The AAM Course at Altrincham Advanced Motorists

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 the AAM. Each course centres around practical driving sessions, or observed runs, during which trained observers, who are also full members of the Institute, observe and advise associates on the best way to improve their driving skills. There are eight 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 4 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.

Between Runs 6 and 8, 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 appointed by the Institute of Advanced Motorists 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 the IAM should accept the associate's application for full membership of the Institute. About 80% of associates are successful.

Courses start in January, April and August.

AAM may at its own discretion invite advanced motorists who become full members of the IAM 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 and progressive.

How much does it cost?

The course and test are in a package called “SKILL for LIFE”, which currently costs £139.00. 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 the Institute of Advanced Motorists commences. You will be invited to renew this on the first anniversary of your test, at the current annual fee of £28.00.

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 £6.00; however this is currently under review. 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.

Existing full members of the Institute of Advanced Motorists are welcome to join Altrincham Advanced Motorists for our existing annual subscription of £6.00.

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 IAM 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. IAM 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.

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