I would like to improve my driving skills can Derby Advanced Motorists help me?
Yes, of course! Any qualified driver who wants to improve their driving skills is an ideal candidate for RoadSmart, our Advanced Driving Course.
I am a disabled driver. Can I become an advanced driver?
There is absolutely no reason why you should not achieve our highest driving test awards. We welcome qualified drivers with any disability who enjoy a challenge! If you drive an adapted car, that’s just fine.
I’ve just passed my driving test; can I join the Derby Group of Advanced Motorists?
Yes, you can, but the group would prefer you to have a few months experience of driving on your own and clocking up a reasonable number of road miles before joining. The RoadSmart course is a great way to develop your driving skills and gain confidence.
How much will the course cost?
At the moment the RoadSmart driving course costs £149 all in and it is very good value for money!
You will get the RoadSmart course manual, a current copy of the Highway Code, a copy of Know Your Traffic Signs, sessions with our advanced drivers who will give advice on how to improve your driving skills, the cost of the Advanced Driving Test itself and a year’s membership of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and Derby Advanced Motorists Group.
In addition, you will have access to competitive insurance from IAM Surety, a year’s subscription to the members’ magazine Advanced Driving, the Derby Group newsletter and any activities we may organise.
Will I drive a dual controlled car with an instructor?
No, you will drive your own car but it must be taxed, insured for you to drive and, if applicable, have a current MOT certificate. You must hold a full driving license for the class of vehicle. You will drive with a qualified advanced driver, who will observe the way you drive and offer suggestions and tips for improvement. The observer will not attempt to operate any controls or make any driving decisions for you.
How long will it take me to achieve the advanced driving test standard?
This much depends on you! If you are an experienced, confident driver with few bad driving habits, then you should be test ready fairly quickly. For some drivers it takes a little longer. Derby Advanced Motorists cannot guarantee everyone will reach the required standard but if you take on board the advice given and are able to put it into practice, then three to six months should see the job done! Be aware that there are no additional fees for the first year no matter how many sessions you want to take.
What does the Advanced Driving Test involve?
To become one of the most skilled drivers on the road is quite an achievement. The test takes around 60 to 90 minutes, covering a number of different routes and scenarios, including country roads and, if possible, motorway driving. To pass, you will demonstrate your awareness of other road users and how to adapt to different conditions and hazards showing such skills as optimum road positioning and an ability to deal with situations as they occur.
How do I join?
The national group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists:
Call: 0300 303 1134
To find out more about the Derby Group of Advanced Motorists please contact:
The Group Secretary: John Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or phone 01773 824822
or you can drop by at our next Sunday run. We’d love to meet you!
Derby Advanced Motorists is a Registered Charity – Number 1057462