How does an ‘Advanced Driver’ differ from an ‘Average’ driver’?
Advanced driving is a method of driving which should reduce your chances of having an accident.
So, what’s it all about? Most drivers pass their L-test when they are about 17 to 20 years old and are then entitled to drive for perhaps the next 60 years or so, without having to take another car driving test (unless they lose their licence) without having to re-train or be re-assessed at their driving skills. Driving a car involves dangers, so every driver takes on a huge responsibility whenever they get behind the wheel. How many other potentially dangerous skills do you know that, after the initial qualification, don’t require any on-going training or evaluation?
An ‘advanced driver’ will usually have received some post-learner qualification driving tuition and probably passed an advanced driving test. It’s about ensuring you’re always at the right speed, have the correct gear engaged and that you’re in the best position on the road and not at the wrong speed, in the wrong gear and in the wrong position on the road.
The ‘advanced driver’ is constantly searching for view and picking up the ‘potential danger clues’ ahead (and all round) using a constantly changing driving plan to stay out of danger – it’s called ‘reading-the-road’. This enables the driver to drive defensively using a logical ’system’, as taught to all Police and Emergency vehicle drivers, to deal safely with any hazard.
It’s about making good progress within relevant speed limits. This is called Progressive Driving and is certainly nothing to do with dawdling or slow driving.
Have a look at IAM Road Smart’s website on www.iamroadsmart.com for more details.
What are the benefits?
Since the Institute of Advanced Motorists was founded as a charity and created its internationally known advanced driving test over 60 years ago, well over 500,000 car drivers have passed it. Here are some of the benefits you may find after taking and passing IAM’s Advanced Driving Test provided, of course, you continue to drive to that standard:
- Your accident risk can be lessened by about 70%.
- Some Insurance companies reflect this lessened accident risk by offering special insurance terms.
- You should develop a pride, satisfaction, confidence and have more enjoyment from your driving.
- Your driving will probably become much smoother and less stressful.
- Your passengers should notice they feel more comfortable and relaxed whilst you are driving them.
- You will be one of the most skilled drivers on the road.
- Due to better observation and planning, you may find less wear and tear on your car and improved fuel consumption.
Have a look at IAM Road Smart’s website www.iamroadsmart.com for more details.
How can we help you?
Our primary role is to train drivers who have enrolled with IAM as ‘Associates’ to take their advanced driving test up to the required test standard. However, we also offer free ‘taster’ check drives to qualified car drivers with a short on-road driving standard appraisal. In addition, we have an active social side (often with speakers) for CAD members who have passed their advanced driving test and our ‘Associates’ who are undergoing training.
At Cornwall Advanced Drivers (CAD) we offer a range of driving-focussed options:
1.Free ‘Taster’ sessions. These comprise you taking one of our highly-trained Observers for a short drive of about an hour. This is then followed by a friendly de-brief by our Observer suggesting any areas where you might become an even safer driver.
2.Advanced driving courses. This course can only be booked by enrolling as an ‘Associate’ with IAM Road Smart (www.iamroadsmart.com). Currently (May 2018) the cost is just £149 which, because both IAM and CAD operate as charities, is a real bargain as it includes:
- One year’s membership of both IAM and CAD.
- Your on-road tuition with one of our Observers.
- Your advanced driving test fee and report.
- Our Associates nearly always find that buying a copy of the Highway Code and other advanced driving publications (such as those illustrated) are really beneficial.
- A welcome pack and a course manual.
3.‘Refresher’ drives for our CAD Members. Many of our Members who have passed their IAM test, want to check that their driving standards are kept up to scratch or may wish to re-take the IAM test to achieve our top award called a ‘First’. Current Members of Cornwall Advanced drivers are entitled to a free check drive annually with one of our Observers but subject to our Associate training workload.
4.‘Master’s’ IAM test training. The ‘Master’s’ test is IAM’s top driving standard award comprising about 60 miles driving with a senior IAM Examiner on roads unfamiliar to the candidate followed by a written question paper and includes appropriate and extended commentary driving. We can offer ‘Master’s’ test training for CAD Members provided they have already achieved a First grade IAM test pass and subject to our training workload. This often appeals to Observers who would like the challenge of achieving IAM’s highest award.