posted 5 years ago

IAM Driving Tips

Institute of Advanced Motorists Driver Training Specialist, Simon Elstow, is offering people straightforward driving tips to improve their skills behind the wheel.

Institute of Advanced Motorists Driver Training Specialist, Simon Elstow, is offering people straightforward driving tips to improve their skills behind the wheel. His focus is a technique called 'IPSGA' – which covers driving smoothly through corners. Mr Elstow said:

“Bends catch a lot of people out and are especially prevalent on rural roads – the worst for accidents. But by following the straightforward IPSGA routine, you’ll get through corners safely, comfortably and more quickly.”

His easy-to-understand technique is:

- Information. What is going on around you? Check your mirrors to work out the movements of other road users, and signal before changing course. If there is a lot of traffic or someone is following close behind do this as early as possible.

- Position. After confirming it is safe, take the best position for dealing with the bend. On a left-hand bend move closer to the centre line and on a right-hand bend closer to the kerb. This will improve your view around the corner.

- Speed. Adjust your speed to prepare for the corner.

- Gears. Once you are at the right speed, select the right gear. Adjust your speed early so that you have time to separate changing speed from changing gear.

- Accelerate. Once you can see through the bend, accelerate smoothly if it is safe, bearing in mind the road conditions. Gently accelerating through a corner balances the car.

Driving through corners is normally straightforward, but it is amazing how frequently motorists miss-judge the road conditions. I live on a corner, for example, and everyday dozens of people take it too fast and under-steer into oncoming traffic. These simple IAM driving tips could benefit these motorists – and perhaps prevent them parking in my hedge.