Progressive Road SKills

Driver and Rider Training

Progressive Road Skills specialises in bespoke Rider and driver training to individuals or small groups from basic and to an advanced level, utilising skills learned from 30 years previous military and police training techniques in all driving and riding environments. Training focuses on the use of ‘Roadcraft’ the recognised standard for forces driver and rider training. Instruction and coaching in the use of Roadcraft can accelerate learning, enabling you to develop skills that you might otherwise never possess. Training can improve your hazard perception by making you aware of potentially dangerous situations in different traffic and road conditions and learning to adjust your riding and driving to the ever changing British weather. Direct feedback and observation is giving to students enabling them to make a clear plan as to how to make best progress, safely and effectively at any given time.  Coaches will put you through a range of testing road and traffic conditions in order to develop your mental and physical attributes enabling you to make smooth progress in all situations. We work on developing your ability to detect and form observation links in order to increase your ability to respond to them. We work on helping you to recognise your own limitations and that of the vehicle your driving or riding to always make appropriate progress in the circumstances.To learn effectively you need the right balance between practice and instruction. Complicated skills such as riding and driving are built up from smaller skill elements. Initially we require detailed feedback on each of the elements until these skills are combined and become automatic, resulting in fewer decisions being needed and our actions become smoother and less hurried. As you master the basic skills and control you have more time to devote your attention to the road and traffic conditions. This enables you to then acquire the spare mental capacity required to drive at a more advanced level.

Roadcraft the Police Driver’s and Motorcycle Handbook

‘Roadcraft’ The Police Rider’s Handbook is recognised as the definitive guide for better, safer driving and riding. Incorporating current best practice, Roadcraft represents the gold standard in police driver and rider training and is used by all police forces, other emergency services, the armed forces and the general public. It provides a recognised approach to hazards which is safe, systematic, simple and applicable in all circumstances. If used consistently with the right mind set, good observation and high levels of skill in vehicle control, you should avoid causing accidents yourself and be able to anticipate many of the hazards caused by other road users.

Rates and Bookings

Coaches are flexible and able to travel to all parts of the UK or overseas where required (additional fees may be incurred for lodging and travel arrangements)

Coaching can be completed on a one to one or group basis. Bespoke training will be discussed as part of the assessment day.

Current rates are as follows:

£180 assessment day

£200 daily rate 1 to 1

£150 p/p group training up to 3 persons

£550 3 day package

£750 5 day package

£800 5 day flexible package

All rates are inclusive, terms and conditions available on request.

If you require an alternative vehicle for training be it a car or bike we may be able to provide it with some notice.

Progressive Road Skills are happy to be partnered with Spyder Club and as such members receive additional benefits and discounts on request and proof of membership. A 10 % discount is applicable.

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About Us

Training

Driver/Rider training at Basic and Advanced levels can accelerate learning, enabling you to develop skills that you might otherwise never possess. Training can improve your hazard perception by making you aware of potentially dangerous situations in different traffic environments, and by giving you practice in detecting them. To learn effectively you need the right balance between instruction and practice. Complicated skills such as driving/riding are built up from smaller skill elements. Initially we require detailed feedback on each of the elements until these skills are combined and become automatic, resulting in fewer decisions being needed and our actions become smoother and less hurried. As you master the basic skills and control you have more time to devote your attention to the road and traffic conditions.
• Have fun learning a new skill, way of looking at your driving or riding
• Coaching either 1 to 1 or in groups from the basics of Roadcraft up to advanced level on both bikes and cars in either your own vehicle or one specified.
• Learn safer, more progressive techniques in all conditions.
• Assessment and direct feedback.
• All standards and abilities welcome, what do you wish to achieve?

What we focus on:

• Attention
• Observation
• Speed-matching vehicles speed and direction to any given situation
• Awareness of risk-inherent to road/traffic/climate
• Action-form a driving/riding plan
• Limitations-our own/ the vehicle/ road layout/ road sings and orders
• Skills and abilities

How do we achieve this

• Demonstration
• Advice
• Feedback
• Knowledge

The system of vehicle control

Provides an approach to hazards which is safe, systematic, simple and applicable in all circumstances. If used consistently with the right mind set, good observation and high level of skill in vehicle control, you should avoid causing accidents yourself and be able to anticipate many of the hazards caused by other road users.

1) Mental skills-ability to scan the environment, recognise relevant dangers or hazards, decide on their priorities and form achievable driving plan.
2) Physical skills-ability to translate intentions and thoughts into physical actions accurately and smoothly.
3) Real ability/capability of vehicle/road and weather conditions
4) Hazards-physical/other vehicles/road conditions
5) Five phase system-each phase follows but is flexible taking into account new information
6) Information-take/use/give-continuous assessment runs through each phase-all around you including mirrors and senses.
7) Position-smooth, safe progress taking into account other road users
8) Speed-appropriate for the conditions, smooth and steady with early anticipation
9) Gear-correct gear for the speed
10) Acceleration-taking account of your speed, other road users, road and traffic conditions choose appropriate point to accelerate

Progressive Road Skills

1) maximising information
2) Correct position
3) Correct speed
4) Correct gear
5) Ability to stop safely on your own side of the road in the distance you can see to be clear
6) Acceleration point


CORNERING FORCES

VEHICLE ROADWORTHINESS

VEHICLE SPECIFICATION

CAMBER/SUPERELEVATION

LIMIT POINT-matching your speed to the speed at which the limit point moves away from you providing you can stop within the distance you can see to be clear

REDUCING THE TIGHTNESS OF BENDS

Acceleration, Braking and Steering

TYRE GRIP TRADEOFF
Do you finish braking before you enter the bend?
Do you avoid harsh acceleration driving round the bend?

If you do brake do you feed the brakes in smoothly using the rear?

THE MORE YOU BRAKE OR ACCELERATE THE LESS YOU WILL BE ABLE TO STEER

ACCELERATION SENSE-the ability to vary a vehicles speed in response to ever changing road and traffic conditions by accurate use of the accelerator

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Customer Testimonials

  • David thank you so much for your input and day you spent with me. I was quite nervous about the day but needn't have worried as you managed and exceeded my expectations and i now have more confidence moving the bike around when parking and at slow speeds. I also benefitted from your calm and professional nature, and the discussion about information and positioning. I will definately come back for more.

    Louise Watson
  • Positives. I find you an excellent coach and your commentary very helpful. You have a very gentle personality that helps one feel relaxed. A very enjoyable day. Negatives. Agreed that the comms are not brilliant. Cardio rider is a good system. Obviously you will need to consider different riders that may already have ear pieces

    Dr MatthewBacon
  • Hi Dave Just wanted to say a massive thank you for the last three coaching sessions in London. My filtering is now far safer and progressive and I’m really enjoying riding again on country roads once I get out of the City. I knew you had a reputation at work for being a fast rider but I didn’t realise how smooth and safe you are. You make it look so natural and I didn’t realise a GS could do that…. Pete

    Pete Loader
  • "Just spent the day with David Stillwell at Progressive Road Skills, brushing up on my advanced riding on my MT07. David has a wealth of experience as a Class 1 Car and Motorcycle Police Office. He has a very easy manner and is a great communicator. Having passed my advanced riding test a few years ago, I thought I rode at good standard, but a day with David has allowed me to raise my game even more, and given me valuable insight into how the Police riders approach their riding. Money well spent and I would recommend David Stillwell to anyone wishing to improve the riding from whatever standard they are currently at. Thanks David."

    Steve Martin
  • Hi David, I had an absolutely fantastic day and I learnt so much from you. I am really keen to do a two day trip to Wales as discussed. Hope you enjoyed the day and just to say your 'Style, practical approach, friendliness and ability to convey information was superb'. Thanks again and by the final ride I felt a good 10% better rider with a whole load of stuff to practice and work on at home. I look forward to the next four days coaching... Thanks Mike

    Mike Wade
  • Hi, David, Thought I should let you know how much I have gained in confidence since the driving lessons with you. I must admit that I was somewhat sceptical that I would gain any confidence in only two sessions, and half days at that since I get too tired after 2pm! However, I am glad to tell you that, because of your lessons, I have decided to drive to Worcester tomorrow instead of taking the train. I also very much appreciated that your lessons did not follow a pre-set agenda but were tailored to my specific needs. Susan

    Susan Smith
  • I’d take the opportunity to review the training I did a week ago. To put it simply, I’m an extremely happy customer. I went from having very little confidence on the bike and being very sceptical of acquiring any usable riding skills to a much improved rider by the end of the 4 days. The teaching was personalized and relevant to what I was trying to work on, and made very good use of the time at our disposal. Using the last two days as a sort of recap/mini-adventure of what we worked on proved very enjoyable as well. When anyone asks about the training I always say the same thing . . . what could be better than riding one of the best bikes in the world, on some of the best roads in the world, with a great bloke behind you who whenever you stop is going to teach you how to ride faster, smoother, and safer. It was a fantastic four days, and while I still have much to work on, I feel like i’ve got a great base to build on.

    Edward Smith
  • Seriously, I appreciated the assessment session on Sunday. The assessment process of drive a bit.... debrief... drive a bit more..... Another debrief works very well. I found your assessment was useful and the tips you gave will be effective. Braking more assertively ahead of braking points is definitely a weakness of my current driving style and your assessment highlighted this. I'm comfortable with your advice on steering method (pull rather than push and feed the wheel) and your prompt to make better use of my awareness and information is also very valid for me. All good. The demo drive was more assertive than I was comfortable with, as you know. Otherwise, all good!

    Gary Smith

LATEST NEWS

MCN Live

Motorcycle Live has now finished and it was a busy time for us at the show. Just to confirm anyone who entered the competition for training will be contacted within the next 7 days and the rates agreed for the show remain valid for those wishing to book further training until the 1st January 2016. The theme of the show for me seemed to focus around ladies wishing to enhance their skills and abilities, as well as riders returning from a break for numerous reasons. I look forward to welcoming you all in the new year.

LATEST NEWS

Training 2016

Training is now well underway for the 2016 season. So far I’ve had a professor who has traveled off to the  United States for his 70th birthday who hasn’t ridden since 1966, a Dr who has already received lots of training and is looking for an annual update and assessment, a weekend coaching in Wales and Shropshire with five guests, a member that has booked a flexible five day training package and a lady show winner from last years MCN show….

post motorcycle show NEC competition winners

Well the Motorcycle show is over for another year and I thank you for your interest in my business of bespoke car and motorcycle training. As a newly retired police officer it’s nice to see a large number of people are still genuinely interested in further improving their driving and riding skills based on police training techniques and roadcraft. I had over 50 entries in the competition for a day’s assessment rider training and as such I decided to draw two winners from the pot. On this occasion the lucky winners were both females which reflects the split of enquiries I received for further training with 60 percent being females….good for you ladies and unfortunately it reflects the dated attitude that ‘ I don’t need training’ from some men.

 

 

All the prices include my travel from Silverstone up to an hour’s journey, thereafter fuel and any accommodation costs will apply

 

I hope you all have a safe and prosperous new year and look forward to further training with you in the next year.

 

And the lucky winners are…..

 

Mel Carter and Louise Watson

 

Many thanks

 

David

 


CONTACT

Don’t Hesitate to Drop Us a Line

PHONE

Mon-Sun 09:00-19:00

07740 022880

E-MAIL

Feel Free to Drop Us a Line

david@progressiveroadskills.co.uk

ADDRESS

2245 Technology Park 
Silverstone Race Circuit,
Silverstone
NN12 8GX

 



Our Location

2245 Technology Park, Silverstone Race Circuit, Silverstone. NN12 8GX.

Tel: 07740 022880

E-mail: david@progressiveroadskills.co.uk