Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry is the latest high-profile driver to take IAM RoadSmart’s Mature Driver Assessment (now called Review).
Mary was presented with her certificate for having completed the assessment by IAM RoadSmart chief executive officer Sarah Sillars at the Kop Hill Climb on Saturday 17th September 2016, a Buckinghamshire-based celebration of all things car and bike which raises tens of thousands of pounds for local charities.
Mary has been an IAM RoadSmart member since the 1950’s, when she took an early version of the current Advanced Driver Course.
In addition Paddy Hopkirk, winner of the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally and internationally successful race and rally driver, was on hand both days of the Kop Hill Climb in his capacity of IAM RoadSmart Mature Driver Ambassador spreading the word about the organisation’s safe driving courses.
Sarah said: “Mature drivers are statistically one of the safest age groups, but age-related changes can knock confidence. The assessment aims to give a mature driver the reassurance to continue driving happily into the future, while also ironing out any problem areas the assessor might spot.”
Added Paddy: “It was great to be a part of Kop Hill Climb, meeting so many new and not-so-new friends! I always enjoy talking about the work of IAM RoadSmart and especially that driving doesn’t have to stop when you reach a certain age.
“I have taken the Mature Driver Assessment myself and the Advanced Driver Course twice. So it shows whatever your level of driving experience, everyone can benefit from a helping hand.”
Mary presented certificates of achievement to some of the IAM RoadSmart volunteers who worked on its stand over the weekend.
Meanwhile Paddy took competition winners for high-speed runs up Kop Hill in a replica of his iconic 1964 race winning Mini Cooper.
“I think a few people lost their fillings that day!” he said.
For more information about IAM RoadSmart’s Mature Driver Review, which costs just £49, click here: https://www.iamroadsmart.com/courses/mature-driver-review.
The assessment does not deliver a pass or fail at the end; it is purely advisory.
For further advice and tips on driving in later life go to: https://www.iamroadsmart.com/olderdrivers
To find your local IAM RoadSmart group please visit: https://wwwiamroadsmart.com/local-groups
[Article Updated: 19th April 2021]
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