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Institute of Advanced Motorists And Motorcyclists

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Our group strategy

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.

Our vision

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.

Delivering the vision

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.

Better linking with the public

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:-

Selling to the public

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:-

Delivering to the public

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

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:-

Monitoring Progress

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

2 Funding

3 Delivery

4 Membership

Gradually as the weeks have passed I have subconsciously adopted the techniques, which come from being an advanced driver. Some of these techniques I have to admit I have not enjoyed or seen the necessity in adopting, for instance the continual commentary which accompanies a drive. I have struggled with this technique as my Observer will testify and came home regularly to complain about it, but in this case I seem to be wrong. I now see the benefits of commentating, as it helps keep your concentration whilst driving, which is of course essential. It may take time as I am sure you all understand since it is a difficult technique to pick up and adopt easily, but I know it will be beneficial to my driving in the long term.

Another technique essential to being an advanced driver is the planned system of driving, which once understood and memorised becomes an automatic response in dealing with any hazard. This five point system: information, position, speed, gear and acceleration, when applied, come as close as possible to a fool proof system at avoiding hazards. However, yet again I admit this system of driving has not come as naturally or as quickly to me as I had hoped, but I know it is crucial and I will continue to persevere.”

Lucy


- Lucy
 
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