It was my great pleasure to be invited recently to present to Edinburgh and District Advanced Motorcyclist (EDAM) on motorcycle accidents and the Law.
 
Spending the evening in the company of such a wonderful group of seriously enthusiastic riders got me thinking.  It's about time I signed up for my the IAM "skill for life" programme. 
 
The "skill for life" programme teaches five phases of advanced riding; information, position, speed, gear and acceleration, so regardless of whether you’re navigating country lanes, busy roads, or tackling the challenging British weather, you have the skills and knowledge to remain confident and in control. Safety is part of the advanced riding programme, but it also encourages you to feel confident on the road, to make good progress, and to get even greater enjoyment from the experience. 
 
If you are unsure whether or not to sign up for the Skill for Life programme, the IAM also offer assessed rides under a programme called "RideCheck" where you can assess your skills and learn how the IAM can help you. In Scotland, the normal £30 charge for this has been subsidised under the RideScotFree programme and so it is actually FREE. You get a 60 minute one-to-one ride on your own bike with an IAM qualified observer and on completion you will be given a comprehensive riding report.
 
If you progress to being a full IAM advanced rider and member, you can benefit from many discounts, including saving on your motor insurance.
 
I would urge as many of my fellow motorcyclists as possible to take advantage of the RideCheck and IAM Skills for Life Program.  I will let you know how I get on towardS the end of the summer. 
 
As a very good friend of mine, John MacDonald of ProScot, who also happens to be one of the most highly qualified motorcycle trainers in the country, once told me, “A good motorcyclist never stops learning”.  He's right, you know.