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
A number of reasons led to me signing up to the course. I think anyone would be crazy to rest on their laurels and say they know everything. I also hadn’t driven solidly while I was at university and found that I was not as confident in a vehicle as I should, or would like to, have been. My thoughts were “nothing ventured nothing gained”. The absolute worst that could happen would be I came out with a few new skills. Seemed like a ‘no-brainer’.
At the beginning I thought it may turn out to be a bit of a waste and that ‘oh well I’d just get my certificate and everybody would be happy’. I had the impression that the course would simply iron out bad habits such as crossing hands rather than teaching anything.
My first observed drive was obviously quite nerve-racking. No commentary necessary and no major talking from Charles made me fairly comfortable and confident thinking I was sailing through. Until we came to a stop and Charles started going through my drive with a fine tooth comb. What a shambles!
I soon realised I had a lot of work to do. The one thing with driving is it becomes second nature and we start becoming blasé about the decisions we make, changing gear, clutch etc. So now when you have to change the way you’ve been subconsciously functioning it becomes so difficult and almost unnatural. This is coming from me who is still a relative youngster so I can’t even imagine what it would be like for an older person.
Eventually things did start to kick into place, this System teaches you that the more prepared you are, the more information you can take in advance, the better you will deal with the actual event and similar events to follow.
I absolutely would recommend this course to anyone and actually everyone. It does give you that little extra bit of confidence. Not many people admit or believe they are a bad driver, but if the only thing they could improve was their observation skills they would soon identify more hazards including the risks other people take, and this in turn would lead to they themselves starting to drive in a very different way.” – Lawrence