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.
She took me down a variety of quiet back roads to nip my insufficient progress in the bud. Unfortunately, in taking side turnings it would appear my friend the clutch foot was up to its tricks again. It was still holding on to the left pedal while I started to take the turn. Not good. If that wasn’t bad enough, I also had to learn how to separate my braking and gear change before reaching any corner or turning. Keeping the foot off the clutch when turning is a matter of timing, but this using 3 pedals but only having 2 feet problem took a fair bit of ironing out. It’s becoming second nature now and boy has my driving improved because of it.
On the day of my test I feared the worst when I saw the Examiner scribbling away as I headed back to the car park, but I needn’t have worried. It was more relief than joy at first, but it’s started to sink in now. So has the responsibility of being a member. It’s now my duty to promote the Institute by upholding my driving standards at all times. Gulp! “