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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.
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.
If you don't have the time to make it to Spain, here are some trips closer to home.
- Why not take a drive / ride on roads with some stunning scenery between Aboyne and Tyndrum:
- Here is a collection of places to visit in the Buchan area:
- However, if you really want to immerse yourself in the local culture, fit wye nae yase th' Doric ane:
- For a drive to Glen Esk and Montrose :
- Remember the mint with the hole? Now put a ring round Mintlaw to find circles
- Typical journey times between AWPR junctions now that it is fully open:
- Love them or loathe them, you'll see many of them from the A90
- Travelling between Stonehaven and Inverness? Did you know you're following in the steps of the Roman legions on campaigns to conquer the Picts?
- For a drive in Strathspey:
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
- 6 bridges crossing the River Don:
- To view stone circles or Pictish stones in and around Inverurie:
- Beacons, more than 150 years old, all designed by the same famous family:
- 6 ruined towers more than 400 years old with strong links to the Jacobites
Please keep your eyes open for the next single sheet in our EYE-SPY series
We hope you enjoy our "Oot an' Aboot" features.
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:
and in October 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Graham Orr (F1RST)
Kirstie Murray (F1RST)
Tony Ash (F1RST)
Charley Nichol (F1RST)
Douglas London (F1RST)
Kenneth London (F1RST)
Kevin Leiper (F1RST)
Furthermore, some of our Observer team achieved IMI National Observer status in 2018 and our warmest congratulations extend to them also:
Finally, congratulations to Gary Macalister and Neil Warden who both qualified as Local Observer Assessors in 2018.