Training for the Advanced Driving and Riding tests uses the Police Roadcraft system.
The Roadcraft book can be bought from booksellers or suppliers on the internet and is the first place to start even before applying to join us, your local RoADAR group. There are separate books for Driving and Riding, but the principles are the same in both.
When you join our group you’ll be allocated a tutor who will then help you with practical assessments and advice. Practical sessions are arranged by mutual agreement between you and your tutor, and those sessions are opportunities to get any questions or concerns you have, answered. And to demonstrate your improving skills!
By reading the Roadcraft manual, and practising the system in your everyday journeys, each tutored session will be an opportunity for feedback from your tutor and assessment of your progress.
When you and your tutor are confident that you’ve reached the appropriate standard, we’ll encourage you to apply for the test by completing a form from the national RoADAR website, and paying the test fee to the national RoADAR organisation. The national RoADAR organsation will then arrange the test for a time that is suitable for both you and your examiner.
This is an important part of your training and assessment. You can find many examples online, this video would be a good start with some valuable suggestions.
Your tutor will be a member of our group – North East Drivers and Riders – who has passed the ROSPA Advanced driving test to a Silver or Gold standard. In doing so they will have also become a member of the national RoADAR group. Following this they will have had a period of training as a tutor.
Tutors are required to maintain this membership, (paying an annual fee) which means they have a free retest every three years, and they must maintain their driving at silver standard or better.
All tutors are volunteers and do not receive any payment for their services.