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    The wife bought me the 'Skill for Life' IAM course (Institute of Advanced Motorists ) for Christmas.

    I was just wondering how many people on here have done it and what they thought of it.

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    I've got it, but forgotten most if it since passing 6 years ago. Well worth doing, teaches you so many things and, depending on instructor, a certain leniancy to the speed limit. My instructor was a traffic policeman, who didnt see a problem in exceeding the national speed limit where conditions allowed.

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    Not done the IAM, but was seriously thinking of doing it, however in order to drive my old works cars we had to take a brief test and the guy doing it was both IAM and Rospa Gold qualified. I spoke to him about it and he suggested that the ROSPA was a little better. They are both the same when you do them, but once qualified with IAM thats it, whereas the Rospa makes you retest every 3 years to keep you refreshed and removing any bad habits that may have developed.

    Either way, you'll come out of it a better/safer driver

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    We used to have to sit the Rospa tests in the RAF. Most people took it as a joke until they realised that they can get an insurance discount from selected companies.

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    does doing any of these advanced driving coarses help reduce your insurance premium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by david-bell
    does doing any of these advanced driving coarses help reduce your insurance premium?
    Apparently it can but you will need to check with your insurer as not all companies recognise it

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    Is it a difficult course and how long does it usually take to complete??

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    from my understanding you ring your nearest instructor who is an unpaid volunteer. You then arrange with them to pick a suitable time each week or whenever suits you. They then come out with you for an hour session each time, much like a normal driving lesson but in your own car. When they think you are ready to take your test, you then arrange that. As with all driving tests, how long it takes to be ready is different for each person

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    Drinky and I have been talking about doing this for years, but have never got round to it - however having seen this link, I reckon we might just give it a go this year!

    Well worth it I reckon, especially if you stand a chance of getting reduction in insurance!

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    I posted some thoughts on the IAM test a while back on a thread. I did it a year ago and think it was well worthwhile. I did not have a single observer take me out - I did it as part of a group - meeting up every fortnight for about 6 sessions. That was good because a/ you get to go out with different people and get different opinions and b/ you get to chat with fellow pupils.


    Things that amazed me: not many people could reverse around a corner or park between cars

    Things I got out of it: learnt how to drive better, stick to the speed limit while still having fun. I have noticed that when in tricky situations (i.e. combination of most of these: lots of traffic/lane changing/pedestrians/unknown place/trying to navigate etc) what I learnt really kicks in - although its difficult to describe what it is!

    Cheaper insurance - I saved about £60 going with IAM select insurance

    Things I didn't like: local groups tend to be run by very enthusiastic individuals -which is good (as they spend a lot of their free time) - but sometimes some of them seem to only live for IAM if you get what I mean

    Half way through the course I was getting a bit fed up (everything I did was apparently wrong!) but the last couple of runs were really good and I really enjoyed the test which was with a police instructor. He was a decent chap who I also noticed was checking every car on the road for a tax disc and seatbelt use during my test!!

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