As Dumfries & Galloway’s leading road safety charity, we bring decades of combined experience, passion and understanding to help improve the skills and understanding of local drivers and create safer roads for everyone.
Would you like to improve your driving skills, be safer on the road and reduce your chances of having an accident?
Maybe you would like your driving/riding to be more relaxed and enjoyable so that you can confidently handle the variety of situations that you come across.
Whether you are a newly qualified driver or have many years experience, new members are always welcome – we encourage participation from young and old at all levels of experience.
Passing your driving test is just the start, but it doesn’t mean you’re the finished article. Whether you’re a driving enthusiast, someone who enjoys a challenge, or just aware that you have room to improve, if you want to fulfil your potential as a driver you’ve come to the right place.
Our Skill for Life course develops advanced driving techniques stemming from the police’s Roadcraft driving manual, helping you to improve your skills, anticipation and enjoyment behind the wheel. To date over 400,000 people have taken our Advanced Driving Test, quality assured by the DVSA.
As a charity we benefit from a network of local volunteers dedicated to raising driving standards and making the region’s roads a safer place. They are the reason that Skill for Life is possible and will take you on as many observed drives as you need to prepare for the Advanced Driving Test.
As an advanced driver and IAM member you also will benefit from exclusive insurance services provided by IAM Surety, the UK’s best insurance company as voted for in the 2015 Auto Express Driver Power Awards.
I was rather too cautious in the climb out of Lochmaben through the switch back bends and could have made much better progress here. Good observation and more acceptable speeds got me through Torthorwald and back to the Dumfries By-pass. At the roundabout I expected the examiner to take us along the A75 for a few more roundabouts but he didn’t and just asked to go back to the car park by the quickest route. Obviously this involved going down the narrow bit of the Lockerbie Road by Noblehill with parked vehicles everywhere but careful observation, planning and clutch control got us through here without incident; I say this now but at the time I thought “I think I’ve failed, he’s hardly said anything, barely written anything down and he hasn’t asked me any questions!” and now he was busy writing the report sheet. Maybe I wasn’t worth bothering about? However, as soon as I had completed my shut down drill, he said he wouldn’t hold me in suspense, I had passed! He complimented me on my smooth gear changes and good use of mirrors and signals when needed and a good commentary but noted a lack of progress at times with a tendency to be over cautious.”