At IAM RoadSmart we make better drivers and riders. As the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, formed in 1956, we’ve spent more than 60 years making our roads safer by improving driver and rider skills through coaching and education.
Our qualified experts, our network of thousands of volunteers and around 180 local groups are our lifeblood. They champion our cause and help drive our vision – to be the best, most recognised provider of coaching and advice for all post-licence drivers and riders, and to help make our roads safer for all.
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As a registered UK charity formed in 1956, our aim has remained the same – to make our roads safer by developing the skills of drivers and riders through training and education.
We achieve this by providing a range of services to individuals and businesses, including the respected advanced driving qualification, driving assessments and confidence-boosting courses such as motorway driving, parking or handling commercial vehicles. Here's a look at some of our key moments:
1962 - Launch of our first test for commercial drivers
1976 - Launch of our advanced motorcycling courses and test
1986 - Fleet training begins for business drivers
1995 - The first IAM RoadSmart minibus test arrives
2002 - Our new head office in Chiswick opens its doors
2003 - Our campaign for safer road design begins
2010 - IAM RoadSmart continues to drive progress through education
2016 - We celebrate our 60th birthday and our new headquarters in Welwyn Garden City opens
Today all our programmes and companies are united under the single IAM RoadSmart brand – reflecting the huge changes we’ve seen take place on UK roads since we started. Our customers are post-licence drivers and riders, of any age and ability.
Our services are designed to teach new skills, improve existing ones and provide confidence and knowledge to get the most from being on the road. Our unrivalled knowledge and experience means we also influence government policy through authoritative advice and research.
We ensure high standards across everything we do, from the performance expected of our local groups to ensuring candidates who pass our courses are measured to a consistently high quality. Our standards team writes and oversees the content of all our courses to ensure they reflect our core values and road safety ethos.
Accreditation of our courses
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) quality assures our Advanced Driver course each year, randomly sending examiners to observe our tests to ensure we maintain required standards. The DVSA also checks the content of our drink-drive rehabilitation courses.
Our volunteer observers in IAM groups are also accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), and we have two levels of accreditation: Local and National Observer. Our courses for business drivers are undertaken by trainers who are qualified Advanced Driving Instructors.
External accreditation by the IAM
IAM RoadSmart accreditation is highly sought after by driver training organisations in the UK and across the world. Our standards team oversees the technical content of our accreditation process to ensure courses delivered by accredited organisations meet or exceed our Advanced Test.
Successful drivers or riders receive membership by exemption. We also accredit other organisations to deliver their own driver or rider training if the standards meet certain requirements. They are then allowed to display our logo on training material and certificates.