As soon as practicable after enrolling, an Associate will be allocated to an Observer. Associates will then be taken out in their own vehicle (or on their own bike) for 5 observed runs/rides, each of approx 90 minutes duration. These runs will be over various routes through town and country, including single-track roads and dual carriageways. During the runs, manoeuvres such as reversing round corners, turning in the road, and parallel parking, will be carried out. The purpose of these observed runs/rides is to allow the Associate to develop the practical skills needed to become an advanced driver/rider. Any queries or relevant points will be discussed during stops on the route, and you will be given a progress report on your driving/riding at the end of each run/ride.
Between observed runs/rides, the Associate should carry out as much practice as possible - a minimum of 2 hours practice per week is recommended. Associates will be asked to bring their log book to each of their runs/rides to show their Obsever what practice they have been doing.
When approx 5 runs/rides have been completed the Observer will arrange for the Associate to go for a run with a different Observer for a 'second opinion' on the Associate's progress. The Associate may be considered ready for test, or it may be thought that some more runs may be needed first.
If the Associate is considered ready for the test, we notify IAM HQ who will then arrange for an Examiner to contact the Associate to agree a test date. Further observed runs/rides may be taken until the test date comes round.
Examiners are all serving or retired traffic police officers.
The test is carried out over a period of approximately one and a half hours. There is no fixed route, but it will be conducted over routes similar to the ones used in the observed runs/rides.
The Associate will be told the result at the end of the test. Hopefully he / she will be successful and will then become a member of the IAM. In the unlikely event that he / she has not passed the test then a retest can be applied for at a cost of £35, and in the meantime the Associate will be offered further Observed Runs.