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There may be no such thing as a free lunch but there is free motorcycle training in the form of the DVSA’s new online course.
Targeting new riders who have yet to take their CBT course, Ride Free is made up of five online modules to give future motorcyclists a footing in the basics.
Module 1 covers the Highway Code and hazard perception. Module 2 adds knowledge about bike clothing, equipment and maintenance. Module 3 looks at the link between rider behaviour and safety. The fourth module, which is split into two sections, examines risk-increasing factors, while Module 5 looks at the impact of being involved in an incident.
On completion, riders get a Ride Free certificate. To take the course, you need to register on the Safe Driving for Life website.
Originally developed last year by a partnership including Highways England, several county councils from the east of England, the MCIA and the DVSA, the course has already won a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award and a CIHT (Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation) Kier Road Safety Award.
Mark Winn, DVSA Chief Driving and Riding Examiner, said: “As motorcyclists are amongst the most vulnerable road users it’s essential they have the right knowledge and skills needed to stay safe on Britain’s roads.
“Getting the right advice from a professional instructor and the new ride free course helps new riders get the most from their CBT and should improve road safety.
Tony Campbell, Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) Chief Executive, added: “It is important that new riders should be safer riders and receive the best training possible and for that reason, MCIA is proud to be part of the Ride Free initiative.”