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Training for motorcyclists

There are various courses available for bikers looking to improve their skills:

  • Biker Down! A free nationwide scheme devised to provide the tools to help bikers if they're involved in a crash.
  • DVSA enhanced rider scheme: Checks your motorcycle riding skills and provides training to help you improve.
  • Advanced rider courses: Training designed to make you one of the most skilled riders on the road with this on-road course delivered by qualified experts.
  • Advanced Motorcycle Training: RoSPA's advanced motorcycle training instructs riders in the theory and practice of safe systems of deliberate and responsible riding.

Join us on a free Biker Down! course

We run life-saving sessions in West Norwood, Dagenham and Heston.

Advice for motorcyclists

Wear protective clothing and equipment

  • Bikers must wear a helmet when riding on the road
  • Make sure your helmet fits right, and has a high SHARP safety rating
  • Use a helmet visor or goggles
  • Wear gloves, boots, full trousers and a leather or reinforced jacket, even if it’s warm

Be seen

  • Wear bright colours and reflective clothing or accessories
  • Use dipped headlights, even in daylight

Ride for the conditions

  • Pay attention to the conditions and ride at a speed that allows you to slow down or stop in good time, especially if it’s wet, foggy or icy.
  • A motorcycle has less contact with the pavement than a car, making it more likely to skid or slide. If you can’t avoid the following hazards, slow down as much as possible before you get to them:
    • Poor or worsening weather
    • Diesel spills
    • Mud, wet leaves and stones
    • Manhole covers or potholes
    • Painted road markings


  • Stay alert and observant at junctions or roundabouts: try to anticipate the actions of others
  • Drivers struggle to judge the speed of a bike, so take extra care when approaching, or pulling out of a junction.
  • Take a ‘lifesaver’ glance over your shoulder before carrying out any manoeuvres.

Overtaking and positioning

  • Position yourself in the best place, usually the middle of the lane. Always indicate and take up your road position in good time before turning.
  • Assume drivers haven’t spotted you
  • When overtaking, judge speed and distance carefully, and know your bike’s acceleration
  • Don’t overtake where there are:
    • Double white lines
    • Signs prohibiting overtaking
    • Bends
    • Junctions
    • Lay-bys
    • Pedestrian crossings
    • Hills or dips in the road
  • Filtering – if filtering through a traffic jam or slow moving traffic, be careful:
    • Your visibility, manoeuvrability and reaction times will be reduced to a minimum
    • Drivers may suddenly change lanes or open a door


  • Keep tyres in good condition and at the correct pressure

Useful documents

Road safety advice for motorcyclists

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