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Car accidents » Advanced driver training

Once you have passed your driving test you may think that you are a competent driver. However, the standard driving test is fairly basic and only takes new drivers to a certain level. The conditions you will face on the roads vary greatly from day to day and no instructor can ever teach you about every situation you may encounter. The only way to learn about difficult situations like aggressive drivers, car accidents, complicated road layouts and driving at night on country lanes is to experience them first hand.

In the UK there are thousands of car accidents every year with many people killed and seriously injured. Many accidents occur because of driver error or inexperienced driving. Sadly, new drivers make up a large proportion of the people involved in road traffic accidents because they dont have the experience to avoid an incident. Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years of passing their test than at any other time in their driving career. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your driving. It pays to be a safe and experienced driver and the best way to equip yourself with superior knowledge of the roads is to do an advanced driver course. There are a variety of courses available. Each one will prepare drivers for a variety of dangerous circumstances.

Pass Plus
This scheme is a government initiative which was introduced to improve the skills and knowledge of new drivers and help reduce car accidents. The course is six hours long and covers driving in bad weather and on motorways. It has to be taken within a year of passing the driving test and allows drivers to handle precarious situations with more confidence. Drivers who pass the test can get a discount on their insurance when they pass the Pass Plus scheme, see www.passplus.org.uk for details.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)
The Institute of Advanced Motorists enables qualified drivers to improve their skills and knowledge of the road. The IAM test is offered to car drivers and motorcyclists and covers up to 40 miles of driving. The test lasts for 90 minutes and provides road users with greater safety and defensive driving skills. The examiner will hold a Police Advanced Driving certificate (either serving or ex Police Class 1) and will have extensive experience from working within the Traffic sections of the Police Force. To prepare for an advanced IAM test they can join a local group of which there are 200 in the UK.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
RoSPA is a society that aims to reduce car accidents by improving road safety and driver awareness. The RoPSA test is 90 minutes long and upon passing the driver will receive Gold, Silver or Bronze passes. All examiners hold a police advanced driving qualification and many are police instructors. There are around 40 local Advanced Drivers Associations (RoADA) who can help candidates prepare for their test.

Personal injury legal advice

If you have been unlucky enough to be involved in a car accident that someone else caused and this can be proven, then you are legally entitled to make a compensation claim. At HappyClaim we help thousands of people to make compensation claims after they have sustained a personal injury. We believe that everyone should be entitled to claim compensation so we will give you free legal advice no matter what your financial circumstances.

Call now on 01582 437070 for free information about being involved in a car accident. If you prefer you can fill in our online claim form and we will call you back.