Summer is when more motorcyclists take to the roads to enjoy the better riding conditions – so it’s also a good time to think about taking riding skills to the next level, with a Ride Forever training course.
Ride Forever training, subsidised by ACC, is available across New Zealand, and can help motorcyclists become better, safer riders, regardless of current skill level.
ACC Motorist Programme Manager – Motorcycles, David Keilty, says, ‘‘There are three levels of Ride Forever training, for everyone from new to elite riders. There’s also a course for scooter riders.
‘‘Ride Forever can benefit riders who’ve had their bikes parked up in the garage over winter, learners looking to get to the next level, and elite riders, who have the option to tailor a course to suit their needs.
‘‘Regardless of your current ability, there’s always something you can learn to help you handle your bike better, and be better prepared for anything the road throws at you.
‘‘So before you take your bike out and enjoy the better riding conditions that summer offers, it can be a good idea to brush up on your riding skills first.’’
Ride Forever training is delivered by NZTAapproved instructors and can be booked online, via the Ride Forever website. All courses have a maximum of six participants.
‘‘Once you’ve registered, an instructor will contact you to discuss the level of training best suited to you, and when the next course is in your area.’’
The training begins with a short theory session in the morning, but most of the training is practical.
‘‘Seventy per cent of the training takes place out on the road, in real riding situations. You’ll
have radio comms set up, so that you can communicate with the instructor, who follows behind you.’’
Because Ride Forever training is supported by ACC, it doesn’t cost a lot to learn skills that could save your life.
‘‘There’s a $20 booking fee for ‘bronze’ level or beginner motorcyclists and scooter riders, and a $50 fee for ‘silver’ and ‘gold’ level courses, aimed at more experienced to elite motorcyclists.
Last year, ACC received around 3500 new claims from motorcyclists injured on the road.
‘‘The reality is, motorcyclists don’t have the advantage of a tin can around them to protect them in a crash, as car drivers do.
‘‘So anything you can do to improve your skills and help you avoid a crash has got to be worth it.’’