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.
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