Alnwick Probus Club’s May speaker was Andrew Allerton from the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
The institute started in 1959 as a means of raising awareness of the skills required for driving vehicles. Accidents cost the NHS £2.5million a year.
The Institute uses the Police Road Craft manual for the training of drivers. The final examiners are all class 1 police motorway drivers.
Prior to this, local instructors (all volunteers) assess drivers’ current standards and recommend improvements in order to be at a sufficient standard to pass the final IAM test.
The local instructors cover all aspects of driving and drivers are taught to give a running commentary on what he/she observes.
A skills-for-life course is available through the Institute for anyone who wishes to improve their driving abilities after an initial assessment.
Following the talk, Andrew answered a full range of questions from the members.
A vote of thanks was given to Andrew Allerton by Bill Bland on behalf of the Probus group. Probus meet on the second Monday of the month at Alnwick Cricket Club. Anyone interested, please contact 07761142491.
Anyone interested in advanced driving should contact www.iam.org.uk