Rider training: a cause worth backing

Although motorcycles, scooters and mopeds make up less than 3% of the vehicles on our roads, they account for 20% of the cost of vehicle-related claims paid by ACC.

Understandably, ACC has looked for ways to reduce these costs and one of the major initiatives has been to improve riders’ skills and knowledge. The project is branded Ride Forever and a large part of it consists of subsidised rider training.

A course to suit

The Ride Forever coaching programme offers a range of courses to suit riders’ different needs, from Scooter/Commuter level, through Bronze and Silver, to Gold for highly experienced riders. Since the start in 2013, around 2,500 riders a year were doing at least one course. But, last year, a major expansion took place, doubling the number of training providers and now doubling the number of participants.

Filling a real need

Why did ACC go down the route of rider coaching? Although many crashes involve other vehicles, usually around town, the most serious (and hence expensive for ACC) tend to be single-vehicle crashes where the rider failed to take a bend. And, frequently, investigations show the motorcycle was not travelling too fast to negotiate the corner: it was rider error that led to the crash.

Skills for the road

With the crash statistics in mind, ACC pulled together a team of experts from NZTA, Police, training providers and the motorcycle industry to help devise the course outlines. Drawing on everything from the Police riding manual to decades of experience, the group conceived a course structure to implant the right skills for road riding: things like correct positioning, whether for the approach to a corner or to be more easily seen by other road users.

Star support

Star Motorcycles is an active supporter of the Ride Forever programme and offer premium and excess reductions for clients who have completed the courses. Check out the courses available and providers in your area at rideforever.co.nz/coaching, and look forward to a day of fun, learning and achievement.




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