Background to the IAM

What is the IAM?

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM RoadSmart) is the UK’s leading Advanced Driving organisation. It is dedicated to improving road safety by raising the standard of driving. Further details about the IAM can be found on their web site

How many Advanced Drivers are there?

According to the IAM, by the year 2010 they had conducted 400,000 IAM tests! Not bad when you consider they were all prepared for their Advanced Driving Tests by the many volunteer Observers from around the country.

Where is my nearest Advanced Motorists Group?

This site is for the Swansea Bay Group of Advanced Motorists (SBGAM). However, we may not be the Group closest to you, or you may want to take your Advanced Test in a vehicle other than a motor car (which SBGAM only provide). If this is the case, or you just want to know where all the groups are, please contact the IAM (

How much does it cost to join the IAM?

Until you have passed your Advanced Driving Test, you will not be able to join the IAM as a Member. Once you have passed your Advanced Driving Test, your first year’s membership subscription is included in your application for the Advanced Driver Course (£149 as of June 2016). After which, annual membership costs £32.50 (as of June 2016).

What do I get for my IAM RoadSmart Membership?

By passing your Advanced Driving Test and being a Member of the IAM you will be recognised for your social responsibility. In addition to being able to display the coveted IAM badge on your car, you will receive the IAM magazine “Advanced Driving” which is published three times a year. You will also be able to take advantage of special value motoring products that are available exclusively to IAM Members. Such products include reduced motor insurance to reflect your position as an Advanced Driver.

How much does it cost to join SBGAM?

A mere £5.00 per year is all it will cost to be a member of SBGAM – what a bargain! You will be welcome to attend our many social and group events; and informative and interesting presentations at our monthly meetings. Even better, if you have purchased an Advanced Driver Course, your first year of SBGAM membership is free!

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