Passing your test is a great achievement, but it is only the first step of your biking career.Once you have passed your motorcycle practical test you can improve your skills by taking further training, aimed at qualified riders. Riding a motorcycle is a skill that needs not only constant practice, but also continual training. This will further develop your skills and ensure that you can become an even safer and more skilful rider. You will also enjoy your motorcycling more, making you smoother and more in control. We’d highly recommend that you carry on training after passing your test not only do you learn more but it gives you great reason to get out on your bike.
Further training can also be useful when you have held your licence for a number of years but haven’t ridden for a while, if you’re upgrading to a larger machine and you would like to brush up your riding skills or perhaps if you don’t ride during the winter you could consider topping up your skills in the spring.
For those of you who have ridden for a long time – you may have got into some bad habits and a refresher course will have you back at the top of your game in no time. If you’ve just passed your test you may find post test training helps improve your confidence.
There are a number of ways you can improve your skills and some insurance companies do recognise further training and may offer you discounts.
The Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS) – This scheme offers you an assessment with a trainer in a variety of traffic conditions. If the trainer is completely happy with your riding you will be given a ‘DSA certificate of competence’ straight away, however if the trainer feels that you require more training to improve your skills you will receive this and get your certificate at the end of the training, which could very well earn you a significant discount on your insurance premium.
Reaching this standard will put you well on your way to achieving the next step of an advanced test pass.
To find your nearest ERS trainer please follow this link.
IAM RoadSmart – The IAM is the UK’s leading independent road safety charity.
The IAM offer advanced riding courses (Skills for Life), riding assessments and riding advice, they have many groups around the Country and many members enjoy organised ride outs and meetings. For more information please follow this link.
RoSPA – RoSPA’s aim is to reduce road accidents by improving riding standards and skills. Once you have passed the RoSPA Advanced test at the correct level you could gain entry onto the RoSPA Diploma in Advanced Riding Instruction. For more information please follow this link.
BikeSafe – BikeSafe is not a training scheme, it is a Police lead assessment scheme that offers riders of all ages and abilities an assessment of their skills. You will be provided with feedback on your strengths and weaknesses that you can give to your advanced riding instructor. For more details on BikeSafe in your area click here.
Local Schemes - many Local Authorities offer subsidised courses or BikeSafe assessments which may be free or at a reduced cost to you. Check with your local Road Safety Officer.
Other Ideas – You could consider a track day or an off road riding school, you will learn loads of skills that can relate back to improving your road riding skills. Some trainers also offer ‘training’ tours or holidays where you can enjoy the whole experience of touring by motorcycle at home or abroad and receive expert tuition along the way.
There really is something for everyone, so don’t hesitate – book some extra training, improve your skills and enjoy your motorcycling!