Once you’ve gained your licence to ride a motorcycle, it’s a good idea to actively work to improve your rider skills. There are a number of different courses that can help you do this, but the first logical step is a motorcycle rider safety course such as learning to use motorways, carry pillion passengers or the Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS) course. There are lots of benefits to improving your safety as a rider on the road – not least of all keeping you safer and out of trouble. Below we’ll take a look at the motorcycle safety qualifications that are recognised by some insurers and what you should be doing before and after you’ve passed your course.
First steps to advancing your motorcycling skills
Depending on the licence level you start riding a motorbike with, you may or may not be allowed to use all types of roads in the UK. Lower licence levels such as AM licence holders and those improving their skill on a DL196 certificate (CBT certificate) aren’t allowed to ride on motorways.
Similarly, other licence holders might be competent on their own when riding but wish to take along a friend on occasion. Carry pillion passengers isn’t covered in DAS or other licencing courses. Taking someone else’s life in your own hands – literally – is a BIG responsibility. It’s wise to learn how to do this safely before you let someone climb onto the back of your bike.
Phoenix Motorcycle Training have courses specifically designed to improve safety when carry passengers, using motorways, filtering or simply learning more so you can be safer on your motorbike. There is bound an advanced motorcycle training course near you. It’s worth checking out what’s on offer to improve your skill and with it, your rider safety and enjoyment.
ERS courses are taken by DVSA qualified instructors. These courses are the first step to obtaining an Advanced Rider Award. Holding an Advanced Rider Award not only shows that you know your stuff when it comes to riding a motorcycle, but it can also be used to reduce your insurance premiums. ERS courses are one of the many advanced skills courses that Phoenix offers. Chances are if you trained with us for your licence the same school will be able to take you through ERS training too. In some locations, you might have to check for other Phoenix schools that offer ERS advanced rider course near you. Try using our location finder for another Phoenix school if the centre you got your licence with doesn’t offer ERS training.
After you’ve passed your motorcycle safety training
Once you’ve passed your safety training – whether that’s learning to carry a pillion passenger, use motorways or filter through traffic on the ERS course – it’s time to put your skills into practice. As the saying goes you need to ‘use it, or lose it.’
Continue consciously practising the safety skills you’ve learned on the training course; being conscious or mindful about your riding helps to strengthen the neural pathways in your brain used for riding a motorbike. Eventually, safer riding becomes second nature and an automatic response to getting n your motorcycle.
As well as continuing to practice what you’ve learned, if you trained for the Advanced Rider Award through the ERS course, and reached your goal, it’s time to speak with your motorcycle insurer. The company you’re insured with and their policies dictate whether your premium can be reduced and by how much. It’s worth checking this out online and shopping around for the best policy for your individual needs and skill level.
Other advanced rider certification may also be recognised by some insurers. This includes Blue Riband training, RoSPA, and IAM motorcycle tests.
Insurance isn’t the only reason to improve your motorcycling skills though – or even the primary reason. Motorcycle safety courses will help you brush up on rusty skills, increase your enjoyment of riding, help build specialised skills such as filtering or carrying pillions and in some cases even reduce your fuel costs. Not least of all, you’ll be safer on the road and less likely to become involved in a life-changing accident. That has to be the best benefit of all.