Before and after
To get the most out of the training, and to have the best chance of passing the Advanced Test, there are a number of things that we advise you to do in addition to attending all of the drives and evening sessions.
Before you join us
A knowledge of the Highway Code is a legal requirement of all drivers. All of the Observers, and your Examiner, will expect that you have detailed knowledge of the Code as it applies to all road users. It will help your training if you can get this knowledge before the course starts.
It is also a good idea to read through the Know Your Traffic Signs book, which goes into much more detail than the Highway Code.
When you join the main IAM (see process) you will be sent a copy of the training manual. Reading this before the course will give you a feel for what Advanced Driving is all about, and will make it easier for you to understand why we do the things that we do.
The methods that we use in Advanced Driving are the same as those used by Police Drivers. The Police manual is called Roadcraft, and is available to buy. It is not necessary to read this, but many people find it beneficial to gain a different perspective on the skills and understanding necessary to pass the Advanced Test. There is also a Roadcraft DVD available which is interesting, but which has a lot of Police emphasis which may be distracting.
Clicking on the following images will take you to Amazon to see more details of the books available. You can buy these from Amazon and other online and physical stores.
After the course
If you take the Advanced Test, please tell us how you get on - both the result, and your overall experience - so that we can advise future candidates what to expect. Whether or not you take the test, you can leave feedback here about your experiences.
If you have passed the test, then you have the right to display the IAM badge on your car for as long as you are a paid-up member of the main IAM. Being a member of the IAM also gives you other benefits including access to discounted insurance.
Separate to the main IAM, we encourage you to continue being a member of our local group. Your subscriptions are our main source of income, and pay for the continued operation of the group. Our only other source of income is a small transfer from the main IAM when candidates choose us to do their training.
Taking it further
If you continue to be a member of the Nottingham group, then you can develop your skills by becoming an Observer. Even though this is training others, rather than driving yourself, it requires an in-depth knowledge of Advanced Driving which will inevitably translate into your own on-road skills.
You may also wish to join us on the Committee to help set policy and undertake some of the administration behind the course. Or you may wish to join our theory meetings and contribute to those.
The ultimate legal driving challenge is the IAM Masters. You can take this at any time to get a quantitative assessment of your skills, but we suggest that you wait for at least a year after your Advanced Test before taking it.