Become an IAM RoadSmart Observer.

Share your skills, become accredited.

Observing with IAM RoadSmart is a rewarding and enjoyable way to help make our roads safer by coaching drivers or riders to be the best that they can be.

As an Observer, you’ll provide one to one observed drives or rides as part of a local IAM RoadSmart group. These can vary by group, but generally fall into regular times and patterns to fit in with your other commitments.

Existing Observers will tell you there’s no better feeling than hearing that your latest associate has passed their advanced test, and the thanks you’ll receive will make all your efforts worthwhile.

Gain a recognised accreditation

When you become an IAM RoadSmart Observer, you’ll be presented with an Observer certificate which has been accredited by the IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry).

We’ll fund all costs associated with gaining this award, and your skills will be re-tested every five years to ensure your driving and riding skills are kept up to date.

What makes a good Observer?

We’re looking for a combination of excellent driving or riding skills, and the ability to communicate and encourage associates to develop their own skills in a positive, friendly environment.

Associates are keen to develop their skills and we want Observers to be with them every step of the way providing positive support, guidance and encouragement.

Our observers also have the opportunity to participate in regular training and development events, and we also hold a number of skills days at which Observer help and support is paramount. You may also be asked to mentor the occasional celebrity or VIP.

Observer with associate


Observer with associate


Observer with associate


Observer with associate


How to become an Observer...

We’d love to hear from you if you’re considering becoming an Observer. The first stage in the process is to contact your IAM RoadSmart group, either car or motorcycle, using the link to the group directory below. You’ll need to call or email them and provide them with the following information:

  • Name and address
  • Phone and email contact details
  • IAM RoadSmart membership number
  • Any relevant experience or qualifications (not essential)

Remember how you felt when you passed your advanced test? By becoming an Observer, you’ll play a pivotal role in helping others to develop their advanced skills, and will help them to gain their own advanced driver or rider status. Click below to find your local group contact details:


Who are IAM RoadSmart?

We are an independent road safety organisation and registered charity. Our financial support is provided by our 100,000+ strong membership. Your annual subscription helps support our valuable work in promoting driving and riding safety.

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Not an Advanced Driver or Rider?

You'll need to pass your Advanced Test before becoming an IAM RoadSmart Observer. Luckily, the journey to passing your own test is a great way to pick up some of the skills it takes to become a great Observer. Click below to find out more about our courses.

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