Two-thirds of riders revealed in a new survey that they have undertaken
post-test training or assessments and those that have not cite lack of
time as the main reason.
The survey, carried out by EMAP, revealed that riders are positive about
training. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) was the most popular
organisation people have been trained by (16% ). BikeSafe, the police
assessment scheme has been attended by 10% of riders.
Other forms of training and skill development that respondents
participate in include; track days, RoSPA, educational materials and
manufacturers training schemes.
Riders that haven't participated in any training account for 35% and the
main reason for not doing it is cited as lack of time ( 37%) followed by
'too expensive' ( 21%). The third main reason is that riders say they
don't know enough about it ( 13%).
Lack of information for riders is an issue that should be addressed by
relevant training related bodies who have many ways to communicate with
their potential customers.
Cost should be balanced against benefits and training is usually
extremely good value for money in terms of helping riders get more from
their bikes. People can also keep up to date and refresh their
knowledge with easily accessible and cost-effective products such as
DVDs, books, bike magazines.
Nearly a third of riders are not considering any further assessments or
training, but they make recommendations about what would encourage more
The top suggestion; free or low- cost training, was cited by 64%
followed by 'improved image of training' cited by nearly half, closely
followed by manufacturer backed training.
Craig Carey-Clinch MCI's Director of Public Affairs said, " Post-test
training is one of the most important things that a rider can do to
reduce the risk of having an accident and get more from the riding
experience. There are many ways a rider can develop from group riding
with friends, to a track day to a formal course.
"Manufacturers offer a range of training options, and riders should
consider this. Nearly half of the respondents said that manufacturer
backed training would encourage more people to take post-test training
so it is important that people become aware of the manufacturer-based
options that are already available.
More information about manufacturer training can be found on their
websites - for more information go to www.mcia.co.uk.