Advanced and Defensive Rider Training

Being a successful rider is more than just having competent machine-handling skills. It is about having the right mental approach, self-discipline and a sound underpinning knowledge. Most collision situations are avoidable and it is widely recognised that the ‘human element’ is the major contributing factor.

Who is it for?

Anyone who can legally ride a motorcycle of any size on the public roads. It may be that you’re looking to improve skill levels, safety, confidence, riding economy or general riding enjoyment. It may be that you’re just looking to expand your knowledge of the fantastic riding roads available to you in your area and beyond. Whatever your requirements, there is a package which can be tailored to suit your requirements.

What is it?

It’s about driving or riding with high degrees of observation, anticipation and planning. Total concentration along with self-discipline is also required to ensure that nothing interferes with these core skills during each drive or ride.

Advanced / Defensive Driver & Rider training will hone your physical and psychological skills. This will in turn develop a heightened awareness of your own capabilities and limitations and that of your vehicle or machine. The training employs methods and techniques used by emergency service drivers, as well as advanced drivers and riders from other fields. The ultimate goal is to achieve the optimum balance between progress, restraint and vehicle or machine stability.

If these skills are used correctly, the vehicle or machine will always be positioned in the right place on the road at the right time. It will always be travelling at the right speed for every road and traffic situation and with the correct gear engaged. More especially the vehicle or machine will always be capable of being stopped safely in the distance that can be seen to be clear. 

What are the benefits?

In our opinion every qualified rider, regardless of experience has some degree of driving skill whether it be physical, psychological or both. The aim of advanced or defensive rider training is to develop and enhance those skills whilst introducing new skills and heightening all round awareness.

The benefits of such training can incorporate:-

  • Learning more about your machine, its capabilities and machine control. This includes slow speed manoeuvring such as safe filtering.
  • Learning more about yourself, your capabilities and risk management.
  • Increased observational skills and awareness.
  • Enhanced anticipation of actual and potential danger. (Hazards)
  • More accurate and detailed planning in respect to hazards.
  • Reduced running costs through fuel efficiency/machine sympathy etc.
  • Achieving more pleasure from riding and an increased confidence and self-belief.
  • Less blameworthy accidents resulting in cheaper insurance premiums.

What’s involved in Advanced Motorcycle training?

This depends largely on what you want from the course. Everything can be tailored to suit your needs and requirements. Essentially though, it’s about enjoying your session and obtaining maximum benefit from it.

We will work with you on your own machine and we can either travel to your home, place of work or a venue that is convenient to you.

The courses can be half or full days and can also include weekends if this is preferred.

In any event you will be able to practice your Advanced Riding skills on a beneficial mix of road types and in varied traffic conditions.

The normal Advanced syllabus can also include such subject matter as:

  • Wet weather confidence riding and poor surface familiarisation.
  • Night riding or riding in poor light conditions.
  • Slow speed control such as filtering and manoeuvring in confined areas (Feet up)
  • High performance motorcycle familiarisation.
  • Post collision confidence restoration and machine familiarisation.
  • Post ban traffic regulations and machine familiarisation.
  • RoSPA / Institute of Advanced Motorists Advanced assessment preparation.
  • UK roads familiarisation.

Why is it important?

The term ‘accident’ is a euphemism for collision. It helps most people feel better about their general standard of driving. A traffic ‘accident’ is the result of some unforeseeable condition that reasonable human effort couldn’t prevent. It is now widely accepted that most ‘accidents’ carry blame to one degree or another. To this end the new term is ‘collision’.

So, what does all this mean?

It is reported that every 16 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on UK roads

Statistics for 2021 show that

  • 1,608 people were killed (1,558 in Britain, 50 in Northern Ireland).
  • 26,701 were seriously injured (25,892 in Britain, 809 in Northern Ireland).
  • Deaths and serious injuries are up 15% on 2020, after falling during the pandemic lockdowns.
  • Pre-pandemic and since 2012 there has been little change in the number of deaths and serious injuries annually.

Road casualties for the year ending June 2022 show a return towards pre-pandemic trends.

  • 1,760 fatalities in reported road collisions,
  • 29,804 reported killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties,

Motorcycle collision statistics reveal a disproportionate rate of serious injury resulting to motorcyclists on UK roads. Motorcyclists make up less than 1% of vehicle traffic in the UK, and yet motorcycle riders suffer approximately 14% of the serious injuries and deaths on UK roads. The rate at which they are seriously injured or killed is approximately twice that of cyclists and over 16 times that of car drivers and passengers.

Averaged over the period 2015 to 2020 an average of 6 motorcyclists died and 115 were seriously injured per week in reported road casualties

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