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Newsletters

Here, we are pleased to present our latest newsletters which tell you about things we've been doing.  When appropriate, we also publish special bulletins concerning road closures which could effect our local car and motorcycle members.

Note that we only keep newsletters covering the last 9 months on this webpage. 

(Last reviewed August 2020)

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Go Safely

In this feature, we post articles essentially focussing on driving safety matters, which are appropriate to our region. 

The top document, tells how the Department of Transport have launched a consultation review concerning important proposed changes to the Highway code. Everybody is able to review these changes and provide input to the consultation process. The online addresses for the changes and survey are given in this sheet.

In the second document, we provide a brief summary of what the Department for Transport is planning for our future in their Road Safety Statement published in July 19. The next document also focusses on road safety and how Average Speed Cameras have improved driver behaviour in our Region.

The next 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 will sort 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 - May 2020.)

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Aberdeen in Action

In this section, we show a few pictures of some of the events that we've held or been involved with.

 

AAM Display at Blast from the Past Classic Car Show

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. 

Blast from the Past

 

The mini-moto on display was especially attractive to the kids among us!

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September 2019 Tyndrum Ride-out Day

1) Our biker Group at Aboyne just before setting off

Tyndrum riders

 

 

2) Joff gives the briefing.

Tydrum briefing

 

 

3) Everybody seems happy with the arrangements

Tydrum briefing 2

 

Presentations to the Public on Advanced Driving

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.

 

Peterculter Men's shed talk
 
MG Owners Club talk
 

PAST TIMES - Clippings saved from newspaper articles

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.

 

Driving out of town

2008 Advice on rural roads driving

This piece appeared in the Press & Journal in March 2008 and was part of a series of features which aimed to encourage young drivers to sign up for a tough driving competition in which AAM run in partnership with Knockhill Racing Circuit and Grampian Police. From answering a questionnaire, 25 youngsters would be selected to have an assessment by AAM and from that the 12 best would go forward for special tuition and final assessment at Knockhill. The winner won a Seat Ibiza Sport. In this piece Neil Warden, then Chairman provided tips for driving safely on rural roads.

 
Daily Mail Advert

2005 Advert for Institute of Advanced Motorists

This advert appeared in the Daily Mail in October 2005. It shows that the Institute of Advanced Motorists had 10 motorcycle groups and 22 car groups operating in Scotland at that time. Anne Marshall was Chairperson of the Aberdeen Group then.

 
Burkhill Young driver appeal

2005 Letter appealing to young people to drive safely

Still an all to familiar tragedy when a young driver was killed by going too fast on wet roads. Graham Birkhill of Aberdeen Advanced Motorists as well as the chief of the local traffic police provided input to the article with appeared in the Evening Express in August 2005.

 
G Burkhill letters

2004 Letters about improving bad standards of driving

These letters by Graham Burkhill of AAM were published in the Evening Express in 2004. The first was in June and a follow up letter was published in July.

 
Advanced driving advert

1996 Aberdeen Group of Advanced Motorists Advert

This advert appeared in the Aberdeen Herald and Post in March 1996. At that time, the course comprised a series of classroom sessions followed by observed drives.

 
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1991 Awards for AAM Drivers

This photo appeared in the Evening Express in November 1991. Mr Tom Acamovic received a double award for his driving skills. Also in the picture is Mr David Walker who would later become Chairman of the AAM group and would write many articles to the press on making local roads safer.

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