Q:  Can I join the group if I’ve already passed my Advanced Test?

A:  Yes, we welcome existing IAM members.  You may also want to join our Observer team, helping others to pass the advanced test.

Q:  How do I join the group?

A:  Give us a ring, email or download our application form or come to one of our meetings and talk to us about joining.  For Advanced Driver and Advanced Rider courses apply on-line direct with the IAM at www.iam.org.uk 

Q:  What geographic area does the group cover?

A:  Most of Cheshire, east of the M6 and adjacent areas of Staffordshire Moorlands, High Peak and Stoke on Trent.

Q:  How much does the Advanced Test cost?

A:  See our ‘How to Join’ page.

Q:  What Support will I get to help prepare for my test?

A:  You will be allocated your own personal Observer.  They will work with you and prepare you for the advanced test.  This is mainly through a series of ‘observed’ drives or rides.  We also provide a full set of training manuals and handbooks.

Q:  Are there any age limits?

A:  No.  Anyone with a full licence can take the advanced test.  We offer incentives for the under 25’s as this age group are the highest risk on the roads.  This includes a 25% reduction in our Group membership fee.  Our oldest associate was 82 years old, the youngest was 18.

Q:  How difficult is the advanced test?

A:  We believe that anyone is able to pass the test if they prepare properly and drive/ride according to our advice and training.  We set no limit on how many hours of training you may need to get to test standard.

Q:  What are the benefits of passing the test?

A:  Most importantly, you are less likely to be killed or injured in a crash or convicted of driving/riding offences.  That means lower premiums.  We find our members drive/ride more economically; have lower fuel and maintenance costs and enjoy their driving/riding far more.  The IAM RoadSmart offer discounts for members on insurance, travel, breakdown cover and a wide range of general motoring and travel purchases.