Rider responsibility

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Rider responsibility is not delegating road safety to others

Passing the module two test marks the start of learning to ride

It’s a statistical reality that motorcyclists account for too many road traffic accidents and fatalities. One of the biggest preventative factors is where riders embrace a philosophy of rider responsibility and not delegating their safety to other road users. Progressive riders seek ongoing ways in which they can take even greater rider responsibility, by increasing their visibility, enhancing their riding skills and better anticipating the actions of car drivers and other road users.

Riders who accept that their perceived ability seldom matches their actual ability, are on the right track to recognising the importance of ongoing professional and advanced motorcycle training. The basic tiers of motorcycle training that are required to attain a full licence are just the beginning. In reality, passing the module two test marks the start of learning to ride a motorcycle and becoming a safe rider.

Advice to all bikers is to take rider responsibility

Following basic motorcycle training, a very good next step is the Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS). This is a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) initiative, that is facilitated at many motorcycle training schools and via accredited ERS qualified instructors. ERS effectively opens the doors to advanced motorcycle training and is recognised as an advanced riding qualification with most insurance companies.

Another excellent opportunity to progress riding skills is BikeSafe. This is a police sponsored hazard awareness scheme, operated throughout the UK by various police forces. Advanced qualifications can also be achieved by taking advanced motorcycle training with both The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). Each offers progressive advanced motorcycle training, assessment and recognised advanced riding qualifications.

Advice to all bikers is to take responsibility and make an ongoing commitment to advanced training – because our safety is nearly always in our own hands. Keep it on the black stuff and stay safe on the roads.

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