It will take 4 to 10 sessions to complete our Advanced Rider Course on average, which is done on your own bike with a trained volunteer observer close to you and usually on radio. Your Observer will take you through the initial knowledge book phase and on to riding using the system then when you’re ready for it, “The Test” which is conducted by a qualified police class one rider. At all stages including the test are done in a friendly manner.  Please note we ask for a nominal contribution of £45.00 to the fuel costs of your observer.


Each session with your Trained Observer in your own car lasts a couple of hours and you’ll focus on specific skills to develop across a wide range of competencies, where you’ll learn to demonstrate your newly acquired advanced driving skills such as, control, observation, timing, optimum road positioning, ability to deal with unpredictable roads and other road users’ behaviour. When you’re ready, you’ll take the advanced driving test with a Class one Police driver.

about IAM Borders

The Borders Group of Advanced Motorists started life in 1980 as the "Borders Better Driving Group".

In 1982 the Group was accepted into membership of The Institute of Advanced Motorists, and has been representing the interests what is now known as IAM Roadsmart in the Scottish Borders ever since.

In 2003 a motorcycle section came into being with the enthusiastic support of existing and new members.  The first motorcycle test pass was achieved in 2004, and a separate Motorcycle Group was formed in June 2006.

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