the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Test. This is unparalleled throughout the UK. The support of these groups means that the Advanced Test is available and achievable by everyone who has an interest in improving their driving or riding skills.
DVSA quality assures our Advanced Driving Test.