The Advanced Driving Test

The Advanced Driving Test lasts approximately 90 minutes and cover somewhere between 35 and 40 miles. There are more details of this on the page about the Advanced Test itself

The IAM currently offers the following Classifications of Test

Private Car Class
All Private cars.
Suitable adapted cars used by disabled Drivers.
A car derivative van or pick-up whose maximum permissable weight does not exceed 3.5 tonnes.

Motorcycle Class
Motorcycles in the 200cc class or over.
Certain Motorcycles under 200cc may be tested at the discretion of the Chief Examiner. The Motorcycle must be capable of achieving 70mph easily and sustaining it in appropriate conditions.
3-wheeled vehicles of the ‘Bond’ and ‘Reliant’ types. These are subject to the following conditions:-
That the unladen weight does not exceed 410kg.
That a safe seat is provided alongside the driver for the Examiner.
That the vehicle design permits the driver to give either hand signals or Trafficator signals.

Commercial Class
Goods Vehicles with a permissable maximum weight of over 3.5 tonnes. Exceptions: tractors, electically propelled vehicles, vehicles drawing trailers other than articulated vehicles, or vehicles that are subject to special speed limits or restrictions.
Buses and Coaches fitted with 9 or more passenger seats where the driver is the holder of a PCV driving Licence.
Drivers must be over 21 years of age.

Minibus Class

Driver must be over 21 years old and possess an A Category on the old style licence or B + D1 on the new style licence.
Vehicle must be fitted with more than 8 and not more than 16 passenger seats (excluding the drivers seat).

Caravan and Trailer Class
This Class is for existing IAM members only and may be taken using a towing vehicle of the same category already passed. The test is divided into four sections:-
Vehicle Check and hitching procedure.
Oral Questions.
Road test of 45 minutes.
Manoeuvring and reversing off the road.

Independence of the IAM

The idea of an Advanced Driving Test was first floated at a National Road Safety Congress held in November 1954. It was inspired by a report showing how effective advanced driver training had been in cutting accident rates for the Metropolitan Police (since the Hendon driving school had been founded in 1934, Police road accidents had fallen from, on average, one every 9,000 miles to one every 72,500 miles!).

A group of people from that Road Safety Congress subsequently decided to form what we now know as the IAM. To ensure its independence, all the running costs are recovered through the Advanced Test Fee and through the annual Membership Fee. The IAM is, therefore, responsible only to its own members and can represent driving and road safety with a truly independent voice.
The standard L-test is only an elementary examination of your driving. It has remained largely unchanged since 1934 (reverse parking was added recently, and the theory test is a very new idea) and you can pass it without demonstrating more than the most basic grasp of driving skills, and without ever driving on a motorway or at night. The real learning starts when you throw away your L-plates and begin the process of acquiring mature driving skills. Many people realise this, and there comes a time when they want to reassure themselves that their driving is developing along the right lines. This is why the IAM exists. By taking the IAM’s Advanced Driving Test, you can measure the progress you have made since passing the basic L-test.

Because of it’s 40 year history, it has become a recognised authority on advanced driving and is involved with many consultations on road safety related matters because of this. A long line of Transport Ministers have taken the Advanced Test while in office, speaking volumes for the regard in which the IAM is held.

Are you a good driver?

Do you think you are a good driver or motorcycle rider?
Did you once, or do you still, enjoy driving?/riding
Would you like to improve your driving/riding skill?
Do you think that the general standard of driving/riding should be improved?
Do you have an interest in Road Safety?

If you drive a Car, LGV/PCV, Minibus, tow a Caravan, or ride a Motorcycle, then read on – this series of pages is just what you have been looking for.

New corporate risk profiling car driving tool

Drive & Survive strategic partner RiskFrisk® has launched a new corporate risk profiling tool aimed particularly at large corporates with multiple depots, large mixed fleets and complex supply chain arrangements. Further information can be obtained at

Drive & Survive wins Business Car Risk Management Award

For the second year in a row, Drive & Survive has been awarded the BusinessCar award for best Risk Management Supplier.

Drive & Survive aims to position itself as an expertise resource, working alongside customers to help manage their business more effectively. It recognises the commercial realities of everyday life – although it obviously assists with duty of care compliance, and knows that the biggest influencer in the decision to implement a driver risk management programme will invariably be the effect it can have on fleet running cost savings.

All the awards are voted for by the readers of BusinessCar magazine, website and email newsletters, so it’s the people that are using the products on a daily basis who make the decisions.

BusinessCar Editor-in-Chief Tristan Young said: “Risk management is an increasingly important topic for business car managers and it’s clear that Drive & Survive is delivering the goods. Any well-managed fleet will be aware of the need to take every step to protect their drivers and the votes from BusinessCar readers show that Drive & Survive is giving the industry what it needs.”

Accepting the award on Drive & Survive’s behalf was Sales Manager, Ryan Brittain, who commented: “Selling safety has never been an easy task but we know, beyond any doubt, that what we do works in every area it touches and to be recognised (again) by our clients in this way really does make the efforts worthwhile. Thank you!

Current health and safety regulation for car driving

Current health and safety regulations make it a requirement for employers to extend their duty of care for workplace safety to those who drive for work purposes.

Drive & Survive has developed a broad range of products including fleet driver training to help with managing road risk and they are collectively known as the Driver Risk Management Programme (DRMP).

Despite this are you dazed & confused by the demands of Health & Safety Regulations?

Perplexed by the seemingly contradictory information in the press?

Having a problem justifying a driver risk management programme to your CEO or FD?

If you have a fleet of 50 vehicles or more, contact Drive & Survive today to discuss our free, no-obligation driver risk management health check.
We’ll talk you through the options that are right for your organisation and we promise there’ll be no hard sell.
We can’t guarantee to solve all your problems but we can almost certainly save you money and make you more compliant.

Hands on car driving training

A key element of driver risk management is coaching drivers in defensive driving techniques.

It’s all about getting drivers to be more aware of the risk that is present whenever they drive.

Improving Control Skills

Although we are mainly concerned with improving drivers’ mental approach to managing road risk, there are still many benefits to be gained from honing those vehicle control skills too.

The courses within this section are usually delivered at our Track & Training Facility within the confines of the Prodrive Proving Ground near Kenilworth in Warwickshire (for its location please click here).

This a secure site where we can carry out a wide variety of driving courses, some at realistic speeds, in complete safety and well away from other road users.

Electronic Products for safe car driving

Modern risk management means user-friendly online risk assessments, compelling E-Learning modules and meaningful data that allows you to monitor your programme as you go.

Drive & Survive has developed its own range of electronic products and is therefore not only entirely in control of day to day administrative activity but also on-going development, which is largely dictated by both customer and market needs.

Customers about car driving

Speech Mark …with regards to accident costs, we have seen a significant savings year on year, for example:

  • Our vehicle insurance premium has been reduced year on year for the past three years, despite an increase in fleet size
  • Our own damage costs have reduced by approx 50% over three years
  • Our accident / incident ratio has also decreased by approx 50% over the three years and is now below the industry average

We are extremely pleased with how the programme with Drive & Survive is working. Speech Mark

Chris Jacobs, HS&E Manager, O2

Government about car driving

speech mark …all employers must remember they have a health and safety responsibility for their drivers…..and help us reach the working drivers who are too busy to be concerned with safety. speech mark Dr Stephen Ladyman, Transport Minister

What Drive & Survive says:

Drive & Survive has just introduced a new Workshop product. For just £45 per head participants receive two and half hours of informative, interactive driver safety information, delivered in a relaxed, enjoyable format.