What exaclty is advanced driving?
There should be a straightforward answer to this question. One definition might be ‘a driver who is better than average’. But what is an average driver and how do you define whether your driving is better or worse than the average driver?
There are the Institute of Advanced Motorists Driving Test, RoSPA Advanced Test, Cardington Special Test and the DIAmond Advanced Test. All these qualifications can be a measure of someone’s ability, but their ability of what?.
An open mind and an ongoing willingness to learn.
An advanced driver is never complete. They should feel that no matter what they have accomplished or how much experience they have gained, there is always something more to learn.
A realistic assessment of their own abilities
A good driver should never think they are better than they actually are. There is nothing more dangerous than a driver who thinks their skill level is higher than it is. An advanced driver is aware of their own skill level and ability.
A calm and composed attitude
A composed attitude keeps the driver at low risk and able to reassure passengers who can pick up on the drivers’ emotions. The correct attitude covers thoughts, feelings and behaviour of our actions behind the wheel. An advanced driver will recognise this.
An ability to remove emotion from driving.
A good driver doesn’t get into conflicts and has the ability to forgive others. Self-awareness of our emotions and self-reflection after our journey are the foundation skills of an advanced driver
An active imagination (not a distracted imagination).
Form driving plans based on what you can see and what you can’t see. Imagine and anticipate hazards ahead. An advanced driver is not distracted by issues that are not relevant to the task at hand.
High level of concentration.
An ability to concentrate is essential for any driver, but the very best are able to maintain a high level of concentration throughout any drive and never get bored or distracted.
Scanning and planning.
Actively driving on ‘full beam’ (looking well ahead, not just the road immediately in front of the car) and using the information to the front and rear to plan your driving is the hallmark of an advanced driver. Poor scanning and planning can cause errors, lapses and traffic violations.
Smoothness with the controls.
Adopting a systematic approach to your driving will make your driving smooth, save fuel and maintain vehicle stability at all times on the road.
Speed and Safety
An advanced driver has the ability to place the vehicle where it should be at the appropriate point on the road. The correct information, position, speed, gear and acceleration are used to maximise safety.
Use our senses when driving – feel, see, hear and even smell to maintain an awareness of our surroundings.
We now offer advanced driving courses tailored to your individual needs. Courses are delivered by a former police driving instructor and ex-police officers. Why? The police form the foundation of advanced driving.
If you would like to become an advanced driver and learn some of the techniques used in the emergency services give us a call.