Season chance presents challenges for motorcyclists

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WARWICKSHIRE County Council is encouraging motorcyclists to ‘take control’ by signing up for subsidised rider training to prepare them for the challenges of autumn riding.

Nearly 1,000 riders have received training from ‘Take Control’ since the programme was launched by Warwickshire County Council in 2008 to sharpen participants riding skills.

County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection said: “Slow-moving agricultural vehicles, debris and mud on the road, damp road surfaces, fog, low sun, high winds and even frost are just some of the hazards of autumn that motorcyclists have to cope with. Some riders respond to the changing conditions by hibernating their bike for the winter or waiting for favourable weather, but many enthusiasts continue to ride throughout the year. A day with a Take Control instructor will help motorcyclists to brush up on their technique and successfully negotiate the changing seasons.”

Take Control provides practical on-road training that is tailored to the individual needs of riders. With a maximum ratio of two students to one instructor, riders can expect to receive plenty of helpful and friendly advice and the opportunity to practise during their time with Take Control. The course costs just £30.

Take Control starts with a chat over a drink at a favourite café before spending a day on the bike with plenty more café stops, informal de-briefs and general biking chat. The instructors work hard to ensure the courses are enjoyable as well as informative. The course runs throughout the year but autumn is the ideal time to fine tune riding skills as road and weather conditions present riders with additional hazards and challenges to overcome.

The Take Control training programme is available to anyone who rides in Warwickshire and is subsidised by Warwickshire County Council.

To book a Take Control day telephone 0778 685 5744 or email