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What is an Advanced Driver or Rider?

Someone who has undergone training and subsequently passed an Advanced Driving or Riding Test such as that offered by IAM RoadSmart (formerly the Institute of Advanced Motorists); RoSPA or Diamond.

Why do people train for and sit an Advanced Test?

For all sorts of reasons! There are those who want the satisfaction of knowing they are in the top 5% of drivers or riders on our roads; to increase their enjoyment of the driving or riding task; to reduce the chance of being involved in a road traffic incident; to attract a lower insurance premium or simply for that sense of achievement on meeting the standard!

If you live in the Carlisle or West Cumbria area, give us a call for a no obligation chat or follow the links on this site, to find out more about IAM RoadSmart courses.


The IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver‘ or ‘Advanced Rider’ See here for prices and details IAM National Site

  • First year’s membership of IAM RoadSmart;
  • First year’s membership of your local IAM RoadSmart Affiliated Group: which is Carlisle and West Cumbria Advanced Motorists (CWCAM);
  • The support of the local Group to prepare you for the Advanced Test;
  • The cost of your Advanced Test;
  • Other member benefits;

Our Courses aim to bring drivers and riders up to Advanced Test standard, over seven or so training sessions: although more may be required. Associates are allocated their own *Observer and the training sessions are taken on dates and times agreed between the two: the aim is to be as flexible and accommodating as possible.

*Observer: an Advanced Driver or Rider who has undertaken further training and assessment to qualify them to instruct others in Advanced Driving or Riding techniques. Observers are unpaid volunteers who willingly give their time free of charge, to help others. Visit ‘Advanced Driver‘ or ‘Advanced Rider Courses.


If you’re under 26 and keen to improve your driving skills, this course is for you. Using your own car, you will receive a second opinion on your driving, so that you will develop new skills and gain greater confidence. Visit Young Driver Assessment.

Mature Driver Assessment

If you would like our Professional opinion of your driving standard along with constructive, impartial advice on any development required, then our Mature Driver Assessment is for you! This will sharpen your skills, renew your confidence and reassure your family and yourself that you are safe to continue driving. Visit Mature Driver Assessment.

IAM RoadSmart Modules

We currently offer modules, to help you become a more confident driver. The most popular are Motorway Driving; Driving on Rural Roads and our Parking & Manoeuvring modules that are delivered ‘on-road’ in your own vehicle.

Visit the IAM RoadSmart website for further information about Our modules.

If you think any of the above courses would benefit you then perhaps you would like to know… what’s next? Before moving on, why not try out our Highway Code Quiz below?’