Exeter & Torbay Advanced Motorists

This is the website of the Exeter and Torbay Advanced Motorists (ETAM).  We are the friendly, local group representing IAM RoadSmart in and around Exeter, Torbay and the rural areas of East, Mid and South Devon.

If you are unsure whether we are the right group for you, please contact us or look for other local groups on our Help page.

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about the ETAM Group?

Informal Driveout & Training Sessions

Our  “in person” monthly meetings

but, hopefully, this will change soon.

But – Good News!

There’s a DRIVE-OUT 

Thursday 22nd October at 10.30

Hog & Hedge, Whiddon Down

click here for details


And here's our Spring Newsletter

Latest News - Training postponed

IAM RoadSmart has announced that Observed sessions and Advanced Driver testing are STOPPED again.

We will keep all current Associates advised and will publish a notification here when we feel ready to recommence.

Monthly Update

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th April via Zoom. If you want joining instructions, please contact Claire.

All events will be via Zoom until restrictions allow physical meetings to resume.

Advice from IAM RoadSmart:
Don’t leave your road safety to chance

Get your MOT done as soon as you can to avoid leaving your safety to chance, is the message from IAM RoadSmart, as a new poll indicates one in seven people plan to make full use of the six-month (COVID-19) MOT extension.


With thousands of vehicles passing their MOT test due date every day, IAM RoadSmart has expressed concern that a minority of drivers and riders are putting their own and other people’s lives at risk by putting off the annual expert check on their vehicle’s fitness for the road.

The poll, by RAC Approved Garages, indicates 14% of those surveyed intend to take full advantage of the six-month MOT extension for all cars, vans and motorcycles in Britain, introduced by the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) from 30 March as the lockdown began nationwide. Drivers and riders in Northern Ireland have been given a one-year exemption.

Department for Transport (DfT) figures for 2018 show 39 people died and 378 were seriously injured in crashes on Britain’s roads where a vehicle defect was a contributory factor in 2018.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart’s Director of Policy and Research, said: “Delaying your MOT test longer than you have to is a false economy and one which potentially puts lives at risk on our roads.

Group Meetings

The ETAM group meet once a month (except January) on the first Wednesday evening. We hold other meetings and drive-outs as well.

Next Monthly Meeting . . .

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are no physical meetings scheduled. Look out for information on what we will be offering on Zoom

Our SPRING Newsletter is out now:

The Flip-Book format will work well on most devices.

However, you can also download a standard PDF here.

Returning to driving after Lock-down

Driving and riding in urban areas can always be a challenge.

As we emerge from Lock-down, however, we need to be especially alert to new dangers: people in the roadway in order to social-distance being just one example – especially when traffic was unusually light.

Some drivers may be “rusty” and some just in a tearing hurry to get back to “normal”.

As IAM RoadSmart members, let’s think carefully about our driving and use our skills and training to