What's it all about?

What is Advanced Driving or Riding?

It is about ‘high-quality’ driving and or riding, something that most people can achieve given the right training and a willingness to learn. The most important principle that lies behind everything we do is ’safety comes first’. We are part of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.  By becoming a RoSPA Advanced Driver or Rider you should get more pleasure out of being on the road and at the same time equip yourself with skills that will enable you to get the best out of whatever you drive.

Advanced drivers and riders are more observant and better at anticipating changes in the surrounding conditions than most other road users. Because of this they are able to plan their motoring to deal with the ever-increasing demands of the present day.

Who provides the training?

Our team of local volunteer RoSPA tutors have all passed the advanced test at a high grade and have been trained and assessed in order to meet the requirements to provide training for you. RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders believe in maintaining high standards so every three years our skills are reassessed.

Our tutors are all like-minded driving or riding enthusiasts with increased safety for all road users being at the fore front of their reasoning behind volunteering.

The tutoring provided by our qualified team of tutors is based on the training given to Police Drivers and Riders. We use a training manual called ‘Roadcraft’ or ‘Motorcycle Roadcraft’.

Who do we help?

We work with anybody who is over the age of 18 and holds a full driving licence.

You will be driving/riding your own vehicle; we do not provide cars or bikes for training.  Your car or bike needs to be well maintained and capable of sustaining 70 mph.

For older driver assessments we recommend that you refer to another of RoSPA’s initiatives: www.olderdrivers.org.uk   This is a website aimed at helping older people adapt to changes in their driving to stay safe on the road. It provides advice and information in a bid to help them to drive safely for longer and gives tips on how people can update their driving skills and knowledge to maintain their freedom and independence on the road, as well as advice for families or friends who are concerned about a loved one’s driving. 

What are the benefits?

The chance to achieve the highest standard of driving or riding available to civilians.

Training with a qualified tutor who will provide guidance and practical examples to help you acquire new skills and confidence followed up by written feedback to help you improve.

A copy of either ‘Roadcraft’ or ‘Motorcycle Roadcraft’ and the Highway Code if you apply for the Full Associate Course.

You will improve your skills on the road by increasing your observation, hazard perception and anticipation and will become a better, safer driver/rider by increasing your awareness of all the factors affecting your driving/riding – your own capabilities, the characteristics of your vehicle, and the road and traffic conditions, for the benefit of all road users.

You should become more confident and enjoy your driving/riding more.

A year’s membership of RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Cornwall and their programme of meetings and events.

The possibility of cheaper insurance if you pass the test, and savings on running costs.

Meeting like-minded people who are interested in being better, safer drivers and riders.

Can I join if I am already an advanced driver or rider?

Yes.  We welcome drivers/riders from all other organisations.

Advanced driving/riding organisations have a common aim – improved safety for all road users.

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