The Group operates a “Skill for Life” programme which costs £149 (but subject to review periodically) and includes the following:
From time to time limited promotions may be available, we’ll let you know about any current ones when you enquire. At times we are able to offer discounts for new or inexperienced drivers and riders but we can only give these discounts whilst we have funds, see below for more information.
You can sign up for a “Skill For Life” car course right now, by clicking on the car key on our home page. You’ll need to have your credit card handy to use it. Alternatively contact the Secretary to find out more.
Broadly similar arrangements apply for guidance in preparation for the Advanced Motorcycling Test although the costs are slightly different – have a look at the motorcycle page for more details.
No person who has a conviction pending, including those related to Fixed Penalty Notices can take the test until any potential case has been completed.
After passing the test you automatically become a full member of both the IAM and the Dumfries Group. You will be invited to maintain your membership of the IAM and Dumfries Group annually. For 2016 the annual costs are:
Fees are subject to periodic review.
Drivers who have passed the Advanced Test have a significantly lower accident rate (as much as 50 – 70% better than average) this may allow you to benefit from a range of discounted insurances.
As a member of both organisations you will receive the IAM’s ‘Advanced Driving’ magazine and the Dumfries Group’s magazine ‘Advance’, each published three times a year. These publications cover a variety of driving and riding topics of national and local interest. Additionally membership gives you access to national and local discount schemes.
My reasons for taking the Skill for Life were both professional and personal.
During my work as Procurator Fiscal for Dumfries and Kirkcudbright, I am afraid that I saw the results of bad driving on our local roads. We have a high proportion of road traffic deaths and each case marks the waste of a life and the tragic consequences which that has for families and friends. Anything which can be done to raise the standard of driving among drivers of all ages can only help. I am convinced that the IAM approach can improve driving and help reduce the damage caused by bad driving in Dumfries and Galloway.
From a personal point of view, I realised that I had picked up a number of bad habits in 25 years of driving. The Skill for Life programme has helped me to review the way I drive and take steps to get rid of my bad habits. It has not been easy, but it has been very worthwhile.” – John