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    Don’t let the breakdown tear you down

    The Bank Holiday weekend is approaching, and it’s predicted that 15 million cars will be out on the road. With that will inevitably come a surge of breakdowns, stressful at best and dangerous at worst. Here are some breakdown safety tips from, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

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    Keep a weather eye out for the vulnerable

    With cycling proving to be a popular and convenient way to get around, it is vital to stay alert when sharing the road with vulnerable road users. Here are some tips on what to look out for in summer traffic from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.

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    Are you sitting comfortably?

    The hustle and bustle of the UK commute isn’t always the easiest. With the summer holidays here, neither is driving the kids around for various activities. Here are some comfy driving tips from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

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    It’s that time … road trip!

    Summer is here and the holiday season is upon us. A lot of travellers try to kill two birds with one stone by driving and sleeping in the same place. Here are some road trip driving safety tips for you caravan and motorhome users from, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

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    All hot and bothered!

    Last week proved to be the hottest day of the year in the UK and it looks like summer has truly arrived. Here are some summer travelling safety tips from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

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    Tractors on roads – love them or hate them?

    Living in the countryside is lovely, lots of fresh air (most of the time) less noise and traffic than in towns and some would say a slower pace of life. However I have noticed a few changes since my childhood: tractors for one have really changed.

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    My new role and the IAM RoadSmart 60th birthday car party

    You may seen the announcement and introduction of my new role and what I hope to achieve the previous blog by Sarah Sillars IAM RoadSmart chief executive officer. I’m really excited and proud to say I will be working with IAM RoadSmart during my gap year.

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    Don’t dream it’s over

    “Careless” and “reckless,” are words we often hear associated with young drivers. Adding to this stigmatisation are the statistics in 2013 the Department of Transport found that 17% of young car drivers that were involved in crashes were careless, reckless or in a hurry, for 16% of accidents loss of control was determined to be a contributory factor and 22% were either travelling too fast for conditions or performed a poor turn or manoeuvre we need to support younger drivers, understand and moreover inspire them to be better drivers.

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    We need you! Using social media to spread the road safety agenda!

    There are 2.3 billion active social media users across the globe. In the past year there was a 176 million increase and 81% of small to medium sized organisations are using it for their business needs. It would be foolish of us not to embrace the advantages that come from this growing digital experience.

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    Let's support younger drivers

    ‘Stop, Look and Listen’ is a phrase that is constantly drummed into children at school but the momentum is often lost and does not always transcend into adulthood. So when young drivers extend an olive branch and want to get involved with driving and road safety activities we would be would be foolish not to answer. In my last blog I talked about how we’ve been around for sixty years previous blog. In that time there have been significant changes in the way people learn and develop. Nowhere is this more true than for younger drivers and riders.

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    Formula for Happiness

    ‘Always make sure you spend less than you have in the bank,’ to sum up Charles Dickens’ character Wilkins Micawber's thoughts on budgeting. This can be extended to always make sure what you spend delivers what you are trying to achieve: a good look, a full tummy or a great service.

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    Steering – 'Power is nothing without control'

    IAM RoadSmart has now launched its new Advanced Driver course training material and steering featured in the roll out to observers and examiners. What I still find amusing is that rotational steering, first featured in the 2007 edition of Roadcraft and yet, here we are nine years on with some still denying its very existence.

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    Pokemon – but not on the GO.

    Last Thursday I downloaded Pokémon GO, just a couple of hours after its UK launch. And if not exactly hooked, trying to ensnare Zubat on the bus or Golduck on the tube is a really fun way of passing time.

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    Summer: the season of weddings, festivals and barbecues!

    The long awaited British summertime is here and the shorts are out! For many of us this spells a season of weddings, festivals and barbecues. It is also the perfect time, with sun roofs and windows open to their fullest, for taking to the roads.

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    Rallying support for IAM RoadSmart

    1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner and IAM RoadSmart Mature Driver Ambassador Paddy Hopkirk writes his first blog for us, talking about how everyone can be a better driver – even a race winner like himself.

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    The IAM RoadSmart Summer Trade Show Circuit!

    Since the start of the summer, the IAM RoadSmart sales team has been busy, attending a number of trade shows. We’ve been everywhere in May and June, from the Company Car in Action 2016 at Millbrook, to the Safety & Health Expo 2016 at ExCeL London.

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    Dogs love to travel!

    Having a dog is just expanding your family with a furry four-legged friend! Think about their safety when travelling in a car in the same way you would think of yours, your children or grandchildren.

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    The future's bright – the future's silver!

    As we all know 4th of July is Independence Day and this year, in London, it was marked by the launch of a report which should help guarantee better mobility and independence for older drivers in the future. The key official crash statistics show that the risk of older drivers hurting others in serious crashes is lower than middle-aged drivers and half that of young drivers.

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    My passion for road safety

    I am passionate about driver and road safety, particularly for young drivers, as I am one myself! However I’m not your typical teenager driving simply to get from point A to B, I like to go that extra mile.

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    Scottish Borders Under17 Driving Event

    Back in January when I was standing in the middle of CharterHall estate on a disused racing circuit converted to a landing strip, in the cold and rain with John Cleland former Super Saloon racing champion and now Volvo and Jaguar dealer in Galashiels, Amanda Smith, Shaun Cronin, Gill Macgregor all from IAM RoadSmart, and Andy McClean Chief Inspector of Scottish Borders police, the idea of conducting an under 17 drivers event it seemed like the impossible.

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    If it’s Thursday it must be ….Hannover!

    IAM RoadSmart's director of policy and research shares with us what he got up to in Hannover. From learning about the use of driving simulators to assess dementia and minor cognitive impairments to gaining an insight into other research works going on around the world, Neil has the latest from his visit.

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    The Biker Down experience – an experience that’s totally worth it

    If you arrive on scene just after the incident will you be a help or a hazard? You may be the only chance the casualty has. The sad fact is if you are a motorcyclist in a group your casualty is likely to be someone in your group. Well, in true Dads Army fashion ‘Don’t Panic’ and why not get yourself along to a Biker Down course?

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    Getting to know you

    Last week, IAM RoadSmart's senior communications executive, Rodney Kumar, had the honour of being invited to the Western Group of Motoring Writers Annual Driving Day at Castle Combe circuit. To find out more about what he got up to and why such events can prove fruitful, read more.

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    Are we there yet?

    As father of two young children in a family that likes to go to places varied and widespread, we do many a mile together on the UK’s roads. Car journeys account for 68% of all journeys made and leisure is the principle reason in 40% of all cases*, so we’re not alone.

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    Be in the know: IAM RoadSmart social media channels

    If you don’t know much about our social media channels yet, then this is where you can find out more. Once you know more about some of our major channels, you can decide which one/ones best suit your needs. We have so much going on online, so much so, we want you to be a part of it!

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    Euro 2016 – Let’s avoid penalties this summer

    Research shows some 5,500 drivers/riders were convicted of drink driving last year on the morning after; worryingly this is seven per cent higher than 10 years ago and accounts for 20% of all convictions, demonstrating many drivers are completely unaware of the amount of alcohol remaining in their body from the previous night and how this places them over the legal limit. Read more.

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    SMART: Saw a Motorcyclist and Reacted Today

    As a driver who is looking at a junction or roundabout you often see what you expect to see. A motorcycle even with its headlamps on can merge into the background traffic, and the movement straight towards you can be difficult to spot. If, as drivers, we recognise this we may allow a bit more time to look for bikes and we may just save a life or at least a few grey hairs!

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    Helsinki – Hel yeah!

    IAM RoadSmart's director of policy and research, Neil Greig, was proud to represent IAM RoadSmart amongst 200 delegates from across 70 different countries at the annual FIA mobility conference held in Helsinki. Read more to find out about Neil's experience and what he got up to.

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    Meet the biker behind the screen

    "My relationship with IAM RoadSmart is a very personal one for me. The skills I’ve learnt have changed my life. I’ve never looked back." Read more about observer and motorcyclist, Dan Hart's relationship with us and his passion for helping others improve their skills.

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    Steering – ‘the old pull and push’

    As Regional Quality Manager for the South I get to travel about visiting different IAM groups and test Masters and National Observer candidates together with a few IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver Tests. And steering as a core subject is often raised with me. Now as it’s IAM RoadSmart, several days could be lost in a discussion on the minutia of many subjects, but steering is a classic case. Read more.

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    Step back in time (as Kylie once said)

    IAM RoadSmart may have just been launched as our new brand name, but that’s not the only exciting thing happening this year. We are in the midst of planning for our 60th anniversary too. From a new name to marking six decades of making better drivers and riders it’s all go.

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    The road ahead

    Becoming more observant will improve your driving, it can actually make the journey more fun too. You might be surprised by the things you notice when you really start taking in the scenery you drive through.

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    It’s not grey, it’s black and white

    Whether it's nipping out to the depot or going to a meeting or visiting a supplier; do enough companies consider the implications of an employee using their own vehicle for work?

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    Should road safety be in the national curriculum?

    Reflecting on my education I really wish that road safety had been part of the curriculum. Giving young people an understanding of risks and the consequences of actions on the road, whether as a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian, would be invaluable.

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    M4 musings on driverless cars

    A particularly gruelling journey recently set my mind to the topic of actually not having to drive at all. Autonomous cars.

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    Be still my beating heart – calm those driving nerves

    Are you one of the 32 million people in the UK who drives? How much confidence do you have behind the wheel?

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    Slow slow, quick quick, slow!

    Enjoyment on the road can come in many different forms. But the watchword when it comes to speed is …make sure you pick the right piece of tarmac for the occasion!

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    We make better drivers and riders

    It’s not often an organisation has so many firsts on one day. But for us, today is a biggie. New brand. New website. New courses. New standards. And a new strapline, ‘we make better drivers and riders’. Because that’s what we do.

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    Speed cameras – the views of high mileage drivers

    Reading this, you might be reminded of a time when you were driving along and suddenly noticed the double flash of a speed camera behind your vehicle. Had you just been caught speeding or was it as a result of the way the vehicle in front or behind you was driving?

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    Safe Driving Guide

    Our standard policy wording is simple and straightforward, avoiding misunderstandings or ambiguity. It is intended to engage the driver and be simple to read. The contents page is hyper-linked to each section for ease of use when viewing in PDF rather than hardcopy. The document is 13 pages long, including the attractive front page and the coversheet, which requires a signature from the person responsible for the policy, plus the name of the person responsible for day-to-day enforcement, plus a date for review.

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    Driving Licence Checking Facility

    The only way to ensure the driving licence is valid at the time of the check is via the DVLA, visual checking and taking a copy cannot ensure the licence is current or valid for the class of vehicle being driven on Company business. Frequency of these checks is dependent on your Company Policy and number of points on a driving licence.

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    Driving at work policy

    Our standard policy wording is simple and straightforward, avoiding misunderstandings or ambiguity. It is intended to engage the driver and be simple to read. The contents page is hyper-linked to each section for ease of use when viewing in PDF rather than hardcopy.

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    UK road casualties increase for first time in 18 years

    IAM Drive & Survive is very concerned at the alarming increase in road deaths in Britain, following the publication of the latest accident statistics from the Department for Transport today.

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    IAM establishes new industry group to guide driver risk management

    The UK’s leading road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), recently hosted the inaugural meeting of its new Business Customer Advisory Group (BCAG). The gathering saw industry professionals come together to give their opinions on what they need from innovative driver risk management programmes that will deliver safer and more efficient driver activities for their businesses.

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    Corporate manslaughter and driving; your business may be at risk.

    « Errare humanum est » but when it’s about your employees’ health and safety, it is your responsibility to make your H&S policies robust and reliable. Recently sentencing for health and safety offences has got tougher and depends on the seriousness of the injury and the turnover of the company.

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    White paper: Bent metal - an analysis of vehicle accidents amongst company fleets

    In this White Paper you will be able to find the result of a survey we commissioned in autumn 2014 to investigate what experiences businesses were having with regards to bent metal and its financial impact.

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    White paper: Is a lack of DRM hitting your fleet's performance?

    In today's busy working environments, it's easy to see how the health, safety and training of drivers might fall off the agenda. But instead, imagine the difficulty of managing the aftermath of a vehicle crash.

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    #Wheelsinwinter - IAM launches winter road safety drive

    In 2014, 12,445 accidents took place on built up roads that were either flooded or wet in the dark – a 19% increase since 2010 (1). As the days shorten and weather conditions worsen the IAM has launched its #wheelsinwinter campaign to support leisure and business travellers in driving safely this winter.

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    Road safety fears prompt summit

    The rising human and financial toll of accidents and injuries on North-East roads have prompted a new move to draw up a regional road safety strategy.

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    Winter is coming; 7 things to check for both you and your car that really matter

    It's that time of the year again; cold weather is coming back with fog and potentially, snow. How do you ensure that you and your car are ready for this and more?

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    The potential dangers of "handsfree" behind the wheel

    Sending e-mails, even with voice activation, increases the driver's reaction time. With new cars now being fitted with voice-control functionality, it is now possible to write text messages and emails and communicate on Facebook, while driving. But this new technology has great potential for driver distraction, according to a study presented by the American Automobile Association (AAA), which warns against their growing use while driving.

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    The new driving dangers - selfies, video calls or just watching TV

    New research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) reveals the shocking extent to which drivers use their phones and tablets to take selfies, make video calls and watch videos while driving.

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    The 2014 road casualties rise reasons.

    The reasons may be diverse but we do know that distracted driving is a huge problem for road safety. We are in an era of smartphones, 4G and all the apps that distract road users. (drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians) and a common reason for road casualties in 2014 is that the drivers' fail to see properly.

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    The importance of responsible driving

    Companies today face multiple challenges and increasingly complex issues. Profitability, competitiveness, anticipating the needs of their customers, ensuring good working conditions for their employees and registering the company for environmental responsibility can all increase business pressure.

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    The worst cases of excessive speeding

    IAM Drive & Survive has lifted the lid on the worst examples of excessive speeding caught on safety cameras across England and Wales last year (2014). Britain’s two worst speeders were caught at 146mph, both by Kent Police on the M25. One was travelling anti-clockwise at Junction 5 at Clacket Lane Services, the other going clockwise at Swanley.

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    White paper: Fuel Efficiency and carbon reduction

    In the summer of 2013 we commissioned a survey to investigate how important environmental factors and fuel-saving were in influencing the decisions companies made regarding vehicle choice. All participants were key fleet decision makers or had some influence with the fleet decision making process. Whilst it is encouraging to see the acknowledged relevance of fuel-efficiency and environmental factors in the responses, it is concerning that relatively little is being done to facilitate the delivery of driver improvements through training and assessment.

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