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Circulation 410 as hard copy or electronic no: 290 JANUARY 2018 2017 zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Registered Charity No 289807 zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz a Local Group affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists

Bristol Advanced Motorists part of the IAM RoadSmart family run entirely by volunteers Group no: 1009

THE LI NK IAM RoadSmart

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Group Newsletter of the Year 2016

Welcome Readers,

Welcome to this January issue of the Newsletter of Bristol’s ‘local affiliate’ IAM RoadSmart support Group. It is primarily about our club – containing a Diary of Events, Group News, etc., plus some pieces on ‘driving’ items. Image on right: Public Domain Pictures (royalty-free)

Members - please contact us; send your stuff to Paul the Editor. Have an idea for the newsletter? Tell us about your favourite driving routes - share your recommendations for cafés and accommodation for stopovers. Is your car good, or special? Pimped your ride? Got any News or Views to share? [ Any pieces are improved by photos – but they must be your originals and not copied from anywhere. ] Inspired? Get in touch! Editor: Paul Hunt editor@iam-bristol.org.uk 0117 960 8494 21 De Verose Court Hanham BRISTOL BS15 3SW COPY DEADLINE for the next issue: Sat 17th February Word documents and jpeg images preferred - but also accepted are notepad, rich text, open document format, handwritten – and real photo prints too.

The LINK is produced every 2 months. It’s also displayed freely on our website www.iam-bristol.org.uk Email notification of publication available on request. Body pages printed and collated by Parish Magazine Printing, Devon. Views expressed in this newsletter are those of the contributors. Those views do not necessarily represent those of the Editor, the Committee of Bristol Advanced Motorists, or of The Institute of Advanced Motorists. The Group reserves the right to edit or otherwise amend original contributions submitted for publication. If you wish to reproduce any content in other publications or places, then please credit the LINK, Bristol Advanced Motorists, as the source.

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Contents Welcome Group Subscription Renewal Time From the Chair / Refer an Associate / Funding Support Data Protection - GDPR is coming - 25 May 2018 Recent Advanced Driver Test Successes Welcome to our new Associates Roger Joint In Memory - Mike Tebbutt and John Ronayne Observers and Observing in Bristol Group Bristol Group on ‘Social’ Other Bristol Group News – various items Three-in-a-Car Dates 2018 Proposed Group Visits / Driving Day / Public Taster Day Previews: Future Speakers / Club Sunday Calendar - DIARY DATES CONTACT US: who does what in the Group Club Sunday Report – 29 October 2017 Another Hamburger Emergency Refuge Area Awareness Dodgy Headlights – 2 submissions on this topic IAM RoadSmart AGM at Welwyn HQ IAM RoadSmart HQ News – various items Comment to the Editor From the Editor / Want to Advance on 2 wheels? Bristol 170 Freighter returns to Filton IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver Course / Course Dates / Refresher Course

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All content compiled by the Editor unless otherwise credited.

Contributors this issue: Barry Cash, Dawn Crane, Geoff Bevan, Martin Evans, Tony Gilbert, Mark Gollop, Pete Goodman, Paul Hunt, Richard Olpin, Clare Reeves, Mary Ronayne, Brian Sturdon, and the sole IAM RoadSmart HQ contact, Shaun Cronin. Thank-you also to all who assisted with research, especially:

Burton Sweet (business advisors), Glos CC, Vanessa Harrison, Highways England, IAM RoadSmart Solent, the ICO, the RAC, Ken Rossiter, and Sabre Roads. Photos are by the Editor, or from Group or IAM sources, unless individually credited to someone, as having taken it and/or given permission for its use.

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Group Subscription Renewal Time

Jan 2018

[ Treasurer ]

All current cheque-payer Members - and Associates who have passed their Test in 2017 - will recently have received a Renewal Invitation in the post.

A reminder – Group Membership is separate from, and additional to, your

IAM national membership – and is payable for everyone on 1st January. A Full Member of the national IAM may also join the Bristol Group as a Group Full Member. The annual subscription is £20, plus £7 for each additional Member in a household.

[ Your national IAM Membership renewal - £33.75 - is due at the end of the month in which you bought an advanced driver course – or, for longer-term Members, at the end of the month in which you passed your Test. ]

This year we are offering several methods to pay. A The standard method is to send a cheque to the Treasurer. B You may also make a Single Electronic Transfer via Internet or Telephone banking. Our bank details are on the Renewal form. C New this year, you may also pay by making an appropriate ‘Donation’ payment – accessed by clicking the button on our website home page www.iam-bristol.org.uk Please make a single payment, not monthly. [ The cost is still £20. The Group absorbs the small admin charge. ]

D We would like you to become a regular renewing Member – set-up a Regular Electronic Transfer (Standing Order) , at a Bank Branch or by Internet / Phone Banking. Our bank details are on the Renewal form. JUST PASSED YOUR TEST? MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH US Those who pass the Advanced Driver Test are upgraded to Full Member, of both the national IAM and the Group, for the remainder of their 12 months. After that they may renew as a national IAM Full Member (annual subscription £33.75 ) and may also, if they wish, renew as a Full Member of the Bristol Group (an extra annual subscription of £20, payable in January as above). Please support us in this way. GIFT AID – AT NO EXTRA COST TO YOU The Group can claim an extra 25p on each £1 of your subscription – if you are a UK taxpayer and have signed-up to the Government’s Gift Aid scheme with us. Contact Group Treasurer Paul for details and a Form. NO LONGER A NATIONAL MEMBER ? Each year, some Members approach us with a desire to support and stay in touch with the Bristol Group, even though they have resigned from the national IAM organisation and no longer wish to support it. We have the ‘Donator’ category to suit such people. For a ‘donation’ equal to the Group Full Member subscription (currently £20), the person will receive the Group's Newsletter (The LINK) and news communications and is welcome to attend Monthly Meetings, and partake in Group social activities. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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From the Chair No statements were to hand from either Chairman Andy Cole nor Vice Chairman Jerry Gann (photos here, right, and far right, respectively) as this LINK issue was prepared for printing.

Introduce a new Associate: receive a £10 bonus Current Bristol Group Members and Associates – Refer a relative, friend or colleague, and when he completes the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver Course with us, and takes the Test, get £10. Trial period only. Other Terms & Conditions apply. Other Terms and Conditions - (updated 01 Sept 2017): The referrer must notify the Group with details of the person they will be referring before that person enters into the Advanced Driver agreement with the Institute. Retrospective referrals cannot be accepted. The offer applies to referrals who complete the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver Course and Test exclusively with Bristol Advanced Motorists. Bristol Advanced Motorists reserves the right to amend or withdraw the offer at any time. Neither the Institute of Advanced Motorists nor any other local IAM Group is subscribing to or taking part in this offer.

For further information, call: 0117 256 5555

Funding Support available for Young Drivers Complete the course and pass the Test – get your fee refunded

Under 25 when you pass the Advanced Driver Test, and live, work or in full-time education in either South Gloucestershire or the Bristol City Council area? Then you could qualify for a course fee refund courtesy of the South Gloucestershire Road Safety team or the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund. For further information, call: 0117 256 5555

Funding Support for DofE students Complete the course and pass the Test – get your fee refunded

Do the Advanced Driver Course as the Skills section of your Gold award, and you could qualify for a course fee refund. But hurry: there is only funding for two more candidates. For further information, call: 0117 256 5555 Page 4

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Data Protection and Privacy – be aware of this

[ Treasurer ]

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. It replaces the Data Protection Act 1998, covers both electronic graphics credit: and paper data, and every organisation must comply from that date.

ICO

The new Regulation is much more stringent that the old DP Act, against a background of increased communication and data sharing, especially via the Internet, Smartphones and Social Media. It will give individuals greater control of their information, and will force organisations to tighten procedures and to be more accountable. One also has to comply with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). Large fines apply for non-compliance. The new GDPR is aimed squarely at large companies using electronic communications, although all organisations, from large to micro-small, have to comply, even though they may be voluntary and hold only basic details. Treasurer Paul has attended two presentations, one given by Burton Sweet and one by an independent ‘expert’, and has spoken to the ICO directly. These experiences have posed more uncertainty, because the simpler the organisation is, the more difficult it becomes to be sure what one has to do. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) does not make it easy; amongst the endless pages of general blurb, there are no templates or examples to work to. Also, our umbrella organisation to which we are affiliated, IAM RoadSmart, has not yet advised us what they themselves are doing nor what we have to do, which is of increasing concern. We know that we must comply with the existing and new Data Protection Principles. We must be able to quickly detect breaches, and be able to quickly provide an individual with data we hold on them. We will definitely have to create an ‘inventory of data’ and a ‘data flow procedure’ concerning data we hold on Members, Associates, etc. and how we use it. As a result, we may have to alter how/when we do things, and who holds data. We will have to provide updated Privacy Notices on forms, and on the website. We may need ‘Consent’ to ‘process’ data and to send emails to Members. Some organisations ‘got their house in order’ 12 months ago. Others have not even started. You have probably been contacted by some organisations to ‘renew consent’. The wide variation in these requests shows a worrying lack of consistency and interpretation. Hopefully the legal and proportionate requirement necessary will become clear to us soon - and we will take all the action necessary to comply.

Further reading for those interested (available on the Internet) is the

ICO publication: Preparing for GDPR – 12 Steps to take Now. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Recent ‘Test Successes’

[ Clare Reeves ]

Congratulations to these Bristol Group Associates who have recently been successful in the On-Road Assessment of IAM RoadSmart and have gained the Advanced Driver Qualification. Thanks also to their Observers.

SUCCESSFUL ASSOCIATE

OBSERVER

EWAN CALDER

KATE CURTIS

BEN GOODMAN

MARTIN EVANS

SUSAN JACKSON

BARNABY ELLIS

PETE JEFFERIES

PHILLIP JONES

CAROLE LOCKWOOD

PETE GOODMAN

ANDY PRICE

ANDREW NICHOLLS

GEOFF SZTYPULJAK

MAC McGARRY

above: Laurence Hewtson (left) is presented with his Advanced Driver Certificate by his Observer Vince Robertson at the November Group Meeting. You will notice that the Certificate shows the F1RST (distinction) level. Bristol Group gives Associates a high standard of advice and guidance, resulting in 42% of Test passes in 2017 being at F1RST level. Well done to everyone who passes, at whatever level. We do not distinguish results in the pass lists (such as at the top of this page) to respect equality.

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above: Pete Jefferies (left) is presented with his Advanced Driver Certificate by his Observer Phil Jones at the November Group Meeting.

above: Paul Kelly-Fursdon (left) is presented with his Advanced Driver Certificate by Group Chairman Andy Cole at the October Group Meeting.

Advanced Driver Qualification Certificates are posted by the Institute direct to successful Associates. However, why not bring your Certificate to a Monthly Meeting or Associate Seminar, for a presentation and photo ? the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Welcome to our New Associates

www.iam-bristol.org.uk [ Clare Reeves & Editor ]

Associates who enrol on the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver Course are primarily Associates of the national IAM RoadSmart, based in Welwyn Garden City; that is to whom they pay their £149 for the course, which includes 12 months’ national ‘membership’. Should an Associate decide to come to Bristol Group for guidance, he also becomes an Associate of Bristol Group, for one year only, and the Group receives from HQ £31 of that original £149 as the ‘Group Associate Fee’. Bristol Group provides a fixed-start-date ‘course’, consisting of 3 friendly seminars (one of which is ‘Meet an Examiner’), with up to 12 months’ of additional one-to-one structured on-road driving guidance (at individually mutually-agreed dates/times) from the same allocated qualified volunteer Observer throughout. When an Associate is approaching Test standard, an individual pre-test assessment is provided by a different Observer. The Group also holds Club Sundays and Three in a Car sessions (see Diary and website), which provide further opportunities for informal friendly driver guidance and advice. We have recently welcomed the following Associates: JULY COURSE EWAN CALDER DAVE EVANS BEN HERRIDGE HANNAH LITTLE JULIA PFLAUM

JAMES DOWN BEN GOODMAN PETE JEFFERIES ALAN LUNDBERG ANDY PRICE

OCTOBER COURSE CHRIS ANSON TOM ASH ALISON COLE DAVID GREENAWAY GEORGE MONTGOMERY MIKE PEEL AMY ROBINSON JANE TUBBS

PETER ANSON CLARE BARTLEY MARK ELLIS DAVID HARROW GILLIAN NOWLAND HARRISON PREWETT BILL SAUNDERS PHILLIP WHEATLEY

NOEL DUNDAS FABIAN HELLIER PAUL KELLY-FURSDON WILLIAM MIZEN GEOFF SZTYPULJAK JENNIFER ARKEL IMOGEN CALDER VICTORIA GRATTIDGE CHRIS MILLER LIAM PARSONS KATHRYN ROBB ANDREW SHEPPARD

Around 80 Associates join Bristol Group each year, over our 4 courses (see back page for details). 50 are currently active, of all ages (one is 17). A misconception is that we cover Bristol city only. In fact, most of our Associates live in the surrounding areas of South Gloucestershire, B&NES, North Somerset, even some from Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. Associates are of course welcome to attend our Monthly Meetings and other Members’ Events (see Diary and website). Page 8

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Roger Joint

Jan 2018

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ROGER has decided to step down from his longstanding task of being doorman and raffle ticket seller at our Group Monthly Meetings. At the end of the November Meeting, after Roger (right, in photo) had said a few words ‘vote of thanks’, Chairman Andy stepped forward with an ‘Unexpected Star of the Show’ presentation. He gave Roger a small gift, and an official IAM ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ to express our gratitude for Roger’s help to the Bristol Group and his enthusiasm over many years. The certificate bears a personal text of thanks and is signed by IAM HQ Officials, President Nigel Mansell, Chairman Ken Keir and CEO Sarah Sillars. A Member for over 30 years, Roger passed his test in 1984 – after his son had done so - and is one of the Group’s longest-serving Members. He served on the Group Committee, and was Observer to Geoff Bevan - our current Chief Observer - so we’ve got Roger to blame for that! Roger regularly helped at the Group’s outside publicity events and collation of the LINK newsletter, as well as helping at Group Meetings. A true stalwart of the Bristol Group and a nice bloke! Roger wrote in a note later, “What a lovely surprise; I certainly wasn't expecting that! Thanks so much; I can't wait to go and spend the generous book token. It was a wonderful evening anyway with the brilliant talk from Vince – it’s nice to hear a Group Member giving a talk but it made really special for me; I certainly won't be forgetting last night for a very long time. “I look forward to seeing you all at future meetings when I will now be able to spend more time mixing with you all.” left: Roger with his wife Val .

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In Memory

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MICHAEL ROBIN TEBBUTT MICHAEL was a Bristol Group Observer in the 1990s and 2000s. He was still a Bristol Group Member when he passed, on 10th November 2017, aged 82 years. The Funeral Service, attended by over 120, was held at St Nicholas Church (the former Nautical School Chapel), Nore Road, Portishead, on Friday 24th November, and Michael’s involvement with advanced driving was mentioned in the Tribute. Treasurer Paul (and Pam) attended to represent the Group, and spoke with Michael’s son afterwards. Michael was born near the church and was baptised there, and still lived just down the road at the time of his death. Although, from his unique accent, you would think he was from elsewhere. Michael did National Service and later was a Policeman (including a spell at Westbury on Trym) and was involved in architectural stone-masonry as a manager. Always a keen cyclist, Michael was involved in road racing and time trials at a national level. He kept up cycling and as recently as June 2017 was still undertaking 50 mile rides with the POTS cycle club (Portishead Old Timers). Michael suddenly became ill with Motor Neurone Disease. He will be remembered as “a typical English gentleman”. JOHN RONAYNE of Nailsea We are sorry to tell you that John passed in November. JOHN was passionate about the IAM, always promoting the advanced driver course, and was a keen Member of our local Group. So much so that when he became disenchanted with the national IAM in 2009 concerning the “onerous fee and lack of any benefits”, as he put it, he enquired if there was any way he could remain with the Bristol Group, without being a national Member, because he thought that, by contrast, the local Bristol Group did provide “tangible driving, education and social benefits”. He received short shrift from Alistair Cheyne, then Chairman of the IAM. But, although that situation was not permitted in the IAM’s Group Rules at the time, we in Bristol Group introduced the local category/status of “Donator” to retain good faith, so that someone in John’s position could remain on the Group database, and receive the Newsletter, in return for a ‘donation’ equal to the Membership fee. So, in 2010, John became the first person to be recorded as a "Donator", to remain with the Group, and several people have followed him. His wife Mary says, “Thank you Paul. This story makes me smile. John always was one for pushing the boundaries, so it’s no surprise that he did it with the local IAM as well.” Page 10

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Observers in Bristol Group

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[ Editor + input from Chief Obs ]

As from January 1st 2018, all IAM RoadSmart Observers need to be approved under the new national IAM RoadSmart scheme, accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). [ Learn more about the IMI at https://www.theimi.org.uk/ ]

Bristol Group is well-organised in that all pre-existing Observers have attained IMI status before the deadline – although a couple of others have stepped-down for personal reasons or because of living out-of-the-area, etc. Bristol Group currently has 35 Observers, listed in alphabetical order:

OBSERVER

STATUS

OBSERVER

STATUS

MARLENE BAKER MARTIN BAKER GEOFF BEVAN MATT BRIDGEWATER STEVEN CARLIN ANDY COLE MALCOLM COLES RALPH COLMAR KATE CURTIS ALAN DUNN BARNABY ELLIS MARTIN EVANS JERRY GANN TONY GILBERT MARK GOLLOP PETE GOODMAN MIKE HALL MARY HART

N A L N A CO L֎2017 L֎2017 N A L L֎2017 L֎2017 N A L N A L N A N A N A TL N A L֎2017

BRIAN HARTLEY BOB HAWKSLEY PHIL JONES MAC McGARRY GLYN McGLYNN ANDREW NICHOLLS GARY NUNN RICHARD OLPIN MIKE PAGE RICHARD PARSONS DAVE PENGELLY VINCE ROBERTSON JACK TEMPLEMAN MARCUS VENN SARA WATERHOUSE GARY WILLIAMS MARTIN WILLIAMSON

L N A TL L֎2017 N A L֎2017 L L L֎2017 L L N A TL L L֎2017 L֎2017 L֎2017 L L

You will see various letters in the ‘status’ columns above: L Local Observer N National Observer These are the two levels of the new IMI scheme. The Group currently has 23 Local Observers and 12 National Observers. The titles are somewhat strange and confusing, I understand to avoid any status/equalities impression (so, no place for “Senior”) and also to avoid any false education/profession impression (so, no place for “Qualified”). A Local Observer Assessor Some National Observers are also denoted with an A for this additional status. They are tasked with assessing ‘Trainees’ towards acceptance as new Local Observers, and also for conducting the 3-yearly continuance check on existing Local Observers. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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CO Geoff Bevan is our Chief Observer, keeping the scheme administration on-track and under control. TL Because we are a big Group, both in numbers and geographical area, the Observer corps is split into 3 teams, each led by a ‘Team Leader’ to keep an eye on Observing and to arrange pre-test cross-checks, etc. The IMI statuses of ‘Local’ and ‘National’ Observer can be regarded as a sort of NVQ (National Vocational Qualification), i.e. based on demonstrated standards of competence, where an academic qualification does not apply. It is all about portraying an image of “accredited competency” to the public, rather than of “well-meaning amateurs”, although the process of Observing in itself has not changed greatly with the transfer to the new names. Local Observers are assessed and approved ‘locally’ by our Local Observer Assessors, to a rigid procedure laid down in a lengthy IAMRS and IMI-accredited tome of competences and standards. This is the ‘entry’ or ‘lower’ level of Observer, where one starts, and where one can remain if desired. The accreditation, competency/assessment book and assessment by LOAs is intended to provide a consistent universal standard across the country. Local Observers are fully capable of guiding Associates to a F1RST success in the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver Test, conducting Public Taster Assessments, etc. Bristol Group is fortunate in that we have had several new Observers becoming active in 2017. These are donated by ֎2017 in the list above. National Observers are directly assessed and approved by the respective IAM RoadSmart Area Service Delivery Manager. This small team of IAMRS-employed individuals is regarded as providing a consistent, higher, ‘national’ standard. Is the titling scheme now beginning to become clear? National Observers face a similar rigid assessment procedure, but requiring higher scores in the competencies. Groups are required to have, at least, a couple of these, to ensure that the higher standard is present in the Group. Some National Observers in each local Group are encouraged to become Local Observer Assessors so that the assessment and approval of Local Observers can be conducted in each Group. Originally it was planned that this should be a separate ‘accreditation’ to achieve, via a separate assessment procedure, but the current procedure is more informal.

GEOGRAPHICAL AREA Although we are called Bristol Group, the situation is ‘confused’ to the public because of the 4 separate Unitary Authorities in the area. Most Observers (18), and also most Members, actually live in South Gloucestershire, with only a few in the Bristol City Council area. We have Observers living in B&NES, North Somerset, one in Somerset and even six in Gloucestershire, so we can, perhaps surprisingly, take Associates in the north as far as the Stroud area. Page 12

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HOW DO I BECOME AN OBSERVER? In Bristol Group we require you to complete a Further Advanced Driving (FAD) Course, a Bristol Group speciality, which concentrates on the Police Driver’s RoadCraft manual, particularly ‘System’ and ‘Spoken Thoughts’. There is a charge, but it is refunded if you go on to be an Observer. A presentation is made late in the course about the commitment and qualities required to be an Observer – communication skills are important for an Observer, some say more important that being able to drive well ! If you would like to, you can go-on to the free Observer Course, which basically consists of working through the IMI assessment procedure. At the moment we have 3 ‘Trainee Observers’ in progress, MARK DOWDING, CHRIS MIDDLETON and JACKIE RAMSCAR.

Seven new people are signed-up for the FAD course which is scheduled to run in 2018. Contact Mac McGarry (see p. 22) if you would like further details, and would maybe consider possibly joining them.

above: A NEW OBSERVER JOINS THE RANKS New Observer Richard Olpin (right) being presented with both his FAD Certificate (front) and IAM RoadSmart / IMI Local Observer Certificate (rear). Doing the presenting (left) is Paddy Hopkirk, IAMRS Mature Driver Ambassador, on the occasion of his talk to the Group Monthly Meeting in September 2017.

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Bristol Group on ‘Social’

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New Content Manager Richard Olpin says, “Bristol Group is building a more active presence on social media channels and would love your support! We have for some while had a page on Facebook and an account on Twitter. Now we have an account on Instagram too. If you have any interesting news or photos for us to share, then please send them to me (Richard Olpin) and I will post them.” iam-bristol@olpin.net or @richardolpin on all the usual social sites. Facebook:

www.facebook.com/BristolAdvancedMotorists Twitter:

https://twitter.com/iam_bristol Instagram: instagram.com/iam_bristol The Editor adds: We set-up these Accounts to publicise the Group to signed-up users of the systems, initially acting as a notice-board, potentially getting to younger people, which is essential for any membership organisation. ‘Younger People’ are now popularly-defined as those aged ‘under 42’. Whatever, most of these people use Smartphones, so it is a publicity avenue not to be ignored. New Content Manager Richard Olpin is posting more items, but is making an effort to post all original material, rather than re-posting items that users will probably have already seen on other similar Advanced Driving Accounts. Hopefully this will retain attention on us for a little longer. Non-users can see what we place there, if they are interested. Just tapping into a Search Engine a few keywords, e.g. Twitter IAM Bristol will get access, rather than tapping-in the whole exact address. However, recent changes have been made by the service providers so that a casual viewer will see only basic posts and limited content. This is partly because, by their very nature, social networks are intended to be networking for the site’s members, not simply a broadcast service to all and sundry. There are also issues with registered users’ privacy. Instagram is a photo-sharing app for use on smartphones, and isn’t really designed to be used on the web, nor accessed by non-registered people. On a computer, keywords don’t usually work with the vast majority of Instagram accounts, so if you are not a signed-up user you’ll have to tapin the exact whole address (see above) to have a look. Page 14

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Other Bristol Group News

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[ The Editor ]

BT MYDONATE - FACILITY NOW LIVE As described in the last (November) issue, the facility is now live on our website. Just click on the button located on the bottom right of the homepage – which is like the one shown (right) – and you will be taken to a donation screen. You can also add Gift Aid. Anyone can make an on-line donation to the Bristol Group. Some Members may also like to use the facility as an alternative method to pay the Annual Group Subscription, or any other dues. SARA FOR DESK-BASED PUBLICITY We can now confirm that Observer Sara Waterhouse is taking-on this task sending email news circulars to external publicity contacts and Group members. Sara has had an early success by getting a one-third-page piece on our Young Driver Refund Offer published in The Week In (free paper for Keynsham and East Bristol), January 17th issue. Look at it online. . . . This publicity task was previously done by Geoff – who’s lightening his workload . . . . Sara can be reached at: news@iam-bristol.org.uk Sara did the Advanced Driver Course with Bristol Group and became a Member in 2014. She’s since become an IMI-accredited Observer, and also regularly attends Group Meetings. FIELD PUBLICITY The Group is also looking for someone to arrange and carry-out some reasonably-priced ‘field’ publicity activity. And yes, it may well be in a field – at a show – but what is generally meant by this term is active publicity “out in the field”, person to person. Bristol Group used to be very active, with our own caravan / publicity trailer, or even tent. Go back 20 years and almost all of our Associates came as a result. But nowadays we do very little, excepting our ‘Public Assessment Days’ and the odd evening talk to a Group. And very few Associates come as a result of such local activity. Many Groups around the country still do active field publicity, such that Bristol’s low activity has been noticed by HQ. If Publicity is your thing - and you like being out and about – or can organise low-cost stands or venues – get in touch with Secretary Martin. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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WESTON & MENDIP GROUP LOOKS INTO YOUNG DRIVER MARKET Weston and Mendip Group held a meeting in December on how to attract Young Drivers, with David Gallagher, IAM RoadSmart’s Younger Driver Ambassador. Members from Bath and Bristol Groups also attended.

above: David Gallagher of IAMRS (seated, right, wearing dark top) with Gary James, Chairman of Weston and Mendip Group (seated left). Bristol’s representatives Clare Reeves and Tony Gilbert are standing, extreme right. photo: Weston Group

Dawn Crane, Associate Coordinator with Weston and Mendip Group, said: “It was a very informative meeting, with a lot of ideas coming from all sides. David has a lot of ideas and all enjoyed the meeting.” Certainly, our delegates reported-back that a lot of discussion took place, although it was clear there is no ‘magic bullet’ big idea, and a lot of new constructive work will be needed to gain the interest of Young Drivers. Over the last few years, a lot of activity has taken place, not only by IAM RoadSmart but by other agencies including the Fire Brigade, Driving Instructors, Schools and independent bodies, but not a lot of interest has resulted. On the IAM RoadSmart side, separate meetings have not worked, maybe because today’s youngsters work as individuals and not in groups, and membership organisations are generally in decline, especially with the young. Even financial incentives do not appeal – Bristol’s refund scheme has only attracted half the under-25s in the year 2017 as it did in 2016. Until someone comes up with that ‘magic bullet’ big idea, current IAM RoadSmart plans include increasing social media output on Facebook, Twitter and other newer channels favoured by youngsters, recruiting younger Observers, and promoting IAM RoadSmart’s new on-line offerings, and bite-size ‘Modules’ [which have to be delivered by IAM-RoadSmart retained Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs)]. As for activity in Groups – see the item below – perhaps you can help! Page 16

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YOUNG DRIVER ADVOCATE NEEDED IN THE GROUP There is an opportunity for a Member to take-on the role. Basically, to encourage Young-Driver applicants for the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver Course, to encourage successful Young Drivers to remain with the Group, and to nurture those already in the Group. If YOU are interested, please contact our Secretary Martin Evans . LOOK AT OUR WEBSITE !

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Our website was updated about a year ago onto a modern Joomla! System, re-designed and “certified mobile-friendly”. It has since received further updating, had improved ‘search engine optimisation’ applied and has been updated in line with EU privacy legal requirements. Take a look – you may be surprised what’s there. The public can apply – you can make a donation – see this newsletter and many past issues – see the Diary of Events, Minutes of Meetings. And a whole load of driving tips and articles. Have a look – contact the Editor and tell us what you think. STANDING ORDER MEMBERS This is an advance notice to our Members who pay their annual Group subscription by Standing Order. You may be receiving a letter in the post from us soon! Around 140 Members pay that way, and at present do not receive an annual renewal reminder (although that may change). We may have to contact you about GDPR / PECR requirements. We also need to complete an ‘existence check’ on our database of SO Members. We receive two ‘unidentified’ SO payments each year from Members who we know have moved away with no forwarding address (we had 7 a few years ago). Last summer we tried to contact all our SO Members but were unable to get a response from several - so we will be following-up those shortly. EASYFUNDRAISING Bristol Group is registered with this ‘charity cashback’ scheme. Use it when you buy goods online – or on the High Street. We’ve raised over £1100 since we started, but income has now dropped to £10 per month. Details: http://www.iam-bristol.org.uk/index.php/articles/fundraising the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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2018 Three-in-a-Car Dates

www.iam-bristol.org.uk [ Chief Observer, Editor ]

for IAM Members & Associates only A series of 6 Three-in-a-Car (TiC) events has been arranged for 2018. These are social driving events, where attendees are placed in a group of 3, (usually) with one Observer per car. Each of the three people drives his own car, in turn, for 30 minutes or so. The other two then offer comments on the driving, either as helpful banter as the actual drive progresses, or as a short informal de-brief at the end.

Saturday 7 April 10:00am

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury (Cabot)

Saturday 12 May 10:00am

Bath Hill Car Park, Keynsham (Brunel)

Thursday 28 June [ evening event ] 7:30pm Thornbury Leisure Centre (Colston) Sunday 5 August 10:00am

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury (Cabot)

Sunday 9 September 10:00am Ashton Way Car Park, Keynsham (Brunel) Saturday 6 October 10:00am Easter Compton Farm Shop (Colston) These events help Members maintain the high standard they achieved on their original Advanced Driving test – and also offer Associates some extra training input before their tests. It is an opportunity for all to catch up on a few tips from your peers and from an Observer. The Team Leaders from our three teams of Observers – namely, Brunel, Cabot and Colston teams – arrange the events. Not been on one before? You’ll be made most welcome. You drive a circular route of your own choice for 30 minutes. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with the local area. Someone else will willingly suggest a route, and offer directions if needed. You will probably meet some Bristol Group Members and Associates whom you didn’t know before. It’s a fun social event, but you’ll probably learn a few new advanced driving tips. The events are FREE, they’re an ideal way of keeping in touch with current Advanced Driving standards and thinking, and, don’t worry – no records are made of the drives and you won’t be asked to undertake any formal training. Put these dates in your DIARY now! Page 18

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Proposed Visit(s) for 2018

Jan 2018

[ Pete Goodman ]

We have had a few suggestions for social visits. These include: ● The Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum at Calne (we’ve been there before) ● The new Bristol Aerospace Museum (with Concorde) at Filton ( a guided tour) ● Thatchers Cider at Sandford (recently featured on Gregg Wallace’s ‘Inside the Factory’ BBC tv) And a fun driving event – no longer totally relevant to on-road driving with an ESC-equipped car, but educational and good fun nonetheless: ● Castle Combe Skid Pan This is in addition to previous suggestions/recommendations such as: ● Care UK/NHS treatment facility at Emersons Green ● Highways England control office (Avonmouth) If YOU would like to attend one of these, help organise, or have any comments/suggestions, then please get in touch with Social Organiser Pete Goodman or indeed any Committee Member.

Driving Day in the Mendips

[ Pete Goodman ]

Based at Burrington Combe Inn - Sat 10 Mar 2018, 9 till 4 approx. Similar to the Group event last March in Brecon (see report in the March 2017 LINK) and those organised by ADUK. It is for Members, Associates, and ‘interested guests’. It promises to be a great day for all the Club's real driving enthusiasts. Breakfast, Lunch and Tea will be available to buy ! For organisational reasons, ALL MUST PRE-BOOK with Pete Goodman. For further information on this event call: 0117 256 5555

FREE Advanced Driving Taster Day

[ Mark Gollop ]

Saturday 3 March 2018 10am – 1pm At the Scout Hut, Shellards Rd, Longwell Green, BS30 9DU (adjacent to Longwell Green Community Centre) Know anyone who may be interested? Then get canvassing! These sessions give drivers the opportunity to compare their driving today with when they passed their driving test - and to pick up some hot tips from IAM RoadSmart Observers. It could give a driver a fresh approach and improve safety, confidence and enjoyment in his driving. And encourage him to sign-up for the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver Course. For further information on this event , on IAM RoadSmart and the Bristol Group: telephone: 01454 619289 or 0117 256 5555 or email: secretary@iam-bristol.org.uk the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Forthcoming Monthly Meetings JANUARY 2018 Police Tri Force Forensic Collision Investigation Senior Forensic Collision Investigator PC Andy Hill will be our speaker. He will give a history of the Tri-Force unit and explain what they do and how they do it - including case studies highlighting the hidden dangers of driving in the modern world, the problems of conspicuity, expectancy and of driving at night. Talk about a crash course - this one sounds smashingly good!! As with all our Meetings, entrance is free and coffee is £1 per cup.

FEBRUARY Speaker Chris Bigg, who has spoken to us before about various aspects of Filton aviation history, on the Bristol Brabazon. His talk will chart the controversial story of the building of Britain's largest landplane from its conception to its scrapping in 1953. Brabazon - outside the Brabazon Hanger Was it a white elephant or the photo: Chris Bigg / Airteam Images original jumbo ? Chris will cover timescales, customers, technical specifications, & people. MARCH A speaker from Continental Tyres (to be confirmed). MAY A talk from Optician Jonathan Best - Eyes and their Correction. LATER . . . . in AUGUST A talk from Marine Historian Paul Barnett - The Severn Rail Bridge.

Club Sunday –

Sunday 04 Feb *** note the changed date *** Venue: Burrington Inn Time: from 10:00 am These Sundays exist primarily to offer an Advanced Driving Experience for Associates, for them to see the whole ‘picture on the box’ of what Advanced Driving is about in the whole, over a 30-minute demonstration drive. The days also offer an opportunity for an Informal Meet, open to all Members. Club Sunday is normally held on the Sunday following Seminar Two of each associate Intake. But *** note the changed date *** of this one, a week later, due to the Inn being re-opened after a refurbishment. [ We are looking for new venues, firstly in the Keynsham area - because a previous venue is not suitable due to issues with parking - and also in the north of our area. Any ideas for venues, please contact Pete Goodman. ]

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WHAT’S UPCOMING IN BRISTOL ADVANCED MOTORISTS

Dates of Meetings – Members and Administration JANUARY 2018 Wed 17 IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver Course - Seminar One. BAWA 7:15pm Pre-booking essential - see page 40. Tue

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Wed 24

Monthly Meeting BAWA Pavilion 7:30pm start Speaker: PC Andy Hill, snr. forensic collision investigator with the Tri-Force Special Operations Unit. Advanced Driver Course - Seminar Two. BAWA 7:15pm

FEBRUARY Sun 04 Bristol Group ‘Club Sunday’ - from 10:00 am Venue: Burrington Inn . *** Note changed date *** . The Inn will be re-opened after refurbishment. These days offer an Advanced Driving Experience for Associates, and an Informal Social Meet, open to all Members. Mon

07

Observer Meeting for the Colston Team

Tue

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Exec Committee Meeting - second Tuesday each month If you wish to raise an issue, contact the Group Chairman (or indeed any Committee Member)

Sat

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COPY DATE for the March Newsletter Members and Associates – please send-n your stuff now!

Tue

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Monthly Meeting BAWA Pavilion 7:30pm start speaker Chris Bigg, who has spoken to us before. This time his topic will be the Bristol Brabazon.

MARCH Sat 03

Public Free Taster Advanced Driving Publicity Event At the Scout Hut, Shellards Road, Longwell Green. (in the car park of the Community Centre). Please promote it! See update on website or contact Marlene 01454 619289

Wed 07

Advanced Driver Course – seminar 3 – BAWA 7:15pm Meet an Examiner ALL BRISTOL ASSOCIATES WELCOME, WHATEVER YOUR STAGE IN GUIDANCE

Sat

Driving Day in the Mendips. Similar concept to the event last year in Brecon – and those organised by ADUK. Based at the Burrington Inn, 9am - 4pm. For Members, Associates, and ‘interested guests’. All taking part MUST pre-book with Pete Goodman. Breakfast, Lunch, Tea are available to buy !

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APRIL Tue 24

Advance Notice: AGM: speaker: Shaun Cronin IAM RoadSmart Regional Service Delivery Team Manager

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Who does what

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in Bristol Group - & their contact details TO ENQUIRE ABOUT how Bristol Group runs

the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver Course contact:

associates@iam-bristol.org.uk

ADVERTISED ENQUIRY NUMBER:

0117 969 1746

0117 256 5555

Executive Committee, Bristol Advanced Motorists 07714 992 639 chairman@iam-bristol.org.uk 01275 852 243 vice-chairman@iam-bristol.org.uk 0117 979 8061 secretary@iam-bristol.org.uk Hhairman@iam-bristol.org.ukTH 0117 960 8494 treasurer@iam-bristol.org.uk 07714 992 639 database@iam-bristol.org.uk 0117 960 8494 editor@iam-bristol.org.uk

Chairman

Andy Cole

Vice Chairman

Jerry Gann

Secretary

Martin Evans

Treasurer

Paul Hunt

Database Administrator

Andy Cole

Newsletter Editor

Paul Hunt

Associates Administrator

Clare Reeves

associates@iam-bristol.org.uk HT 0117 969 1746

Chief Observer and Web Administrator

Geoff Bevan

01453 860365 chiefobserver@iam-bristol.org.uk

Membership Development

Tony Gilbert

07973 730 498 development@iam-bristol.org.uk

Committee Minute Taker

Brenda Smyth

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Training Administrator

Mac McGarry

01453 766314 training@iam-bristol.org.uk

Monthly Meeting Organiser

Pete Goodman

meetings@iam-bristol.org.uk 0117 960 5367

Social Organisers

Pete Goodman Pamela Parnham

see Pete’s contact details above

Publicity Communications

Sara Waterhouse

news@iam-bristol.org.uk

Group Display Boards & LINK mailing organiser

Andrew Nicholls

01749 860321 display@iam-bristol.org.uk

Social Content Manager

Richard Olpin

Younger Driver Advocate

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Other Post Holders

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Several other Members assist voluntarily in the running of the Group. PHOTOGRAPHY NOTICE: Please note that by attending the Meetings and Driver Guidance Sessions of Bristol Advanced Motorists, you agree to your image being captured and used to promote Bristol Advanced Motorists and its activities. This may include in our newsletter, on our website or for general promotion. If you wish to withhold your permission, please contact the Group Secretary.

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Club Sunday - 29 October

Jan 2018

[ Editor ]

The latest of these events took place on Sunday 29 October, based at the Somerdale Pavilion, Keynsham (the replacement for the old Fry Club, on the old Chocolate Factory site) when 25 Members and Associates met in the sports bar – most taking advantage of the £4.95 breakfast.

There was a chat session, and then members went outside and went on drives – the added attraction being two MG Midgets and a Caterham. Some Observers took out Associates for a demo drive. In fact, that was the original sole purpose of these Sunday meets, which started in Summer 2009 and have been part of the Advanced Driver Course ever since. The original idea was to give a 45-minute demonstration ‘Example Drive’ so that the Associates would see the whole ‘picture on the box’ of Advanced Driving – really an integral part of the Advanced Driver Course. Associates would normally receive a demonstration drive from their own Observer at some point during their course, mainly to help with the learning of a particular technique. By contrast, the Sunday Example Drives were hopefully inspirational; to give the Associates an overall feel for what an Advanced drive looks like in the round - how it feels to be driven by someone who is using observation to increase safety and space, and then using planning to deliver smoother, swifter progress. Without this kind of example it is possible that some Associates would be learning the techniques without a clear idea of what it should feel like when everything is put together. The event also provides an opportunity to introduce the Associates to more members of the observing team, and of the Group, and to start to plant the idea that their IAM Test needn't be the end of involvement with the IAM or the Bristol Group. Any queries to: Pete Goodman

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www.iam-bristol.org.uk Pictures of Club Sunday left: The usual social gathering, with most people tackling the ÂŁ4.95 breakfast. below: Members brought their unusual cars. White MG Midget of Pete Goodman, and red one of Andy Cole. The Caterham belongs to Phil Nunn.

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Another Hamburger

A ‘Hamburger’ is a roundabout with one dedicated ‘short-cut’ route through the centre island. Since 2009 there has been one ‘nearby’ at the Coldra, Newport, ( M4 jnc. 24), where if you approach from the north (from the Midlands / Monmouth on the A449), you take the short-cut lane to turn right onto the M4 westbound, avoiding traffic from the A48 which also traverses the roundabout. photo: Sabre Roads A similarly modified Elmbridge Court roundabout at Gloucester opened in September 2017, after 13 months of work and £7million spent. A lot of money, but the hamburger lane apparently saves 8 minutes at peak times.

This is how it works. You’ll only use the one-way hamburger road through the middle if you’re approaching on the A40 Golden Valley road from the Cheltenham direction (bottom left) and want to continue your route on the A40 Northern Bypass, towards Ross, Chepstow and the Forest (top right). From all other approaches, it appears to remain as a normal roundabout, although approaches have been widened to increase traffic-flow capacity. Approaching the roundabout on the A40 from Cheltenham, to continue on the A40 Northern Bypass (fourth exit) you position yourself in lane 4 or 5, which lead onto the hamburger. Traffic signals will release you across the roundabout lanes to the hamburger lanes on the centre, and others let you exit the hamburger lane to continue forward onto the A40 Northern Bypass. Approaching the roundabout on the A40 from Cheltenham, to continue to Churchdown, fifth exit, is unusual and counter-intuitive – you need lane 3, and must follow the roundabout circulatory, all the way around to your exit. * Text & graphic adapted from Gloucestershire County Council News web-page, Sept 2017

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Emergency Refuge Area Awareness

[ The Editor ]

ERAs are small stopping places at intervals on Hard Shoulder Running (HSR) and All Lane Running (ALR) Smart Motorways, which use the ‘hard shoulder’ as an extra running lane, either on a temporary or permanent basis respectively, to ease congestion. ERAs are for breakdown/emergency use only, have existed since 2004, but only get scant mention in the Highway Code. A recent small survey by the RAC found that: 25% of drivers were unaware that ERAs existed at all. 50% didn’t know what they were for. The remainder only knew vaguely how to use them. Only one person in the survey knew how to re-join the motorway. Drivers were also unfamiliar with the traffic management measures put into operation by Highways England when a breakdown occurs. The first new-style ERA – now also signed as an “SOS lay-by” - was installed in July 2017 on the M3 near Camberley in Surrey. It has a highly visible orange road surface and better signage, as part of an ongoing review into the design and spacing of ERAs.

image of the new-style emergency refuge area on the M3

All images: © Highways England

[ This must be a ‘constructed’ image, as this ERA looks much too short to be of practical use. Compare with top photo of old design - Ed. ]

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Highways England says it recognises the public concern about smart motorways – especially breakdowns - and the redesigned ERA “supports Highways England’s drive to improve awareness of Smart Motorway driving, including what to do in an emergency and when to use an emergency area. It sits alongside a national TV, radio and social media campaign covering key themes such as not driving in lanes closed by red X signs, and the importance of carrying out appropriate vehicle checks to avoid unnecessary breakdowns”. ●

If you’ve broken down, or have been involved in an accident, you should attempt to use an emergency refuge area. [ This instruction is too vague –

most breakdowns force an immediate stop – and the ERA is short, so you will have slow down considerably before attempting to turn-in to an ERA - Ed. ] ●

Arrows will direct you into an indicated ‘box’ marked on the tarmac, where you should stop and switch on your hazard warning lights.

Occupants should then exit the vehicle from the passenger side and stand behind the crash barrier.

The SOS telephone at the ERA should be used to speak to Highways England, who will provide further instructions and summon help. [ A Highways England

Traffic Officer may not attend if a breakdown service is called-out - Ed. ] ●

When you are ready to leave the ERA, phone the control centre again. They may set the signs behind you to alert traffic that you are starting-out.

If you cannot get to a Refuge Area: ●

If you break down in the left-most lane between refuges, try to move on to the verge if there is no safety barrier. Otherwise you will have to stop in the running lane. Put your hazard lights on. Consider leaving the vehicle on the passenger side and get behind the barrier. ( See also the paragraph below.)

If you break down and stop in another running lane, the advice is to stay in the car, and keep your seatbelt on. Whatever lane, CCTV cameras and sensors should alert the control centre and help will be despatched. The control centre should switch-on a red X on the signs behind you, to stop traffic from entering the lane you are in. If you have access to a mobile phone, you may dial '999'.

If the redesigned ERAs are successful and drivers find the changes beneficial, more ‘orange’ ones will be introduced across England’s network of smart motorways. The problem remains that they are up to 1.5 miles apart, and Highways England is being pressured to provide them at much closer intervals – say, half a mile. The size is also seen as too small, with insufficient room to safely manoeuvre a breakdown truck. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Dodgy Headlights #1

[ Barry Cash ]

I was beginning to think my old eyes weren't up to driving at night. The headlights of oncoming cars often seemed to dazzle me in a way they didn't before. My optician said everything was OK. Then I saw the ‘Fake Britain’ programme on BBC 1. Unscrupulous wheelerdealers flogging fake xenon headlight bulbs through Internet auction sites. These may not last long and often throw a light beam that either badly illuminates the road ahead, or dazzles oncoming traffic. Some of those shown didn't work and started smoking as soon as they were switched on. Genuine Philips xenon headlight bulbs – which are standard-fit on some new cars – can cost more than £100 to replace with a genuine part. So the temptation to shop around for a cheap spare is very real. The faulty bulbs look like they come from a reputable manufacturer. So far, more than 10,000 counterfeit bulbs have been seized and destroyed. But that doesn't deal with the ones already sold and fitted. I think it explains why there seem to be so many more cars with badly adjusted headlights now. Another hazard for road users.

Dodgy Headlights #2

[ Brian Sturdon ]

I was having difficulty seeing clearly driving at night, let alone being dazzled by 50% of approaching cars. A visit to the optician revealed no problems. I deep-cleaned all my car windows. But no improvement – and I noticed I now keep the rear-view mirror almost permanently on the dipped anti-glare setting, rather than using it only once in a while. So I began to analyse. [ Brian is a retired motor industry development engineer - Ed. ]

The past 2 years seem to have brought a big increase in over-bright headlights, which cause increased glare, making it difficult to see the road ahead – and pedestrians and other objects on it - made worse by ill-defined road edges, worn-away white lines, and the surprising high mileage of roads with no cats’ eyes or marker studs. Made even worse by jutting-out kerbs, and reflective “Keep Left” bollards rather than illuminated ones. Bright lights also leave a black blind spot for several moments once they have passed by. I’ve also noticed I now sometimes get a blinding flash through my side windows from cars at junctions etc., and even from some approaching cars as they pass alongside my car. Modern bulbs seem to have a short life, maybe caused by the “xx% extra brightness” wanted today. Replacement bulbs are fitted “between MoTs” and therefore the beam is not realigned to standard. Even reputable-brand bulbs are not identical in the beam they throw out (see tests in the motor press). Also, the bulb may not be replaced seated in its mount correctly. Page 28

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Then there is the fancy design of lamp enclosures, which may deflect the beam, especially when dirty or scratched. Then there is headlamp level control, almost universal today. How many drivers adjust this correctly? Auto headlamp dip does not always work, in urban areas or when following another vehicle – how many drivers over-ride it? Indeed, some drivers do not know when to dip. [ One of my Associates didn’t even know about dip and main beam at all, let alone when to use dipped lights - Ed. ]

Then there are LED lights . . . . Most LED day-notice lights are too bright – output per watt has increased since the regulations were drawn up – and the lamps do not seem to be shielded, so they cause glare - also the fancy designs are more dazzling and distracting than a simple bulb set-up. LED headlamps may give more light but that does not necessarily mean a greater forward beam spread, nor better vision. A yellow-biased light gives better vision and contrast in dark areas – it’s what humans are used to seeing in the dark. LED lamps are blue/white, which upsets the human eye’s night vision ability. Blue light scatters more in the human eye, and is also perceived brighter by the human eye under the same light levels. Both these factors cause much-increased glare. LED light-emitters are ‘intense’ and are difficult to focus into a headlight beam, and to shield. The brightness can cause discomfort and glare and constriction of the pupils. Yellow night-driving glasses were much-used several years ago when bright halogen lights first came-in. The idea behind them is sound, improving contrast and reducing glare, but many ‘experts’ advise against their use today. Note: If you need spectacles, use clear lenses with an antireflection coating, and don’t use ‘photochromic’ lenses at night or dusk. An added difficulty with blue/white light is that it mimics daylight and can disrupt the human circadian rhythm (day and night), which can cause tiredness, affect sleep, and even increase the risk of developing some health conditions. Yellow and red light, from ‘normal’ incandescent and sodium lamps, is ‘natural’, and has no such effect. These white/blue/LED issues are compounded when driving under LED street lighting, which is mainly installed on cost grounds, not considering the effect on road users’ vision. Weak and patchy illumination (although the lamps are bright), white/blue colour and not sufficiently shielded. It results in a luminance difference which makes pedestrians and objects more difficult to see unless they have strong lights, or reflective material near ground level. And the driver’s eyes are affected by the lighting, which in effect makes it more difficult to see, the further you drive. Take care. Slow down – and realise that in the hours of darkness you will probably be ‘overdriving’ your headlight visibility a lot of the time . . . . the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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AGM at Welwyn Garden City

[ Tony Gilbert ]

left: IAM RoadSmart HQ is in part of these offices in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Details at: http://www.albanyplace.co.uk/ Image reproduced with express permission of: Bray Fox Smith, Estate Agents, London W1T 6QW

The 2017 IAM Roadsmart AGM was the first to be held at the new headquarters building in Welwyn Garden City. Travelling up from Bristol took about the same time as getting to Chiswick - WGC is further, but has much easier traffic than West London. I wondered if the change in location would affect attendance, and although numbers seemed slightly lower than last year at around thirty, most of the usual attendees that I recognised from previous years had made the trip. Following the usual format, Chairman Ken Kier spoke first and listed the group’s activity for the previous year. In addition to the office move and the continuing adoption of the IAM Roadsmart brand, these had included: ● 60th Anniversary events for cars and bikes ● Introduction of Fellow membership category - over 400 Fellows so far ● Engagement with industry groups and government. [ The government

has proved resistant to the concept of targets for road safety, so the IAM is now part of a Road Safety Industry Consortium that will take on the role of setting KSI reduction targets. ]

● Launch of new website ● Relaunch of Advanced Driving magazine (now called ‘RoadSmart’ ) ● New Group Handbook ● Development work on modules, apps and e-learning ● Launch of the Charity Big Idea – the giveaway of 1000 free courses in certain high-risk areas The timing of the sale of the Chiswick offices worked out very well as it occurred at the market peak - the Chiswick property would now be worth around £1M less than it actually sold for. Closing Chiswick incurred one-off costs of £423,000, and Mr Keir expressed sadness at the loss of experienced staff as a result of the move. However, the new staff teams are said to be young and keen and recruitment of staff is much easier outside of London. Page 30

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As the new premises are rented rather than owned, Welwyn costs around £180,000 more per year to run than Chiswick. The cheaper recruitment and staffing costs partially offset this. Management is open to buying premises in Welwyn when the current lease ends, should a suitable property be available. The sale of Chiswick has lead to an improvement in the bank balance - net assets are £10.0m, of which £6.4m is cash. Other significant costs in the year were £123,000 for rebranding, £134,000 for product development (modules, apps, e-learning), and £45,000 for the new website. As a result, the operating deficit for 2016 / 17 was around £600,000. CEO Sarah Sillars spoke next, and started with the membership figures. Current membership is around 90,000, and the renewal rate for 2016 / 17 was 94%. During the year 3066 Observers were awarded the various IMI qualifications. Research was done consulting 8,000 non-advanced drivers about their attitudes to further training. It emerged that the full course is not attractive, and the idea of learning in small chunks in their own time was preferred. To address this, 19 apps have been developed for education and learning. These will be available shortly and are pitched very much at the low end of advanced skills, the intention being to provide an introduction to IAM Roadsmart. The next level up is a range of seven e-learning modules. A collaboration with websites Mumsnet and Gransnet is planned for later in 2018, aimed at testing consumer appetite for these online courses. The number of projects underway at Head Office has revealed the deficits in organisational IT capability. There are currently eight unconnected computer systems which will need to be rationalised in the future. This will entail major expenditure and a review is planned to determine the best way forward. The proposal to increase the membership fee was passed, with a four to one majority once the 674 proxy votes were included. The last item of business was ‘Questions from the Floor’, one of which revealed an interesting piece of information. It was asked if the IAM could work more closely with RoADAR (RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders). Sarah Sillars revealed that she’d had a meeting with RoSPA and had offered to absorb RoADAR into IAM Roadsmart. The offer was rejected, and there are no current plans for the organisations to work together. the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Notes by the Editor: 1 Bristol Group Member Tony Gilbert attended the IAM RoadSmart AGM as an individual IAM Member and wrote the factual report above as such. Groups have no input or influence at the AGM. 2 Traditionally there is a miniscule turnout at the AGM. From over 90,000 Members there was an attendance of 31 - plus around 675 Proxy votes. 3 The national annual Membership fee will now be £33.75 (up from £33) plus there is a further £4.25 surcharge if you choose to pay by cheque. 4 The procedure to ‘absorb’ RoADAR (had it gone ahead) would have been complex. A Membership Charity cannot directly take-over another. RoADAR Members would have needed to resign, and then re-apply afresh to the IAM. 5 The finance figures are more complex than the simple summary statement of an ‘operating deficit’. More detail is given in the Annual Report, and the full Accounts (both available on the IAM RoadSmart website). Income and Membership are ‘static’ and costs are rising. Future ‘Research’ will need internal funding. Continuation is implied to be ‘a difficult business’. Apt, because IAM RoadSmart is now, in effect, a business. 6 IAM RoadSmart is now involved in far more aspects than JUST the Advanced Test itself. Media influencing. Research. Road Safety. Acting as a Charity, outreaching to “ordinary” Drivers and Riders. This fact is apparent in the Annual Report, and will be strongly communicated to Members in the “Winter 2017/8” issue of RoadSmart magazine (yellow cover). These activities are largely financed by Membership subscriptions. The IAM is unusual in that Members do not actively join, but become subscribers partly unwittingly by applying for, and passing, the Advanced Driving Test. 7 In time, organisations can develop and change beyond all recognition, in some cases losing the original purpose that attracted the original ‘clients’ and instead appealing to those with a different ‘vision’. In the case of the IAM: it started in 1956, its aim being “to improve the standard of driving and therefore promote road safety”, actioned mainly through establishing the Advanced Driving Test. Many changes have occurred, mainly starting in 2008 when the IAM amended its Articles and changed its operating strategy to emphasise the “promote road safety” aspect, to align with what it saw as the requirements of the revised Charities Act 2006 with regards to ‘charity status’ and ‘public benefit’, and also took-on ‘Research’ activity. 8 There is a business maxim: “A good business model is more important than a good main product if you want your company/organisation to succeed. A good product, but with a bad business model, will fail.” With the IAM, that is no doubt one reason why the current business model (be ‘profitable’, expand, appeal to more drivers & riders, promote road safety) is slightly different from the main product (The Advanced Driving Test), a change seen as necessary for ‘business continuation’.

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Members often ask, “What’s going-on at HQ?”. The Editor has, up-until-now, gathered news items regarding IAM HQ from various sources (see further below) and has reported them here in the LINK for general information. However, it will no longer be possible to continue to anywhere near the same extent. The relationship between Members, HQ and Groups is complex. Members support the Institute by paying a subscription – but can question HQ, or even withdraw their support. Members can also belong to Groups. But although Groups are in some aspects independent entities, they are affiliated to the Institute and are therefore bound to promote and support the Institute at all times. So a Group newsletter should concentrate on Group activity and only mention items regarding HQ that “portray a positive promotional image of IAM RoadSmart, to help local Group activity”. We are ‘advised’ that the Group Newsletter should not report on HQ matters generally. Any comment on HQ matters will now be supplied and approved through one ‘contact’ person only, in our case that being Service Delivery Manager Shaun Cronin, who is the “Manager” responsible for all Groups in our Area/Region. So, in future, Members will probably have to seek-out HQ news themselves. The Institute’s periodic publication, ‘RoadSmart’ is a starting place. However, several years ago the powers at HQ decided that it should not be a ‘journal’, but rather a ‘general magazine’, and as a consequence it no longer keeps IAM Members fully informed of news/action at HQ. Nowadays, HQ news is released in a fragmented form – over HQ’s Twitter and Facebook ‘Social’ accounts, Media Releases and ‘Blogs’ via the IAM RoadSmart website, and the ‘Member News’ email. Committee and some Observers get from HQ the weekly email ‘Breaking News’, which contains only ‘positive news’ mainly regarding the Advanced Driver Course and associated results. Reading the reported good achievements of some Groups therein is maybe an incentive to other Groups to improve their own performance. Some HQ news goes un-reported, both regarding the Charity side and the Commercial activities. There’s always the Annual Report . . . . INSPIRE OTHERS - WITH A DISCOUNT – AFTER CHRISTMAS Even though the HQ Christmas Gift Voucher offer has passed, if you are a current IAM Member, you can buy a ‘Friends and Family’ gift voucher at a discount of 10%, (you pay £134), until 31 March 2018. Use code FF10 at the online checkout or when phoning 0300 303 1134.

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MOTORCYCLE ‘RIDER OBSERVER’ CELEBRATION IAM RoadSmart cancelled the Groups Annual Conferences in 2017, in favour of two ‘Observer Celebration Events’, to say “thank you” to Observers for “their hard work and inspirational mentoring of Associates taking Advanced Driver & Rider courses”. The Car event was held in August at Silverstone - and the Motorcycle event took the form of “an exclusive evening event” held in the screened-off ‘Black Horse Stage’ area at the ‘Motorcycle Live’ show, held in November at NEC, Birmingham. Some 200 people attended – Motorcycle Observers, Friends and Members. Charitable business included presentation of the Lord Strathcarron Award.

above: Tina Underwood (holding trophy), the winner of the Lord Strathcarron Award - and the first lady to win it. Tina is Vice Chairman of Kent Advanced Motorcyclists Group, and also ‘instructs’ at IAM RoadSmart Skills Days. photo and base text: IAMRS Facebook Account

A post on the IAM RoadSmart Facebook Account (edited here for clarity) says, “We had a fantastic time at our ‘Year of the Observer’ rider celebration (at Motorcycle Live). Our Observers had free access to the show all day on Saturday, as well as being welcomed to our evening event. It was great to be able to see many of our Members who put so much hard work into their volunteering, and say, thank you! Throughout the evening we had many exciting opportunities for our Observers, including: ● ● ● ● ●

Steve Plater (TV pundit) interviewing riders Leon Haslam & Peter Hickman, with the opportunity for questions, photos and autographs. Observer test passes recognition badge – in 10, 25, 50 and 100 denominations. One lucky guest won a HeLite Air Vest worth over £450. Star Performer Awards. The Lord Strathcarron Award – to the motorcycle Member who has contributed most to the Group network and to motorcycling road safety in the past year. ”

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SPRING FORUM DATES ANNOUNCED IAM RoadSmart in early December announced the dates of the round of ‘Spring Forums’ for 2018 – one to be held in each of the 8 Areas so that Groups may plan ahead to send delegates. Provisional dates and locations have been issued, to be confirmed later. The South-West Area meeting is planned for 05 May 2018 at Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, led by Area Service Delivery Manager Shaun Cronin. A couple of committee members from Bristol Group will attend. Presentations in the other various Areas around the country will take place between 7th April and 5th May. Shaun Cronin says, “The Spring Forums are seen by IAM RoadSmart HQ as the most effective way of communicating current HQ information to Groups, as the Forums are relevant to Regions, and delegates can fully report-back to their committees, with the aid of the Forum presentation PowerPoint® slides which are emailed to Groups.” We have since been advised that there will not be an IAM RoadSmart Groups National Conference held in 2018. It will apparently be ‘replaced’ by eight Area “celebration and communication events” to be held in the Autumn. We are told that further information of these events will be advised via the relevant Area Service Delivery Manager. GROUP RE-NAMINGS We were told that the launch of the IAM RoadSmart national “brand” would have no effect on individual Group names. However, some Groups are going ahead with re-naming of their own accord. The former Solent Advanced Motorcyclists has re-branded itself, for example, as IAM RoadSmart Solent. Their new Group ‘identifier’ (right) includes the angular RoadSmart look, the 3 different helmet styles supposed to convey diversity, safety, and that training really happens in the head. Noticeable is that there is no ‘motorcycle’ reference in the new name. Whether this new name will convey the IAM RoadSmart objectives or cause some puzzlement among the general public remains to be seen. Maybe more Groups will follow suit along similar lines? the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Comment to the Editor

Not exactly a letter – rather, a comment made to the Editor at a Monthly Meeting by five Group Members talking about the ‘Tips and Blogs’ on the IAM website. Focus was on one item in particular – a Blog entitled “Hitting the big 3-7”, dated 30/10/17 and written by Gary Bates, the new IAMRS Marketing Manager (right). In it, Gary talks about turning 37, and it being 20 years since he learnt to drive. He says he recently joined IAM RoadSmart as ‘Marketing Manager’ but, before that, never really considered the impact of cars and driving on road safety. He also says that his mobile phone has become “indispensable” and that the worlds of motors and of mobiles have become “increasingly intertwined”. He ends, “I won’t really know what I’m talking about until I’ve done my Advanced Test. Must book myself in … ” The 5 Members queried how the Marketing Manager could admit lack of knowledge, apparently accept mobile phone use in cars – and not have experienced an IAM Course or taken the Test. The Editor says: I sent an enquiry email to Welwyn asking for comment. I am told that all comment now comes via one channel, in our case through Regional Service Delivery Team Manager (Southern), Shaun Cronin. Shaun replies and explains: “ I’m glad you are reading the blogs; we make an effort to communicate by various channels and this way is just one of them. Blogs are written with the express intention of provoking comment or discussion. So Gary has achieved the objective of the blog! “Appointment of staff is the decision of the CEO and Directors in the IAM. People in my position need to be both bike and car qualified for the role, as we are the assessors. All of us carry at least Police Class 1 Advanced qualifications. However, not everyone is an advanced driver or rider before they join and that has never been any different. Some staff in the Support role at HQ are not yet on the road and driving, so it does not preclude anyone from joining us. Certain post-holders are expected to gain the IAM Advanced Driver qualification within 12 months of joining. This would include those who travel on business and use their car for business use. “ The use of a mobile phone in company vehicles is the subject of a policy document which we all adhere to. Gary was not suggesting he was using it in the car, but in Bluetooth mode it would of course be perfectly legal. “ As ever I will always provide feedback to the HQ editorial team who look at each blog before it is released.” Page 36

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From the Editor APOLOGIES RE THE LAST NEWSLETTER Firstly, the hard copy newsletter had only one staple, which we did not realise until they had been posted. Our printer said, “A faulty batch of staples caused jamming in our machine. The problem has been resolved. We hope it didn’t reduce the enjoyment of reading your publication.” Secondly, the email news circular informing all members that the LINK was available online returned a ‘403 Forbidden Access’ error message. This was a fault with setting-up the mailing during transfer of the ‘News and Publicity email’ task from Geoff to Sara. A second (working) email was sent out as soon as the error was discovered. Hopefully not many of you noticed. Lastly, apologies for the lateness of this January issue. Normal timetabling will be resumed shortly. MONTHLY MEETING REPORTS Bristol Group has some excellent speakers at the Monthly Meetings, as you will see from the Diary entries. We aim to provide a short account of these talks in the LINK but the Editor has fallen behind with this. Hopefully we will catch-up over the next few issues. Would YOU like to take notes and write a one-and-a-half page report of a meeting? The Editor would appreciate that a lot. Please contact him. As a guideline, if the talk lasts one hour, it takes two hours to type-up your notes and edit it into a brief meaningful piece. Of course, the best way of knowing what was said is to actually attend the meeting – and you will also be able to talk to other Group Members and many of the Committee as well. We never see 150 of our Members – it would be very nice to meet you in person occasionally !

Want to Advance on Two Wheels ? Bristol Advanced Motorcyclists is a separate IAM Motorbike Group. Newcomers, turn up at 09:00 on the FIRST SUNDAY of any month at Kings Oak Academy, Brook Road, Kingswood, BRISTOL BS15 4JT. (but NOT January) Get a free assessed ride, grab a bacon butty and a cup of tea. www.bamo.org.uk 01275 372637 membership@bam-members.org.uk

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www.iam-bristol.org.uk Bristol 170 Freighter period images [ searched-out and compiled by the Editor ]

Two more extracts from ‘Milestones’ magazine. At the time, ‘Milestones’ was an independent travel magazine “Devoted to those who love to travel by car”, and which incorporated ‘The IAM Newsletter’ over a few pages. top: Cover picture of Autumn 1958 shows an Austin A55 Cambridge being loaded onto a Silver City Bristol Freighter at Lydd Airport. bottom: A full-page Silver City advert from the issue of autumn 1959, with an interesting cut-away illustration of the interior of the Bristol Freighter.

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Bristol 170 Freighter You may have noticed some Bristol Aeroplane Company history unfold on January 4th, when a Bristol 170 freighter returned to Filton, bound for the new Aerospace Museum. The plane went new in 1954 to New Zealand, serving in the NZ Air Force until 1977.

above: A Bristol Freighter over the English Channel.

photo: from IAM magazine ‘Milestones’ Summer 1959 (originally published in ‘Flight’ magazine).

Designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, a total of 214 Freighters – and its passenger variant the Wayfarer – were built between 1945 and 1958, and used by airlines and air forces across the world. The innovative Freighter featured distinctive clamshell front loading doors and an elevated flight deck. The airframe was old-tech; by comparison the Hercules radial sleeve valve engine was somewhat modern. For the basic conditions after World War Two, the plane was simple, durable, easy to operate and maintain - described as ‘the 5-ton lorry of the air’. Only 11 complete Freighters survive, only this one, a military Mark 31M, in Europe. Having fallen into disrepair in open storage in Auckland, the plane was dismantled into units free-of-charge as a training exercise by the New Zealand Royal Air Force for the journey back to the UK by sea. It will be kept in the Brabazon Hanger at Filton, reassembled, restored and will be eventually put on display at the new Aerospace Museum in Filton, once funds have been raised for a new ‘phase 2’ hangar. The Bristol Freighter had a high profile in the public eye due to its use as a Car Air Ferry in the 1940s / 50s / 60s. A cross-channel service was started by Silver City Airways in 1948, initially using one plane flying between the grass airfield at Lympne, Kent and Le Touquet in France, but expanding rapidly. It was relatively expensive – but cars were still individually slung onto ships by crane and ropes, before the roll-on, roll-off car ferry ships. The air service was a double novelty because few people had ever flown in an aircraft. Also, the flight was quick, also check-in, loading, unloading and check-out was very quick, the whole process taking less than an hour. 170 cars were carried in the 3 months of summer 1948. By 1951 this had risen to over 10,000 vehicles in the year. A new proper airport was built at Lydd, Kent, and a bigger version of the Bristol 170 was used. New routes were added and the Silver City operation grew to a peak of over 60,000 vehicles in 1962, with over 200 flights a day each way in that summer. Air Ferries continued until 1977, with other routes, and larger, but similar, Aviation Traders Carvair (car-via-air) planes used (converted DC4s). the LINK – newsletter of Bristol Advanced Motorists

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Know someone who could be a better driver? Word-of-Mouth is the best publicity – so tell people about the

IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver Course – it makes your driving more confident, safer, and more enjoyable. The course is bought as a complete package for £149, including one year’s membership, the syllabus workbook and of course the Advanced Driver Test. A six-month commitment is usually needed, with ideally one drive per week. Age and gender are no barriers. Beth (pictured right) was just 18 when she passed, whilst Doris was 80.

We make better drivers and riders

The in-car driver guidance and the supporting seminars are provided by our volunteer, accredited, Observers. In Bristol we run four courses a year, starting on the first dates detailed below. Young Drivers aged 17-24, if they reside, work or undertake full-time education in Bristol City or South Glos, could have their fee refunded upon passing the Test, courtesy of support from the Police Community Trust and South Glos. Council Road Safety respectively.

Course Start Dates and Seminar Sessions (PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL)

JANUARY APRIL JULY OCTOBER

2018 2018 2018 2018

Wednesdays. Wednesdays. Wednesdays. Wednesdays.

Jan 17th, then Jan 24th, Mar 07th. Apr 18th, then Apr 25th, Jun 06th. Jul 11th, then Jul 18th, Aug 29th. Oct 17th, then Oct 24th, Dec 05th.

For details of how to buy, and what it involves, please contact: associates@iam-bristol.org.uk or 0117 969 1746

Advanced Driver Refresher Course: Cost: £39 Bristol Group offers our existing Members the chance to refresh, alongside an IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver course. For just £39, you cover the current course syllabus - 3 seminars, 6 observed on-road drives and, at the end, a completion certificate. Refresh on basic skills and update to the new IAM RoadSmart standard that has recently been introduced. call: 0117 256 5555 or visit: publicity@iam-bristol.org.uk Page 40

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web-EXTRA 1 - The Cover of the hard copy version The LINK is primarily distributed as a hard-copy A5-size paper version. The current cover continues the tradition first started in about 1971 of having an image of Bristol’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. The back has a brief text about the Group, for the benefit of non-Members, and a QR code which directs suitable devices to our website. Cover photo by photographer: www.TonyGilbert.co.uk

Body pages printed and collated by:

Cover printed by:

Print & Stationery Management Co Ltd Emersons Green, BRISTOL BS16 7FG www.prism-ltd.co.uk

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web-EXTRA 2 – More Associates Needed Members – please act as recruiting salesmen for the Bristol Group, our Advanced Driver Courses, and our Young Driver Refund Scheme. For information about the IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driver Course: associates@iam-bristol.org.uk 0117 256 5555 or 0117 969 1746 Members, new and old: “Can you be an Observer for the Group?” We have sufficient Observers at the moment – but that may change. The first step is to complete the Further Advanced Driving course – cost £39 (which is refunded once you qualify as an Observer). A course is being run in May 2018. Further information from: chiefobserver@iam-bristol.org.uk or

0117 256 5555

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