All members are invited to Silverstone on 5th August

Silverstone logoFollowing the success of our 60th birthday events last year, IAM RoadSmart will be holding a members’ day at Silverstone on 5 August. It will be free for all members and their families and friends. The day will include a members’ car and motorcycle display area, a tour of the circuit control room and museum, parking skills challenges, a large-scale Scalextric, owners’ club racing to view, photographs on the F1 Grand Prix winners podium, a celebration of the work of our observers, a chance to find out more about the charity you are a member of, and plenty more. All members, family and friends are all welcome, keep the date free and watch out for more details by email, in RoadSmart magazine and on the website. Continue reading “All members are invited to Silverstone on 5th August”

Year of the Observer

2017 is Year of the Observer and IAM RoadSmart will be celebrating and focusing on developing our network of observers during the coming year with all sorts of new support, events and recognition.

Preventing wandering eyes: tips from IAM RoadSmart

During the daily commute we are often in such a hurry we could leave our brains on the kitchen counter! This forgetfulness can also often happen whilst we are in our cars and so we end up leaving valuables visible for thieves. This week’s tips give advice on how to prevent car theft. The tips will be posted on the advice section of the website here, this morning (29 March).

Spring 2017 Course Starts

The next course for Advanced Driver training starts on Sunday 15th January. If you haven’t enrolled on this course but would like to find out more about the courses that we conduct and when the next one will be contact our secretary by email – secretary@stratfordiam.org.uk

Car and smartphone makers must come up with an answer to hand-held mobile phone dangers, says IAM RoadSmart

mobile phone in carRoad safety charity IAM RoadSmart has renewed its calls for car makers and smartphone manufacturers to work with the government to develop a technological solution to distracted drivers – saying that
simply hoping that drivers will ‘do the right thing’ is not enough.

The call comes as Department of Transport Ministers plans to meet mobile phone manufacturers this month to hammer out proposals to tackle the growing issue of people interacting with their smartphones at the wheel. Continue reading “Car and smartphone makers must come up with an answer to hand-held mobile phone dangers, says IAM RoadSmart”

Driving with children – let them be little

little children

Driving with young children can sometimes be stressful when trying to keep an eye on both them and the road. This week is back-to-school for many and a new wave of under-fives will be going to nursery. Here are some safety tips for driving with young children from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

  • Child car seats are a must. A child must use a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall, whichever comes first. There are different legal conditions around the type of child seats you can use based on the age and height of your child. If you’re unsure, seek professional advice from a child seat provider. You can find out more via http://www.goodeggcarsafety.com/
  • Make sure your child is as comfortable as possible and take off any thick coats as they can interfere with the correct operation of the child seat in a collision. Consider getting an extra child rear view mirror if you like to keep an eye on what’s happening on the back seat. Make sure it doesn’t obscure your forward view
  • Pack for success. Bring your child’s favourite toys, games or books to keep them entertained whilst riding in the car. Playing games such as ‘I spy’, allows the child’s focus to be on the surroundings, making it easier for you to get to your destination. Be careful to not get distracted yourself
  • Pack lots of small and healthy snacks. In case of a delay you want to be prepared.Keeping a cooler bag with you packed with nibbles like carrot sticks, grapes, raisins, juice boxes is a great distraction
  • Plan your journey. Try to arrange stops with the children in mind and let them burn off some energy.

Richard said: “If travelling a long distance try to arrange your travel to coincide with nap time or bed time – this may make for a more relaxing drive for you and the children. For short journeys encourage simple games. It not only distracts but can be educational too.”

“Sometimes the entertainment is just listening to the conversations your children have when they think you are not listening. There are lots of blogs and tips on websites such as Mumsnet and Gransnet on achieving in-car happiness. And remember that if you do have to stop, make sure it’s in a safe place for you, your passengers and other road users.”

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