The following are testimonials given to us over the years from Associates who had joined and passed their IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driving Assessment with us and reflects our experience in meeting our aims and goals as a Road Safety organisation.
I took my first IAM Advanced Driving test about 15 years ago because I was a nervous driver. It terrified me that every day I was driving to work knowing that my life w as in the hands of other drivers and that at any point one of them could become distracted at the wheel and just plough into me – or that was how I saw it.
I decided to take the IAM test because, at the grand age of 34, I had taken my career as far as I could. I considered a career change, but I loved my job too much to leave. So, to satisfy my need for progression, I decided to better my driving and obtain a shiny new qualification. I have always been proud of my driving- so why not?
Delighted with the achievement of my Advanced Motorist status, and with the words of my observer “you can now say with confidence that you are one of the safest drivers on the road” reinforcing my feel-good factor, I reflected on why I had decided to give myself this challenge and what I had got out of it.
I decided to do the IAM Advanced Driving course with Cornwall Advanced Drivers a year or so after losing my husband. I had always had my own car but a while back we reduced to one between us and although we shared driving on long journeys, my husband liked to do the everyday shorter trips. After his death I felt a bit rusty from not having driven so regularly, but I also lost confidence generally and needed to rebuild my life as a single person.
Undertaking an advanced driving course was something that I never thought I would ever have considered. I thought myself to be a safe driver, had been driving for over 30 years and never had an accident. It was my husband however that thought it would make a good Christmas present.
I would definitely recommend anyone, of any age, to take the IAM Advanced Driving Course. My husband completed it a couple of years ago, and enjoyed it so much that he gave me a voucher for the course as a Christmas present. I wasn’t sure of his motives, but as he often falls asleep when I’m driving I don’t think he felt I was a really bad driver who desperately needed to improve.
Many thanks to Cornwall Advanced Drivers and the many of you who have acted as my Observer over the very difficult and protracted stop and start training caused by the Covid pandemic. I thoroughly enjoyed the drive with my IAM Examiner who went out of his way to make it an enjoyable and fair assessment.
I would recommend the IAM Advanced Driving Course to anyone! I was encouraged to take it after I passed my driving test and now at 19 I can say that I’m a safer driver than most people I know! The test has given me such a boost of confidence in my capabilities and reassured me that I can travel around safely.