A. Yes - we hold what we call the Alternative Course. This is where you’ll be paired with one of our qualified observers and arrange a mutually agreeable time to do the course. You’ll however miss the excellent lectures from our lecture team, but if you really can’t make the Sundays constantly, then this option is for you.
A. It is in your interest to attend all the sessions to gain the maximum benefit. However, we do recognise that circumstances such as a medical condition may prevent attendance. The absence can usually be covered but only once per course, unless it’s the first session, in which case you can’t take that particular course.
A. We would encourage that you use the same vehicle throughout your time on the course - and the test at the end of the course. However, we understand that circumstances may dictate that a different vehicle may have to be used, for example a new vehicle purchase. If this is the case, this may hold back some progress during the course.
A. Of course - so long the vehicle has a current and valid MOT, legal and is in good condition. Our Observers do however have the right to refuse a session if faults are apparent and the vehicle is not road worthy.
A. Absolutely. We welcome EV drivers and a few of our Observers own EV’s themselves. Techniques like ‘The System of Car Control (IPSGA)’ still applies.
A. Congratulations. In fact, younger drivers are more likely to be involved in some kind of serious road incident. Therefore we encourage younger drivers to take the course and help keep the bad habits at bay, install a safer attitude and help reduce those incidents were possible.
A. Yes. We have a seen a number of people attending our course for that very reason. We have helped countless drivers regain their confidence and help understand further how to avoid being involved in another accident in the future.
A. Yes. It’s a common question and we are here to help all ages. Our friendly Observers will guide you through the course and help you work on the improvements that you may need not only to pass the test but to be a better driver in general.
A. We find in general that HGV drivers have very good observation skills and very good mirror check techniques, which transfers nicely to the car. However The IAM Roadsmart course will certainly help with car control, gear selection and techniques and any aspect of driving smaller vehicles.
A. We cover the theory, the effects and how to prevent skids but not on a skid pan itself. Skid pan training is not part of the IAM Roadsmart course. We use to have a separate course using Kent Police’s skid pan, but sadly this has not been available.
A. We only put candidates forward for the advanced test if we believe they are of the required standard. If not, we will continue the training with further observed runs until the standard is reached. There is no extra charge for this.
A. IAM Roadsmart send you your Advanced Certificate. They also send a copy to us that we like to present at our Sundays sessions which you will be invited to attend.
A. Yes. The usual way is to train to become an Observer (this is free). Being an Observer is a good way to maintain and even improve your own driving skills while helping others to become advanced drivers. You may be able to assist by becoming a “back room” person with the admin needed to run the group.
A. Although there are many Master members in the Observer team and elsewhere in the group, the group does not provide training for this. Please visit the IAM Roadsmart website for further information.