Back in 2000 DSA (now DVSA) of Great Britain agreed (with IAM, RoSPA, and DAM) the following definition of advanced driving:
“Advanced driving is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to make reasonable progress unobtrusively, with skill and responsibility. The 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 should always be at the right place on the road at the right time, travelling at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely in the distance that can be seen to be clear.”
The Institute of Advanced Motorists was formed in March 1956 with the primary objective of promoting road safety. It now has a total active membership of more than 100,000.
Since then other organisations have evolved including our sister business – Drivers Domain UK to help educate drivers and reduce their road risk.
Through the Advanced Driving Test, organisations such as IAM and RoSPA aim to raise driving standards by increasing the competence of drivers. It was determined in a Transport and Road Safety Laboratory Report published in December 1972 that Advanced motorists have between 50% to 70% lower accident rate. It should be emphasised that higher driving standards can reduce the likelihood of an accident, and this is the main and most significant benefit of an Advanced Driving Organisation.
A Little About Advanced Driving
Advanced Driving (or Defensive Driving) has many advantages, the main one of course being that it makes people better, safer drivers. Offshoot benefits of this include reduced motoring costs due to reducing car insurance premiums though keeping your No Claims Discount (or NCD), cheaper maintenance because as an Advanced Driver, your usage of the brakes, clutch, gears will be much more smooth and in Sync with the car, and the road.
For some people taking an Advanced Driving Course will speed you up, for others it will slow you down. It will teach you how to better assess risk and to determine what is and is not an appropriate speed for any given situation. Many people do not assess risks and hazards to a level sufficient to drive to a high standard. But the majority of people would still claim they are a “good driver”. Purely because of 10 years or more of No Claims Discount. Those same people are the ones who will probably drive at inappropriate speeds in 30’s, well below a speed that is safe, legal and appropriate in 60’s. Purely due to a lack of observation, skill and awareness of what is actually going on around them.
Many people drive at 40mph in 30’s. Most of the time, given traffic density and hazards the speed would be wholly inappropriate. Of course as an example, driving past a school at 30mph at 3.30pm the speed would also not be appropriate. In the same view, many people also drive at 40mph in a 60mph limit. In many instances the 60mph limit could well be very appropriate given visibility, weather and road conditions. But still many people stay at 40mph, holding others up when there is no need to.
Advanced Driving, when used properly will make you drive more Safely, in a Systematic manner much more Smoothly, at the right Speed. You should always be in the right gear, right position on the road at the right time. All this adds up to a much more enjoyable drive. Not boring, or slow, but quite often more swift, progressive and certainly more exhilarating than your average every day driver.
Our Advanced Driving Courses:
Our advanced driving courses are designed mainly for businesses, which want to lower the road risk of their drivers. We do also offer private, expert training to private individuals too. You can get a quote on our homepage or by visiting our sister site HERE