Smoother, faster, safer…
Do you believe in Father Christmas? Do you have fairies in your garden? Or are you grown up enough to realise that, although you have passed your bike test, you might still have more to learn?
Advanced riding, or to give it it’s new DVSA title, the Enhanced Riding Scheme is not all about being slow and cautious, but it will identify when you perhaps should be. It is about making efficient, safe progress. But it is so much more.This is the man who has an R1 or a Fireblade which, when he sells it, he will tell you it’s 4,000 miles in 7 years all in the dry is why it’s still in showroom condition. Or perhaps you ride a Harley and cruise with your like minded mates at a more leisurely speed.
If you can read the severity of a bend, if you understand when you should lead with the back brake, if you understand counter-steering, if you are always in the safest position travelling at the correct speed with the right gear engaged, if you never seem to need to brake hard, if you are one of those people who can genuinely blame everyone else for the near miss, then well done, you don’t need any help. Then again if you think you have stopped learning, you probably do still believe in Father Christmas.
But ask yourself this question too. If your son or daughter, husband, wife or partner was seriously injured and had to be escorted to hospital, would you want the escort to be a police biker who had ridden in all weathers, on a cold damp February morning, or half way through the night when it’s pitch black, or would you rather rely on your mate who also has a bike like yours and goes out when you go out – on a sunny Sunday morning, where, amazingly, everyone else is riding and driving like a dope.
When you took your bike test you were examined by the DVSA, an organisation which has developed and accredited the Enhanced Riding Scheme.
Let me explain how it works. You first just book a training day. It will cost you about the same as your previous Direct Access training day.
For a little under one hour, our own Police trained, highly qualified instructors will assess your riding against a set criteria. We will see how you corner, how you position the bike, how you brake, accelerate, how you observe, how you respond to signs. And, after that assessment we will address the weak areas. The areas which will improve your riding. We will make you smoother and we will make you safer.
We then submit result to the DVSA who will issue a Certificate of Achievement, of which you can be rightly proud, and which you might offer to your insurers.
But the ERS Scheme isnt a one day wonder. You can add to it. Do you want to learn to ride abroad? Or on a track? Or be a Blood Biker? Do you want to learn emergency First Aid. The list is huge and it is entirely up to you how far you want to progress.
But the starting point is Day One. The DVSA call it the “fun day.” As we cant think of any other name, why not come and have fun. Go home with a smile on your face knowing that you are more competant, more confident, and a whole lot safer.
Fifty percent of all fatalities happen on roads we all call “biking roads” And fifty percent of those fatalities involve just one vehicle. Not when the rider ran out of road, but when he ran out of skill.
When you are asked what you want for Christmas, dont say “a new pair of boots” Treat yourself to an ERS riding course. Boots keep your feet warm. An ERS course might keep you alive long enough to wear your new boots.
Courses are from one day until as long as you like. Add it to your Christmas or birthday list. Or just add it to your bucket list.
At Fast Trak we have a reputation that few can match. We have trained riders from France, Poland, the USA, the UAE, Australia and Canada, not to mention officers from three major UK Police Forces. And we can train you. Make that call and book yourself on your own fun day. 01743 460460, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And stop believing in fairies.