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Motorcyclists: ‘Stay in Control’ this Summer

The Government’s ‘Stay In Control’ campaign — developed with partners from the motorcycle industry -– encourages motorcyclists to refine their riding by taking advanced training with qualified instructors and to consider being especially vigilant when road traffic increases as the summer weather arrives. The Minister, Stephen Hammond, has said: Motorcyclists make up just 1% of the traffic on our roads but last year accounted for 19% of deaths. So reducing the number of bikers killed on our roads is a key […]

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A petition to ensure that biker related questions are compulsory in the driving theory test

Via Motorcyclists Matter – to ensure that biker related questions are compulsory in the driving theory test – e-petitions: In order to raise awareness of motorcyclists on Britain’s roads, Bennetts, the UK’s No.1 Bike Insurance Specialist, is campaigning to ensure biker related questions are made compulsory in the driving theory test – who despite accounting for just 1% of road traffic, fall victim to over a fifth of all fatalities on the roads. Did you know that motorists can currently pass […]

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KTM 950 Supermoto in a Cotswold sunset

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I took a beautiful ride in the Cotswolds this evening on my KTM 950 Supermoto. What a privilege it is to live in such countryside and to have such a magnificent bike: KTM 950 Supermoto in a Cotswold sunset, originally uploaded by stevenjbaker. The roads were superb: open, clear and well-surfaced. I can’t help thinking a blanket 50 mph national speed limit would be met with the same counterproductive contempt as the present motorway speed limit[1]. Thankfully, it appears Theresa […]

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German autobahns — magnificent

There was some congestion and some of the roadworks were lengthy, but for the most part, the autobahn had moderate traffic and no speed limit. Where there was a limit away from hazards, it was 120 kph, which is still 75 mph. On this trip, the roof box kept my speeds down to double digits, but cruising at 90 mph was a joy.  Even with the extra drag, my Saab was still more efficient over this high-speed journey than it […]

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Road speed limit cut to 50mph

THE government is to cut the national speed limit from 60mph to 50mph on most of Britain’s roads, enforced by a new generation of average speed cameras. The reduction , to be imposed as early as next year, will affect two thirds of the country’s road network. Drivers will still be able to reach 70mph on motorways and dual carriageways and 60mph on the safest A roads. via Road speed limit cut to 50mph . But the safest speed for […]

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On-the-spot points for careless driving

The Assault on Liberty continues: Thousands more motorists will lose their licences under plans to give police the power to issue penalty points for careless driving without evidence being heard in court. … Unlike existing fixed-penalty offences, such as speeding and using a hand-held mobile phone at the wheel, the evidence for careless driving is much less clear-cut and is often a matter of the officer’s opinion. At present police must take drivers to court if they want to prosecute […]

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BBC – Air bag jacket ‘could save lives’

Via BBC – Newsbeat – Technology – Air bag jacket ‘could save lives’: Dozens of motorcyclists’ lives could be saved every year if air bag jackets were made compulsory, accident and emergency doctors have said. The jackets are the equivalent of car air bags and inflate if the rider is thrown off during a crash. In one version, the jacket is attached to the bike by a lead which detaches when the rider has come off suddenly. The Department of […]

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Advanced driver coaching: relax, focus, flow

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During a good session coaching advanced driving this Saturday, I was reminded how useful driving can be in developing a different approach to doing anything well. We concentrated on personal state management, which ties in with Don Palmers’ Driving Handbook: At the core level you manage your personal state – that is, your physical, mental and emotional state. Being in a fit state to drive is fundamental to effective driving. No amount of knowledge or skill will allow you to […]

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Driving and personal responsibility

Two road safety initiatives struck me today: Drivers will have to declare every 10 years whether they are medically able to get behind the wheel, according to proposals to be set out early in the new year. via Drivers to have 10-year health checks under driver licence reforms and: Automatic speed control devices should be installed in cars to force motorists to stick to speed limits, an influential pressure group recommended today. via ‘Speed control’ devices should be installed in […]

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Times Online – Drivers will have no escape from new speed cameras

From the Times: Clusters of speed cameras that will monitor drivers’ average speed on all routes across a wide area are to be deployed on hundreds of roads next year. It will be impossible to evade detection because the digital cameras will cover every entry and exit point and, unlike the earlier speed cameras, will never run out of film. From Roadcraft, The Essential Police Drivers’ Handbook, which is also used by all the advanced driving organisations: Good driving depends […]

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