Advanced Driving

What is Advanced Driving?

Advanced driving is a standard of driving based on concentration, observation, anticipation and planning. It is a way of driving which is safe, thoughtful and methodical. By being more observant advanced drivers are better at anticipating changes in the surrounding conditions and they are able to plan their driving to deal with unexpected circumstances.

The basis of Advanced Driving is the 'System of car control' as detailed in Roadcraft – The Police Driver Handbook. A good knowledge of the current editions of The Highway Code and Roadcraft will be needed to gain a high grade in the assessment.

"Advanced driving is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to progress unobtrusively with skill and responsibility. This skill requires a positive but courteous attitude and a high standard of driving competence based on concentration, effective all round observation, anticipation, and planning. This must be co-ordinated with good handling skills. The vehicle will always be at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely on its own side of the road in the distance that can be seen to be clear."
DSA, RoADAR, IAM, 1997


What does it involve?

  • Controlling the position and speed of the vehicle safely.
  • Making reasonable progress by using road and traffic conditions.
  • Good handling skills and co-ordination.
  • Ensuring the vehicle is in the correct place on the road and travelling at a speed with the appropriate gear engaged whilst being able to stop safely within the distance that can be seen to be clear

What are the benefits of becoming an advanced driver?

  • Improved driving standard.
  • Improved personal safety.
  • Improved confidence when driving.
  • Better enjoyment of driving.
  • Save money.

How do I save money?

By applying the principles of advanced driving you can reduce the cost per mile you travel. Or to put it another way you get more miles from your fuel.
Improving your forward planning and vehicle control skills could see an improvement of 15% on your fuel costs, (source:  Energy Saving Trust )


Institute of Advanced Motorists