Improve Your Driving Skills - What is advanced driving?
It is a safe, thoughtful and methodical way of driving. Advanced drivers are more observant and better at anticipating changes in the surrounding conditions. Because of this they are able to plan their driving to deal with any circumstances.
Advanced Driving is based upon the 'System of car control' as detailed in Roadcraft – The Police Drivers' Handbook. It is unlikely that anyone will gain a high grade without a good knowledge of the current editions of The Highway Code and Roadcraft.
"Advanced driving is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to progress unobtrusively with skill and responsibility. This skill requires a positive but courteous attitude and a high standard of driving competence based on concentration, effective all round observation, anticipation, and planning. This must be co-ordinated with good handling skills. The vehicle will always be at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely on its own side of the road in the distance that can be seen to be clear."
- DVSA, RoADAR, IAM, 1997
Benefits of Advanced Driving
- Reduce the risk of having a crash
- Advanced drivers have been proven less likely to be involved in a road traffic incident!
- Improved Fuel Consumption
- Advanced driving techniques teach you the most cost effective way to drive, to keep fuel consumption to a minimum!
- Less wear and tear to your vehicle
- By using the 'system of car control' techniques, your driving will be smoother, resulting in less wear and tear!
You have the choice of taking an Advanced Driving Test with either RoADAR, IAM or DIAmond. I can advise you on the differences between the tests as there are slight variations between the organisations. They all provide benefits for members who have passed their advanced tests, including possible insurance discounts.
Almost Free Training!!
Both RoADAR snd IAM have local groups of enthusiastic volunteers who act as observers and provide feedback and training preparation for their tests. You need to join the local group for a nominal fee and will have to pay for the test itself. Most groups take you out once or twice a month for free training sessions.
The volunteers will have received training but generally are not DVSA Approved Driving Instructors. Also, because the training is free other than group membership and test fees there is often a lengthy waiting list. If you prefer to start your training and pass your advanced driving test sooner you can arrange Advanced Driving Lessons with me. Prices are shown of the prices page. Please Contact Me for more information.
In case you're wondering, I have passed both IAM and RoADAR advanced driving tests, receiving a Gold grade for the RoADAR test (the highest grade possible).