FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How soon can I start my course?
A: At this time there are restrictions due to COVID, however we intend to resume normal driving sessions as soon as possible.   Click HERE for latest COVID-19 information from IAM RoadSmart.

Q: Do I do the course in my own car?
A: Yes; you have to provide a car that is legal for you to drive.

Q. How long does it take?
A. It depends on you and your progress but on average around 8 to 10 x 90 minute regular sessions (60 minutes driving/30 minutes talking) spread over 3 months is about right.
You will need to practice regularly between sessions to apply the principles so that you benefit from Advanced Driving Techniques in all your driving.

Q. When do I do it?
A. At a time convenient to both you and your assigned Observer. You choose a mutually
convenient time and place to meet.

Q. Who will be my Observer?
A. Your Observer will be assigned by your group depending on availability and location.
Observers are unpaid volunteers who have successfully passed their Advanced Driving Tests. They have invested time, energy and expense in their own personal development to qualify as Observers and now freely offer their time and experience to assist others to become safer, better drivers.

Q. How much does it cost?
A. The price includes everything except costs you incur using your car.

Q. Can I try before I buy a course?
A.  Yes, contact us for details and book a FREE taster session, so you can try before you buy!

Q. What can I do to prepare?
A. Read the latest Highway Code and Traffic Signs  available from all good book shops – or download FREE click here

Q. Young drivers?
A. If you are under 26 years of age, we currently have funds to offer you a full refund when you pass your advanced test.  Ask for more details.  You will ideally have had some experience following obtaining your full driving licence, access to a car for the observed sessions and regular practice between sessions. Contact us for details and book a FREE taster session, so you can try before you buy!

Q. Will it mean cheaper insurance?
A. There are lots of factors which determine insurance premiums and being an advanced driver is considered a fairly minor one unfortunately. However, statistics show that advanced drivers are about 70% less likely to be involved in accidents or incidents so not making claims and avoiding points on your licence could make a saving over time.

Q. Is it OK to have an automatic or electric car?
A. Yes; you can do your course and test in an automatic or electric car.

Q. Do I have to do an exam?
A. The course gives you the knowledge and skills to make you a better driver whether or not you take the test at the end. Most people like to take the test as it gives a huge sense of achievement. It is an hour-long drive, normally with a retired police driving instructor, covering all types of roads and there will be some verbal questions.

Q. I am a member and wish to become a Fellow.  Can you help?
A. Yes, one of the member benefits is an annual session with an observer, and opportunity to attend one or more of our “meet the observer” sessions. These are listed from time to time on the “events” page of our website. Click HERE to find out more about becoming a Fellow

Q. I already have points on my licence – is that OK?
A. Yes, but you would be wise to discuss this aspect of your driving with your Observer.