The group was formed in 1957, just one year after the Institute of Advanced Motorists became a reality in 1956. It was known as the Glasgow and West of Scotland Group affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
The group met in the Black Bull Hotel in Milngavie, and since then has met in a number of places across Glasgow. Currently, the Glasgow South group meets in Thorntree Hall in Thornliebank.
The main aim of the group has always been to promote better driving throughout the area. We do this by running courses, preparing drivers for the IAM test, and giving talks and presentations on the subject of advanced driving.
In 1969, the group took the initiative in starting the Scottish Groups' Association (SGA) along with the other groups in Scotland: South East Scotland, Kingdom of Fife, Dundee, and Aberdeen and Moray.
In the early 1980s, it was felt that the area covered by the group required a bit of rationalisation, and to this end it was split into three parts. In 1982, two new groups were formed (Milngavie and Bearsden, and Glasgow North), and our name was changed to Glasgow South.
2006 saw the creation of our motorcycle section, initiated by four enthusiastic bikers who approached us to set the wheels in motion. Our bike section has offered the capability to expand our road safety activities to a new group of road users within our area.
At present, we have in excess of 130 members, and we are always looking for new members to join us and assist us in helping make the roads safer.