Advanced riding may be perceived as a pastime for geeky high-viz wearing riders who stick to the Highway Code like race rubber sticks to a racetrack but in actual fact it’s the best way to make yourself faster, safer and live longer. Many of the techniques taught by organisations like the IAM and ROSPA will allow you to see further around corners, plan overtakes safely – execute them quickly, corner correctly, be smoother on the brakes and of course help you to see potential problems before they become a real problem. This month the IAM are giving you a chance to take part in a free one hour taster session, are you a smart enough rider to take advantage? What have you got to lose, other than your life of course…
The Institute of Advanced Motorists’ (IAM) campaign to encourage bikers to take advantage of free one hour advanced riding assessments have won the backing of none other than Honda British Superbike star Jenny Tinmouth. The offer entitles any UK riding licence holder to a free one hour advanced riding taster session with an IAM expert, who will give an informal insight into advanced riding techniques as well as pointers on the rider’s strengths and weaknesses.
The free tasters (normally worth £45) must be booked by the end of September, and can be easily done by visiting the IAM’s special web page: www.iam.org.uk/bikemoments
Jenny has broken many boundaries for women in reaching the British Superbike Championship with Honda Racing. She is the current female Isle of Man TT lap record holder, and was the first female to enter and qualify to race in the British 125GP championship, the British Supersport and Supersport Cup Championships and the British Championship. Many of her achievements have won her Guinness world records.
Jenny said of the IAM’s free assessment campaign: “Improving your riding skills will not only make you a safer rider, but also help you enjoy the experience of riding much more. The IAM is offering this opportunity for free if you book by the end of September; it’s a great opportunity and you can only gain by taking it up.”
In addition the IAM has also created a special Facebook web page, where riders can talk about their favourite #BikeMoments and share riding tips. Each week the IAM will be giving away unique prizes including autographed Honda Racing memorabilia and tickets to Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham which runs from 28 November to 6 December. The page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/IAM.BikeMoments
Last week 1992 Formula 1 World Champion and IAM President Nigel Mansell CBE gave an endorsement to the IAM’s equivalent free assessment programme for car drivers, saying: “Everyone can benefit from advice on how to drive better. The IAM is offering an amazing free opportunity to give every driver out there a chance to be a safer, more efficient motorist.
“Each and every one of us has a responsibility to look out for each other on the roads.”
A free driving assessment can be booked by visiting http://www.iam.org.uk/lovedriving