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Higher education begins as you leave: tips from IAM RoadSmart

This week’s tips give advice to students packing their bags for the big drive or ride to university. For many this trip will be the furthest they have driven, and in an area they are not yet familiar with. 

Back to school: tips from IAM RoadSmart

The summer holidays have come to a close and for some parents not a moment too soon.  Order and normality will resume along with the dreaded school run which starts again for another year. This week’s tips offers advice to drivers and riders on how to survive the term time road rush from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

The swings and roundabouts of life: driving advice from IAM RoadSmart

Roundabouts sometimes send even the most experienced drivers into a panic. But never fear: IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving standards Richard Gladman is here to help you out.

 

Riding in the right gear: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Many riders take to roads without realising they are putting themselves in danger, wearing the incorrect clothing. This week’s tips offers advice on clothing to all riders from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Leave sooner, drive slower and live longer: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Many new drivers will take to the road this summer after successfully passing their driving tests. You may have some hiccups along the way and not know how best to cope. Statistics show that the first six months of solo driving are when you are most at risk. This week’s tips give advice to new drivers from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Leave a positive vision behind: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Over time our eyesight deteriorates and previously strong vision can become poor. If eyesight problems are left unaddressed they can often lead to poor reaction times to unexpected hazards or the behaviour of other road users. This week’s tips give advice on eyesight. When riding and driving from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Buying a used car: tips from IAM RoadSmart

You may be a first time car buyer or just in the need for a new ride. This week’s tips offer advice on buying a used car from IAM RoadSmart’s head of technical policy and advice, Tim Shallcross.

Where kids are number one: tips from IAM RoadSmart

The summer holidays are here and many families will be packing for success as they set off to enjoy and travel. This week’s tips give advice on driving with children from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Keep calm while driving and riding: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Summer is here in all its glory and with its arrival also comes the arrival of pressure cooker driving conditions. Many drivers will be taking to the road stressed by holiday deadlines, long traffic queues, overheated cars and hot tempered drivers. This week’s tips give advice on dealing with road rage for riders and drivers from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Half the wheels, twice the fun: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Summer is here and many of us will be taking to the streets and country roads with our bicycles to make the most of the sunshine. This week’s tips give advice on sharing the road with cyclists from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Is parking the bigger picture? Tips from IAM RoadSmart

Many of us can find parking and looking for the right spot quite challenging but sometimes we also forget about checking our surroundings when we leave the car.  A few simple checks can avoid costly and irritating car park mistakes and make your trip a lot less stressful. This week’s tips give advice on parking from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Drive out and rave on: tips from IAM RoadSmart

It’s that time of the year to bring out your wellies, rain capes and lose yourself in the music because the summer festival season is here. This week’s tips give advice on riding and driving to and from festivals from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

If you don’t ride you don’t know: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Finding the time to take a trip abroad can be a challenge but many of us look forward to it. It can be a huge task for especially for motorcycle users abroad. This week’s tips give advice on riding abroad from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

For the journey - tips from IAM RoadSmart

Going away during the summer is something that many look forward to. Prevention is better than cure and if you are taking your own vehicle abroad it is a great idea to be prepared for the unexpected events that can occur when on the road. This week’s tips give advice on driving abroad from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Hold your horses: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Horses are powerful animals and have extremely heightened senses. They are ‘flight’ animals, so many revert to their natural instincts at any time. The outcome of this can be extremely challenging for the rider and other road users. There have been 2,570 road incidents reported to the British Horse Society in the last six years. Some 38 riders have been killed and 222 horses have died as a result of their injuries. Of these incidents 80% are because vehicle passed too fast or too close to the horse. This week’s tips give advice on riding and driving around horses from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

Above the influence: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Illegal substances can affect drivers in several ways, making them unfit for the road. But it is not only illegal drugs that we should be wary of. Prescribed or over the counter drugs can have similar negative affect’s on motorists too and driving while impaired by medication could see you banned from using the road. This week’s tips give advice on riding and driving with prescribed medication, from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.

You booze, you cruise, you lose: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Drunk motorists cause thousands of accidents on UK roads every year. Some 1,380 people were killed or seriously injured when at least one driver was over the limit. This represents a statistically significant rise from 1,310 in 2014. A lot of people may be surprised to learn that accidents occur the most over the summer period. This week’s tips give advice on drink driving, from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.

Using a Sat Nav: tips from IAM RoadSmart

Satellite navigation systems (sat navs) are a must have these days but many road users fail to use this travel companion in the correct or safe manner. In a recent simulator study looking at a variety of distractions, programming a sat nav had the biggest negative impact on driving standards. This week’s tips give advice on riding and driving with a sat navs, from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.

Driving with hay fever: tips from IAM RoadSmart

A sneeze or sniffle has a way of creeping up on you, especially when you least expect it.  Hay fever seems to affect many of us. This week’s tips give advice on riding and driving with hay fever, from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.

Secretary’s Scribbles

Posted on 09/04/16 |

Firstly, I must welcome new associates on our November 2022 course.  I hope that you will enjoy your course as much as I did mine.  Bear in mind that we are likely to ask you to change some of your driving habits.  This may be difficult for some of you but you must persevere to gain the benefits.  It’s not unusual for associates’ driving to get worse for a while as your brain tries to make sense of new information and old habits.  Most people find that by Session 5 it is all coming together and driving improves.  If this doesn’t happen, or you are unhappy for any reason, please speak to your mentor. The Group has over 50 years of experience in preparing drivers for their advanced Test and I’m sure we’ll have answers to any problems.  Don’t be afraid to ask.

Did you see that motorway services near us have been declared Britain’s worst by industry watchdog Transport Focus?  No prizes for guessing which.  It was Hartshead Moor East in West Yorkshire.  Judging by TripAdviser comments about its Starbucks and Burger King outlets, it might be best not to visit them except in an emergency. These comments included “dry burgers” and “appalling” customer service. Other comments were:

  • “(I was) absolutely astounded by the disgusting attitude of the staff”,
  • “Bored and totally uninterested is a pretty accurate way of describing the Starbucks’ team”,
  • “Tables were un-cleared and the whole place was scruffy, food on the floor and so on”,
  • “If you want Starbucks’ coffee, stale cake, and service from a failing 60’s service centre, then look no further”.

Rugby services at Junction 1 on the M6 in Warwickshire was ranked the best in Britain, so if you’re heading to London, they might be worth a visit. The Chief Executive of MotoHospitality, its operator, said it had an edge over its competitors because of high standards of cleanliness, its toilets and electric vehicle charging facilities.

A high percentage of users (93%) were satisfied with motorway services in general, including 61 per cent who were very satisfied.  Only three per cent were very or fairly dissatisfied.  Thirty-one per cent said they felt tired, stressed or frustrated when they arrived at a services but only seven per cent felt that way when they left.

Do we make the most of our IAM RoadSmart benefits?  Did you flick idly through the 32-page booklet that came with the Autumn/Winter 2022 edition of RoadSmart magazine or did you give it the attention it deserves?  As it says in the introduction, IAM RoadSmart membership gives members “access to great deals on insurance, new cars, breakdown cover, driving accessories and more, as well as fantastic savings on travel, food and drink, days out and big-name lifestyle brands”.  Leasing and personal contract hire are becoming more popular ways of getting a new car and members can get discounts from Motorfinity. You can ‘sail in style’ for less with Brittany Ferries, Saga cruises and Hurtigruten Expeditions.  Red Letter Days provide a wide range of experiences and you’ll save 20% on every gift as a member of IAM RoadSmart.  Do you need new wiper blades?  Take advantage of 10% savings from Vipa Car Parts.  If you’ve lost the booklet and are wishing you’d paid it more attention, don’t worry. You can find all these offers and more at www.iamroadsmartbenefits.com 

Gary Whittle