By Tristan Harris Thursday 03 October 2013 Updated: 05/10 00:52
THE REDDITCH and Bromsgrove Advanced Motorists will be celebrating its 19th anniversary at 7.30pm on October 16 with a special meeting which it wants members past and present to attend.
And the group, which was started in October 1994, is hoping some potential new recruits will come along on the evening and help it boost its ranks.
On the evening, at Beoley Village Hall, there will be some light refreshments and a bar and Andy Bolton from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) will be the guest speaker. As well as some reminiscing, the group is looking for ideas for the it can be revitalised for the next 19 years and beyond.
The Redditch and Bromsgrove Advanced Motorists operates under the umbrella organisation the IAM and there are a number of benefits for members.
They include access to IAM Surety - a unique car insurance policy for members and a year's free RAC roadside and recovery cover and then 40 per cent discounts after. Members also get the quarterly magazine Advanced Driving, a range of IAM tokens and vouchers and access to driving skills days.
Members of the Redditch and Bromsgrove Advanced Motorists meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm at Beoley Village Hall to see presentations by guest speakers and to have discussions about all aspects of motoring.
Those wanting to take their IAM Skills For Life advanced driving test pay £139 to the Institute of Advanced Motorists which will then contact the Redditch and Bromsgrove branch. An assigned observer will then be in touch to sort out the IAM Certificate of Advanced Motoring course - that involves a series of driving assessment sessions to prepare drivers for the advanced driving test. That improves driver awareness, but does not remove previous licence endorsements.
The £139 fee covers unlimited access to driving improvement sessions and includes the test fee.
The group also offers 90-minute driving assessments and Be a Better Driving sessions, which also last an hour and a half.
Advanced driving sessions focus on five points - the position of the car, thinking ahead, speed, correct gear selection and acceleration.
In the last 19 years, the group has been involved in a variety of interesting projects, including promoting road safety, visiting MG Rover to see and test drive new models and giving motorway guidance to young people.
Some of the members even worked with their counterparts at the Stafford Advanced Motorist Group on a project enabling blind and partially-sighted to get behind the wheel on an airfield. Owners of vintage cars also took blind and partially-sighted people on drives during the day.
And a book on motorway driving created by members was widely used for many years and is still being utilised by Bentley Cars of Crewe.
Richard Reynolds, the group's chief observer, said: "It has been an incredible and interesting 19 years and we are now looking forward to the next 19.
"We would love some new members to join us on our journey."
For more information on the Redditch and Bromsgrove Advanced Motorists and to register interest for attending on October 16, call secretary Geoffrey Poole on 07707 054757.
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