Welcome to the website of the Thames Valley Group of Advanced Motorists (TVGAM for short)

Thanks for looking in. We hope you find something of interest, and we’d be delighted to hear from you with any queries or comments.

Who are we?

We are a group of enthusiastic volunteers, affiliated to IAM RoadSmart, with a mission to improve driving standards in order to keep the roads around Reading, Maidenhead and Slough as safe as possible.

We provide on-road coaching for drivers with a full licence who wish to improve their driving and have purchased an Advanced Driving Course from IAM RoadSmart.



What is advanced driving?

Advanced driving is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to progress unobtrusively with skill and responsibility.

This skill requires a positive but courteous attitude and a high standard of driving competence based on concentration, effective all-round observation, anticipation and planning.

The vehicle will always be at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely on its own side of the road in the distance that can be seen to be clear.

How can you join us?

Go to the page headed “Membership of TVGAM” and follow the simple directions. Once we are informed that you have signed up we will be in touch to get the process started and before long you should be feeling safer and more confident. You may even start to enjoy driving again!

How do we do it?

We are authorised providers of the Advanced Driving Course from IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, formed in 1956, who have spent more than 60 years making our roads safer by improving driver and rider skills through coaching and education.

All our Observers are certified by the IMI (The Institute of the Motor Industry).In the 60 years since IAM was founded, half a million people have qualified as advanced drivers on our flagship Advanced Driver course – Quality Assured by the DVSA.

With a commitment, to complete the comprehensive course, lots of practice and a willingness to modify those bad driving habits, you could add your name to the list, and enhance your driving skills for life.

You will be assigned to one of our IMI qualified observers who will coach you through the syllabus based on the associate handbook you will receive as part of your course material. The observer will accompany you on a series of drives to enhance your driving skills until you are considered test ready. A pre-test will be arranged with another observer to confirm that your driving meets the required standard to pass the Advanced Test. Following this, your test will be booked with an IAM examiner.  

Join Us on a Trip to Advanced Driving Success

CLICK HERE If you would like an insight into the journey to Advanced Driving success. You will see a short (20 mins) YouTube video which takes you through the various stages.

The qualified experts, the network of thousands of volunteers and our fellow 180 local groups are our lifeblood. They champion the cause and help drive our vision – to be the best, most recognised provider of coaching and advice for all post-licence drivers and riders, and to help make our roads safer for all.