About Us

About us...

This website is more oriented towards the car Group, however we have approximately 280 members, covering both cars and motorcycles. The motorcycle Group now stands on its own, since September 2009, and their website can been viewed here - dwdam.org.uk. Our catchment area covers the whole of Dorset, apart from Poole and Bournemouth, who each have their own Group - more details. All Groups are affiliated to the main Institute of Advanced Motorists.


What we do...

By now you are probably wondering what makes us Advanced Motorists. In order to become an advanced motorist, you need to pass the IAM's advanced test. Sounds easy - well it is with us guiding you on your way! Initially you will attend a series of three lectures which take place twice a year (see lecture sessions for more details). These lectures are given by a Civilian Class One Driving Instructor employed by the Devon and Cornwall Police Force, who holds virtually every driving license class available. The lectures cover all the basis of what is expected from an Advanced Motorist. The next stage is to be paired up with one of our Group Observers. The Observer will accompany you in your own car, to observe your driving skills, and to advise of any issues. The Observer will guide you on your way to improving your driving skills to a level which is appropriate to pass the IAM test. The Observed runs will take place at a time that is convenient to both you and your observer, and normally last in the region of approximately one hour, and may cover different driving situations - such as day/night and rush-hour traffic.  All this is encompassed within the Skills for Life (SfL) package.


The test...

Once it is felt by both you and the observer that your driving is that of the IAM test standard, then the test takes place. The test is conducted by an IAM Approved Examiner; who can in some cases be the same civilian Police Driving Instructor who gave the initial set of three lectures. Normally the tests will be based around Dorchester or Bridport and will involve both town and country driving, but the location will vary depending on the allocated IAM Examiner


What do I do now?

If you fancy joining the Group and passing your IAM test, then visit the Join us page.

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