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2017 Test Passes

Posted on 17/10/17 |
We wish to acknowledge and congratulate those who were successful in 2017 in passing their advanced Driving Test with our group.

On the bikes:

Dave Barwick
Chris Noble 
George Haining 
Hazel Brockie

And in the cars:
Chengyuan Sun 
Dean Bowie
Cameron Black
Amy Booth
John Laing
John Lord
David Morris

We caught up with some of the guys:

Dave Barwick, how was your experience with the IAM/ local group/ observer/ examiner?
First class. My observer, Jonathan Christie was knowledgeable, informative, sociable and a great mentor. Jonathan to me is a role model for an IAM observer who gives up his time freely. Equally, Neil Warden who signed me off for ready to test, a great group leader
What motivated you to do the course?
Several reasons;
1. I want to be a safer and more competent rider. I was already an IAM  driver of 25 years and wanted to apply the techniques to bikes
2. I’m the Operations Coordinator for North East Rider Volunteers (NERVS) a Blood Bikes Scottish charity based in Grampian. Being a member group of The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, having an advancing riding qualification is required
3. I do at least one foreign trip on my bike each year (I’ve just returned from Malta) so using the IAM learning could save my life in an unfamiliar riding environment 
Would you recommend the course / local group to friends?
Yes, absolutely. I’ve asked to go on a do my observer qualification as I’d like to set up a strong bond between IAM Aberdeen and NERVs
What you got out of the course?
There were parts of the course I struggled with such as the balance between making proper progress and adequate observation . I’d like to pass on some of the learning to others as it has changed my approach and riding technique.
 

John Lord how was your experience with the IAM/ local group/ observer/ examiner?
I was fortunate to have a very experienced observer who  understood the physics relating to car movements and could translate that into what you should do to cope with different road conditions.     He also recommended videos that reinforced and facilitated learning new skills. My examiner was similarly very experienced,  very polite, put me at ease and very thorough. 
What motivated you to do the course?
I am now driving more than ever and wished to improve my chances of anticipating situations. It was also to pass on any knowledge I could gain to other members of my family who did not have the time to do the same level of training.
Would you recommend the course / local group to friends?
highly recommend and have done so already.
What you got out of the course?
learning a new skill, being able to drive more  safely and enjoyably particularly in countryside and saving time doing so.