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 Skill for Life 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 offer discounts for members on insurance, travel, breakdown cover and a wide range of general motoring and travel purchases.