In the main, your tuition will take place on the road, with additional tasks related to learning the theory from RoadCraft, and reminding yourself of the Highway Code and Traffic Signs.

Initial assessment

On your first session, a tutor will conduct an assessment run with you so that they can gauge your current riding capabilities and standard of your riding. Assessment rides are non-judgemental and are structured to give us and you a clear starting point for your training. The session will last about 2 hours and will cover;

  • An explanation of the tutoring process
  • A discussion about your experience and what you want to achieve
  • A document check (please bring your licence, MOT & insurance certificate)
  • A short ride to establish your current skill level and tutoring needs
  • A full debrief on the ride
  • A chat about next steps and timescales

Planning observed rides

Sessions are arranged to suit you and your Tutor by mutual agreement. They will vary in length, content and distance covered, but you should expect that most will last about 2 hours. However, the amount and level of tutoring depends on your initial skill level and is also influenced by your commitment to learn and practice. As a guide, you should expect to complete between 5 and 10 sessions plus other progress check rides.

  • A tutoring session is recommended every 2-4 weeks, although this will vary depending on factors such as availability plus the number of miles you’ve ridden after the last session.
  • It is important to spend time practising what your Tutor has discussed with you. Covering miles on the road will help you become more fluid using the system of motorcycle control and make things such as lifesavers and scanning for hazards second nature.

Getting the best from the observed rides

  • Before you set off on any assessment or observed ride the tutor will tell you how they will conduct the assessment ride and will always fully explain the process to you. The tutor will also tell you how they will stop you during the ride if needed or what you should do if you wish to stop the session for any reason. Normally this is done by hand signals, or by overtaking you in a safe place and then leading you to a safe stopping area.
  • Once on the road the tutor will lead the session from behind by means of directions given on his or her indicators, or hand signals. These indications will always be given in good time and a late signal will not be sprung on you to ensure a smooth and enjoyable ride. When coming across signs for junctions, turns etc be sure to check your mirrors for the tutor’s indications in case of a direction change.
  • Always be sure to try and relax during your training sessions; you should ride as you would normally ride but do remember that we ride within the rules of the Highway Code and within the posted speed limits. The tutor accompanying you will not be prepared to exceed speed limits if you choose to exceed them, nor will the tutor fail to comply with road signs such as bus lanes or restricted traffic signs.
  • At the end of your run the tutor will provide you with structured feedback, both positive and negative, and will mark your Training Card with scores on each of the areas listed on the card as well as give you homework to go away and practice on. Please always remember that the tutors are there to help and that they are fellow bikers who once sat on the same end of the assessment or training ride as you are.
  • As you reach ‘test-readiness’ we will arrange a ‘check ride’ with an Advanced Tutor’ who will critically review your riding skills.

We fully appreciate and understand that the training is initially nerve-racking and that it can be hard to relax while somebody is watching your every move but rest assured after a couple of runs you will soon settle in.

Who are the tutors?

Training is provided by RoSPA-approved Group tutors. There are two levels of tutor: Approved tutors and Advanced tutors.

  • Approved Tutors are checked from time to time by an approved Diploma holder, an examiner or an approved advanced tutor and must retain at least a Gold grade in retests carried out at the normal three yearly intervals;
  • Advanced Tutors are retested by RoSPA Examiners at three yearly intervals
  • The Group has a system in place to satisfy itself that the tutor’s skills are maintained.
  • A full list of tutors can be found here [link]

Is there a cost for tuition?

Our tutors are all highly trained and approved by RoSPA. North Wales RoSPA Advanced Riders’ tutors give their services voluntarily at no charge to members but in common with many other organisations we ask for donations towards their petrol and their running costs. We ask for a £15 donation directly to the tutor in question.

Important information which should be understood by a Group member when requesting and receiving riding assistance

(a) You are deemed to be in control of your vehicle at all times and responsible for your own actions while riding it.
(b) If your tutor gives you an instruction which you feel it is unsafe for you to carry out you should do what you believe to be safe.
(c) You must hold a full licence and current insurance. Your vehicle must be taxed, and, if applicable, have an up to date MoT certificate. Your tutor may need to check these documents.
(d) Your eyesight must meet the minimum legal requirements for driving or riding, as set by the DVLA.
(e) Your vehicle must be roadworthy.
The Training Officer, or tutor, reserves the right to stop the tuition if:
(f) the student’s driving is dangerous.
(g) the student lacks the time to study, practise and meet with the tutor frequently enough to be able to progress with the course.
(h) the student lacks the temperament necessary to proceed with the course.

Something to aim for …

Watch Scottish Police Officers taking their motorcycles along the A72 in Peebles