Group no. 6084 affiliated to IAM Roadsmart ~ Registered Scottish Charity SC023509
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.
In the years leading up to 2016 the car group was
finding it increasingly difficult to find sufficient members
willing to volunteer for Committee roles and a proposal was made
to bike and car group members, and unanimously accepted, that
car and bike groups be merged, with the proposed structure a
common "Exec" committee with day-to-day operational aspects of
car and bike groups each managed by a smaller sub-committee.
Please see "Who
we are" for details.
The aims of the Group are to
help members improve and enjoy their motoring more
contribute to the safety of other road users through our members improved standards!
hold meetings and events promoting safer motoring
encourage all motorists to become "lifelong learners", as the perfect motorist has yet to be born!
The members of the Group represent a very wide cross section of Borders life in terms of background, occupation, age, geographic location, and motoring experience. Their are two main categories of membership:
"Full members" have all passed the Advanced Test, are in continuing membership of the IAM, and wish to support the work of the IAM locally through the Borders Group
"Associate members" are preparing for the Advanced Test.
There is a much smaller category of "Exempt" members for those who already hold recognised driving or motorcycle qualifications: click here for details of how to apply.
Our activities focus on:
a programme of occasional meetings which normally - but not always! - have a motoring-related theme
giving free "Demonstration" drives: you will accompany one of our Observers in his or her car; he or she will show what's involved and give you an explanation of what Advanced Motoring is about.
offering free "Assessment" drives: one of our Observers will accompany you in your car, offer practical advice on your performance, and suggest where improvements could be made.
offering a "Mature Driver's Assessment", one of the IAM's formal "Driving assessments"
publicising the work of the IAM at events
giving free presentations to local organisations, clubs, etc., on advanced motoring and related issues
the running of regular courses for new members preparing for the Advanced Test
As our current focus is on recruiting young drivers, our main meetings relate to the running of the Group, such as Committee meetings and our Annual General Meeting (AGM), which has taken place in recent years at the Scottish Borders Campus of Borders College and Heriot-Watt University. Other meetings take place at a venue appropriate to the theme of the chosen topic.
Our one-day introductory courses for new Associate members take place in a variety of small venues in the central Borders several times a year.
To make a reservation on the next available course run by the Borders Group, you must first purchase the IAM "Skill for Life" package. You can contact the Membership Secretary for further information, or purchase the package online. When purchasing the package online, you should give the Borders as your "preferred IAM group or location", and your place on our next course will be reserved.
You can also purchase a Advanced Driving Course Gift Voucher for a friend or family member.
If you are a young driver (under 26 years), and are normally resident in the Scottish Borders, you currently have 2 options:
You can apply for membership of the Borders Group under the BGAM-Cleland Young Driver Initiative and have the fee of £149 refunded after passing the test!
You can apply for an accelerated course sponsored and administered by the Scottish Borders Council and have the fee of £149 refunded after passing the test!
For comments and feedback on the pages, please contact the Borders Group Webmaster
Page last updated 2nd February 2016