Keep it on the black stuff (CBT)
Embrace a philosophy of rider responsibility
Whilst training is unlikely to focus on negative outcomes, the fact is that bikers account for a disproportionate number of fatalities and serious injuries. At VideoBiker, we embrace a philosophy of rider responsibility – that we do not delegate our safety to other road users.
We know that 69% of accidents involving injury, happen at junctions, but also that 24% of these accidents result from other road users failing to look properly. In respect of this, as ‘responsible bikers’, we should ask ourselves what can we do to take greater responsibility; to increase our visibility and to anticipate the actions of other road users?
Seldom does perceived ability match actual ability
If we accept the fact that seldom does our perceived ability match our actual competence, then the importance of an ongoing journey of skill enhancing training becomes clear. The Module One and Module Two tests are mere stepping stones. They are to biking what base-camp is to Everest, but to reach the summit of what is possible on two wheels, requires an openness to enjoy and invest in advanced training and skills enhancement opportunities.
Make a commitment to ongoing training
Bike training schools can guide the way to advanced motorcycle training. They will advise on the Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS), which is run by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), along with BikeSafe – a hazard awareness scheme that is subsidised through various police forces. Advanced rider qualifications can then follow through organisations such as Diamond Advanced, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) and the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
Take responsibility. Make a commitment to an ongoing journey of advanced training and accept that as bikers, our safety is nearly always in our hands. Keep it on the black stuff!
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