What is Advance Driving?

Let us Try to Explain?

You could say that Advanced Driving is the ability to make efficient and unobtrusive progress without affecting other road users. But what does that mean?
It starts with

  • ObservationsIf you don't see it, how can you deal with it?
  • Understand How is it going to affect you?
  • React Now deal with it.

How to deal with it?

  • Position: The car needs to be in the right position to give you the best possible view for any given situation.
  • Speed: Should be up to the speed limit, providing road and traffic conditions allow, and yet always be able to stop, on your own side of the road, in the distance you can see to be clear.
  • Gear: The correct gear to accelerate away from the hazard.

So Advanced Driving is doing nothing more than driving normally but at a consistently high standard. To quote the DSA, RoSPA, IAM all in 1997, "Advanced driving is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to progress unobtrusively with skill and responsibility. This 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 will always be at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely on its own side of the road in the distance that can be seen to be clear."

How can I do that?

We can help you. Having joined the group you will be allocated an advanced driving tutor who will go out with you in your own car. All our tutors are volunteers and will spend as much time as you want to achieve your driving ambitions. At the end of your training we would like you to take the Advanced Driving Test, it is not compulsory, but what a shame not to have something to show for all your effort. The test itself is arranged with RoSPA HQ and the examiner will be a serving or recently retired police traffic officer or instructor.

Advanced driver training can put the enjoyment back into driving, can de-stress the task of driving by being in full control; being able to anticipate problems avoids frustration. If you become frustrated or stressed then you are probably the one at risk of having an accident. The techniques correctly applied can reduce fuel consumption, wear and tear on the vehicle, in particular tyres. They work for all vehicles, cars, vans, trucks and buses and especially motor bikes.

All the techniques used are taken from Roadcraft: The Police Drivers Handbook. These same techniques are also used by paramedics, ambulance drivers and all emergency services, where the objective is firstly to arrive safely. They are no use to anyone if they have an accident on the way.