IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, has today (Monday 6th December) announced the dates for its 2022 programme of Skills Days, which allow drivers and motorcyclists the chance to learn valuable handling skills from qualified instructors while driving their own cars or riding their own motorcycles on a race circuit.
We have 17 events taking place across three circuits at Thruxton in Hampshire, Mallory Park in Leicestershire and Croft in Darlington during the summer and autumn. The sessions are open to both IAM RoadSmart members and the general public (non-members) and allow attendees a rare chance to learn about handling and precision driving and riding on a race circuit, and to develop new skills that will help ensure both safety and enjoyment on public roads.
Drivers and riders will either work one-to-one with an instructor, or as part of a small group, and will be given the opportunity to fully understand what their car or motorcycle is capable of.
Attendees will have the chance to develop new skills in the following areas:
Information – vision and lines, head up – eyes on main beam
Position and steering – how vehicle position/steering affects control
Speed – brake smoothly and progressively
Gear – be in a responsive gear for the circumstances
Acceleration – throttle control, plan to be on a positive throttle in bends
The 2022 schedule for Skills Days is as follows:
- Tuesday 12th April – Mallory Park – Motorcycle
- Monday 25th April – Thruxton – Car
- Tuesday 26th April – Thruxton – Motorcycle
- Monday 16th May – Thruxton – Motorcycle
- Tuesday 31st May -Thruxton – Motorcycle
- Monday 13th June – Thruxton – Car
- Tuesday 14th June – Thruxton – Motorcycle
- Wednesday 29th June – Croft – Car
- Thursday 30th June – Croft – Motorcycle
- Tuesday 5th July – Mallory Park – Motorcycle – Ladies Day
- Monday 11th July – Thruxton – Car
- Tuesday 12th July – Thruxton – Motorcycle
- Monday 5th September – Thruxton – Car
- Tuesday 6th September – Thruxton – Motorcycle
- Tuesday 20th September – Mallory Park – Motorcycle
- Monday 26th September – Thruxton – Motorcycle
IAM RoadSmart Motorcycle Skills Days are £165 each (full day), Car Skills Days £150 each (half day).
Shaun Cronin, Regional Service Delivery Team Manager (Southern) who is a driving force behind the days said: “These are hugely popular events because both riders and drivers really do get the chance to put their skills to the test and learn and improve key techniques.
Everybody gets to learn things. Last year, we had a rider who picked up tips that he claimed saved his life on the way home. For the drivers, we have many non-members signing up post the events as it gives them a taster of skills that will really enhance their enjoyment and performance on a day-to-day basis.
Our Skills Days really do provide drivers and motorcycle riders an opportunity to fully discover what their car or bike is capable of. These events are practical learning experiences, but they go away with everyday tips from experts within a racing circuit environment.
“Our Skills Days sell out fast as they’re the perfect chance to combine the art and fun of driving and riding as well as develop important new safety skills. It’s no surprise they’re so popular with both experienced and highly knowledgeable IAM RoadSmart members, and those have yet to start out on their advanced learning journey.”
For more information visit https://www.iamroadsmart.com/events/skills-days. To book a place call 0300 303 1134.
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