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Riding on Motorways & Dual Carriageways (ERS) Riders must ride defensively, as things happen much faster

It's important to know how to ride safely on motorways

Motorways and dual carriageways are not the first choice for many motorcyclists, they prefer twisty roads which hold more excitement. However, they are often the quickest way to get to destinations and can cut down on travel time considerably. Heightened rider vulnerability and faster speeds make it extremely important that motorcyclists know how to safely ride on these roads.

Even though the traffic is travelling in the same direction, riders must be vigilant and ride defensively, as the speed at which things happen is greatly increased. The higher volume of traffic and fatigue caused by the monotony of these types of roads increase the risks further.

Course content

You will learn about lane discipline, road positioning and how to stay out of harm’s way on high speed roads.  You will learn to avoid riding on ‘auto-pilot’ and how to read the road ahead to plan for hazardous situations by developing a robust riding plan, ensuring rider safety and comfort. Training will be undertaken on high speed roads.

Training outcomes

By the end of the training you will be able to:

  • Adopt safe positioning and lane discipline and develop strategies for using slip lanes effectively
  • Utilise advanced planning skills for overtaking and filtering
  • Determine how the weather conditions affect motorway riding
  • Determine the differences between motorways and dual carriageways, and understand the purpose of Smart motorways
  • Utilise the hard shoulder and safely deal with a breakdown

Extra modules

The following modules are recommended: