|Who is eligible?
Any driver under 26 years of age, normally resident in the
Borders, who holds a full UK driving licence and has no
driving related court proceedings pending
How long will the scheme run?
No end date has been set
What does it cost?
At the end of the day the cost is zero. You must pay for the
Driving” package at £149, but it is refunded on
passing the Advanced Driving Test at the end of the process.
The pass rate so far has been close to 100%.
What do I get?
When do these courses take place?
- A half-day intensive,
Interactive, Advanced Theory session followed by half a
day of practical work
- Free coaching to (at
least) Advanced Test standard spread over a further 3
sessions a fortnight apart. This is similar to the
process for all who sign up to this Advanced Driving
Course but the Young Driver Initiative means that at the
end of the process as well as your Test Pass certificate
you will receive a cheque from our sponsor, Scottish
Borders Council, to refund the initial cost.
- The test fee
- Associate membership of the IAM for one year, which
converts to Full membership on passing the test
- Membership of Borders Group of Advanced Motorists for
- A superb Advanced Driving handbook
- Immediate access to a range of benefits
and after passing the test most drivers are eligible for
significant insurance premium discounts.
The first two courses in 2017 start on Tuesday 7th March and Sunday 12th March.
How likely is it that I will pass the test?
At the time of writing, almost every driver we have put
through the scheme has passed first time
Is the test much like the 'L' test?
Not really. The examiner will be a Police Class 1 traffic
officer, trained as an IAM examiner and will do his best to
set you at your ease. He will be hoping to pass you, not
looking to fail you and the test will be more like two
driving enthusiasts enjoying an hour's run on interesting
roads. At the end of the test, if you meet the required
standard, he will tell you that you will be recommended for
Full Membership. He will also give you some useful feedback
and suggestions to further improve your driving.
I don't have a high performance car - is that a
Absolutely not. This is about
high-performance driving, not high-performance cars. All you
need is a roadworthy car capable of attaining and sustaining
the national speed limit
You haven't answered the question I had in mind -
how do I find out more?
- Contact our Course
Coordinator. We can also arrange a demo drive by
one of our Observers which is often the best way of
answering your questions - and showing you that we're
most certainly NOT a bunch of cloth-capped pipe-smoking
fuddy-duddies who crawl around everywhere at 45 mph!!
"Skill with Responsibility"