An Observer is someone who has passed the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver test and has undergone further training to enable them to assist others to prepare for the test.
They will ‘observe’ the driving of Associate Members and offer advice and guidance to help ‘Associates’ gain the knowledge and experience to pass their Advanced Driver test. From time to time they will also take demonstration drives.
Observers have a very thorough knowledge of the material and skills required for an Associates to complete the IAM RoadSmart Advance Driver programme. This includes a good understanding of ‘Roadcraft’ – The Police Driver’s Handbook and an excellent knowledge of The Highway Code and Traffic Signs.
How are Observers trained?
Observers are trained within the Group and have gained an IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) qualification. In order to qualify they will have passed an IAM RoadSmart validated written assessment consisting of questions on the above material and will have taken a practical assessment with the Group’s Local Observer Assessor.
During their practical assessment Observers are required to give a demonstration drive of up to 45 minutes and a general observation commentary. During the commentary they are required to define and describe ‘The System of Car Control’.