Britons urged to improve driving

Motorists are being encouraged to make safe driving one of their resolutions for the new year.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says building up skills is not just a way to improve overall safety and confidence, it would also result in lowercar insurance premiums.

The road safety charity is offering a host of training courses for drivers, bikers and cyclists of all abilities.

Its £139 Skill for Life programme is an advanced course available for car drivers and motorcyclists, while cyclists can choose from three separate courses based on their level of riding experience.

Road Rider Plus is available for people driving sub 125cc motorcycles and scooters for the first time and is a pre-test, half-day training assessment with an expert.

For new young drivers the IAM is offering a two-part extra training programme consisting of an online test and an hour-long on-road assessment with a qualified examiner. A similar scheme is available for older drivers.

The charity is also advising women drivers to boost their confidence levels with steady practice.

Peter Rodger, IAM chief examiner, said: "Continuous personal development is often top of the mind at this time of year, but our skill as a driver, rider or cyclist can get taken for granted. Whichever way you travel, make doing it more safely and efficiently your goal for the new year:"

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