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Oot an' Aboot

One of our stated aims is to make driving more enjoyable. Here we have put together a series of sheets suggesting interesting places to visit or providing background information about features you may spot or pass when you're on the road.  They are equally applicable for motorists or motorcyclists. Click on the blue links to take a look.

     06 At Pennan (2) In the photo above, some of our members take a break in Pennan en-route during a most enjoyable ride-out day titled Kenny's Mystery Tour.  The outing took in quite a few of the places mentioned in Buchan Boorach, Eye Spy - Lighthouses and Eye Spy Movie locations (see below).

If you're getting fed up with the miserable wet and cold weather, why not take a peek at this road trip in the Pyrenees and Pico mountains, where our chairman, Joff Christie, and another of the Committee members, Kenny Hair, experienced some stunning routes and scorching sunshine.

        Pyrenees Trip 

If you don't have the time to make it to Spain, here are some trips closer to home. 

Drives with a particular theme

- Why not take a drive / ride on roads with some stunning scenery between Aboyne and Tyndrum:

        Joffs Jaunt to Tyndrum

- Here is a collection of places to visit in the Buchan area:

         A Buchan Boorach 

- However, if you really want to immerse yourself in the local culture, fit wye nae yase th' Doric ane:

        Buchan Bourachie

- For a drive to Glen Esk and Montrose :

         Hidden Gems Drive

- Remember the mint with the hole? Now put a ring round Mintlaw to find circles

         Circles around Mintlaw

- Typical journey times between AWPR junctions now that it is fully open:

         AWPR Journey times updated

- Love them or loathe them, you'll see many of them from the A90

         Wind Turbines

- Travelling between Stonehaven and Inverness?  Did you know you're following in the steps of the Roman legions on campaigns to conquer the Picts?

         On the March with the Romans

- For a drive in Strathspey:

          The Whisky Train

 

EYE - SPY

    Using mirror

We're sure you remember i-Spy books and keeping kids amused by playing I-spy on a long trip.  Here we've put  together our version (EYE -SPY) as a bit of fun when you're driving out and about in North East Scotland, maybe with your kids.

To follow in the footsteps of famous film folk in Aberdeenshire

        EYE-SPY Movie Locations 

- 6 bridges crossing the River Dee:

         EYE-SPY River Dee Bridges 

- 6 bridges crossing the River Don:

          EYE-SPY River Don Bridges 

- To view stone circles or Pictish stones in and around Inverurie:

         EYE-SPY Gordon Stones

- Beacons, more than 150 years old, all designed by the same famous family:

         EYE-SPY Lighthouses

- 6 ruined towers more than 400 years old with strong links to the Jacobites

         EYE-SPY Ruined Towers

Please keep your eyes open for the next single sheet in our EYE-SPY series

Mallaig wide

We hope you enjoy our "Oot an' Aboot" features.

UptoSpeed

Regular readers of the Aberdeen Advanced Motorists web pages will know that we are continually refreshing the content.  To keep our readers up to speed, here is a list of the new features and changes, which we have made this month:

  • Oot an'Aboot       - Pyrenees Road trip 
  • Events                - Observer's meeting added
  • News Go Safely   - Winter Tyres bulletin republished 

and in October 2019 

  •  Our Observers     - Update with new bike Observer
  •          "                -  Expectations document link added
  •  News                  - Special bulletin #4 road closures 


Higher education begins as you leave: tips from IAM RoadSmart

This week’s tips give advice to students packing their bags for the big drive or ride to university. For many this trip will be the furthest they have driven, and in an area they are not yet familiar with. 

Back to school: tips from IAM RoadSmart

The summer holidays have come to a close and for some parents not a moment too soon.  Order and normality will resume along with the dreaded school run which starts again for another year. This week’s tips offers advice to drivers and riders on how to survive the term time road rush from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

The swings and roundabouts of life: driving advice from IAM RoadSmart

Roundabouts sometimes send even the most experienced drivers into a panic. But never fear: IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving standards Richard Gladman is here to help you out.

 

Riding in the right gear: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Many riders take to roads without realising they are putting themselves in danger, wearing the incorrect clothing. This week’s tips offers advice on clothing to all riders from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Leave sooner, drive slower and live longer: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Many new drivers will take to the road this summer after successfully passing their driving tests. You may have some hiccups along the way and not know how best to cope. Statistics show that the first six months of solo driving are when you are most at risk. This week’s tips give advice to new drivers from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Leave a positive vision behind: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Over time our eyesight deteriorates and previously strong vision can become poor. If eyesight problems are left unaddressed they can often lead to poor reaction times to unexpected hazards or the behaviour of other road users. This week’s tips give advice on eyesight. When riding and driving from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Buying a used car: tips from IAM RoadSmart

You may be a first time car buyer or just in the need for a new ride. This week’s tips offer advice on buying a used car from IAM RoadSmart’s head of technical policy and advice, Tim Shallcross.

Where kids are number one: tips from IAM RoadSmart

The summer holidays are here and many families will be packing for success as they set off to enjoy and travel. This week’s tips give advice on driving with children from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Keep calm while driving and riding: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Summer is here in all its glory and with its arrival also comes the arrival of pressure cooker driving conditions. Many drivers will be taking to the road stressed by holiday deadlines, long traffic queues, overheated cars and hot tempered drivers. This week’s tips give advice on dealing with road rage for riders and drivers from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Half the wheels, twice the fun: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Summer is here and many of us will be taking to the streets and country roads with our bicycles to make the most of the sunshine. This week’s tips give advice on sharing the road with cyclists from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Is parking the bigger picture? Tips from IAM RoadSmart

Many of us can find parking and looking for the right spot quite challenging but sometimes we also forget about checking our surroundings when we leave the car.  A few simple checks can avoid costly and irritating car park mistakes and make your trip a lot less stressful. This week’s tips give advice on parking from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Drive out and rave on: tips from IAM RoadSmart

It’s that time of the year to bring out your wellies, rain capes and lose yourself in the music because the summer festival season is here. This week’s tips give advice on riding and driving to and from festivals from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

If you don’t ride you don’t know: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Finding the time to take a trip abroad can be a challenge but many of us look forward to it. It can be a huge task for especially for motorcycle users abroad. This week’s tips give advice on riding abroad from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

For the journey - tips from IAM RoadSmart

Going away during the summer is something that many look forward to. Prevention is better than cure and if you are taking your own vehicle abroad it is a great idea to be prepared for the unexpected events that can occur when on the road. This week’s tips give advice on driving abroad from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Hold your horses: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Horses are powerful animals and have extremely heightened senses. They are ‘flight’ animals, so many revert to their natural instincts at any time. The outcome of this can be extremely challenging for the rider and other road users. There have been 2,570 road incidents reported to the British Horse Society in the last six years. Some 38 riders have been killed and 222 horses have died as a result of their injuries. Of these incidents 80% are because vehicle passed too fast or too close to the horse. This week’s tips give advice on riding and driving around horses from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Above the influence: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Illegal substances can affect drivers in several ways, making them unfit for the road. But it is not only illegal drugs that we should be wary of. Prescribed or over the counter drugs can have similar negative affect’s on motorists too and driving while impaired by medication could see you banned from using the road. This week’s tips give advice on riding and driving with prescribed medication, from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.

You booze, you cruise, you lose: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Drunk motorists cause thousands of accidents on UK roads every year. Some 1,380 people were killed or seriously injured when at least one driver was over the limit. This represents a statistically significant rise from 1,310 in 2014. A lot of people may be surprised to learn that accidents occur the most over the summer period. This week’s tips give advice on drink driving, from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.

Using a Sat Nav: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Satellite navigation systems (sat navs) are a must have these days but many road users fail to use this travel companion in the correct or safe manner. In a recent simulator study looking at a variety of distractions, programming a sat nav had the biggest negative impact on driving standards. This week’s tips give advice on riding and driving with a sat navs, from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.

Driving with hay fever: tips from IAM RoadSmart

A sneeze or sniffle has a way of creeping up on you, especially when you least expect it.  Hay fever seems to affect many of us. This week’s tips give advice on riding and driving with hay fever, from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.

2018 Test Passes

Posted on 29/11/18 |
Many congratulations to the following people who joined our Group of Full Members in 2018 after passing their Advanced Driving or Riding Test.

Motorcyclists: 
    Brian Innes
    Dale Walker    
    Graeme Morrice    
    Graham Orr           (F1RST)
    John McAdoo    
    Kirstie Murray        (F1RST)
    Raymond Lawson
    Tony Ash               (F1RST)

Motorists:
    Brenda Armstrong-Haines    
    Charley Nichol        (F1RST)     
    Christian Franklin
    David Marschall
    Douglas London      (F1RST)
    John Goldsworthy
    Kenneth London     (F1RST)
    Kevin Leiper           (F1RST)
    Neil Taylor
    Rachael Armstrong-Haines
    Rosemary Anthony

Furthermore, some of our Observer team achieved IMI National Observer status in 2018 and our warmest congratulations extend to them also:

National Observers:
    Chris Noble
    Karen Kirkwood
    Loren Kelly
    Neil Warden 

Finally, congratulations to Gary Macalister and Neil Warden who both qualified as Local Observer Assessors in 2018.