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Observing with is a thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable way to help make our roads safer by coaching and mentoring drivers and riders to be the best that they can be. You’ll volunteer to provide these skills through our national group network.
As an observer with the IAM you’ll provide one to one observed drives or rides as part of a local IAM group. These generally fall into regular times and patterns to fit in with your other commitments, they can vary by group and we can currently promise to keep you as busy as you wish to be with our associates waiting to start their courses!
Existing observers will tell you that the pleasure and satisfaction of hearing that your latest associate has passed his advanced test is a wonderful feeling and the gratitude and thanks you’ll receive will make you feel ten feet tall!
Becoming an IAM RoadSmart Observer will also provide you with a recognised skill and qualification with a five yearly requalification – all Observers will hold an IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) accredited IAM Local or National Observer qualification. We’ll also fund all the costs associated with gaining this qualification.
We are looking for that combination of excellent driving and riding skills plus the ability to communicate and encourage associates to develop their own skills in a positive and encouraging environment. We are not keen on criticism or focusing on the negatives. Associates are keen to develop their skills and we want to be with them every step of the way providing support, guidance and encouragement.
Our observers also have the opportunity to participate in regular training and development events and sessions and the IAM also holds a number of circuit based skills days and skills enhancement days at which we will also need observer help and support. You may also be asked to mentor the occasional celebrity or VIP for us.
If this sounds like something you would like to find out more about then we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch with your nearest local IAM driving or motorcycle group using the link to the group directory below. Call or email them with the following information and they'll advise you of the timings and next steps.
- Name and address
- Phone and email contact details
- IAM membership number
- Any relevant experience or qualifications (not essential)
Remember how you felt when you passed your advanced test? Well now you can help others to experience that elation by helping them to develop advanced skills through your skill and encouragement.