What is IAM and why is advanced training so important?

Posted: 19 Dec 2013

What is IAM and why is advanced motorcycle training so important?

Today Bennetts 12 Dreams of Christmas sees Roy Kilner receive a voucher for an Institute of Advanced Motorists Advanced Motorcycling course.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists is the UK’s leading independent road safety charity. Their aim is simple: To improve the safety of our roads by improving the standards of the people using them. They go about doing this in a number of ways and currently have over 100,000 members.

Their motorcycle division offers an advanced riding course, which takes every day riding to the next level. Whether that’s about challenging your own standards or reassuring a loved one who struggles to share your enthusiasm – the advanced riding course is for any biker.

The programme teaches five phases of advanced riding; information, position, speed, gear and acceleration in order to cover essential skills needed for riding whether it be on motorways or country lanes.

Safety is one of the main aims but the course also helps to make a rider feel more confident on the road. Post-course statistics also shows that taking the IAM Advanced Motorcycle test brings positive and lasting benefits for motorcyclists. The people who take the sources feel safer, more confident, more attentive, more observant and more decisive in their riding. Reports also suggest those who take the course enjoy riding more after doing so. 61% of people in one survey said they had avoided being involved in an accident since passing the test, mainly stating this was through increased awareness of other road users including pedestrians and cyclists.

The IAM Advanced Motorcycling course costs just £139, including observed rides, the ‘How to be a better rider handbook’, the advanced test fee and one year’s IAM membership. More information can be found here.

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