How much time will this take?
The IAM RoadSmart Advanced Rider Course covers your costs for one year. The time it will take to gain an advanced test pass will vary with your ability and the amount of practice that you undertake. As a guideline, it will often take about 6 rides with your observer to get to a test standard as long as you practise between the observed rides (observed rides are, typically, 2 hours in duration).
I have 6 points on my licence, can I still take an advanced test?
You can take the IAM Advanced Motorcycle Test with any number of points on your licence as long as you're not actually disqualified. The thinking is that your skills will improve and making the decision to do something about your riding is an important first step.
Will having an advanced test pass affect my insurance premiums?
Several insurance companies provide a reduced premium for riders that have passed the advanced test. The IAM has a specific link with Surety Insurance Brokers who offer very competitive quotes.
How often do DWDAM members get together for rides and other activities?
DWDAM has a very busy calendar throughout the year for group rides of differing types. There are also theory based training sessions, specific training events such as slow riding, off-road riding, basic first aid and social activities. Events occur at both weekends and weekdays and even in the winter there will be at least one planned ride each month. Please see our events page for more information.
Once I’ve passed my test do I have to remain a member of the IAM?
To maintain your advanced test qualification you must remain a member of the IAM.
Is the IAM advanced test the final goal?
Beyond the test there are other things to consider such as continuous improvement within the group, being a ride leader in DWDAM, becoming an observer and then, perhaps, a senior observer. As an observer you will be trained to ride out with new associates joining DWDAM to encourage them in their riding development. To do this you will acquire a significantly increased skill set as a rider and find huge rewards (not financial, sadly!) in helping others.
As an advanced motorcyclist do I have to stick to the speed limits?
The law is the law.
What’s meant by ‘progressive riding’?
‘Progressive riding’ means that you will use the agility and acceleration of your motorcycle to carry your speed safely. With improved cornering technique, for example, you can ride much more smoothly, this will enhance your progress and be more fuel efficient.
What if I fail my advanced test?
The advanced test is a significant step up from the DSA test and not everyone passes their advanced test first time; the test experience is still invaluable (not least the debrief from the examiner). Those associates who do fail first time usually keep going and subsequently achieve a good pass.
Are the riders who are going to help me pass my advanced test all professional trainers?
No, DWDAM observers are all volunteers who are full members of the IAM who have received training within the IAM to assess the riding of associates and have passed an IMI (Intitute of the Motor Industry) Motorcycle Observer Test. Through observation and discussion they will encourage riders to develop their skills.
Are there female members of DWDAM?
Yes, DWDAM has several female members.
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Will it be any fun?
Oh yes, why else would we do it?
Isn’t the classic image of an advanced rider someone on a BMW with a Sam Browne hi-viz belt on?
Like most stereotypes this image is outdated. DWDAM has members who ride just about every conceivable make of motorcycle. From KTM to Kawasaki; sports bikes, supermoto, tourers, cruisers, off-roaders. Whatever you ride, you won’t feel out of place.