We are pleased to present our most recent newsletters and when appropriate, we also publish special bulletins concerning local road closures.
(Last updated August 2021)
In this feature, we post articles essentially focussing on driving safety matters, which are appropriate to our region.
The first document explains how Average Speed Cameras have improved driver behaviour in our Region.
The following document provides Motorbike riders with a pictorial reminder of POWDERY checks and to complement that, we have also given car drivers a pictorial guide to cockpit checks before getting ready to move off in a diesel or petrol fuel car.
(We hope to provide one for hybrids or electric vehicles in the near future.)
Potholes are very damaging to cars and bikes and it is important that those responsible for our roads are made aware of such hazards. We have included a document telling you how to report them to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils so that they can repair these faults and make our roads safer for everyone.
In the last of the listed bulletins, we learn about hazards that a truck driver has to contend with at roundabouts or junctions and what you as a driver or motorcyclist can do to help the driver of a 40te plus truck. Many of you will be familiar with such problems on Anderson drive.
(Last update - August 2021.)
Here, we provide some details of the events that we have been involved with recently.
16 riders set out from Westhill on 28th August for a big run to Ullapool. 2 dropped out at Granton on Spey and then a further 2 at Tore. 12 people made it to Ullapool for lunch. All enjoyed the day which enjoyed fairly favourable sunny weather. The route was approximately 335 miles from start to finish.
The Group were fortunate to make one of the only car shows being held in 2021, most of which were cancelled due to the pandemic.
This was also the first outing for our Mobile Display Unit which had just had all the external sides covered in new vinyl films to advertise both IAM RoadSmart and Aberdeen Advanced Motorists Group. We are very pleased with the new branding.
The Full Throttle show was held at Castle Fraser on the 5th September.
To wind up 2020 as far as social events were concerned, 8 intrepid souls braved the near zero temperatures to travel on some of the best rural roads in Aberdeenshire. It was a bright frosty day but all enjoyed the chance to have a final get-together, socially distanced of course. The route started at Mill of Mundurno and made a stop off for lunch at Huntly. All returned home safely without incident.
With the restrictions imposed by the Scottish Government in 2020 to limit the spread of Covid 19 coronavirus, the Aberdeen Group had to find new ways to keep our membership engaged. We ran a successful series of virtual monthly presentations which were open to not only AAM members but other Scottish Groups were also invited. Our programme kicked off in May:
19 brave bikers / passengers took to the roads in a rather dreich day to tour the wonderful roads of Speyside whisky country. However, it nearly didn't get started....... one of the group leaders lost his keys just after refuelling. All of the group then started to search for the errant items only for the embarrassed rider to magically find them in his jacket's breast pocket
Lunch was a great success at the "Speyside Kitchen" near Aviemore where the group were pleased to get a respite from the constant freezing drizzle. At last they could dry off a bit, warm up and tuck into some delicious home made soup and bowls of chilli. Herebelow, the group just about ready to once again set off on the return leg.
The riders split into 2 groups for the inward leg home. One team headed over the twisty roller coaster route over the Lecht whilst the 2nd team took the less adventurous trail from Grantown to Keith and hence back to Deeside.
We were very privileged and pleased to be given a zoom talk by IAM RoadSmart Chairman, Derek McMullan in September. Derek told attendees about the technology in his i-Pace Jaguar and how the characteristics of acceleration and braking of the car compared with a conventional fuel car and the fact that the car has no gearbox, has meant a different approach to the speed, gear and acceleration phases approaching hazards.
A group of 15 AAM bikers set out from Aboyne to the Commando Monument at Spean Bridge. Here are 3 of the pictures from the event;
1) The gathering at Aboyne car park. Notice the bikes are parked to maintain social distancing.
2) Mission accomplished. The group pose in front of the monument.
3) Commando monument plaque.
Aberdeen Advanced Motorists group attended the Blast from the Past Classic Car show at Thainstone Centre in July 2019. Our mobile display unit attracted a good number of members of the public and we are hopeful that most of the drivers and riders who expressed an interest and completed an enquiry form will eventually sign up for an Advanced course.
The mini-moto on display was especially attractive to the kids among us!
2) Joff gives the briefing.
3) Everybody seems happy with the arrangements
We have given a number of talks to local groups about Advanced Driving. The pictures below show us presenting at one of the Aberdeen "Men's Shed" Groups and to the MG Owners Club.
This was the first quiz night that we held on 20th August. A range of general knowledge questions were set by Neil Warden covering subjects such as statues, geography, music, films, TV and of course motoring. Member Doug London won with 53 points out of a possible total of 74.
In this section, we've pasted some of the articles concerning Aberdeen Advanced Motorists that have appeared in the press, in the days when folk were not so used to reading about groups on websites or social media. We hope you enjoy looking back in our history and seeing how active AAM was in keeping road safety in the public eye.