IAM Roadsmart


Borders Group of Advanced Motorists (cars) - Please click here for our motorcycle section

Group no. 6084 affiliated to IAM Roadsmart ~ Registered Scottish Charity SC023509


Young Drivers - Click here to learn about our Borders DriveWise courses running throughout 2018 and beyond




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Who we are


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What's new?


Introduction to the Group

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.

Our aims

The aims of the Group are to

Who are we?

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:

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.

What do we do?

Our activities focus on:

When and where do we meet?

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!


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Page last updated 27th March 2018