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RoSPA (RoADAR) Advanced Driving Test Preparation


We offer intensive, bespoke driver training for those drivers that are taking, or plan to take the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test (RoADAR), or are soon due a re-test. This training is also ideal for drivers who need to pass the RoSPA test as part of their job.

The RoSPA test is considered the most advanced and challenging advanced driving test open to the public.

The test lasts around 60-80 minutes. The examiners are serving or retired Police officers.

What makes the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test unique is that a driver is graded either Bronze, Silver or Gold. To remain a member of RoADAR you will need to take the test every 3 years.

The Grades:

Gold – Gold is only awarded to the driver who shows a consistently high standard of driving throughout the test. The driver will demonstrate a confidence in their ability together with a thorough understanding of the principles contained in Roadcraft and how to apply those principles to situations that occur during the test.

Silver Silver is awarded to candidates who display a skill level well above the average. They will show a thorough understanding of the principles contained in Roadcraft and how to apply those principles to situations that occur during the test. The driver will make safe systematic progress however not demonstrating the consistency, final polish and smoothness of the Gold grade candidate.

Bronze A Bronze grade will be awarded to those candidates who show that they have an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the principles of advanced driving demonstrating a good level of observations and anticipation, but not doing so consistently throughout the test. They will however drive in a safe and legal manner, to a standard which is significantly above that required to pass the appropriate DVSA test.

 

Our Training:

We offer a range of courses for those looking to take the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test:

Option 1: Pre-Test Check. This is a 3.5hr session, designed for drivers who have had the training and are ready to sit the test, but want a final training session with an independent instructor, to ensure they reach their maximum potential on the day.

Cost: £220 + vat

Option 2: Refresher Half Day: This is a 3.5hr session for those that have passed the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test in the past, and are due a re-test in the coming weeks or months, and so want to ensure they are up to the standard expected.

Cost: £220 + vat

Option 3: Refresher Full Day: This is a 7hr session for those that have passed the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test in the past, and are due a re-test in the coming weeks or months, and so want to ensure they are up to the standard expected.

Cost: £320 + vat

Option 4: Full Training: This is designed for drivers who require full training for the RoSPA Advanced Driving Test. This runs over 2 x 7hr sessions, taken at a time convenient to you. We usually recommend at least a week between the two sessions to enable you to practice what has been taught. This is ideal for those that want to get up to speed and pass their RoSPA test in a short period of time.

Cost: £600 + vat

Essential Reading:

We strongly recommend you purchase a copy of Roadcraft before any training. The things you will learn during your training, and the things you will be assessed on are all covered in this book, chapter-by-chapter. We also recommend purchasing the DVSA Official Highway Code.

 

Our Tutors:

All our tutors who deliver the training are DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) approved fleet driving instructors, who have passed the RoSPA Advanced Driving test at Gold grade, and have many years experience in delivering driver training for full licence holders.

Why Us:

a. The highest level of training only ever delivered by professional DVSA registered tutors, significantly increasing your chances of achieving the highest grade possible

b. We are experts in delivering professional advanced driver training to private individuals and companies across the UK

c. Bespoke training based on your own needs and requirements

d. National coverage

e. Intensive training to fit with your own needs, requirements and time schedules

f. No need to join a local group

 

What Next?

Please call us or email rob@driversdomainuk.com for more information and to look at dates for training. You are also free to use the contact form in the upper right of the screen, we aim to reply to email enquires within 1hr during working hours.

Booking Your RoSPA Test:

After you have received training and you are ready to take the RoSPA test, you can book online at RoSPAs (RoADAR) website at https://www.roadar.org.uk/applications/application-form.aspx?id=2

If you are looking to book a 3-year retest you can book here – https://www.roadar.org.uk/applications/application-form.aspx?id=1

 

Skid Pan Training

There are significant benefits of taking a skid pan course. People usually only experience a significant, serious skid in a terrifying, real life situation. Due to this fact it makes sense to experience what it is like in a safe, controlled (and often fun!) environment.

We work in affiliation with Red Letter Days. If you are looking to buy a skid pan course, you can view their courses, and book online  – VIEW SKID PAN COURSES

Benefits of a Skid Pan Course/Session:

1. Improve confidence
2. Understand different types of skids (understeer, oversteer, four wheel drift)
3. Learn what actually is “aquaplaning”
4. Learn what causes skids
5. Learn how to control a skid

With a skid pan course you learn the theory of what causes a skid, and how to drive in a defensive way to avoid them happening in the first place. You also get hands on tuition in a specially adapted car on a skid pan, with an experienced skid control instructor – allowing you and your drivers to experience what it is like to experience a skid in total safety.

Although we don’t offer skid pan sessions, we do offer on-road defensive driving courses designed to cover skid control theory, and how to drive in a more defensive way, to avoid a skip happening in the first place. One of our on-road courses can be a good training session after a separately purchased skid pan session.

 

 

Vehicles with only one headlight operating

Dark afternoons and wintry nights have seen the reappearance of the “one eyed monster” – vehicles with only one headlight operating.

It’s not just commercial vehicles that suffer from this problem, though they do seem to suffer more than private cars – perhaps because they have more than one driver and nobody takes responsibility for checking the overall condition of the vehicle, or simply they are in use more.

Having a headlight out is dangerous in two ways: not only can the driver of the vehicle not see properly in an unlit road with only half the usual light available, but the defective headlight means that other road users will have difficulty spotting the vehicle properly (or in some cases, knowing even what it is).

In a rear mirror, the “one eyed monster” might be mistaken for a motorbike. And at an urban “pinch point”, where you are trying to negotiate parked vehicles, it is difficult to gauge the width of the oncoming car with one headlight not working, increasing the possibility of a low speed “scrape”.

Where speed picks up, a misjudged overtake is more likely to result in a more serious collision if you cannot see the overtaking vehicle early enough, because it has no headlight on one side – especially if the offside (right) headlight is the one that does not work.

Defective headlights are not the only problem of course: lights not functioning properly at the back of a vehicle raise different problems. A brake light not working will make a rear end shunt more likely as the driver following takes longer to realise that the car ahead is stopping.

It is an offence to drive a vehicle with defective lighting; the lighting section of the MoT covers all exterior lamps required by the vehicle lighting regulations.

Nine times out of ten, defective lighting is simply a matter of replacing a blown bulb.

Yet checking your bulbs are still OK takes only a moment. In slow moving traffic, you can see if you have both headlights working by studying your reflection off the car in front.

And if when you park, you are by a window (reversing onto a drive, perhaps) you can use your mirrors to check that the brake light and red tail lights are all working properly. If in doubt, have somebody watch as you test them.

This article has been reproduced with the permission of the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists)