Free Tasters

Experience Advanced Driving and Riding for free

Our members tell us time and again that the best introduction to developing advanced skills is to experience it for yourself. Riding or driving with one of our qualified Observers will enable you to fully appreciate the skills and knowledge that you'll acquire on the full course. With this in mind, we’d like to invite you to come and take a short drive or ride with one of our Local Groups for free.

During your free taster session, one of our friendly Observers will show you some of the skills and techniques that it takes to pass the Advanced Test. They’ll also be pleased to answer any questions you may have about the full course. Everyone is welcome, all you need is a full licence and your own car or motorcycle.

What is a free taster?

Our free taster sessions are your chance to experience our Advanced Driving and Advanced Riding courses. They are not an independent assessment of your driving or riding, rather an introduction to the full course which should help you decide whether it is right for you.

Please note, you must hold a full licence and your vehicle must be taxed and insured with a valid MOT if required.

How does it work?

The free taster session lasts around an hour, usually arranged at a time and location convenient to you - although some of our Groups host drives on set days and locations. It is a relaxed and enjoyable experience with the opportunity to ask questions.

There are no special requirements and the offer is open to everyone, providing you have a full licence and your own vehicle. You'll gain some new ideas and skills, plus get a feel for whether the full course is right for you.

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What is Advanced Driving?

Advanced Driving teaches you techniques used by the emergency services, including utilising the ‘limit point’ for bends and how to continually apply the ‘IPSGA’ framework to all on-road situations.

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What is Advanced Riding?

Our course brings your riding up to an advanced level, helping you to control the position and speed of your bike with skill. Our course also teaches you how to analyse on-road situations and create a ‘safety bubble’.

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Step 1 – Enter the first half of your postcode to find your nearest Group

Our Groups cater for drivers, motorcyclists, or both. Please ensure that your requested Group has the corresponding icon for your vehicle:

 Car Group         Motorcycle Group          Car and Motorcycle Group


Step 2 – Complete the form to send your request


Step 3 – Wait to hear back from your chosen Group!

Groups are run by teams of dedicated volunteers, so please be aware that they may not be able to respond to your request immediately. If you do not hear from your chosen Group, please contact them directly with your enquiry.

Additional information

Your data will be held in accordance with our Privacy Policy and passed to the IAM RoadSmart Group you have chosen. Subject to availability they will then arrange a Free Taster session with you. After this, your data will be used once to see if you wish to enrol for an Advanced Driver or Rider course. Your data will then be deleted.

Our free taster sessions are subject to availability and may not be available in all areas. The session takes place with you driving/riding your own vehicle with an IAM RoadSmart Observer alongside you. There are no special insurance requirements. You must hold a full licence and the vehicle must be taxed and insured with a valid MOT if required.

The Observer who will welcome you for your drive is a highly qualified volunteer. They give their time and expertise to help others to become safer and more skilled. We have helped over half a million people to gain our advanced qualification and benefit from increased skill, confidence and knowledge of UK roads.