The Skill For Life package


An advanced way of driving - The Skill for Life (SfL) package


As the name suggests, better driving is not a one-time benefit but a real skill for life.


Recognising that the majority of collisions are caused by driver error, the IAM’s Advanced Driving Test was introduced in 1956 with the specific objective of significantly improving driving standards using the principles of advanced driving pioneered and applied with great success by the Metropolitan Police. The tests are now accredited by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).


The Advanced Test is not exclusively about safety, but encourages the driver to feel confident on the road, to make good progress, and to get greater enjoyment from the experience.


To date nationally, over 400,000 people have taken the Advanced Test. The pass rate is around 75%, and we currently have over 100,000 active members.  Dorset Group currently has about 280 active members.


The IAM Skill for Life package contains everything you need to get your driving skills up to speed. The package includes:

- An initial assessment with an IAM voluntary observer from a local IAM Group
- Six-on-road sessions conducted with a qualified advanced driver (more can be added at no extra cost if required)
- The definitive guide to advanced driving techniques 'How to be a better driver'
- Membership of your local IAM group (be that Dorset, or your local area), with invitations to group events
- Full preparation for your Advanced Driving Test
- Your Advanced Test with a qualified examiner
- An IAM Advanced Driving Certificate on passing the test
- 12-month membership of the national IAM, which includes:

- Our award winning membership magazine 'Advanced Driving'
- Access to a host of membership benefits, privileges and discounts
- Special insurance discounts and policy cover once you have passed (via IAM Surety)
- Access to the Members-only area of this website (for special events, services and member offers)


As a charitable organisation, this whole 'Skill for Life' package is available for only £139 (prior to any discounts).


Driver observation will be delivered by our qualified observers network who are available via your local voluntary IAM Group. Once you have purchased your 'Skill for Life'.  You will receive a directory of local groups so you can contact the most convenient one, if you do not purchase directly via the Dorset Group.


Typically, you can expect the whole programme, from your first assessment to test, to take 3-5 months.  Find our more about our training lecture evenings.


To purchase this programme now please visit our join us page.


If you would like further information or have any questions then you are more than welcome to speak to any member of the committee, or you call IAM House (HQ) if you are not local to the Dorset area on 0845 126 8600 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) and speak to one of the Membership Services Team.


Poster for the March 2010 lecture sessions:

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