Advanced driving course?

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Can I book my 18 years daughter on a type of advanced drivers course? I’ve mentioned it to and she seems quite keen.

I’m quite impressed with her driving tbh.
 
I offered my slightly more than 18 years old wife a driving refresher course, she was moaning that she'd only been a passenger since I retired about 20 years ago so had lost her confidence although she has always loved driving. Her reaction was immediate - and I was only in hospital for 2 days!:eek::eek::eek:
 
He's homosexual, and somebody nicknamed him 'Bumstorm'. Rather good, I thought at the time, and I still do...

As ACPO's head of road policing policy, he had rather an obsession with speeding, and as Chief Constable of the North Wales Police he it was who instituted the zero tolerance policy there.
 
Hi , on the forum I think there is a current / retired police responce police driver, He may be prepared to advise you.
The police use to use a programme called road craft ( I think )

For a few years I drove cars testing tyres and I was given an advanced driving course that was based on defensive driving.

It was all based on obersevation !

The gentleman that taught me was an ex traffic policeman who , assessmented my basic driving and we progressed or not as the case maybe.

To start with I had to give a running comentry out loud for 15 minutes of when driving what I saw , dog , man about to open car door , woman pushing pram , car about to pull out , he would then ask me what the speed limit , what the safe speed to drive in that limit , what's behind me and the questions went on and on.

I was knackered the first time I did it , missed so many targets , but I did improve over time but it was for a couple of hours.

Could I suggest that you try what I went through to start with , ask a mate to sit in the car with you , I don't think race track driving would provide and benefit for road use.

I have given up talking to my self decades ago but I put an exclusion zone around my car everyday when out and about.

Ovberation is the name of the game.

No doubt all the information I out of date but it has served me well over the years.
Road craft is the police driving manual , although anyone can buy it via HMSO and other outlets ; like HC , it has been through many revisions .

As Boyband says , observation and planning are key , but there is more to it than that .

I also went through the various civilian advanced driving organisations , before going on to emergency response , with which I am still current . I also coached people towards the various civilian qualifications .

The most important thing is attitude ; the willingness to learn and not the pre-formed opinion that one is a 'driving god' .

as long as one can go into it with the mindset that there is something to learn , then gain is likely .
 
Nice, lots of good recommendations from everyone. Thank you!

Looks like I’m buying the book and looking to book the IAM course.

I think I’m pretty observant already, especially as I cycle in London so am very road aware (have been hit before, by a hit and run! Police didn’t care to investigate despite this being on Holloway Road cctv central).
But would be great to have actual practice with someone pointing out the bits I’m missing.
Most local IAM groups will offer a free assessment drive , with no obligations . That is a good place to start , and if you like it , then go on from there .
 
I’d just echo whats been said on here to do an Advanced Driving Course-as for ‘tactical/defensive’ driving is that just for fun or some other reason? You have to be a very competent driver before getting into anything ‘tactical’ and also be very aware of the law and applications for defensive/offensive driving. Then you have the realities of whether you can actually use it-I was taught J Turns on a wet skid pan but try doing that in an urban environment such as a street with cars parked either side!
 
Here are a couple of videos which may be of interest , the first is a run in my W126 which I did to show some aspects of 'the system' , observations and planning - it isn't a perfect drive but it gives an introduction to advanced driving .

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The second one is a training run in one of our fire appliances , under blue light conditions , no commentary this time , and I'm in the passenger seat filming , with a colleague driving , we also had some passengers in the back as they were spending a day with us and wanting to experience a blue light run

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Here are a couple of videos which may be of interest , the first is a run in my W126 which I did to show some aspects of 'the system' , observations and planning - it isn't a perfect drive but it gives an introduction to advanced driving .

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The second one is a training run in one of our fire appliances , under blue light conditions , no commentary this time , and I'm in the passenger seat filming , with a colleague driving , we also had some passengers in the back as they were spending a day with us and wanting to experience a blue light run

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Those are great!! I only watched the first few mins so far but once I have some time will watch the full thing.

I haven’t booked my course yet, but I got the page one and pending, at the top of my to do list… too much life in the way right now and time is hard to find.
 
Thanks , but please bear in mind the run in my W126 was done after a while away from AD , and there are some mistakes , or at least things i could have done better , in the drive . but in all honesty it is virtually impossible to do a perfect drive that cannot be criticised .

Do look at both IAM and Rospa , they are both very good .

Also check with your local police force , when i first got interested in AD , two local forces offered 'Better Driving Courses' which were FREE ! Each were 10 week courses , one evening a week , plus assessment drives part way through and at the end of the course .

I did IAM first , then Rospa ( at the time was League of Safe Drivers ) , which was the standard required to be an IAM assessor . Later I entered a contest to become an instructor within IAM SE Scotland Group , and was one of three picked to attend Scottish Police College and be trained to standard of Police Traffic Drivers , then to do potential instructors course , which allowed us to train assessors . later I became a civilian driver within Lothian & Borders police and , some years later , joined the Fire Service , where I am still employed .

For a time I dropped out as , having a young family , I had other priorities , but getting back into it , I can recommend it to anyone who cares about their driving .



Also , please bear in mind , I am using the 'old' six feature system of car control , where certain actions are called for in a particular sequence .

the current IPSGA ( Information Position Speed Gear Acceleration ) system is divided into phases which can overlap and be quite flexible . I personally like the structure of the old system , because it is what I learned , but both are equally valid .

Both comply with Roadcraft .
 
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