Improving rider safety through advanced training
Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on Britain’s roads. Riders accounted for 349 road deaths in 2017, a 9% increase on the previous year, and almost a fifth of total road deaths.
This level of risk is vastly disproportionate to motorcyclists’ presence on the roads. Per billion miles travelled by motorcyclists in 2017, almost 117 riders were killed. In comparison, less than two car drivers were killed on the roads per billion miles travelled.
This danger means it is essential that riders ensure they are as safe as possible on the roads.
Last year the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) relaunched its scheme for post-test riders who want extra training to enhance their skills, become safer on the roads and get more out of their vehicles. The renewed Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS) aims to help riders stay safe on Britain’s roads, and the DVSA is determined to make sure riders have the skills they need to help them through a lifetime of safe riding.
How does the scheme work?
The ERS puts riders in touch with their local approved instructor and is intended to be an enjoyable day out. Training generally begins with a discussion of their riding history before moving onto an assessment ride, which gives the instructor a chance to determine the rider’s strengths and weaknesses.
The instructor will then work through the core modules within the syllabus, covering essentials like overtaking and filtering, bends and corners and slow control skills.
It is vitally important that these subjects are included in the training because driver and rider errors are responsible for the vast majority of road crashes. In 2017, driver/rider error was linked to 64% of road deaths, and 69% of all casualties.
Once the instructor is satisfied with the level of riding displayed, the attendee will be issued with a certificate. If there are areas of riding that still need development then the instructor will be able to provide advice on the subsequent steps.
Once the core modules are completed, riders have the option of taking additional training covering topics including group riding, carrying pillion passengers and riding abroad.
A key benefit of ERS training is that it works on the same skills that all advanced riders use to improve their riding, but does not involve a formal test. Sessions are client-centred, meaning riders and instructors can set the pace and agree on their training program.
To sign-up for ERS training, get in touch with a local DVSA-approved instructor. You can find instructors near you by entering your postcode at www.gov.uk/find-enhanced-rider-scheme-trainer
Find out more about the ERS at: www.gov.uk/enhanced-rider-scheme