Free sponsorship to become an advanced driver

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New dates added for 2017 and 2018

Each course involves four sessions.

  • Tuesdays - 7 and 14 March; 4 and 18 April 2017
  • Sundays - 12 and 26 March; 9 and 23 April 2017
  • Tuesdays - 2, 16 and 30 May; 13 June 2017
  • Sundays - 7 and 21 May; 4 and 18 June 2017
  • Tuesdays - 27 June; 11 and 25 July; 8 August 2017
  • Sundays - 2, 16 and 30 July; 13 August 2017
  • Tuesdays - 22 August; 5 and 19 September; 3 October 2017
  • Sundays - 27 August; 10 and 24 September; 8 October 2017
  • Tuesdays - 17 and 31 October; 14 and 28 November 2017
  • Sundays - 22 October; 5 and 19 November; 3 December 2017
  • Tuesdays - 27 February; 13 and 27 March; 10 April 2018
  • Sundays - 4 and 18 March; 1 and 15 April 2018

So you think you are a good driver?

  • If you are under 26 years of age, live in the Scottish Borders and want to improve your driving skills you can receive free sponsorship from us to become an advanced driver
  • Delivered through IAM RoadSmart
  • The cost of the course is £149 but under our sponsorship scheme, the entire amount is refunded when you pass the advanced driving test
  • So while you pay the fee up front when booking, you will get the entire amount back providing you complete the course, and pass.
  • If you do not quite make the grade first time, you can take a second test free of charge.
  • We have committed £48,000 to ensure hundreds of young drivers can take part for free over the next two years and cut the number of young people killed or seriously injured on our roads
  • There have now been over 100 young drivers pass the advanced driver course thanks to our funding

Facts and figures

  • A total of 434 people were injured on Borders roads from 2008 to 2012
  • Scottish Government figures show £35.7m is the average annual cost of road accidents in the region

Benefits of passing the advanced driving course

  • Potential reduction in car insurance
  • 12 months free RAC roadside and recovery assistance
  • One year subscription to IAM RoadSmart advanced driving magazine
  • A number of other great discounts

Survey of advanced drivers

  • 99 per cent said the course improved their driving
  • 66 per cent said it helped them avoid a crash
  • 90 per cent said the course gave them greater awareness of other road users