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  • How much does taking the Advanced Rider course cost?

    Under the iAM’s RoadSmart program, a one-off payment of £149 includes a year’s membership of NAM, a year’s membership of the IAM, a copy of The Associates Log Book and the test fee. Our observers, who are all unpaid volunteers, will provide you with as much training time as you want or need for just £15 per session petrol money to help towards their fuel costs.
  • How long does it take to reach the required standard?

    It depends entirely on how much practice you do and how quickly you learn, but remember that the test is not easy. 6-10 observed runs and 3-6 months is typical, but there is no upper or lower limit. Our observers will continue to help you as long as you need them.
  • I’ve been riding for 25 years. What is the point in doing advanced training?

    While experience is always a good thing, bear in mind that the riding system IPSGA has been developed by many expert riders and instructors over several decades. No individual rider could reasonably be expected to work out all the hundreds of advanced riding tips and tricks themselves — there is always more to learn.
  • I’ve just passed my test. Should I start advanced rider training straight away?

    This is a very personal thing as people are at different stages of skill and riding development. You may start if you wish, but it might be beneficial to get at least six months experience under your belt first. You need to be able to handle your machine confidently and easily to allow you to concentrate on other matters such as anticipating hazards, road positioning etc.
  • I’ve completed a Bike Safe weekend, should I do the iAM RoadSmart training too?

    Yes. The Police Bike Safe courses are a quick introduction to advanced rider training, and there is a limit to how much they can teach you in a weekend. NAM is perfectly placed to help you take that training further.
  • What is the training like?

    Generally training is done on a one-to-one basis with an assigned observer, although group training may be offered as an alternative from time to time. Observed Runs typically last 3 to 4 hours comprising briefing, riding and de-briefing and will cover a wide variety of road types from small country back lanes through sweeping A roads to motorways. At intervals, you will stop and your observer will advise on any improvements that can be made to your riding
  • What will I learn?

    How to read the road; how to anticipate and deal with hazards; how to avoid other peoples’ mistakes; a smooth, efficient, fast riding style; how ‘the system’ (IPSGA) of machine control can help you; better mechanical sympathy; better machine control; accident avoidance and many other tips and techniques for better riding.
  • What sort of bike do I need?

    You can train with us and take the test on any bike provided it is roadworthy and able to sustain the national speed limit.
  • Do you use radios during training?

    Yes we do, but a choice is given to the associate as to whether they wish to use radios or be guided by manual signals. Radios are not currently used during the test and remember that we train by observing rather than instructing. Your observer will watch you riding for a while, then stop you and give advice and suggestions, rather than give instructions.
  • How do I know when I am ready to take the test?

    Your observer is the best person to judge this. When they think your riding is at the required standard, they will advise you to apply for the test and will arrange for you to take a final check ride with another observer for practice.
  • What is the test like?

    The test takes a format very similar to observed runs. The examiner will direct you on a variety of roads, and follow closely behind you. They may ask you do to a few slow-speed manoeuvres (U-turns etc.) and may ask you a few questions about The iAM advanced rider course outlined in your Log Book and the Highway Code. It takes around one and a half hours. At the end of the test, the examiner will tell you if you have passed and also give you detailed constructive feedback on your run. Pass or fail, you should take note of the advice in the de-brief!
  • So what does the iAM offer me after passing my iAM RoadSmart Advanced Riding course?

    There is a range of NAM group activities outlined on our website and a large number of options open to you that will allow you to further develop your riding and/or contribute to the promotion and delivery of advanced riding in the Nottinghamshire area. Please see the diagram below, which outlines some of the options, but come and chat to one of the NAM committee for further information.
  • I’ve heard people say that my Insurance will be reduced if I have passed my Advanced Rider test, is that true?

    Although we cannot guarantee that your insurance will reduce, most insurance companies consider the fact that you have passed an advanced rider qualification along with other factors when assessing your overall risk and hence your premium. All we can say is that many of our members have seen a positive benefit, however we would always recommend comparing quotes from multiple insurers and the overall benefits before making a decision. Please see iAM RoadSmart’s comments on Insurance and Insurance risk; click here