The AAM Course
How can AAM help me?
Altrincham Advanced Motorists (AAM) offers fixed length courses in advanced motoring
to members of the public. Those embarking on a course become associate members of iamRoadSmart (formerly the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)). Each course centres around practical driving sessions, or observed runs,
during which trained observers, who are also full members of iamRoadSmart, observe and advise associates on the best way to improve their driving skills. There are six observed runs in each course and these are conducted
in the associate’s own car. Also included in each course are two classroom sessions (which are less formal than the phrase implies) and a 'meet the examiner' evening. The classroom sessions take place in Sale a few days before Runs 1 and 3 and the 'meet
the examiner' evening (sometimes called Classroom 3) takes place before Run 6.
The observed runs take place on Sunday mornings once a fortnight from AAM's meeting point at the Woodheys Club in Sale. Each run lasts about two hours.
5 and 6, the associate will be ready to demonstrate the advanced motoring skills he or she has learnt on the course. A serving or retired Police Officer who holds a Police Advanced Driver Certificate and appointed by iamRoadSmart
as an examiner will observe a drive of around one and a half hours in the associate's own car, after which a recommendation will be made as to whether iamRoadSmart should accept the associate's application for full membership.
About 80% of associates are successful.
Courses start in January, May and August.
AAM may at its own discretion invite advanced motorists who become full members of iamRoadSmart and AAM to take further
guidance to become observers.
Advantages of Advanced Motoring
- As an advanced driver, as long as you conscientiously and rigorously apply the system of car control, your chances of being involved in a road traffic accident are dramatically
reduced and the chances of you being the cause of an accident are reduced even further.
- Your passengers will have smooth and relaxed journeys.
- Your car will suffer less wear and tear and your maintenance bills will fall. Your fuel economy
will improve. Your insurance company may, at its discretion, reduce your insurance premium.
- However, the objective of Advanced Motoring is safety above all else. But you will learn to make progress where it is safe and appropriate to do so (subject
to the prevailing speed limit); your cross-country point-to-point journey times are likely to be reduced.
- Your confidence in your abilities and skills will naturally increase.
In summary, your driving will be safe, smooth, systematic
How much does it cost?
The course and test are in a package called “ADVANCED DRIVING”, which currently costs £149.00. This includes all observed runs using your own vehicle, three classroom sessions,
and training manuals. The Advanced Test fee is also included, and upon successful completion, your 12 month full membership of iamRoadSmart commences. You will be invited to renew this on the first anniversary of your test,
at the current annual fee of £32.00.
Your membership of Altrincham Advanced Motorists (your local group) begins when you enroll for the course, and we will invite you to renew annually in March. Annual membership of Altrincham Advanced Motorists
is currently £10.00. As an existing member you will be invited to renew via our group magazine.
Our observers are all volunteers, and as such provide their tuition on both the classroom sessions and observed runs free of charge.
full members of iamRoadSmart are welcome to join Altrincham Advanced Motorists for our existing annual subscription of £10.00.
How does the Group Operate?
Altrincham Advanced Motorists pioneered the
fixed length advanced driving course, a successful concept that is continuing to spread to other iamRoadSmart affiliated groups across the UK. Using this format, AAM has generated almost 2000 advanced driving tests.
In 1997 the Group won the inaugural BP award in recognition of its contribution to road safety.
AAM has provided courses to local motor businesses and taxi operators. iamRoadSmart certificates prominently displayed
in garage reception areas give confidence to customers that their cars will be especially well cared for at that establishment!
AAM has produced a training video, which demonstrates the system of car control in practical use. Associate and full members
can buy or hire the AAM video or DVD, and a Road Craft video produced by the Metropolitan Police Driving School, which shows Police drivers being taught the system of car control. Both can be borrowed from Trafford Borough Libraries, where they are proving
to be very popular.
Occasional social events and visits are arranged for full and associate members of the Group to which family and friends are also welcome.
How do I join the Group?
If you are interested in joining the group then the
enrol page provides a telephone number or email address for further enquiries.