The Dumfries & Galloway Group of Advanced Motorists and Motorcyclists (called hereafter as the Dumfries Group) share the IAM’s Vision, which is to become more relevant to a higher proportion of road users and to become more influential in road safety matters. Obviously, one distinction between the Dumfries Group and the IAM is that in the case of the former, the Vision will be implemented at a local level. However, it is hoped that there will be synergy between both sets of initiatives.
The aim of the Dumfries IAM Group is to maintain or increase the number of Members.
The Dumfries Group also plans to maintain contact and work with other bodies in the Dumfries & Galloway area so that a local IAM view on road safety can be heard. The aim here will be to engage with bodies such as the Police, the Judiciary and the local Council.
The Dumfries Group believe there are 5 distinct elements to delivering the Vision. These are:-
Each of these elements is described in more detail below.
The emphasis here is in generating interest from, and engaging with the public in more creative ways than has been the case in the past. Examples here include:-
Having generated the interest the next phase is how to present and sell the Skill for Life package to the individual so that they enrol as Associates. This involves presentation, packaging and sales techniques. A number of examples are outlined below:-
Having captured the public interest and secured the Associates we need to keep our side of the bargain and coach the Associate to Test standard within the average time of around 6 weeks. The following actions are proposed as examples of how this can be achieved.
Strategic Priorities are factors which need to be in place in order to allow the Vision to be successful. They facilitate the progress towards achieving the Vision. A number of these factors are shown below:-
This element follows from the Plan-Do-Review model and is included as a means of monitoring the rate of progress towards achieving the Vision. If problems are identified then action can be taken at an early stage to allow alternative solutions to be followed. Some of the actions or goals, which will act as targets for 2005-2006, and which will be subject to monitoring by the committee, are as follows:-
Most of these actions were completed by June 2006 and in order to continue to set targets year on year the Group Committee have set the following direction for the focus of activities during 2006-2007 and beyond. Progress in meeting these actions will be reviewed by the Group Committee at regular intervals.
1 Continuing to raise our profile and public awareness
Well I have always been interested in driving and eventually passed my test in 2007. I looked into doing pass plus but it just didn’t seem very good. When I heard about IAM I jumped at the chance. Naturally once it came nearer to the time of my first drive, I started getting a little worried ……… silly me because it was really interesting.
The good thing about only driving for a year is that I didn’t really have a chance to build up bad habits. I guess like a lot of younger drivers though you do start to think well I’ve passed my test so I must be pretty good at this driving malarky. After a few drives, it became clear that I had a lot to learn and my observer did an excellent job of setting the pace.
One thing I did notice that kept creeping up was my driving was just far too hurried. Gear changes and clutch control were an absolute nightmare and now with a little tlc my car loves me for not being quite so brutal. Smooth and fluid have replaced jerky and rushed. Another thing to note is that with practise and a little time my reversing is so much more confident that I can do it all the time. Fantastic.
In a nutshell the IAM got me more interested in driving. It has shown me how to be a better and safer driver. I also have more knowledge about the world of driving which i can retain for the future. The people that give up their time for this are brilliant and want to make a difference. I can but try and do the same. You would be mad to pass this kind of opportunity up.
IAM I salute you! – Richard