Friday, 22 January 2010

IAM Registered Driving Instructor Lessons Portsmouth Gosport Fareham

1st Top Gear Driving School welcomes our new recruit who is an IAM Registered, ROSPA Advanced Gold Award Driving Instructor and a Fleet Trainer Instructor in all the Portsmouth Fareham and Gosport postal codes.

As a charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (the IAM) supports the raising of driving and riding standards and campaigns for increased on-road skills. We support and represent motorists, motorcyclists and are developing programmes for cyclists too. We offer practical driving and riding programmes and urge all road users to act more responsibly and safely.

We also have subsidiary commercial businesses, IAM Fleet and Drive&Survive, that promote occupational driver improvement throughout the fleet/business community. These businesses help employers achieve their duty of care to employees and also help to reduce road accidents whilst driving on business.

The aims and objectives of the Institute of Advanced Motorists are very simple:

1. To improve the standards of driving (and riding) on the roads
2. The improvement of road safety or Greater road safety or The promotion of road safety
3. The administration of a nationally recognised advanced test

We try to match these aims and objectives by working in the following ways:

1. We are a totally independent organisation (as a registered charity)

The IAM is not ‘owned’ or financially dependent on any commercial organisations that might have a vested interest in a narrow aspect of road safety. Financial support is provided by our 100,000+ strong UK (and beyond) membership. These members, having passed our advanced driving or riding test, contribute a small annual membership fee. This allows us to be fully independent in both our thinking and our work. The support we have from our members, who take an active interest in their own driving and riding standards, provides us with invaluable insight and a vast resource of practical knowledge related to road safety.

2. We can offer a more diverse approach to road safety because we are not a ‘single issue’ body

Our staff have a comprehensive background in road safety, strengthened by the in-depth knowledge of our Trustees which covers the emergency services and other additional areas vital to road safety. The IAM is widely respected throughout the road safety industry due to our expertise and experience. As such, we are regularly asked to consult and advise all the major players, including the Government, on all aspects of road safety.

3. The IAM's Advanced Driving Test is recognised and quality assured by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA)

The IAM’s Advanced Driving Test was first developed in 1956 (and the Advanced Riding Test in 1976). Since then the test has been developed and refined to reflect the ever-changing face of the UK’s roads. With over 200 local IAM affiliated groups throughout the UK (all charitable organisations in their own right) the support for people wanting to prepare for and pass the IAM's advanced test is unparalleled throughout the UK. The support of these groups means that the advanced test is available and achievable for ANYONE who has an interest in improving their driving or riding skills.

The DSA quality assure the IAM's Advanced Driving and Riding test through the assessment of Staff Examiners.

ROSPA Driving Instructor Portsmouth

We welcome Phil as our new ROSPA Trained Driving Instructor for all the Portsmouth Gosport and Fareham areas. Phil offers driving lessons, Fleet driver Training, Pass Plus and Advanced driving courses to all pupils.

ROSPA is an independent, registered charity which was created in 1917 in response to an 'alarming increase in traffic accidents' in London. Today, RoSPA promotes safety in all areas of life – on the road, in the home, at work, in schools, at leisure and on or near water. Our aim is to Save Lives and Reduce Injuries.

The breadth of RoSPA’s expertise allows us to draw lessons from different areas, schools of thought and approaches to injury prevention. Indeed, this is how RoSPA began its Managing Occupational Road Risk campaign in 1996, which has led to ‘at-work road safety’ being a key priority in the UK’s road safety strategy today. Other examples of RoSPA’s contribution to road safety over the years include the formation of a national network of local road safety committees (the forerunner of today’s local authority road safety officer service), the National Cycling Proficiency Scheme, the Tufty Club, compulsory seat belt wearing (RoSPA’s President introduced an amendment to the Transport Bill in 1981), and the ban on using a hand-held mobile phone while driving.

Safety organisations can be accused of taking safety problems too seriously and encouraging ‘hypersafety’, ‘excessive risk aversion’ and the ‘nanny state’. However, “Absolute safety” is neither feasible nor desirable, since it would come at such cost to our freedoms. Common sense and balance is essential when developing and promoting safety interventions. There are clearly areas where prescription, through regulation, legislation or standards, is essential, for example, the nuclear, chemical or aviation industries. On the other hand, people need to be able to get on with their lives and be free to decide what risks they wish to take, provided they are not putting others in danger.

The difficulty is where to draw the line - too prescriptive, and accusations of the “nanny state” fly around; too casual and people would undoubtedly be forced to take unknowing risks. RoSPA draws the line with two simple questions:

1) Is the intervention proportionate to the risk? If the problem is not that great, steer towards the lighter touch, but if the evidence demands more guidance, consider intervention.

2) What would be the effect on others? Someone who puts only themselves at risk should have the freedom to do so; but if an act can kill or injure others, it must be proscribed or regulated. A solo mountain climber fits into the first category; a speeding motorist the second.

Great Britain has one of the best road safety records in Europe and the world. Despite massive increases in traffic over the last few decades, the number of people killed on our roads has fallen from around 5,500 per year in the mid 1980s to just over 2,500 in 2008. However, this still means that around 7 people die on Britain’s roads every day.

Road Casualties in Great Britain, 2008
Killed 2,538
Seriously Injured 26,034
Slightly Injured 202,333
All casualties 230,905

Common causes of these unnecessary tragedies include:

Over 700 people a year are killed in crashes in which someone exceeds the speed limit or drives too fast for the conditions.

Drink Driving
Over 450 people a year die in crashes in which someone was over the legal drink drive limit.

Seat Belt Wearing
Nearly 400 lives each year could be saved if everyone always wore their seat belt.

Careless Driving
Over 400 deaths a year involve someone being ‘careless, reckless or in a hurry’.

Around one third of fatal and serious road crashes involve someone who was at work.

Over 300 newly-qualified drivers and their passengers are killed in car crashes a year.

Road safety is one of the most important areas of RoSPA’s work. As almost all road crashes involve human error, ranging from simple mistakes to deliberate dangerous and illegal behaviour, our key issue is the need to improve the standard of driving and riding. RoSPA supports a twin-track approach of making it as easy as possible to use the roads safely and responsibly and voluntarily and willingly comply with road traffic law, and of increasing the likelihood of catching, and the punishment for, those who choose not to do so.


* Raises awareness and provides advice, help, training and information for all road users and the general public
* Provides road safety education resources and guidance
* Provides advice and guidance, practical products and services to help employers manage their occupational road risk
* Supports the work of other professionals and practitioners in road safety
* Supports the development and implementation of national road safety strategies

Corporate Driver Training, Fleet Driver Training instructor Portsmouth to Petersfield Gosport Fareham

The Corporate Manslaughter Act. Employers have a duty of care which includes Driver Training. Fleet Training in Fareham Gosport Portsmouth and all other areas
Driver Training can be given to Individuals or Companies at Competitive Rates with a DSA Registered Fleet Driver Trainer at 1st TOP GEAR Driving School.

Assessments can be given in your vehicles from Cars, Vans, Mini-bus to LGV and PCV. with a DSA registered Fleet Driving Instructor.

DSA ROSPA IAM and HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL for Driving Tuition to Advanced Driving Tests.

Call us today on 0800 085 3292

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Fleet Training in Portsmouth and all Hampshire, Corporate Training, IAM Registered, Rospa

1st Top Gear welcomes a respected New Driving Fleet Instructor for Portsmouth Phil Davies. With 24 years experience in the Transport Industry, Road Haulage. High Level Trucks, Trailer Training, Mini Bus D1 to bus/Coach.
He holds the following qualifications and is a great asset to us all.
DSA Approved Fleet Trainer,
DSA approved Driving Instructor,
Rospa Advanced Driving Instructor,
Rospa Gold Award Holder. ( Distinction )
DIA Special Advanced Holder.
Institute of Advanced Motorists. (Reg Inst )
Rospa Diploma in Advanced Driving Instruction,
Royal Society of Arts in Transportation and Distribution. ( Distinction )
Royal Society of Arts ( CPC Holder )
Phil also covers the Hampshire County Council Pass Plus, IAM , DIA Advanced or Rospa advanced.

Due to the manslaughter act coming into force last year. Many Companies are looking for a qualified Fleet Instructor. Phil assesses the risk and then presents the information to the Employer.