Any Observer in this club taking out an associate as part of the introductory briefing will always give the disclaimer as this is part of the Motorcycle Observer’s Introductory Drill ... The disclaimer is:
I understand that I am deemed to be in control of my own vehicle at all times, and neither the group known as York Advanced Motorcyclists or my observer are responsible for my actions. My Vehicle is also in a roadworthy condition, is properly insured and complies with all the appropriate legal requirements. I also understand that it is my responsibility to ensure that I have a current driving licence for the vehicle I am riding. I will comply with all the appropriate laws and regulations governing my vehicle and the rules of the Highway Code.
Therefore, in keeping with our objective to promote road safety, it is strongly recommended that all Associate members undergoing training on an observed ride wear a Hi Viz waistcoat. Should you decide that you do not want to wear such a garment then you will be asked to sign a disclaimer as follows:
I understand that it is the policy of York Advanced Motorcyclists to recommend that a high visibility jacket or waistcoat is worn during training rides; however I have decided that I do not wish to wear this type of clothing during my training.
Before you start your journey you should ensure that your machine is roadworthy and carry out a number of checks. A useful aid to remember the key points to check is the mnemonic POWDER. This stands for:
D... amage/drive chain/destination
More detail can be found in HTBABR p23 and Roadcraft p172.
The system promotes careful observation, early anticipation and planning, and a systematic use of the controls to achieve maximum machine stability. It is a systematic way of dealing with an unpredictable environment. It is central to Motorcycle Roadcraft, drawing together all other riding skills in a coordinated response to road and traffic conditions. It gives you the time to select the best position, speed and gear to negotiate the hazards safely and efficiently. A useful aid to remember the System of Motorcycle Control is the mnemonic IPSGA. This stands for:
More detail can be found in HTBABR p26 and Roadcraft p27.
First of all congratulations! If you are a member of York Advanced Motorcyclists, when you have passed your test, you will be moved into Team 5 initially, whereby you can further develop your skills and gain experience of riding with a group of people who have all passed their Advanced Test.
If you are interested in becoming a Qualified Observer, you should mention this to one of the Senior Observers who will give you more details on what is required and speak to the Chairman of the Training Committee on your behalf.
Your observed rides to pass the Advanced Test will be conducted by York Advanced Motorcyclists Observers who have not only taken and passed the Advanced Test themselves, but have consequently improved their own riding to an even higher standard and have been trained as Observers, to effectively pass on that knowledge to others.
Basically the difference is the level of training they have received and the assessments they have completed. The four categories are: Trainee Observer, Local Observer, National Observer and Local Assessor.
Actions to be considered in the event of an accident:
For more information on accident scene management to go www.bikesafe.co.uk/bikesafe/firstaid/scene.html