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"
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). 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 "Advanced Driving" 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 can enrol on the Borders DriveWise Young Driver Initiative 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 27th March 2018