What Is Advanced Riding?


The Driving Standards Agency book – Riding -“ the essential skills”contains a chapter on defensive riding – safety through observation, anticipation and control. This should give you time to react, and space to react in.

Advanced Riding is about demonstrating a safe, systematic, smooth and progressive ride. This skill is one of the cheaper add-ons you can buy to make your bike perform better, and it works on every bike you will ever own.

The IAM RoadSmart Advanced Rider Course uses a systematic approach to riding, of  Information, Position, Speed, Gear, then Acceleration (IPSGA) to achieve this.

  • Information – Take, Use, Give.
    •    – Taking – being aware of all that’s happening around you
    •    – Using – forming your Riding Plan – Position, Speed and Gear
    •   –  Giving – letting other road users know what you plan to do.
  • Position – the safest place to be on the road, to approach and negotiate a hazard
  • Speed – a suitable road speed to approach and negotiate a hazard
  • Gear – a flexible gear for that road speed
  • Acceleration – a change in speed once hazard is passed.