Free Assessment Drive

Free Assessment Drive

Members join for a host of personal reasons and may be unsure if we can help. Often we can. We offer a free assessment drive/ride  and an opportunity to discuss your needs with an Observer and/or committee member.

Look at the guidance days on the Events Planner for times and venues. The assessment drive is done in your own car or bike and lasts around an hour. It’s not a test!  Just a friendly drive around Matlock. The Observer will identify areas of your driving that could be improved and introduce our system of driving to you.

Drive check

We offer a package for anyone wishing to have their driving  or riding checked. This is popular with older drivers, so we have now extended the offer to all drivers and motorcyclists. For just £20 one of our trained Observers will conduct a 1 hour assessment. Based on this assessment we will provide up to a further 3 hours of the Observer’s time, to enable areas for improvement to be addressed. There is no test at the end, and it is carried out at times convenient to you, in your own vehicle, in a  relaxed way.
Drivers and riders 26 and under resident in Derbyshire get a full refund from DCC if they go on to take the advanced test.
Motorcyclists of any age who complete a Bikesafe course for £35 get £80 towards an advanced course.
As an example we helped a driver who hated negotiating a particular traffic island in Chesterfield. We showed her how to negotiate it correctly and safely together with an alternative route. She is now more relaxed, and is not frightened to drive that way any more.
We have extended this offer to motorcyclists. However the Observer will use their own motorcycle to follow the candidate. We ask for an additional £5 towards the Observer’s fuel costs, as they give their time freely, but have to maintain and run their own machines.
The £20 entitles you to one year’s membership of the Matlock Group. You will receive a copy of our newsletter every 2 months, and will be welcome to attend any of our Group events and activities. If, after completing the assessment, you decide to purchase the full Skill for Life course, we will refund the £20 Drive Check fee when the course is paid for.