There is a broad range of reasons that people join the group. When a new member signs up we ask why they are interested in joining RoSPA-IART. Some of the reasons given by are members are:
One of the main reason people give for joining is that they want to know that they are driving or riding as safely as possible.
Each year our numbers continue to grow. Typically membership (renewals and new members) grows to about 150 each year from across the country.
Remember that 80% of drivers think that they are above average. It is always difficult to tell how good you are. You may well be a good driver or rider, but everyone can improve and make their driving or riding better and safer. Even the tutors of our group have lessons to ensure that their standards have not slipped, and they still have to re-take their test every three years.
Most people who join the group take about one year to pass their test. Obviously, it depends on how experienced a driver or rider you are when you start and how quickly you learn, getting the kilometers in between rides with your tutor is key to your progress.
No. You can just have a few lessons if you wish, then walk away. We encourage people to take the test if they want to, but is is not a requirement. Our aim is to improve the driving and riding standards of our members. The test is just proof of that improvement.
There is no age limit. Full membership can start as early as your 18th birthday and there is no upper limit.
Our members range in age from about 20 to over 80 with a fairly even spread. We would normally expect people who join the group to have held a full driving licence for at least a year, but this is not a hard and fast rule.
Meetings are free and open to anyone, even if you are not a member. See our meetings page for details.