Advanced Training

As riders, we should never stop learning and one of the best skills to learn is "Advanced Riding".

There is nothing particularly magical about Advanced Riding. Based on the Police Advanced manual, "Roadcraft", Roadcraft logo it is a "system" that you apply to given situations. Personally, I have been lucky in that I was trained to Advanced level by the Police. When the Police train you to ride, they do it properly. Prior to doing my Advanced training I would encounter situations in which I was convinced car drivers were "out to get me". After the Advanced training, all of the aggressive car drivers disappeared! Obviously, they hadn't changed but my ability to react to them had. I had, effectively, put a defensive bubble around me and my bike. So, in a nutshell, Advanced riding is about "defensive" riding... dealing with things before they become a problem. Advanced Riding is not about speed, although once you have seen hazardous situations early, you can make good progress without being aggressive or putting yourself, or others, in danger. Advanced Riding will test you both physically and mentally because you will need to concentrate for long periods of time. Concentration levels are subjective but relaxation helps concentration and a relaxed rider makes a safer rider. Ultimately, as with most other things in life, you will get out of it what you put in.

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Allegedly, some 80% of motorists think that their driving skills are above average. Strange statistic, if true! You may feel that you are good enough already. If you are, great! Carry on. For mere mortals, we offer a two hour "assessment" ride to give you an insight into Advanced Riding and give you some pointers, if required. Then, it's up to you. As with all of our training, we will not pressure you into anything.

At Valley Bike School we are committed to turning out "safer" riders onto our roads and much of what we teach initially is based on the Advanced Riding Manual. Unfortunately, if we were to teach you to an Advanced standard for your DSA test, you would fail because the DSA test requires slightly different systems. For this reason, Advanced Training is best undertaken after you have passed your DSA Motorcycle test. IAM logo

As with any post-test training, it should be with a view to improving your riding skills which will, in turn, improve your safety on the road.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (I.A.M.) and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (R.O.S.P.A) provide a test with a certificate. Passing an Advanced Test should bring your insurance down, but do not expect it to come down much. 

We are able to teach you to Advanced standard, with or without the test from the I.A.M. or R.O.S.P.A.


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