Hello fellow Motorists!

Or perhaps ‘want to be’ motorists, if, like me, you’ve hardly used your car at all recently.  I hope you are all keeping safe and remaining positive.

Whilst the Government is still encouraging everyone to stay at home as much as possible, with special guidance for those who are showing symptoms or shielding, and their households, the slogan has changed to ‘Stay Alert – Control The Virus – Save Lives’.

There are now no restrictions on how far you can travel with your household group to outdoor space in England for exercise or recreation. But any round trip should be completed within a day, and you must practice social distancing when outside.  Sadly, our Group remains unable to resume our observed drives and assessments.  That’s not something we can consider until IAM RoadSmart gives groups the green light.

Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 – but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

So with the prospect of getting back behind the wheel after a couple of months, whilst you will all be familiar with POWDERY (I hope!), I’m sharing a link to the RAC guide ‘how to look after your car during the coronavirus crisis’ which includes advice some may find useful;  The RAC’s guide to using your car during the outbreak is at


Our invaluable Centre Manager and Southeastern Group Committee member Steve Ewing has been unwell over recent months, and has had a surgical procedure (not related to coronavirus).  I’m sure that everyone will join me in sending best wishes for a full and swift recovery. His tireless commitment to the group is well known and I’m impressed that he has even co-ordinated a spell of illness with a period when our normal operations have been suspended.

Look out for the latest edition of segment and stay safe; Stay Alert – Control The Virus – Save Lives.


Stuart Dey


Southeastern Group of Advanced Motorists.