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
I initially became interested in Advanced Driving as I thought it would be a good achievement to have “under your belt”. I then heard that a friend had recently become an observer and it all spiralled from there. The first drive was slightly daunting and I had a lot to take. It also highlighted a few habits I had picked up that we would have to remedy.
After the initial drive it just got better and better along with the enjoyment and safety of my driving. I could basically see my driving style changing after each session with my Observer. It is after all quite exciting driving to the same system adopted by the Police. People need to understand that it’s not about driving slowly and going out for nice Sunday drives, it really can bring enjoyment to your driving and totally opens your eyes.
On the day of my test I was understandably nervous, but the tester, who I may add, was a pleasant down to earth chap put me at ease from the very beginning. I just applied all my newly found driving skills and incorporated them as per my usual sessions with my Observer. Understandably I was elated when I had found out I had past, a real achievement.
Since passing the test I have gone on to become an Observer myself and now have my own Associates. I have also enjoyed trips to Tulliallan Police College which has been a grand experience. I would advise any driver who enjoys there driving to take up the Skill for Life course as it will certainly increase your enjoyment and make you altogether a safer driver”. – Noel