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Advanced Driving

For those of you that have passed the ?L? test or perhaps stuck for a gift for a family member, we are able to offer training sessions in advanced driver development.  This might be just to correct an old habit, bring your skills up to date or test your driving with an advanced test.  The choice is yours. 

What is advanced driving?

It is a safe, thoughtful and methodical way of driving.  Advanced drivers are more observant and better at anticipating changes in the surrounding conditions.  Because of this they are able to plan their driving to deal with any circumstances. 

Why should you be interested?

We are often asked by people why they should be interested in advanced driving.  Here are some of the reasons which we think make it worthwhile:

What makes a better driver?

By looking carefully, analysing accurately what they see advanced drivers have learnt to anticipate and plan so as to be able to manage situations safely.  The best drivers do this by driving systematically. 

There are only two things you can change while driving a vehicle by operating the controls: you can change its direction and its speed.  It is as simple as that. 

In becoming a better driver you learn the overriding importance of safety, both of yourself and others.  You learn how to drive more safely by learning more skill in how, why and when to change your direction and your speed. 

Many drivers drive badly because their errors usually cause no ill effects, thus their errors are reinforced.  The average driver does not associate crashes with careless and thoughtless driving.  But poor planning promotes poor performance. 

Advanced drivers aim positively to cut down their risks of being involved in someone else?s crash while minimising risks from their own driving.  At best a crash is inconvenient but at worst it will result in serious injury or death. 

So advanced driving is achieved by driving to a system which is simple, efficient, effective, always applicable and gives those precious gifts of space and time in which to deal with hazards.  The advanced driver is never taken by surprise.  The word ?suddenly? does not appear in the driving vocabulary nor should we have to ?react? but instead ?act? upon what might happen.. 
With all this in place the advanced driver will be able to make unobtrusive, planned progress consistent with safety and the law. 

Why take the test? - Why should you be interested?

Traffic accidents account for almost half of all accidental deaths in Britain and are the largest single cause of death and injury to young adults. 

Most drivers think they are both safer and more skilful than the average driver, yet in 95% of accidents human error, mainly unsafe driving practices, is the major cause. 

You realise that driving conditions change and are becoming more difficult.  In order to keep pace with this you need to review, adapt and update your driving skills. 

Enjoying your driving

You should consider taking the test for all sorts of solid reasons:

Improved driving skills will not only make you safer, but you'll also find you get a lot more enjoyment out of your car. 

Passing the RoSPA Advanced Drivers or IAM test will prove that you are a driver of the highest standard.

Do you have the ability?

Absolutely any qualified driver could become an advanced driver, given instruction and some practice.  You will need to know and follow the guidance in the current issues of the Highway Code and Roadcraft. 

However, you will be unwise to apply for the advanced test unless you have had some additional training.  We have a local trainers that are among the highest Advanced Drivers and are experienced tutors willing to offer you, advice, support and driving assessments to prepare you for your driving career and the test. 
The Advanced Driving Test is based on the Police and Roadcraft System of Car Control.  What is expected on test is laid down by the principles set down in the Roadcraft Handbook, IAM's manual ?How to be an Advanced Driver? and the Highway Code.  (these are available separately from our e-Shop, or from your trainer). 

The content of both the IAM?s manual and Roadcraft is very broad and as a guideline your drive should be based on these main headings relating to Advanced Driving:


Safetyalways overrides any other aspects of driving.  Advanced driving is about improving driver safety and education.  Even where optimum progress may be desirable, position and speed must always be put aside and sacrificed for safety.  Examiners have a policy of, "If you put the car in danger, you fail".  Safety for you, your, passengers, your family and other road users is the most important aspect for any road user to achieve. 


Advanced drivers use a way of driving called "The System" which is derived from the Police "Roadcraft" system of car control.  The System of Car Control is a way of driving that allows the driver to approach all situations and negotiate all hazards in a methodical and flexible way that leaves nothing to luck or chance, therefore it will be safe.  The driver throughout their guidance will be shown and guided using the System of Car Control.  Using this system allows them to use all their skills to deal with any environment or situation, in enough time to decide on the best position, speed and gear of the vehicle to negotiate hazards safely. 


If the driver uses the System of Car Control efficiently then their handling skills can be properly co-ordinated, along with observation.  The drive should also be smooth, as well as safe and systematic.  Every move the driver makes should be in good time, allowing them to make best use their skills.  The vehicle should be stable with little bounce or roll on the road and any passengers should be comfortable in the vehicle and have the utmost confidence in the driver's ability.  Nothing the driver does should look or feel rushed or hurried, resulting in an economical use of fuel as well. 


Frequently incorrectly translated to mean Speed, this is the ability to make good progress when safe to do so and is an important skill that an advanced driver should possess.  Remember , SAFETY should NEVER be compromised, even though progress may be used to give a brisk drive, it may only be used when safe and appropriate to do so.  Any excessive speed above the statutory speed limit, or the use of speed inappropriate for the circumstances regardless of any limit is dangerous and unacceptable.  It must be remembered that speed limits are exactly that.  Limits - not targets.  Advanced drivers use their skill and awareness to decide when they should impose their own restraints, below the statutory speed limits depending on the circumstances. 


The ability to recognise when to holdback from particular hazards to ensure the safety and reassurance of passengers and other road users, or to avoid causing others concern, even if this concern may be unjustified.  Advanced drivers learn this skill through practice improving their ability to foresee the outcome of potential danger. 

What the Examiner looks for

The Examiner is looking at the whole drive.  Examiners do not search for faults alone; they are trained to search for positive aspects as well as negative.  The examiner will be honest and forthright regarding your overall ability and looks for the confident application and competence in all aspects of the drive.  If all the above criteria are met, the drive should exhibit the qualities of a safe, systematic, smooth, progressive, and balanced drive.  The driver ensures that the vehicle is always in the right place on the road, travelling at the right speed, in the right gear for the speed, and they can always stop the vehicle safely in the distance that can be seen to be clear. 

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