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.
Well I have always been interested in driving and eventually passed my test in 2007. I looked into doing pass plus but it just didn’t seem very good. When I heard about IAM I jumped at the chance. Naturally once it came nearer to the time of my first drive, I started getting a little worried ……… silly me because it was really interesting.
The good thing about only driving for a year is that I didn’t really have a chance to build up bad habits. I guess like a lot of younger drivers though you do start to think well I’ve passed my test so I must be pretty good at this driving malarky. After a few drives, it became clear that I had a lot to learn and my observer did an excellent job of setting the pace.
One thing I did notice that kept creeping up was my driving was just far too hurried. Gear changes and clutch control were an absolute nightmare and now with a little tlc my car loves me for not being quite so brutal. Smooth and fluid have replaced jerky and rushed. Another thing to note is that with practise and a little time my reversing is so much more confident that I can do it all the time. Fantastic.
In a nutshell the IAM got me more interested in driving. It has shown me how to be a better and safer driver. I also have more knowledge about the world of driving which i can retain for the future. The people that give up their time for this are brilliant and want to make a difference. I can but try and do the same. You would be mad to pass this kind of opportunity up.
IAM I salute you! – Richard