Advanced Driving Courses Are They Worth it
Advanced driving can be thought of as a particular driving discipline focused on safety, awareness and systematic driving. Drivers who have completed advanced driving training will be far better equipped to tackle the numerous challenges out on the road.
Todays advanced driving courses are built from the fundamentals of the famous Police Driver Handbook “Roadcraft”. Focusing on refined control over road position and speed, drivers can navigate the roads more efficiently and smoothly. This includes taking road conditions and traffic into account. Forward planning, observations and anticipation are all skills that become heightened. As a result the driver will travel at the correct speeds, with a suitable gear selected and the ability to stop in a controlled and safe manner at all times.
What Are the Costs?
The costs will vary depending on the provider of the training programme. However, there are three main providers who all provide high quality advanced driving trainings.
The current best-recognised training is provided by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). To participate you must first join their skill for life programme for £139. With this you will be covered for an initial assessment, required training, your final test and one years IAM membership.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) provides free training through its local groups and tutors. Members will receive regular lessons of around an hour per week until they are ready to take the test. £41-£48 is then required to take the test depending on the driver’s age group. Annual membership costs just £20 but this also covers for re-tests that must be completed every three years.
The RAC also offers advanced driving lessons through their own BSM driving schools. You must first attend a 2-hour assessment session before taking personal lessons. All training is priced at around £27 per hour. Then once you’re ready you can take the 90-minute test. Re-tests are then required every 3 years.
What Are the Benefits?
To decide whether advanced driving training is for you then you must consider these following benefits against the costs:
Reduce Your Risk of Crashing - Drivers who have successfully completed advanced driving tests are statically less likely to be involved in accidents on the road. Forward planning and observations taught in training can prevent many common accidents on the road.
Improved Fuel Economy – The driving technique taught during advanced training emphasises a far smoother and efficient driving style. As a result your car will remain more balanced and save using excess fuel.
Reduced Wear and Tear – By driving in a more fluid and controlled manner you will place far less stress on your car’s components. Therefore the mechanical parts will be less prone to a premature failure.
Lower Insurance Premiums – Many insurance providers will recognise advanced driving qualifications and offer reductions on their premiums. Since advanced drivers are less likely to have accidents they pose lower risks for insurers.
Additional Benefits- Many courses will offer their own additional benefits to entice you to choose them. For example some will offer discounts on sat-nav equipment and even services or products with certain outlets.
published: 06/02/2015 09:08:17