Advanced Driving

What is Advanced Driving?

The Norfolk and Norwich Group of Advanced Motorists, promotes the use of a system of car control described in "Roadcraft", the Police drivers and riders handbook. This system is used by the Police and all advanced driving organisations in the UK and internationally.

The Norfolk and Norwich Advanced Group of Advanced Motorists offer FREE one-off assessment drives. This will be conducted by one of our specially trained Observers, who will assess your driving during a 60-90 minute drive and give you honest feedback and advice. You may then wish to progress and take the full Skill For Life which costs just £149. Once enrolled you will be allocated one of our Observers, who will work with you and provide help, advice and guidance to prepare you for taking the Institutes advanced driving test.

Depending upon your level of skill and knowledge when you enrol, you could be ready to take your advanced driving test after only 6 observed drives/rides, although we place no limit on the number of drives we will provide to get you to test standard - a lot depends upon your ability when joining the group and the amount of experience you get between each session.

All of our Observers are unpaid volunteers and offer their time free of charge to help you be a better driver/rider. The Skill For Life cost of £149 includes The Institutes book "How to be a better driver/rider" upon which your Observed Runs will be based, a copy of the Highway Code, your test fee and your first year's membership of both the National IAM and also of the Norfolk and Norwich Group.

As all Observed runs are completed in your own vehicle, the only other cost will be your fuel. For Motorcyclists however, a small contribution towards your Observers fuel may also be required.

The Advanced Driving Test

The examiners are all holders of the Police Advanced Driving Certificate and are all serving or ex-police officers with extensive experience of Traffic Patrol duties.

The examiner is there to assess you and your standard of driving which shouldn't be any different from your last few drives with your Observer.

Your Drive should be:

Safe Safety is the most important aspect of all driving. Position and speed must always be sacrificed for safety, but safety must never be sacrificed for any reason. The driver's/rider's objective is to maintain safe progress by identifying hazards early and planning how to deal with them safely and efficiently.

The four key skills of advanced driving are Concentration, effective all-round Observation, Anticipation and Planning. Advanced Driving is using these skills properly and coordinating them with good handling skills to ensure that your driving/riding is...

Systematic The System of Car Control is a way of approaching and negotiating all situations that is safe, methodical, and leaves nothing to chance. The IAM uses the Police System of Car Control. 

Smooth If your vehicle control and handling skills are properly co-ordinated with your perceptual and awareness skills, your driving will not only be safe and systematic, but it will also be smooth.

Speed (correct use of) The ability to make progress is an important advanced driving skill, but progress must never compromise safety. Excess speed (speed above the statutory limit) and inappropriate speed (excessive speed for the circumstances, regardless of the statutory limit) are dangerous and are not acceptable.

After the Test In proving that your driving is of an advanced level, you have set yourself a level to maintain. Passing the advanced test gives you the right to display the Institutes badge on your vehicle and therefore provide visible proof of the standard you have set yourself.