What is Advanced Driving?

The Norfolk & Norwich 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 & Norwich 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 amount 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 years 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.