At IAM RoadSmart we make better drivers and riders. As the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, formed in 1956, we’ve spent more than 60 years making our roads safer by improving driver and rider skills through coaching and education.

Our qualified experts, our network of 77,000 members and 172 local groups are our lifeblood. They champion our cause and help drive our vision – to be the best, most recognised provider of coaching and advice for all post-licence drivers and riders, and to help make our roads safer for all. 

Who are we? 

Road Safety Champions – We are a charity that champions safer roads in the UK. 

Sustainability Advocates – We campaign for sustainable driving and riding in the UK. 

Campaigners – Alongside our members and groups, we engage with government, campaigning nationally and locally, for a future fit and safer road network that actively reduces harm. We work to make all road users aware of the safety challenges facing our road network and what can be done to improve them. 

Active Members – Our members actively contribute to road safety by improving the skills of drivers and riders. We work with those that have fallen below the minimum standards expected of road users to improve their road skills reducing their potential for harm to others. We engage with those putting the largest number of drivers on the road to ensure they have a positive impact on driver and rider safety. 

A Focussed Team – Be they Members, Groups, full time staff, trustees, volunteers or occasional staff; we are a team that all have roles to play in making UK roads safer. 

An Active Community – We are a community that enjoys driving and riding. 

Forward Thinkers – We work to ensure future vehicles and roads have the safety of all road users at their heart. 

An Effective Organisation – A sustainable IAM RoadSmart is an organisation that will continue to improve road safety in the UK. This means we use our members funds efficiently and effectively. We embrace a future fit culture and wherever possible we use technology to increase our impact in our fight for safer roads in the UK. 

Advanced Rider Course 

Course overview 

The Advanced Rider course aims to give you additional knowledge and skills to make your on-road experiences safer and more fulfilling. All you need is a full valid licence and your own motorbike. 

We want to help you enjoy your passion, grow friendships, and create memorable experiences on your bike, now and in the future. 

About the course 

What does becoming a more skilful rider mean to you? Better road positioning? Enhanced observation skills? Or simply greater bike control? 

Whichever aspect of riding you’re looking to improve, our course brings your skills up to an advanced level, helping you to get more out of riding and preparing you for any on-road scenario. 

For the course, you’ll be paired with one of our highly skilled Observers, themselves Advanced Riders who hold an additional Institute of the Motor Industry qualification. 

  • Our Observers will meet you in location that is convenient for you both. You can discuss where you’d like to meet your Observer once you have been assigned to your Local Group. 
  • Over a series of observed rides, you’ll develop your core riding skills and learn how to continuously apply the ‘IPSGA’ framework (Information, Position, Speed, Gear, Acceleration) to a variety of on-road situations including on bends, motorways, and during overtakes. 
  • We’ll send you a handbook to help you keep track of your progress, and you’ll have time to practise and hone your new skills between each session. 
  • You can even take advantage of your local Group and meet up with others on the course to discuss and share your newfound knowledge and skills. 
  • When you’re ready, your Observer will put you forward for your Advanced Test with one of our Examiners. Upon completion, you’ll gain ‘Advanced Rider’ and ‘IAM RoadSmart Member’ status. 

What’s included in the course fee? 

  • Membership of your local group 
  • Typically around 6-12 sessions with an Observer 
  • The Advanced Test 
  • One year’s membership to IAM RoadSmart as an Associate 

Are there any additional costs? 

Your allocated Observer is a volunteer and will use their own motorcycle when riding with you to deliver the Advanced Rider course. Some Groups request that a contribution is made to the fuel costs incurred by the Observer.