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21/11/2012 at 6:44 PM #9928
Recognising that the majority of accidents are caused by driver error, the IAM introduced the Advanced Driving Test in 1956 with the specific objective of significantly improving driving standards. By 1976 the number of motorcyclists in the UK had risen dramatically, so the IAM launched the Advanced Motorcycling Test to cater for those road users too.
The tests use the principles of advanced driving, pioneered and applied with great success by the Metropolitan Police, and are accredited by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). All tests are taken by IAM Examiners who hold a Police Advanced Driving Certificate and have extensive experience working with Police Services throughout the UK.
The tests are not exclusively about safety, but to encourage the driver or rider to feel more confident on the road and to get greater enjoyment from the experience.
To date, over 400,000 people have taken the IAM Advanced Test with an average pass rate of around 75%.
About the test
The Advanced Riding Test lasts for about 90 minutes and usually covers between 30/40 miles along a variety of road types – including city and country driving, dual carriageways and motorways (if available).
During the test the Examiner will thoroughly assess your driving ability according to the different road conditions. While on the test you will negotiate hazards and situations, utilising the skills and techniques that have been developed while undergoing an advanced riding course. Your Examiner will be looking for confident, safe driving, using optimum road positioning and excellent observation, to safely deal with unpredictable roads.
The main criteria for passing the test is to display a consistent, solid driving/riding performance in all road situations, rather than excelling in one specific situation.
The Advanced Driving Test is not easy but is within the reach of all drivers and riders given the right guidance – with many applicants commenting on how much they enjoyed the drive or ride. The IAM Advanced Riding Test costs £95, which includes a year’s membership of the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). Membership of your local IAM Group is extra.
If you are interested in learning more about Advanced Riding, or preparing for the IAM test, send me a PM.
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