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What is Advanced Driving?

Advanced Driving is the ability to control the position and speed of your vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to make reasonable progress unobtrusively, with skill and responsibility.

IAM RoadSmart New Zealand membership is open to any driver who passes our Advanced test. Our community of members includes like-minded people of all ages from across New Zealand.

When you become a member, you’ll get access to exclusive member benefits.

How Do I Join IAM RoadSmart New Zealand?

Who Should I Contact?

What Does It Cost?

What Skills Will I Learn?

What Is Involved With Taking The Advanced Test And What Does The Examiner Look For?

What Geographical Areas Do You Cover?

What Are The Member Benefits?

What Resources Are Available?

What Is The Latest News?

What Events Are Coming Up?

(These last three need some consultation as I think they will need to be generic – and we have to consider how far back into the past we will go with some of the posts on the current site.)

How do I Join IAM RoadSmart New Zealand?

IAM RoadSmart NZ has two tiers of membership:

Associate: the initial ‘entry’ level which is available immediately on joining to anyone who has access to a licensed and warranted vehicle and has ideally held a full driving licence for 12 months (or driven 8,000 km); and

Full: open to drivers, with a full New Zealand Driver Licence in the appropriate class, who have passed the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Test.

Some full members choose to volunteer their time to qualify as Observers and/or Examiners and join the team dedicated to promoting safer driving in New Zealand.

If you decide that driving to the highest standard available is for you, a summary of the journey to achieve the Advanced Test is as follows:

  • You complete the on line application form (No payment is necessary at this stage)
  • We will contact you to arrange a free Initial Assessment with an Observer who will discuss IAM RoadSmart’s processes and goals and come out with you to see how you drive.
  • The Observer will give you a written report outlining your strengths and areas for improvement.
  • If you decide to go ahead, you will need to pay a fee which includes the test fee for full membership.
  • At this point, we will provide you with a copy of Roadcraft, the Police Drivers Manual, and a copy of The NZ Standard for Car Drivers.
  • We will assign one or more Observers to mentor you to test standard. This may be a series of observed drives depending on your current standard. Between these outings, you will be encouraged to work on your skills, and participate in any organised social events when they are available.
  • When your Observer considers that you are at test standard, you will undertake a theory test of 10 questions each on the Road Code and Roadcraft. An independent Observer will then take you for a cross-check drive and, if successful, arrange for an Examiner to conduct the Advanced Test.
  • An Examiner will conduct the Advanced Test to qualify you for full membership of IAM RoadSmart.
  • Once you pass The Advanced Test you will be awarded full membership status at no extra charge for the remainder of the financial year in which you join.
  • You can now continue with your full membership and enjoy the benefits of belonging to IAM RoadSmart New Zealand. Some full members choose to contribute to the ongoing growth of IAM RoadSmart NZ by starting on the journey to become an Observer and assist others to raise their skills.


    Who should I contact?

    For general information please contact our Membership Secretary.

    When you are ready to pay, online payment is preferred to reduce administration.

    Bank details are:

    Name of account:     Institute of Advanced Motorists NZ Inc

    Account number:      ASB: 12-3011-0759542-00

    Include your name and local group in the reference field.

    If you require further information or have any specific questions please contact the National Secretary.

    What does it cost?

    The cost of membership for a regular year is $60.00 which runs from 1 January to 31 December. At the time of joining, a test fee of $50.00 is also payable.

    Roadcraft is the police handbook for driver training. It’s used by all the emergency services and forms a key reference for driving instructors. Updates for this new edition include a new overtaking chapter with separate sections on passing stationary vehicles, single stage overtakes, and multi-stage overtakes and new explanations of advanced concepts, such as limit points on left-hand bends.

    The Roadcraft System of Car Control forms the basis for the standards applied by an advanced driver. This is described by the principles set down in the IAM Roadsmart NZ’s own manual ‘How to be an Advanced Driver’. The content of both the IAM Roadsmart NZ’s manual and Roadcraft is very broad and as a guideline your drive should be based on these main headings relating to Advanced Driving:

    Safe, Systematic, Smoothness, Progress and Restraint

    Part-Year Subscription

    Depending on when you join, your first year might be part way through the calendar year. If you join between 1 January and 30 June, you will pay $110.00 in total, which comprises the $50.00 Test Fee and the annual subscription of $60.00 – this will take your membership through to 31 December of that year.

    If you join between 1 July and 30 November, you will pay $80.00 in total, which comprises the $50.00 Test Fee and 50% of the annual subscription of $60.00 – this will take your membership through to 31 December of that year.

    If you join between 1 December and 31 December, then you will pay $110.00 which comprises the $50.00 Test Fee and the annual subscription of $60.00. This will take your membership through to 31 December of the following year.

    If you decide to join a second division (e.g. Motorcycle or Heavy Goods in addition to the Car division) you pay an additional test fee of $50 before you start being observed in the second division. Your annual subscription remains the same, regardless of the number of divisions you join.

    To maintain your membership you will be asked to pay an annual membership fee of $60.00. Reminders are typically sent out in early December each year. Members of more than one division can enjoy the benefits to each division, not just the one they originally joined.

    What skills will I learn?

    We have an abundance of skilled and experienced drivers just waiting to coach and mentor you through to the time when you will be ready to take The Advanced Test.

    The Police and Roadcraft System of Car Control forms the basis for the standards applied by an advanced driver.

    The content of both Roadcraft and the Driving Standard is very broad and, as a guideline, your drive should be based on all aspects of Advanced Driving.

    Advanced drivers use a way of driving called ‘The System’ which is derived from the Police ‘Roadcraft’ system of Car control. The System of Car Control is a way of driving that allows the driver to approach all situations and negotiate all hazards in a methodical and flexible way that leaves nothing to luck or chance; therefore it will be safer.

    ‘The System’ is referred to by the acronym IPSGA which refers to Information, Position, Speed, Gear and Acceleration. Continually assessing information runs through every phase of the system. You will learn all about this when you receive your copy of Roadcraft.

    The content of both Roadcraft and the Driving Standard booklet is very broad and, within the System, our Observers will be mentoring as you drive with safety, system, smoothness, progress and restraint.

     What is involved with taking the Advanced Test?

    Recognising that the majority of accidents are caused by driver error, IAM RoadSmart NZ Advanced Test was introduced in 1956 in the UK with the specific objective of significantly improving driving standards using the principles of Advanced Driving pioneered and applied with great success by the Metropolitan Police. The Advanced Test Process was introduced in New Zealand shortly afterwards by a founding member of IAM NZ who was a top graduate from the Hendon Police College.

    As in the UK, the IAM RoadSmart NZ Advanced Test takes about 90 minutes and will usually cover between 50 and 80 kilometres along all types of roads.

    The Advanced Test is a thorough test of driving ability, allowing the Associate to alter their drive according to the conditions and environment of the road. The types of road vary from quiet country roads, state highways, and motorways to busy town centres. In each case there are hazards and situations that need to be avoided and taken care of using the methods and techniques given by advanced driving. The Examiner will require a short commentary on each type of road.

    There may be situations where the Associate can show flair and panache on an open country road where progress can be gained at maximum safety, using optimum road positioning and excellent observation.

    All this combines to give a brisk smooth drive, at the legal limit on the open road. In other situations, the Associate will need to show restraint and composure to deal with tricky hazards that may become apparent throughout the drive such as in a town centre situation, where observation is used to pick out hazards in situations that are constantly changing.

    The main objective is that the Associate has to perform well in all situations rather than excel in one.

    After taking the Advanced Test, many people comment about how much they enjoyed the drive. On the Advanced Test the Associate gets to show the new skills that they have been tuning for the weeks during their mentoring with an Observer. The Advanced Test is not easy but is within the reach of all vehicle users given the right guidance.

     And what Does The Examiner Look For?

    The Examiner is looking at the whole drive. IAM RoadSmart Examiners do not search for faults alone; they are trained to search for positive aspects as well as negative.

    The Examiner will be honest and forthright regarding your overall ability and looks for the confident application and competence in all aspects of the drive. If all the criteria are met, the drive should exhibit the qualities of a safe, systematic, smooth, progressive, and balanced drive. The driver ensures that the vehicle is always in the right place on the road, travelling at the right speed, in the right gear for the speed, and can always stop the vehicle safely in the distance that can be seen to be clear.

    Unlike being examined for your driver’s licence, being examined for the Advanced Test is more rigorous. However, it is unlikely that an Observer will put a driver forward for the Advanced Test until several observed drives have been undertaken with the benefit of advice and mentoring by an Observer,

    Before undertaking the Advanced Test, however, all Associates will be asked to take a theory test comprising 10 questions on the Road Code and 10 questions on Roadcraft. The pass mark is 80% correct answers. No Associate will be put forward for the Advanced Test until this level of knowledge is achieved.

    So, how do I join? (Link back to form)