There are car driving schools on every other road, but ever seen a bike riding school? In Kenya people ride motorbikes — machines that produce double-digit horse power and can clock over 100kmph — with very little formal training. It is not surprising then that bikers form the largest casualty group among motorists.
It’s not just reckless riding that’s to blame — often, riders are clueless about things like traction control under hard braking and heavy loads, or on wet/oily roads. This is where proper training can help.
The Hurt Report that analysed accident data in the US between 1976 and 1981 found that 92% of riders in accidents had no formal training, and interviewed riders generally did not take responsibility for their errors, or even realize that the accidents could have been avoided. It recommended that: “Motorcycle Rider Course of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) should be the prerequisite (or at least co-requisite) of licensing and use of a motorcycle in traffic.”
In Europe, too, mandatory motorcycle training, known as Compulsory Basic Training, is common. Schools and organizations provide training to beginners and refresher courses for experienced riders. The United Kingdom has several organizations dedicated to improving motorcycle safety by providing advanced rider training over and above what is necessary to pass the basic motorcycle test.
These include, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Given the popularity of two wheelers,
“There is a need to change the licensing system in the country, especially for motorcycles.
None of the country’s driving schools have trained riding instructors or have a riding track, and government and public sector awareness campaigns about two wheeler safety are restricted to strapping helmets and following traffic rules.
There are many ways to regulate this sector, by drawing up effective policies as well as offering incentives for safe riding.
Such as make Motorcycle rider training compulsory. Create licensing programmes which place restrictions on new riders until they have gained experience.
Have training course graduates qualify for reduced insurance premiums , etc.
Its out of such concerns that I set up inked biker riding school , with training programmes that include basic, intermediate and advanced rider courses.
Am doing my part to promote safe motorcycle riding education in Kenya.
For additional details on the courses offered , give me a call on 0733770598 or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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