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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.