A a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists I attend meetings and ride-outs organised by the local IAM group based at Chorley.

South Lancashire Advanced Motorcyclists SLAM are a popular and very active group hosting many social and riding events throughout the year. They meet on the first thursday evening of each month at the Hartwood on the A6 at Chorley and new associate members are welcome to attend. The group actively promotes the aims and objectives of the Institute of Advanced Motorists IAM , which are :

To improve the standard of driving and riding on UK roads.

The Advancement of Road Safety.

The Administration of an Advanced Test.

The IAM is not financially dependent on any commercial organisations who might have a vested interest in a narrow aspect of road safety.  Financial support comes from in excess of 112,000 Members throughout the UK (and beyond) who pay a small annual Membership fee to retain their membership of the IAM, having already passed the IAM's Advanced Driving or Riding Test.  Because of the support from people who have taken an interest in their own driving standard, they have a tremendous depth of practical knowledge available.

The staff and trustees of the IAM have a wide background in Road Safety covering many of the areas and emergency services vital to Road Safety.  As a body, they are widely respected throughout the Road Safety industry because of their background, expertise, and experience.  They are consulted, and advise all the major players, including the Government, on all aspects of Road Safety because of a genuine interest and involvement in Road Safety.

The IAM's Advanced Test is recognised and accredited by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

The Advanced Driving Test has been in existence since 1956 (and the Advanced Riding Test since 1976) and details of those are described under the Menu item above of ADVANCED TEST.  Due to the existence of over 200 local IAM Affiliated Groups throughout the UK to date, all charitable organisations in their own right, the support for people wanting to prepare for and pass the IAM's Advanced Test is unparalleled throughout the UK. With that many local IAM Groups each with an average membership of 100 people in each .... well lots of support is available. With the support of these Groups means that the Advanced Test is available and probably achievable for ANYBODY who has an interest in improving their driving skills.

Improving driving skills is not aimed at those wanting to enter motorsport, but at anybody who feels the way that drivers are left to their own devices once they have passed their "L" test is not good enough, or even that the nature of driving has changed since they passed their "L" Test, especially in todays unforgiving traffic and roads.

Those aims were set in the late 1950s and are still relevant today.  Too many people are being killed or seriously injured on our roads each and every year and it is well known that the majority of accidents are caused by Driver Error.  Educate the driver into a better way of driving and the accident rate will fall - it's drivers that cause accidents, not cars.  While educating drivers is not the only objective of the IAM, that is what they try to do because that in turn meets all the other objectives.

Summing up, they can offer a genuine "SKILL FOR LIFE".