This course became the basis of the preparation for the IAM test in 2004 and is very successful. Here's what the IAM says about it:
"Driver or rider error causes the vast majority of road accidents. Carelessness and negligence on the road costs lives. The IAM aims to reduce avoidable accidents by improving the awareness and skills of road users.
We promote advanced driving as a way of developing driving skills and fixing mistakes. Based on police driver training, the course teaches five phases of safe car control; information, position, speed, gear and acceleration.
While aiming to reduce accidents and casualties, the advanced test is not exclusively about safety. It also encourages the driver to feel more confident on the road, to make better progress, and to get greater enjoyment from the experience. The IAM relies heavily on its 5,000 volunteers who coach drivers through the advanced driving course.
The Skill for Life course includes:
The IAM commissioned an independent evaluation by road safety researchers into the effectiveness of the Skill for Life course. You can read the full report by Hopkin and Sykes here.
The IAM's Skill for Life package costs £149. It may sound a lot, but regard it as a lifetime investment in your driving skills. It's a small amount when you compare it to the annual cost of running your car.
In a word, yes. Some insurance companies give a discount to drivers who have passed the Advanced Test. You are also more likely to build up a no-claims bonus using the advanced driving techniques we show you. Your car will return better mpg when you use a smoother driving technique and your brakes and tyres will last longer.
It's always worth asking your existing insurer but the IAM recommends IAM Surety Insurance, offered exclusively to IAM members aged 19 or over via Adelaide Insurance. Click here for details on the IAM website.
New Associate Members are always welcome. Make your way to the car park near Aldi and Iceland in the centre of Warrington at about 10am on a Sunday morning and look for us opposite Iceland. Come in and introduce yourself to one of the Associate Coordinators there. We can explain to you in detail how the Skill for Life scheme works. You don't have to commit yourself there and then - you can just have a trial run to see what it's all about and see if it's for you. We can take payment by cheque, credit/debit card or in cash.
You can also join via the IAM Head office in London, either by calling 0300 303 1134 or on their website at www.iamroadsmart.com.
Your Associate pack includes a test application form. We will tell you when we consider you are ready for test. When you are filling it in, please remember to include our Group Number (5075) so that your test pass can be correctly attributed to our group. When Head Office receive your test application, they will allocate it to one of the examiners in our area and he will contact you directly in order to arrange a mutually convenient date and time.
Please tell us when your test date is arranged so that we can make sure you are well prepared. And don't forget to tell us the result - the examiner isn't allowed to.
If you've mislaid the form, there's an online version on the IAM website which you can use instead. Please note that you will have to login first. Your username is your membership number prefixed by a lower-case 'm'. Your initial password is your surname (all in lower case), but you can change the password later if you wish.
We have a selection of DVDs and VHS videos on motoring topics available for free loan, including the excellent Roadcraft. If you'd like to borrow one, please see Carlo Marrow. Carlo is at the car park most Sundays or can be contacted on 07882 425811. We do ask for a returnable £10 deposit on the Roadcraft DVD.
IAM members and associates can access the Members' Area on the IAM website (click here), where you can update your details or renew your membership. To log in for the first time, enter your IAM membership number as the username and your surname as the password. You can change the password once you have logged in, if you wish.