Plymouth & District Advanced Motorists
Affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (Group 1134)

Latest Group News...

Latest "Thumbs up" campaign from IAM RoadSmart: click here for more information.
Thumbs Up For Great Driving and Riding!
  BBC Spotlight - 'Older Driver' report featuring our Chairman, Roger Jewell. Broadcast on 25/6/2018 and available on BBC iPlayer until 6:30pm on 26/6/2018.
  Five tips to keeping your little ones safe - click here for more infromation.
The Highway Code: rule change for motorways

From today (Monday 4 June 2018), you'll start to see learner drivers on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales.

Rule 253 of The Highway Code has been updated to make it clear that learner drivers can now drive on the motorway with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls. 

Find out more about learner drivers taking motorway lessons

  5 things you need to know before taking 'Learners' onto the motorway. Click here

Special Roads - Some A roads or sections of A roads are classed as 'special roads'. This means that certain types of road user are not allowed to use them.

Traffic signs show which road users cannot use them. There are some special roads that do not allow learner drivers on them.

The change in law does not extend to special roads. So, if a traffic sign shows that learner drivers are not allowed on a road, this still applies from 4 June 2018.

Check with the highways authority who operates the road if you're in any doubt.

  'Afternoon Tea' at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel. Leila has booked this for 30th September 2018, cost per member will be £7.50, £15.00 for Guests. Please book your place(s) via either Leila or Roger J. Full payment will be required by 20th August please.
  MOT changes from 20th May 2018. See GOV.UK for full datails of the changes and the new 'Dangerous' category where you won't be able to drive it until it is repaired; a problem if the testing station doesn't undertake repairs! Click here for more information.
  Diesel car tax changes for NEW vehicles from April 2018 - click here for more information. Courtesy of REGIT.CARS (formerly
  IAMRoadSmart e-learning modules now available - click here for more information.
  Survey: new ways to report road accidents to the police click here (9/3/18)
  IAMRoadSmart Skills Days available - click here (9/3/18)

Snowing me, snowing you … there is something we CAN do - latest 'blog' from IAMRoadSmart - click here. (27/2/18)

  A checklist to towing a trailer safely - latest from IAM RoadSmart and National Trailer & Towing Association (21/2/18)
  Check for a safety recall before buying a new car -  click here (21/2/18)
  Latest IAM RoadSmart 'blog' following Neil Greig's attendance at the sustainable transport debate organised by Plymouth Cycling Campaign and held at the University of Plymouth on 30/1/2018. Click here for the full 'blog'. (1/2/18)
  'Friends & Family' discount offer (10%, you pay £134). Enter code FF10 at the on-line check out or ring 0300 303 1134. (27/2/18)
  'The Complete Resource for Young & First Time Drivers in the UK', anothe guide from Daren Felton. It offers a lot of information for young, new drivers, such as how to maintain a car, basics of insurance and road tax, and helpful tips to help them further improve their driving skills.
  10 mistakes that could invalidate your car insurance in a second
  'The Dangers of using a Mobile Phone behind the Wheel' - a useful guide from Daren Felton.

New free taster website - for non-members - latest 'Inform' newsletter (IAMRoadSmart) 7/6/2017
The new web page for free car taster sessions is now live at  Every group that provided an email address is listed; those who were blank or provided web or phone numbers instead are not listed. Click the above link to send an email to the required local Group.

  DfT Think campaign - Vehicle Safety Checks. THINK! web site - information about what to check on your vehicle before setting off on a journey. Click here for more information & 8 page booklet.
  Dead? or Dead Slow - British Horse Society (BHS) campaign to improve road safety between vehicles and horses. Find out how to deal with these encounters. Please see 'You Tube' video at and visit the BHS web site at for more information.
  Has your car been recalled? click here to check.
  Blue Light Aware - see the video so that you know what to do when encountering Emergency Vehicles. Part of this video was filmed on the A388 between Carkeel and Hatt. There are also two training videos that are worth viewing, but please don't try this in your car! Blue Light Training Video 1, Blue Light Training Video 2. (
  Driver First Assist - would you know what to do at an RTC? - click here to find out.
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