The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have been around for over 50 years teaching drivers how to drive better and riders how to ride better. We all think we can ride well but how do we measure ‘well’? Is it down to not having an accident or getting to work in record time…or could it all come down to how much you enjoy your riding, wherever you’re going, however long it takes?
I recently followed an advanced instructor and hardly noticed a brake light so when I asked him about it, he said, “if you know what’s going on ahead of you, you can plan accordingly.” There was no aggressive accelerating or hard braking; it all looked smooth like the bike was floating along the road. A smoother style also meant a more relaxed riding position.
He did mention that the use of brakes was a good indication to the vehicles behind that you were slowing down so even if you didn’t need to brake, occasionally a light pull of the lever can send a useful message.
We caught up with IAM expert Geoff Pretty and got his Top 5 Five Tips for a Smoother Riding style:
With practise, we’ll all be more relaxed on the roads and you never know, we might even be able to foresee crazy manoeuvres by our fellow road users and avoid getting knocked off.
If you do want to look at additional training then try these sites; www.iam.org.uk, www.BikeSafe.co.uk or www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk/world-of-bmw/rider-training/
The IAM told us those who complete their Skill for Life course benefit from one year RAC cover, one year free IAM membership, how to be a better driver handbook, and reduced insurance.