11th September 2013, Mike Page a member of Stratford upon Avon's
IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) came to Snitterfield W.I.,
to talk about the role of IAM and endeavoured in a short space
of time to re-educate us in our approach to driving.
which currently has 100,000 members, is a charity that relies
upon volunteers to help people become "advanced" motorists.
IAM supports the raising of driving and riding standards and
campaigns for increased on-road skills.
It has contacts
within Parliament and the Police force and works on the side
of motorists. They aim to inform and influence government and
decision makers to ensure that road safety remains a relevant
topic and receives the focus and investment that it requires.
are held each year in January, April and September, the courses
cost £139 and run for a minimum of 15 hours. They are
based on the Police Driver's Manual and are comprised of theory
sessions and time on the road. IAM support and represent motorists,
motorcyclists and cyclists through practical driving and riding
programmes and urge all road users to act more responsibly and
safely. An advanced motorist is 2/3 less likely to be involved
in a blameworthy accident.
driving puts the fun back into driving and teaches you how to
drive smoothly which in turn uses less fuel and saves on wear
on the clutch and the brakes. Skills in anticipation, planning,
observation and car control are developed and drivers adopt
the Two Second Rule, whereby to enable safe stopping, you work
out the distance between the car in front and your car. Motorists
learn to drive up to the speed limit when conditions allow and
to take opportunities when they present themselves.
out that a skid is caused by too much steering, too much speed,
too much acceleration and too much braking. He encouraged us
to do a shoulder check when changing lanes as mirrors do not
cover the "blind spot."
upon Avon IAM organise Skid Pan Sessions and run courses for
under age drivers (16 year olds), to learn the basics of car
control. These courses are held on private land.
For further information please see: www.iam.org.uk and www.stratford.iam.org.uk