Passing our Knowledge on to You

What is 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 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."- DSA, RoSPA, IAM, 1997

The Training

All our tutors have passed the RoSPA Advanced Test at a Silver or Gold level. They have had additional training to help prepare other members to pass the RoSPA Test. Each training session will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.

Car training is carried out in your vehicle so at no cost to the tutor. However Motorcycle Tutors ride behind Associates on training sessions so have the cost of providing a motorcycle for the training sessions; some Motorcycle Tutors may ask for a contribution of £15 per training session to cover their fuel costs.

The training we offer will help you to become a better, safer driver or rider and to work towards taking the RoSPA Advanced Driving or Riding Test. The test is based on the Police “System” and books “Roadcraft” and “Highway Code”. You will be guided to read these throughout your training.

When you and your Tutor agree you are ready to take the Advanced Test a mock test will be arranged with another Tutor. Assuming everything at this session goes well you will be ready for your initial RoSPA Advanced Test.

BETWEEN TRAINING SESSIONS.

Practice Makes Perfect! It is really important to practice what you have learnt in the each training session so that these new skills become instinctive.

It is also important that you are familiar with the books “Roadcraft” and the “Highway Code”. Please take time to read them thoroughly especially the chapters related to your training sessions. Your tutor may point you to further reading of interest.

The Advanced Test

This RoSPA Advanced Driving or Riding Test is one of the highest available to the general public. The result is given at 3 different levels: Bronze, Silver or Gold and has to be re-taken every three years.

Examiners are independent from the Group. They have all been trained to Police Advanced Driving standards. At the beginning of the test, the Examiner will try to put you at ease and check your eyesight, the required documents and will have worked out a route for you to follow covering a variety of different roads and traffic conditions. The test lasts just over an hour. At the end of the test you will be given feedback about your driving and the test result! A comprehensive report will be posted to you shortly after.

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