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29 November 2010

Research examines whether or not motorcycle riders with UK-style advanced training ride differently to novice or experienced riders who do not have advanced qualifications



Advanced Training & Rider Performance, a new report launched today by the IAM, has shown that the organisation’s advanced system of riding really does deliver sustainable benefits in anticipation, better road positioning and safe progress in a wide range of road environments.
The aim of the study, carried out by researchers at the Centre for Motorcycle Ergonomics and Rider Human Factors at the University of Nottingham, was to investigate the attitudes, behaviours and skills of different types of riders according to their level of experience and training.
A unique approach was designed to find out whether or not riders with advanced training, ride differently to novice or experienced riders who do not have an advanced qualification...


Read the full article (with research citation) here.


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8 November 2010 The Driving Ambition of Archie Scott, age 92

When Archie Scott became one of the first British motorists to sit a driving test, back in 1935, the rules of the road were very different.


There were no motorways, roundabouts or speed bumps to contend with and rush-hour gridlock was unheard of.
Now, 75 years on, he has proved his mettle behind the wheel by passing the Advanced driving test - at the age of 92....


But he decided to take the Advanced test in an attempt to prove to the authorities that he can still perform to the highest of standards behind the wheel.
Mr Scott, a former director of Scottish Malt Distillers, is thought to be the oldest in the UK to complete the difficult and complex course.
He said: "I am absolutely delighted. It is quite amazing, but I certainly don't feel the age that I am. It proves that age is no barrier when it comes to achieving something. I love cars and love driving.
"I thought at my age they might say that I was far too old to drive and they would take my licence away. So I wanted to be able to tell them, 'Go away, I'm an advanced driver'."....


The [Institute of Advanced Motorists'] test is twice as long as the normal driving test [therefore about 90 minutes] and drivers are assessed on how systematically they respond to hazards and different road conditions. It involves a more complex route that takes in a wider range of different road types.
Neil Greig, director of policy and research for the IAM, said Mr Scott's feat backed up its own research, which indicated that older drivers were safer on the roads than younger drivers....


  Read the full story, from 'The Scotsman', at either http://news.scotsman.com/news/Driving-ambition-of-Archie-Scott.6616354.jp or http://news.scotsman.com/comment/Leader-Drive-for-perfection-at.6616373.jp


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13 October 2010

Royal Recognition for Advanced Driving Group




The Institute of Advanced Motorists [IAM] analysed a quarter of a million accidents to compile in-depth studies on the dangers facing young and old drivers, moped riders and motorcyclists. It also probed the hazards of driving on rural roads. As a result, the organisation has received a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award....


The reports aggregated seven years of official police crash data, enabling the IAM to identify high-risk behaviour and locations. The royal awards celebrate achievements in road safety and are presented annually to the most outstanding examples of innovation, worldwide.


Read the full story, from The Telegraph, at   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/8061209/Royal-recognition-for-advanced-driving-group.html


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