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We’re a friendly bunch of about 200 members of all ages, the group was affiliated to the IAM in June 1961 and is run by enthusiastic volunteers for the benefit of others with a similar interest in Advanced Driving and Riding. Some members have not yet passed their Advanced Test and benefit from coaching in preparing for it. All members enjoy the opportunity to socialise with like-minded locals at regular meetings, talks, driving/ riding events and visits.

We provide

  • Preparation for the Advanced Test: When you join us we’ll team you up with one of our Observers. These accomplished Advanced Drivers/Riders volunteer their time to help you prepare for your Advanced Test at no additional cost. If you undertake Driver Training you’ll drive them in your own car, if it is Rider Training you will use your own bike. It often takes 6-10 sessions of 1½ hours, at a mutually convenient time, providing the guidance and coaching necessary to get you ready to pass your Advanced Test. We’re proud of our high pass rate.
  • Meetings and Talks: In the Autumn and Winter months we have regular meeting at Exeter Hall, Kidlington, Oxford, everyone is welcome to come along to listen to one of the arranged talks and socialise with like-minded drivers over a cup of tea.
  • Trips and Events: We organise motoring-related trips which are often free or discounted. Recent examples include professional Skid Pan training (half price) and a tour of the Highways Agency Regional Control Centre (free).
  • Informal Group Drives and Rides: Whether you’ve passed your Advanced Test or not, everyone is welcome to participate in Group Drives and Rides during the summer. We meet locally and organise ourselves in to pairs for a drive on interesting local roads. It’s a great opportunity to share advice and experiences with a range of drivers at all levels. There’s no charge for members.


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