The advanced driving test is a special exam for motorists who can drive to a skill level substantially above average, and candidates who passed are called advanced drivers.
It is available from several societies, including the Institute of Advanced Motorists, (IAM), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents , (RoSPA) and the Driving Instructors’ Association, (DIA).
There is no single “advanced test”, so standards are different depending on the provider. It does not affect the driver’s own licence. The test is mostly (but not exclusively) UK based; and is available for several types of vehicle (including car and motorcycle) depending on the provider.
Most candidates need advanced lessons before the advanced test.
Fleet Driving Solutions can provide both the training and the advanced Driving test All out trainers are DVSA (Driving Vehicle Standards Agency) and Fleet Registered Driving Instructors.
Many of our Trainers are also
- RoSPA qualified trainers and examiners
- Police Class 1 advanced drivers
- Police driving assessors
- IAM driver trainers and examiners
- DIA Elite trainers and examiners
RoSPA and IAM base their advanced driving test on Roadcraft, the police driving system, The DIA advanced driving test is based on The Official DVSA Guide to Driving: The Essential Sills
Advanced Driving was introduced in 1956 to improve driving standards, following principles set out by the Metropolitan Police. It is open to anyone who has passed the standard driving test, but only a small fraction of drivers choose to have advanced driver training or take an advanced test
The test covers different types of road, from town to country, city and country. Drivers will have trained in all areas and have to demonstrate the techniques and methods they’ve learned and will often be asked (depending on what advanced course they have chosen) to do a commentary drive. Some insurers will offer reduced vehicle insurance premiums to holders of an advanced certificate.
Advanced driving, as agreed by the Driving Instructors’ Association (DIA), Driving Vehicle Standards Agency, Institute of Advanced Motorists, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is defined as.
“The ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly using road and traffic conditions to make reasonable progress unobtrusively, with skill and responsibility. This requires a positive but courteous attitude and a high standard of driving competence based on concentration, effective all round observation, anticipation and planning co-ordinated with good handling skills. The vehicle should always be at the right place on the road at the right time, travelling at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely in the distance that can be seen to be clear.”