For many new riders, the training they undertake in order to pass the bike test itself will be the last training they ever receive, but there are numerous courses available which will improve your riding. On completition of some of these courses you'll even get upto a 10% discount on your insurance every year.
If you want to improve your skills and lower your insurance premium before the start of the new riding season, you'll want to go for the IAM course, RoSPA Advance Riders Test, or the government's own Enhanced Rider Scheme.
The IAM course focuses on five phases of advanced riding; information, position, speed, gear and acceleration. The course, called Skills for Life, focuses on building confidence in your own ability so that you can make good progress.
Included in the price is the Better Rider’s handbook, one year’s IAM membership and free RAC Roadside and Recovery cover for the first year, which normally costs £106.
RoSPA, £47 if you are under 26 and £57 if older.
RoSPA's Advanced Motorcycle Training is based on the 'System of motorcycle control' as detailed in Motorcyle Roadcraft - The Police Riders Handbook.
The four day course will prepare you for the Advanced Riding Test and aims to make you better at anticipating changes, more observant and with enhanced handling skills.
Enhanced Rider Scheme, £depends on training needs
For this scheme, you'll have an assessed ride with a trainer. If the trainer thinks you don't require any further training you'll receive a DVSA certificate of competence straight away.
Otherwise, you'll receieve personalised training to improve your riding upto the point where you can receieve the certificate.
Of course, advanced training doesn't have to be on the road and wrapped up in hi vis gear. You can opt for off-road or track courses, which while not focusing on road riding, will teach you valuable skills that can be used on the road.
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