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Motorcycles make up only 2% of our county’s traffic but riders/pillion passengers account for 17% of those killed and seriously inured in crashes.

Pre-Rider Education
Road safety officers work with schools to provide a variety of educational programmes designed to equip new riders for the road. A free magazine with useful information for moped riders is available The Somerset Road Safety Partnership can also make a driving simulator available to schools.

For more details contact the Somerset Road Safety Partnership or 01823 423 430


Compulsory Basic Training
Before riding on public roads, every rider will need to complete the Compulsory Basic Training. Providers of Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) Courses – Details from Yellow Pages

Motorcycle Test

Motorcycle Rider training - preparing for the driving test
Authorised Training Body (ATB), Motorcycle Test – Details from Yellow Pages
Authorised Training Body (ATB), Motorcycle Training for Riding Test – Details form Yellow Pages.
RMI Motorcycle Rider Training Association -

Motorcycle Test
Visit the Driving Standards Agency for further information on driving tests

Other opportunities to improve your riding
BikeSafe rider improvement days are organised by Somerset Road Safety Partnership involving Avon and Somerset Constabulary motorcyclists.
Next BikeSafe course date Sunday 9th September at Taunton – Details from the Somerset Road Safety Partnership Office 01823 423 430 or

Advanced Riding
A more extensive website is under construction covering motorcycling throughout Avon and Somerset area. Visit
Ride to Arrive Courses – visit

Advanced Riding Groups
Advanced riding groups have a significant part to play in encouraging riders to improve their riding standards. Volunteers help encourage other riders to adopt a systematic approach and defensive riding techniques, to improve their overall riding skills and safety
An advance rider is up to 75% less likely to be involved in a collision.

There are two national groups that promote advanced riding both have local groups
• The Institute of Advanced Motorists - for more details visit

• RoSPA Advanced Riders – visit
Local contacts for Advanced Riding Groups are
• Institute of Advanced Motorists – Cheddar Valley Motorcycle Group
• Institute of Advanced Motorists – Somerset Advanced Motorcyclists
• RoSPA Advanced Drivers – Taunton 01823 400554

Riding Tips

If you're already good, make yourself better. The best motorcyclists ride defensively so they are less likely to be involved in collisions.

Make sure you -
• anticipate the actions of other motorists
• are alert and observant (important when you are negotiating junctions or roundabouts)
• look out for other vulnerable road users - children, pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders
• ride at a speed that will enable you to slow down and stop in good time - the unexpected can happen
• ride according to the conditions: slow down if it's wet, foggy or icy
• position yourself in the best place - usually the middle of the lane but take up your road position in good time before turning right or left, clearly indicating to others what your intentions are
• overtake safely - Can you see hazards? Is there a bend or a junction? Can you overtake without speeding up or swerving too much?
• take a 'lifesaver' glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres when you need to know where other drivers are and what they are doing.

Be seen. Dipped headlights, even in good daylight, can help you to be seen.

Buy the right gear before you get on your motorcycle. You need:
• An approved helmet that fits securely. Replace it if you think it is damaged. A white or brightly coloured helmet can help you to be seen.
• Good clothing - and that means jackets, trousers and boots. The best is CE marked and can protect you from getting hurt if you come off. It should be fluorescent during the day and reflective at night.

Clothing which also protects you properly from the weather will not just make you feel more comfortable, it will also allow you to focus more on your riding.

For further advice on motorcycle safety and skills training visit:

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