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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Our Graham ties the knot !!

Hearty Congratulations to Graham and Sue
on their wedding on the 29th July 2016 at
Whitstable Castle from us all at the KGAM
Instead of the bride becoming an Aylard they
will now be known as Susan Aylard-Poxon and
Graham Aylard-Poxon
Many of you will know Graham's son Carl too who
is pictured further below with his proud Dad.
Graham and Sue are shortly off on honeymoon to
Bali and we wish them every happiness

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Summer Summer Summertime!

From V Festival to garden BBQs, the UK summer season offers something for everybody. In many cases that's booze. Here are some summer driving safety tips from, IAM RoadSmart's head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman.

  • Be a Zero Hero! We recommend staying off the booze and take as much time providing a range of alcohol free drinks as you would choosing beers and wines for your BBQ or festival trip.

  • No means no! If you have been drinking or are potentially a passenger of a drunk driver, don't be afraid to say no and get a cab or even walk.

  • The only cure is time. There is nothing you can do to speed up the process of alcohol leaving your system. Having a cup of coffee, glass of water, or a cold shower, won't do anything at all to get rid of the alcohol.

  • Name and shame. If you notice someone about to drink and drive try reasoning with them or take their keys away, but if you see it is getting out of hand call the police. If you are at a festival, tell someone who is marshalling - you could be saving several lives.

  • The penalties for drug driving are the same as for drink driving. Taking drugs can impair reactions, alter perception and judgement, slow decision making, reduce concentration and cause tiredness. It also can affect attitudes increasing confidence, taking risks and, more aggressive behaviour. For prescription and over the counter medicines always read the label.

  • If you have been drinking all weekend then it is quite likely that you will be unfit to drive for the whole of the day following the festival. Get a lift - it's what parents were designed for. J

Richard said "You as a driver or passenger are in control. Be firm but pleasant, even though people won't always listen. Look out for your friends, stay safe and enjoy the summer."

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Road rage – don’t become a victim

In this week's driving tips IAM RoadSmart head of standards Richard Gladman talks about how to avoid becoming a road rage victim, and what to do if it does escalate.
  • If someone is being confrontational or aggressive, don't make eye contact and don't react visibly.

  • Let the other driver go on ahead. You might feel wronged, but letting the other party go will make no difference to the rest of your day.

  • Name and shame! If you or better, your passengers, can film any behaviour on your mobile phone it will help in terms of evidence, including the registration number of the other vehicle involved.

  • If the conflict is more serious and other processes aren't working; call the police, especially if you feel there is a threat or possibility of violence against you.

  • Sorry helps. If you were at fault, admit it and apologise. If you feel upset or emotional pull over and get some fresh air or walk around if you need to before resuming your journey.

  • Again find some distraction, like listening to the radio - move your mind deliberately onto something else – deliberately driving well would be a good example – but don't dwell on the incident.

Richard said: "Road rage does not affect everyone every day. If you're finding it is happening very often, you might want to think about how you engage with other road users."

He concluded: "No-one need experience road rage, but it us up to each of us to ensure it stays that way."

Sarah Sillars named in Great British Women in the car industry

IAM RoadSmart chief executive Sarah Sillars OBE has been named in Autocar's Great British Women in the Car Industry 2016. The awards, which named 100 inspirational British women from the automotive industry, were celebrated at a reception at the SMMT on Friday (08/07) afternoon.

Sarah was recognised in the Executive category, alongside leading industry figures such as Alison Fowler, Ford of Europe, Nikki King OBE, honorary chairman of Isuzu Truck UK and Wendy Williams, chief executive and company secretary of the IAAF (Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation).

Sarah joined IAM RoadSmart in February 2015, having previously overseen the commercialisation of Semta, the sector skills council for engineering and advanced manufacturing.

She has a long and illustrious career within the automotive sector, having been CEO and Executive Chair of the Institute of the Motoring Industry (IMI). They made her an Honorary Fellow and Vice President on her departure in 2012.

She was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2008 for services to skills training and the retail motor industry.

Sarah has more than 25 years of experience within the motor and retail industries, having begun her career with Marks & Spencer, managing stores in England and later as Operations Director at automotive management consultancy Anne Gray Associates.

Sarah said: "What can I say? It's a fantastic honour to be recognised alongside so many brilliant women, from across the industry. Automotive is a great sector to work in, because of the diversity of roles and the opportunities to progress. Just look at the Autocar list!

"While the car industry is often perceived as male dominated, these awards demonstrate that there are opportunities for all. I'd recommend anybody interested in a career in this area to talk to the IMI who are really championing careers in all areas, whether that's PR, marketing, business management, IT or the core business of engineering, sales and aftermarket."  

The judging panel, was made up of Autocar's Brand Director Rachael Prasher, Jim Holder, Steve Cropley, Rachel Burgess, Mel Falconer, and Vicky Parrott from Autocar's editorial department, plus SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes and director of communications and international, Tamzen Isacsson. 

The initiative is backed by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), Direct Line Group, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and KPMG. Additional support comes from Gaia Innovation.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Weekend Certificate Presentation

Congratulations to Hilary Hunt and Alick Newman and couple who undertook the Advanced Motoring course together and passed within weeks of each other. 

On being presented with her certificate from Chairman Linda Davies, Hilary thanked the group and the observers who helped her pass her test, giving special thanks to David Ibbott who took Hilary on extra out of hours sessions to get her up to test standard. Hilary explained to the new associates that the group is very well organised and she enjoyed her sessions each month. Alick said that he enjoys his driving more now then ever before and added that the course is very much worth doing. 

On behalf of all at Kent Group of Advanced Motorists - Congratulations. 

If you wish to become an Advanced Motorists and improve your skills behind the wheel, visit our website www.kentiam.org.uk.