Friday, 6 December 2013


Bruce Grant-Braham has won the IAM Safety Award for his book The Essential Driver’s Handbook, at the prestigious Guild of Motoring Writers awards presented at the RAC Club in Pall Mall, London on December 5th 2013.

Ben Schofield with Bruce Grant-Braham.

The 2013 winners. Photos by Jeff Bloxham

The award was presented to Bruce by the Institute of Advanced Motorists as the Guild Member who has made the most significant contribution to the promotion of road safety during the year. The Essential Driver’s Handbook shows you what to do in the event of an accident, whatever the severity. Practical roadside first aid basics are addressed, as are the practical and legal obligations for all those who may be involved, and explanations of what the emergency services will do, and why. Other situations addressed include how to avoid problems as a lone driver, as well as situations such as car-jacking. Finally, car parks, and their own specific security problems, are discussed.

Bruce, previously known for his motorsport and F1 books, was commissioned by Poundbury-based Veloce Publishing for this valuable addition to the company’s range of RAC advice handbooks.

Bruce says - “The RAC Essential Driver’s Handbook offers practical advice to car drivers as to how to they might best cope with some of the difficult situations that can occur at any time whilst driving.“
“Whether it is a breakdown, an accident, a car fire, an isolated car park or the difficulty of being a lone driver I hope the RAC Essential Driver’s Handbook will provide some ways of avoiding or minimising the effects of such stressful motoring situations,” Bruce said.
“I am extremely grateful for the professional advice I received during my research. I am pleased to say that we can be reassured that we have some nationally recognised experts in our County and I am indebted to those individuals from Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue and South West Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust who willingly offered advice to make sure that the final manuscript is as accurate and up-to-date as possible.”

Bruce Grant-Braham is Director of the Motor Sport Research Group at Bournemouth University, possesses a PhD and is a former Mayor of Poole. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers.