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The Advanced Driving Course

Information on an advanced driving course

  • Advanced driving course benefits

Advanced driving courses build on the skills you began to develop for your driving practical test, enhancing them in order to make you a better, safer driver.

Advantages to taking an advanced driving course can include a reduction in your insurance premium, a better awareness of the road around you, and a more comfortable, relaxed driving attitude. If you find driving awkward or nerve-wracking, as many people do, an advanced driving course can help boost your confidence.

There are several different kinds of driving course you can take. The DSA has approved many well-known driving schools and associations to teach these courses, so you can be sure of finding a course near you.

An advanced driving course involves building on existing skills: improving your positioning on the road, looking ahead to anticipate potential hazards, using gears and braking correctly and in enough time to allow you to maintain good control of the car. Keeping a steady, appropriate speed is also a key aspect.

If you’re interested in doing an advanced driving course, there are a number of companies which offer a DSA-approved course. Most courses last a few hours, although depending on your current level and the level you wish to attain, you may need more or less time.

The British School of Motoring (BSM) is one franchise which offers advanced courses. Others include the Institute of Advanced Motorists, the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Advanced Drivers Association and DIAmond Advanced Motorists. Course costs vary from company to company, so check individual websites for locations and pricing.

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