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Brits encouraged to improve driving

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Drivers are being encouraged to improve their motoring skills in the new year.

The Institute for Advanced Motoring (IAM) has a number of courses to help drivers improve their skills and confidence on the road, which could also help to avoid incidents and reduce costly car insurance claims.

Research has shown that taking an advanced driving course boosts confidence. The IAM's £139 Skill for Life programme helps car drivers and motorcyclists improve their confidence, safety and reduce their insurance premiums.

Meanwhile its How To Be A Better Cyclist course is designed to help those who are not confident taking to the roads on their bike.

And motorcyclists and scooterists could benefit from Road Rider Plus, a pre-test half-day training assessment programme with an expert which is offered to those riding sub 125cc motorcycles and scooters for the first time.

For younger drivers the IAM is also offering a two-part training programme, which includes an online test and a 60 minute on-road, general assessment by a qualified examiner. A similar scheme is available for more mature motorists - Drive Check 55.

Peter Rodger, Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) chief examiner, said: "Continuous personal development is often top of the mind at this time of year, but our skill as a driver, rider or cyclist can get taken for granted. Whichever way you travel, make doing it more safely and efficiently your goal for the new year."

© Press Association 2010