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Dudley Driving School

Advanced Driving

Definition of Advanced Driving

Advanced Driving has been around for a long time.

The Metropolitan Police Driving School was set up at Hendon in 1935.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (now called IAM Roadsmart) was formed in 1956.

The League of Safe Drivers was formed in 1960, and was subsequently taken over by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in 1980, and then became RoSPA Advanced Drivers Association (ROADA) in 1982.

The Diamond Advanced Motorists Test was introduced in 1992.

Despite the long history of advanced driving it was not until the year 2000 that there was an agreed definition of advanced driving

In 2000 the definition below was agreed by:-

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) (Now the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, DVSA)

Diamond Advanced Motorists

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)


Advanced Driving is 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 skill requires a positive but courteous attitude and a high standard of driving competence based on concentration, effective all-round observation, anticipation and planning. This must be co-ordinated with good handling skills.

The vehicle will 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.

Benefits of Advanced Driving

A Lower Accident Rate

‘Road Accidents’ are rare!

What are commonly called ‘Accidents’, should perhaps be called ‘Crashes’ or ‘Collisions’ because they have a cause.

An ‘Accident’ implies something unavoidable.

A ‘Crash’ has a cause, (usually human error) and therefore are largely avoidable.

An Advanced Driver is less likely to cause a Crash

An Advanced Driver is also more likely to be able to spot the Crashes that somebody else is trying to cause, and avoid them!

Cheaper Car Insurance

The various advanced driving organisations have negotiated either lower rates or better terms for their members.

(It is possible that you may find an insurance company that does not offer a discount that is cheaper)

Advanced Drivers are more likely to have full no claims bonus, because of their lower accident or crash rate.


Safety for you

Safety for your passengers

Safety for your car

Safety for other road users sharing the road with you.

Less Stress, More Enjoyment

Increased awareness of what is happening around you, and the ability to look and think further ahead will improve your ability to anticipate events rather than react to them.

This enables you to make brisk progress with safety, making driving less stressful and more enjoyable.

Do I Have to Drive Like A Learner Driver?


You do have to do things correctly

(not cross your hands, use the mirrors, indicate, etc.)

You will be expected to drive as an experienced driver.

You will be expected to make full use of speed limits, and opportunities to overtake, but always within the boundaries of safety and the law.

Advanced Driving Tests

There are 3 different national organisations offering Advanced Driving Tests, all of them are endorsed and monitored by The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which also provides quality assurance for their tests.

Diamond Advanced Motorists

IAM Roadsmart (formerly known as Institute of Advanced Motorists)

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

All of the tests vary a little as to duration, content, standard required, and marking system.

All of the tests will usually include driving on different road types:-

Urban areas


Dual Carriageways

Rural Roads

Manoeuvres such as Reversing and Parking will also normally be included in each of the advanced driving tests.

Who Are The Advanced Driving Examiners?

Diamond Advanced Motorists Examiners

Diamond Advanced Motorists Examiners are all Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructors, they must also have experience of driver training to advanced level, have passed the Diploma in Driving Instruction (DipDI) (five written exams), passed either the Cardington Special Driving Test, or the Diamond Elite Driving Test, and completed the Diamond Examiners Course.

IAM Examiners

IAM Examiners are usually holders of a Police Advanced Driving Certificate, and some of them are also Police Driving Instructors.

RoSPA Examiners

RoSPA Examiners are usually holders of a Police Advanced Driving Certificate, and some of them are also Police Driving Instructors.

Whichever Test, All of the Examiners will conduct the tests in a professional manner, but the tests are not usually as formal as an ‘L’ test, the examiners will do their best to put you at ease, and are there not only to assess your driving, but to help you to become a better driver.

Advanced Driving Training Programme

Training Session 1

Short Assessment Drive

Analysis of Driving faults / Habits

Introduction to Systematic Driving, Hazard Assessment & Hazard Approach

Training Session 2

Urban Roads & Manoeuvres

Training Session 3

Motorway Driving

Training Session 4

Rural Roads and Dual Carriageways

Training Session 5

General Revision or

Practice on any weak areas

Training Session 6

Mock Advanced Driving Test

This Advanced Driving Training Programme is based on Half Day (3 hour) training sessions.

It is only intended as a guide, as the structure and length of your course will be altered to suit your own individual needs.

This Training Programme is based on preparing someone for an Advanced Driving Test, however, if you simply want an introduction to Advanced Driving techniques and principles, and their practical application, you may decide to have only one or two training sessions.

Advanced Driving, Defensive Driving or ECO Driving?

Advanced Driving, Defensive Driving, and ECO Driving use similar skills, the differences are in where the priorities are.

Half Day (3 Hours) Advanced Driving Training Session


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Who Will Train Me?

All Advanced Driver Training done on behalf of Dudley Driving School is currently delivered by James Quinn, a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor since 1988, a DVSA Registered Fleet Driving Instructor, and a Driving Examiner for both the Diamond Advanced Motorists Driving Test and Elite Test.

Advanced Driving Training Course Prices

Preparation for:-

Diamond Advanced Motorists Driving Test

Diamond Advanced Motorists Elite Driving Test

IAM Roadsmart Driving Test

RoSPA Driving Test (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents)


Take as many or as few training sessions as you prefer to improve your driving to a more advanced standard without taking a test.

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