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Making sure Kent’s motorcyclists have the key skills necessary to keep them safe on the roads is the aim of a special event being held at Brands Hatch next week.
The road skills day, is the second of its kind run by Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) at Brands Hatch Circuit and takes place on Thursday (11 April). The event includes two track sessions on the circuit.
Motorcyclists are just 1% of total road traffic, but account for 22% of all road user deaths. They are 50 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in serious or fatal crashes than car drivers.*
KFRS’s Fire Bike Team Leader, Lawrence Pater, said: “Spring is here and, for motorcyclists, that means one thing – time to dust off your bike and get ready for the road! We are kick starting the season by providing an informative and enjoyable day, to help riders improve their skills, knowledge and safety on the road.
“Riders will find out how to make the best use of road and traffic conditions and get feedback on observed road rides to help develop their competence. They will also learn controlled and defensive riding skills, which will make them less vulnerable.
“As a biker you need to anticipate dangers and the actions of others, be in control of situations and know where to best position yourself on the road so you can see potential hazards and are less likely to avoid being in a crash.”
Kent Fire and Rescue’s fire bike team will be on hand, together with other bike safety organisations including the Institute of Advance Motorists (IAM) Miles Mosely, Chief Observer from the East Kent IAM, said: “Giving the participants a taste of advanced motorcycling will hopefully lead to them wanting to find out more.”
Lawrence added: “To get the most out of your bike, ride it sensibly on the road. You will give yourself a better chance of staying alive by improving your riding skills.”
*http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycles.html - Road Casualties Great Britain: 2010 report
Note to Editors
Photographers are welcome to attend the road skills day anytime between 9.30am and 6.30pm
The track sessions take place between 1-2pm and 5-6pm
Please confirm your attendance to the Press Offfice on 01622 692121