Bedford Borough Council gives young drivers the momentum to train with the IAM


The UK’s leading road safety charity, the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists), is working with Bedford Borough Council to encourage young people to improve their driving. Scout District Commissioner, Graeme Watt says

“This sounds like a really good thing. Please share this information far and wide. Our Explorers and Network members who have passed their driving test will definitely benefit from this advice and training.”

From 17 April, drivers under 26 who live, work, or study in Bedford have the opportunity to take up the IAM’s Momentum assessment for free.

Full details can be found at

Momentum is designed for 17 to 26 year olds who have passed their basic driving test. It incorporates two modules: an interactive online assessment; followed by an on-road session with an IAM examiner. Momenutm does not involve an exam and there is no risk of failure. It offers a quick option for young drivers to improve their confidence awareness and safety.

Momentum is also a good introduction to the IAM’s advanced driving programme, designed to help drivers develop their skills further, making them safer and more confident drivers, and also potentially lowering their insurance premiums.

Young people are at the highest risk of being killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads, whether as drivers or passengers of other young drivers. The good news is that driver training really makes a difference to increase experience and knowledge just when it is needed most.

The Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson says,

“Passing your driving test is an important moment in many people’s lives. However, that moment should not be the end of learning to drive.

“Momentum offers extra training and advice to young people to improvee their driving. The assessments are completely free but allocated on a first-come first-served based so I urge any young drivers who are interested to get in touch as soon as possible.”

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Irish, formerly known as Michael, a student with The Open University, living in Dublin with his husband Andrew and their three cats. Also interested in first aid, heraldry, Scouting, and occasionally to be found at the organ or in a bell tower.

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