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Institute of Advanced Motorists And Motorcyclists

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Whether you are interested in Advanced Driving or Motorcycling, for more details and an information pack, please contact Helen Cameron, the Group Secretary on 07707 035518

Alternatively you can email Helen with your request; don’t forget to include your name and address if you want an application form sent to you.

You can come along to one of the Group nights and see what goes on. Have a look at the events page to see what’s planned. It would be best to check with the Secretary before just to make sure there has not been a change of venue.

Information packs are available direct from IAM via their web site, or telephone 0208 996 9600.

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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