Passing your test and losing the L plates is a great
achievement, Well Done
But the driving test is really only the beginning of
your driving education.
You may never have driven at night, or in snow, heavy rain, or
thick fog. You may never have navigated winding country roads or
crowded city streets. And there’s certainly not a part of the
driving test which ticks off how to be a designated driver on a
night out with a car full of mates who are fun but distracting!
Now imagine a combination of the scenarios above: How about
distracting friends, on a winding road in thick fog?
Further training could help you to prepare for these more
challenging driving conditions.
Momentum is not a test, it's an hour on the road with a
qualified IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists)assessor who
will observe your driving. At the end the assessor will offer
feedback on the standard of your driving, as well as providing
individual tips and advice on how to deal with unfamiliar traffic
situations, or things that you have not yet experienced – making
you a better and more confident driver.
What have you got to lose?
Bedford Borough Council are offering you to take the course for
Momentum is NOT a Test.
To take part you will need a full driving licence, be under 26
and have access to a car with a current MOT, that
you are insured to drive.
Momentum starts with an online assessment that you can fill in
anywhere you can access the web. This helps to identify the
environment in which you typically drive and gets a handle on your
attitude to risks on the road.
Next is 60 minutes out on the road with an experienced assessor
driving on the roads you would use every day. At the end the
assessor will give you a copy of the completed feedback form.
Adjusting your driving style according to the examiner’s
recommendations and tips will allow you to be a more skilful
driver, and to enjoy the journey, even if the pressure is on.
If you enjoy taking part in Momentum and want to develop your
skills further you can move on to the IAM Skill for Life programme.
Skill for Life will help to develop your driving to advanced
standard, at which point you will be eligible to take the Advanced
Driving test, making your driving safer, more economic and more
You could also benefit from a host of
other discounts and offers, including free RAC
roadside and recovery for the first year, and potentially a
significant saving on your insurance premiums. Your investment in
Skill for Life (currently £139) could pay for itself within a
Bedford Borough Council are offering to cover the cost of
Momentum (normally £40) for drivers aged 17-26 who live,work or
attend full time education in the borough.
What are you waiting for ? For more details and to fill in and
submit the application
form (opens in a new window).
Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team