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

Latest Group News...updated on 18/2/2019

  Latest information about Parking Charge Notices from the RAC - click here.
  FREE e-modules from IAMRoadSmart for a limited time, - click here for more info.
  Safety video that is applicable to motorists as well - click here, from Olly Tayler and ITV Westcountry.

Don’t be fuel-ish! Tips from IAM RoadSmart - click here for more...

  An L of a task? Supervising a provisional driving licence holder - click here for all the info.
  It's a swan's life... latest from IAMRoadSmart; any of us could encounter this, would we know what to do? click here to find out.
  IPSGA video from IAMRoadSmart. Click here.
  Gdynia Way (Plymouth) - 'Plymouth Live' reports that new average speed cameras have been installed along Gdynia Way. They are operational both day and night. The new LED box system is fitted 20 yards in front of the cameras, facing oncoming traffic. The new technology can detect if a driver or passengar isn't wearing a seatbelt and if the driver is on their mobile phone. It is also reported that the system can detect if the driver is eating, drinking or smoking. 
  Avoid scams that appear to be from the DVLA - click here.
  How have cars changed in the past century? - click here for more info.

Pothole mania:- one in two IAM RoadSmart members have experienced damage due to potholes, says new survey, click here for more info.

  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.

  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)

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)
  '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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