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Category: IAM RoadSmart

  1. Racing stars take IAM RoadSmart advanced driving skills onto the racetrack for exciting 2019 season

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    Some 11 of the talented young racing drivers who passed their IAM RoadSmart advanced driving tests at the charity’s #FormulaDriveSmart event late last year have announced their motorsport programmes for 2019; many having graduated to new teams and exciting new series.

    The drivers, all between the ages of 18 and 24, are part of the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s (BRDC) Rising Stars and SuperStars programmes, which supports the brightest young racing talent in the UK today.

    At the end of last year the racers all took part in #FormulaDriveSmart, a two-day programme run by IAM RoadSmart and the BRDC at Silverstone circuit, where they were trained in the IAM RoadSmart advanced course to full test standards. At the end of the course they all passed their advanced driving test with flying colours.

    The purpose of #FormulaDriveSmart was to demonstrate to young men under 25 years old (the biggest at-risk group sector on the roads; contemporaries to the professionals taking part in the exercise) that advanced driving was not only relevant to them, it could also be fun and could save a life one day.

    Now the racers are not only taking their advanced skills only onto the public roads, but also onto the race track too for the new season.

    Mike Quinton, IAM RoadSmart Chief Executive Officer, said: “The drivers did themselves proud in all passing their advanced tests. They all said how what they learned will not only help them drive safer and smarter on public roads, but also help their skills, planning and anticipation on the track too.

    “Everyone at IAM RoadSmart wishes them the best of luck in their 2019 racing programmes. We look forward to them bringing home the silverware!”

    This is what our new advanced drivers have planned for 2019:

    Jordan Albert (Silverstone, Northamptonshire): McLaren GT reserve driver

    Max Coates (Richmond, N Yorkshire): Renault UK Clio Cup with Team HARD

    James Dorlin (Barnsley, S Yorkshire): British GT Championship with Tolman Motorsport in the McLaren 570S GT4

    Raoul Hyman (Ealing, London): FIA Formula 3 Championship with Sauber Junior Team

    Stuart Middleton (Ashington, Northumberland): European Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship with Bonaldi Motorsport

    Jack Mitchell (West Kingsdown, Kent): British GT Championship with Century Racing in the BMW M6 GT3

    Sandy Mitchell (Forfar, Angus): Blancpain GT Series with Barwell Motorsport; Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship with Wayne Taylor Racing

    Seb Morris (Porthmadog, Gwynedd): Blancpain GT Series with Team Parker Racing; British GT Series with JRM; Spa 24 Hours, all with Bentley

    Toby Sowery (Melbourn, Northamptonshire): Indy Lights debut with BN Racing

    Bobby Thompson (Hornchurch, Essex): British Touring Car championship with Team HARD in the Volkswagen Passat

    William Tregurtha (Milton Keynes, Bucks): VLN Endurance Championship in Germany with Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW plus Nurburgring 24-hour race.

  2. Snowing me, snowing you … there is something we CAN do!

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    IAM RoadSmart brings you expert advice on driving in snow from its head of driving and riding advice Richard Gladman.

    Best advice is to avoid travelling in extreme weather. If no one is moving, you just add to the problem - so listen to travel advice.

    If you do have to travel in bad weather, plan your journey thoroughly. Think about where you are going and what it will be like all the way along the journey. If you can, avoid travelling on less-used roads or country lanes as these are less likely to be gritted.

    Before setting off, clear all your windows and mirrors fully. Clear off snow piled on the roof of your car and the bonnet too, as it can fall and blow on to the windscreen. Don’t leave anything obscured.

    Start your car gently from stationary and avoid high revs. If road conditions are extremely icy and you drive a manual car, you should move off in a higher gear rather than first gear. You should stay in a higher gear to avoid wheel spin.

    It’s important you get your speed right when travelling in snow. Never drive too fast that you risk losing control, and don’t drive so slowly that you risk losing momentum for getting up a slope.

    Increase your following distance from the vehicle in front of you. It may take up to 10 times as long to stop on snow or ice build this into your following distance – this will give you more time to slow down using engine braking which is less likely to induce a skid.

    Make sure you slow down sufficiently before reaching a bend so you have enough time to react to any hazards that appear as you go round it – and so you do not skid as well. You should have finished slowing down before you start to turn the steering wheel.

    If you break down or have to pull over on a motorway or dual carriageway, you should leave your vehicle and stand to the safe side of it - ideally well over the armco to the nearside of the road, but not in front of it, when waiting for help.

    Richard said: “Many of the problems associated with travel during snow could be avoided if people planned in advance. People routinely travel with only the minimum of safety equipment, without realising their journey could be a lot longer than expected.

    “At the very least you should have a shovel, torch, blanket, jump-leads and tow rope. You should ensure your mobile phone is fully charged, and the number of your recovery organisation is saved into it. A bottle of water and a snack may also prove useful and don’t set out without knowing the locations of petrol stations on your way.

    “This all might sound obvious, but too many of us forget to do any of this. Don’t be one of the ill-prepared, and listen to the weather forecast for the whole length of a winter journey to help you prepare for it.”

  3. Don’t miss out on boosting your confidence on the roads – IAM RoadSmart cuts price of Mature Driver Review for one day only

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    If you are a mature driver who needs a confidence boost or would like a reassurance that your skills are still tip-top, IAM RoadSmart has a great special offer for its popular Mature Driver Review.

    This Friday 25 January, for the first 50 people that call in we are offering the Mature Driver Review (MDR) for £40 – down from the usual price of £49.

    The MDR is not a test or exam – there is no pass or fail. It’s a friendly one-hour session, with a qualified assessor who will meet you at a location convenient to you. You will use your own car, and drive on roads that are familiar.

    The assessor will also work through any issues that you are concerned about, and provide a written report in complete confidence addressing anything that you might need work on in the future.

    Paddy Hopkirk, IAM RoadSmart mature driver ambassador, has taken and fully endorses the Mature Driver Review. His is a winner of the Monte Carlo Rally, and has competed at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Daytona and Sebring in the USA.

    Paddy, 85, said: “Mature drivers are the safest on the road – but it is very important to make sure that our skills are kept up-to-date. As the roads get busier and other drivers feel increasingly impatient, I think the Mature Driver Review is a great way to help older motorists regain their confidence and enjoy their driving lives more.”

    To take advantage of IAM RoadSmart’s special offer for the Mature Driver Review, phone in to our special booking hotline from 8.30am – that number is 0300 303 1134 quoting code MDA 40.

    This offer can only be taken by phone, and not online. Bookings under the special offer will stop once 50 have been sold – so don’t waste any time come Friday!

    For more information about the Mature Driver Review click here:

  4. Turn your Blue Monday into the Happy Mondays! Snap up a discounted IAM RoadSmart advanced course

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    They say this Monday, 21 January, is the most depressing day of the year – but at IAM RoadSmart we are encouraging people to do something useful and turn this Blue Monday into the Happy Mondays*, with our very limited-time offer on advanced driving and riding courses.

    Blue Monday is considered to be the day when a combination of the weather, debt and other factors are most likely to affect our mood and motivation.

    So IAM RoadSmart is offering 21 advanced courses at the discounted rate of £99 when the phone lines open at 8.30am on Monday 21 January. Normally the advanced driver and rider courses are £149 each.

    All you have to do is be ready to dial our support hotline on Monday morning, 0300 303 1134, and use the redemption code blue99 to claim your course at the special rate – and keep your fingers crossed that you are quick enough!

    The discounted offer can only be claimed by phoning in – not with an online booking. And once they’re gone, they’re gone.

    Advanced driver and rider courses involve one-to-one tuition by an expert in your own local area. He or she will advise at a pace that is right for you, on roads that you know. Your assessor will also tackle any issues that you are nervous about or want extra help with.

    Mike Quinton, IAM RoadSmart Chief Executive Officer, said: “There is no reason to feel down on Blue Monday.  Instead of hiding under the duvet, drivers and riders can resolve to turn a negative into a positive and invest a small amount into becoming a better and safer driver or rider, while learning to gain maximum enjoyment from their driving and riding.”

    For more information about all our courses click here:

    *Apologies for the 80s/90s indie/dance references. Well, actually we are not sorry at all! 

  5. Don’t be a pudding! Give your loved ones a lifelong Christmas gift from IAM RoadSmart

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    Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Have you even started it? Well never fear, IAM RoadSmart is here – with a great gift idea that is not only rewarding but could also save a life one day.

    Until 20 December, IAM RoadSmart’s renowned advanced driver and rider courses are available at a 10% discount - £134 instead of £149.

    Advanced driver and rider courses involve one-to-one tuition by an expert in your own local area. He or she will advise at a pace that is right for you, on roads that you know. Your assessor will also tackle any issues that you are nervous about or want extra help with.

    The tuition will provide everything needed to help drivers or riders gain our advanced qualification.

    Presented in an attractive wallet, vouchers are valid for 12 months, making them a flexible as well as thoughtful gift. Vouchers are sent to the purchaser so that a personal greeting can be added before being given as a present.

    All the recipient needs to do is to call the activation number on the voucher, quote the reference code and provide IAM RoadSmart with their contact details.

    Mike Quinton, IAM RoadSmart Chief Executive Officer, said: “The gift of safer and more enjoyable driving is something that can benefit your loved one for decades.”

    To get the discount order online at or call 0300 303 1134 quoting 'gv10'. Offer ends Thursday 20 December.