Driving - a skill for life
A respected and certified driving programme, available nationally through the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
Road Safety Officer, Emma Selway: "The success of the council's driver refresher courses has led us to promote Skills for Life as a way of providing drivers who cannot attend courses during the day, or those who want to continue training, with an opportunity to take part."
The first step is to come along to the three free presentations, organised by the Dorset Group of Advanced Motorists (DGAM) and delivered by a former Class 1 Civilian Police Driving Instructor.
Topics include observation, positioning, speed management, reading the road and awareness of other road users.
Course dates for 2014 will be announced soon.
Following on from this you can enrol with the group for a practical Skills for Life course, being guided by a specially trained observer to advanced test standard.
As part of a pilot project Dorset County Council have teamed up with DGAM, to encourage drivers to take part in post-test training which helps them become more controlled, confident and ultimately, a better driver less likely to become involved in a collision.
Just over half of people killed or seriously injured on Dorset's roads are in a car. Three out of every four were injured on rural roads (a 50mph or more speed restriction). Driver error is said to play a part in nine out of ten collisions, so encouraging drivers to take further training makes sense.
For more information contact the Dorset IAM secretary.