Important information about CBT
We want to do all we can to ensure you get through your CBT as smoothly as possible; please help us to do this by reading all the information here.
Please arrive on time. The CBT course starts at 9:00am and we need you to be with us 10-15 minutes early so we have time to check your licence.
You must have your licence with you at the start of your course. Please check before booking if you are unsure if your licence is valid – i.e. issued outside of UK. If you forget your licence we cannot start the CBT. Your licence must be complete and legible.
You must have your driving licence with you at the beginning of the CBT; We cannot start your course without it. This is a legal requirement and is not negotiable.
Bring lunch! Learning is hard work if you are hungry, and you will be burning calories. We do have drinks for sale. We do not recomend high caffeine energy drinks, while they may give a temporarly lift, concentration levels drop off very quickly quite soon after.
You must have a good knowledge of the Highway Code, It is not practical for us to sit and read it all out to you, please take the time to study before your CBT. If you do not study, you are not going to be safe, and you will not be able to complete your CBT; although we will do our best to help with any misunderstandings.
Please wear suitable clothing. We are happy to loan you a Helmet, jacket and gloves for the day, if you arrive with inadequate clothing, we will not allow you to start the course. Thick jeans and boots covering your ankles are a bare minimum. We recomend reading the DVSA miniumum clothing standards. Please be aware that if you do not comply with the minimum clothing standards (Link here), we reserve the right to refuse training, which will result in a loss of fee.
You will be with us all day so please dress appropriately for potential changes in weather.
If you have motorcycle specific clothing, please wear that.
We recommend bringing some headphone earbuds with you if you have some, when we go on the road, we can provide ear-pieces, but using your own will probably be more comfortable. This sort of thing is recommended…
Medical & Learning needs. If are taking any medication that may affect your balance or make you drowsy, you must inform us prior to your course beginning. If you have any learning needs, we will accomodate you as far as is practicable, including 1 to 1 courses when appropriate, please mention this when booking.
You will need to study the Highway code, as it is not practical for us to sit and read it to you.
What to study… On your CBT there will be a lot of information that you are learning for the first time. Making the change from pedestrian, cyclist or driver to a motorcyclist requires a re-think about how you use the road.
There will be a few questions on the Highway Code throughout the day to ensure you have read and understood the rules, laws and advice it contains. Obviously it is not practical for us to sit and read the Highway Code to you, and it wouldn’t be fair for anyone else on your course that has taken the time to study.
If you are a novice road user please be aware that the Highway Code isn’t very clear on how to use junctions and who to give way to, so if you are unsure then please ask questions when you are in a car with friends or family, or let us know (before your CBT) and we will do our best to help.
It is fair to say that the Highway code isn’t the easiest book in the world to read, it’s set out as list of rules and laws, so we have given you some questions to find the answers to; in the process of doing this, you will hopefully find it easier to pick up the extra information you’ll need along the way.
- What does CBT stand for?
- Why is it important to understand the Highway Code (see page 4)?
- When should you avoid using a “high/main” beam setting on your headlight?
- What is the purpose of the horn, and when should/shouldn’t you use it?
- We are smaller and harder to see than cars, what can you do to make yourself more visible?
- What sort of road conditions could cause grip problems when you only have two wheels?
- How can riding in the wet affect you and your bike?
- How does a snow covered or icy road affect your braking distance?
- What’s the best position in your lane when riding?
- When would you change lane position?
- What are the potential dangers when overtaking parked cars?
- What is the safe distance between you and the vehicle in front, in dry conditions, at any speed, and how do you measure it?
- What are the rules for a box junction?
- What do red and amber together mean at a set of traffic lights?
- Which way do you give way to on a roundabout?
- What does “give way” actually mean?
- Which way do you give way to when you want to turn right into a side road?
Hopefully you didn’t find that too difficult! There is a system to all road signs that means you won’t be caught out when you see one you’ve not previously learnt.
As a general rule, Triangular signs are “warning” you about something.
Round signs are “orders” (Think, of a letter “O”, its a circle isn’t it?, this doesn’t need to be rocket science!, O for Order)
Round signs with red edges are things you MUST NOT do.
Round signs with blue back grounds are things you MUST do.
An easy way to remember that…Red means stop i.e. “don’t do that”, and blue ryhmes with “do”
See you on the road. 🙂