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IAM Roadsmart training reaches more than half a million drivers

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More than 500,000 people have taken IAM Roadsmart's advanced car or bike tests over the past six decades.

The revelation comes as the road safety charity celebrates its 60th anniversary this week.

When originally formed, in 1956 as the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), road deaths in the UK stood at 5,000 per year.

Today, around 1,700 people are killed on the UK roads annually. A figure IAM Roadsmart said it is determined to reduce further.

In 1962 the IAM introduced the first test for commercial vehicle drivers and 1986 saw it launch fleet training for businesses.

The advanced test assists drivers and riders in becoming more aware of other road users, how to adapt to different conditions, to read the road ahead, and enjoy driving and riding more.

Independent research revealed 70% of those who received driver coaching showed significantly better skills in key areas such as cornering, speed control and hazard anticipation.

Nigel Mansell CBE, IAM Roadsmart president and 1992 Formula One World Champion, said: “The real heroes of the road are those who show that skill, precision and flair on everyday roads while doing it for the safety of themselves and those around them.

“Taking the advanced driver or rider course turns good drivers into great drivers. Those who have chosen to take their skills to the next level show they have commitment and staying power. They are the real champions.”

IAM Roadsmart will be exhibiting at Fleet Management Live, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on October 19 and 20. To register for your free ticket or to find out more, visit http://www.fleetmanagementlive.co.uk/

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