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Jamie Wood

Chairman and Motorcycle Observer

Car and Motorcycle Member

Member Since 2005


Graeme McColm 

Vice –Chair and Chief Motorcycle Observer (National IMI)

Car and Motorcycle Member

Member Since 1978


Helen Cameron

Secretary and Car Observer

Car Member

Member Since 1995


Russell Wears

Treasurer and Car Observer

Car and Motorcycle Member

Member Since 1992


Stewart Cameron

Senior Car Observer (National IMI)

Car Member

Member Since 1999


Andrew Bird

Senior Motorcycle Observer (National IMI) and Motorcycle Co-ordinator

Motorcycle Member

Member Since 2002


Neil Martynuik

Database Co-ordinator and Motorcycle Local Observer

Motorcycle Member

Member Since 2007


Karen Martynuik

IAM Magazine Editor and Trainee Car Observer

Car and Motorcycle Member

Member Since


Chris Bardsley

Committee Member

Motorcycle Member

Member Since 2008


Chris Wilson

Website and IAM Magazine Editor and Trainee Car Observer

Car Member

Member Since

 


Clint Smith

Committee Member

Motorcycle Member

Member Since


Steven McColm

Motorcycle Observer

Motorcycle and Car Member

Member Since

 


Derek Hunter

Motorcycle Local Observer

Motorcycle Member

Member Since

The demonstration drive was interesting, and I have to admit I thought, “but I drive like this anyway, more or less”. Then came the first observed drive, and the feedback, and the uncomfortable revelation that my driving wasn’t perfect
after all!

Over the next few weeks, with infinite patience and great skill, my Observer observed, commented, guided and praised until “The System” slowly dawned, came together, made sense. Right speed, right position, right gear, right frame
of mind. Careful observation worn like a seat belt. Searching for the perfect gear change, the precise steering movement, finesse in everything. Learning to predict traffic behaviour like a motoring psychic.

When I successfully completed the test, I was really pleased, and knew I had achieved something important. But of course this was still near the bottom of the learning curve.

This is without doubt one of the best decisions I have made, and has not only improved my driving, but also my attitude in the driving seat. In a paradoxical way, greater awareness of the sometimes strange and irrational behaviour of others can actually result in a more tolerant attitude. And certainly greater insight into one’s own driving makes for a safer and more relaxed experience. – David


- Interesting - David
 
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