July 7th, 2020.

Advanced Rider tests got underway again this week for the first time since March, one of the first to qualify after the COVID-19 lockdown is Tony Nares from Ilminster, Somerset.

A member of Somerset Advanced Motorcyclists (SAM), Nares’ his test was conducted by volunteer examiner, Peter Herridge. Tony’s success is also a first for new group chair, Lisa Parsons, who was recently elected to the role.

Recommended by a friend to take his Advanced Rider course, Nares said; “I’ve been riding a bike for a long time. Biking is about fun and riding out with like-minded people who also care about road safety. A motorcycle can be a lethal machine. You have to be aware of your own safety and that of other road users.

“I feel much more confident in my riding having taken the course and I also enjoy it a lot more. I feel I’m safer because I’m more aware of how to manage the risks we all face day to day on the roads.”

Tony hopes to continue his IAM RoadSmart journey by qualifying to become an observer. If successful, he would join the thousands of volunteers nationwide who, through the coaching they provide, contribute towards the UK’s largest independent road safety charity’s mission, to reduce the number of people who are killed or injured on the roads.

Parsons added; “We’re delighted Tony has put us on the map nationwide as one of the first post-lockdown Advanced Rider test passes.

“We are always keen to welcome new members, particularly younger riders. We have a bursary scheme for those under 30 which enables people to recover the full cost of the course, if they pass their test.

“Young riders are such a vulnerable group and we’re committed to providing them with affordable ways to gain valuable additional skills that could save their life one day.”

Visit www.iamroadsmart.com/courses for more information on available courses.

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