Driver and Rider Course
A combined course for people who want to take both courses
What is the Combined Driver & Rider Course?
On our courses you will receive one to one practical instruction with you driving/riding your own vehicle. For Driver Training your tutor sits alongside you in your vehicle. For Rider Training your tutor will follow you on their own bike and stop from time to time to provide feedback and instruction.
Training given is based on the same content given to train Police Drivers and Riders. We use a training manual called ‘Roadcraft’ or ‘Motorcycle Roadcraft’. It is a valuable learning aid to help you reach a higher level.
The aim is to improve your driving/riding ability and safety awareness which * will then help protect you and other road users. Raising your awareness of your current situation to improve your ability to control the position and speed of your vehicle relative to the situation is key. The Roadcraft system of car/bike control is a methodical approach to hazards which increases your safety by giving you more time to react in complex situations.
You should become a better driver/rider by increasing your awareness of all the factors affecting your own capabilities, the characteristics of your vehicle, and the road and traffic conditions.
What are the benefits or this course?
The chance to achieve the highest standard of driving or riding available to civilians.
Training with a qualified tutor who will provide guidance and practical examples to help you acquire new skills and confidence followed up by written feedback to help you improve.
A copy of either ‘Roadcraft’ or ‘Motorcycle Roadcraft’ and the Highway Code if you apply for the Full Associate Course.
You will improve your skills on the road by increasing your observation, hazard perception and anticipation and will become a better, safer driver/rider by increasing your awareness of all the factors affecting your driving/riding – your own capabilities, the characteristics of your vehicle, and the road and traffic conditions, for the benefit of all road users.
You should become more confident and enjoy your driving/riding more.
A year’s membership of RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Cornwall and their programme of meetings and events.
The possibility of cheaper insurance if you pass the test, and savings on running costs.
Meeting like-minded people who are interested in being better, safer drivers and riders.
Who provides the training?
You will be allocated one of our local, volunteer RoSPA tutors.
Our team of tutors have all passed the advanced test at a high grade and have been trained and assessed in order to meet the requirements to provide training for you. They take retests every three years so you can be assured that you will receive one-to-one tutoring to a high standard.
A mid-course check is usually carried out with a different tutor and they, or another tutor will carry out a pre-test check also.
They are all like-minded driving or riding enthusiasts with increased safety for all road users being at the fore front of their reasoning behind volunteering.
Who can apply for the course?
We are willing to work with anybody who is over the age of 18 and holds a full driving licence.
You will be driving/riding your own vehicle; we do not provide cars or bikes for training.
Your car or bike needs to be well maintained and capable of sustaining 70 m.p.h on a motorway or dual carriageway.
You will need to provide proof of insurance, MOT and show your valid driving licence.
We hope that by the end of your training you will be capable of passing the RoSPA Advanced Driving or Riding test, but taking the advanced test is not compulsory or a requirement of us working with you.
How long is the course?
A 4 hour course costing £25 to assess your current driving/riding skill, to give you a taste of Advanced Driving/Riding techniques, and to offer you some advice. (Option to upgrade to Full Associate for an additional £20 if you enjoy the Short Course)
Full Associate Course
A full programme with up to 10 sessions of training in preparation to take the advanced test with a RoSPA Examiner when you are ready. Cost £45. for either the Driver or Rider course OR reduced rate of £75 to do both driver and rider courses. (Test fees not included)
Not sure if you want to do the course? Then phone or email to request a FREE taster session. We do them quite often.
Or look at our events page and just turn up and chat. We try and make everybody feel welcome.
What are the qualifications / advancement that can be taken after this course?
The RoSPA Advanced Driving or Riding Test
The RoSPA advanced driving or riding test is regarded as the most comprehensive and challenging available to the public. It is unique as it is graded Bronze, Silver or Gold. A RoSPA Gold is the highest civilian driving/riding standard available.