Article date: 7 November 2007
Working with First Bike on Scene (FBoS), BSM Motorcycle Training is now the first training scheme to provide all instructors with emergency aid training.
Mike Loydall, head of BSM's motorcycle training division, felt that first aid should be part of the team's skills set, even though it isn't a necessary requirement for motorcycle instructors.
"We see very few incidents during training courses, and even fewer which require any form of first aid attention. However, we felt it was responsible to ensure that our team of instructors had these basic skills. After all, our instructors are on the road day in day out so the likelihood of them coming across an incident involving other road users is probably greater than most riders."
Sharron Hogan, responsible for the development of the FBoS course said: "Because the FBoS course is practical and hands on, it is ideal for BSM. The courses were a great success and the BSM team seemed to enjoy learning these vital skills."
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Notes to editors:
Founded in 1910, BSM is the UK's most experienced national driving school. Each year it teaches over 160,000 learners how to drive. It has approx 3,400 driving instructors across the UK. While BSM is best known for teaching learner drivers, it is also one of the largest providers of training for driving instructors. It is a founding member of ORDIT (Official Registry of Driving Instructor Training) and plays an active role in lobbying the Government on road safety and learner driver-related issues.
With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.
Aviva bought RAC in May 2005. The acquisition brings together RAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer, insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 15%. RAC's news releases and a selection of images are available from the internet press centre at www.racnews.co.uk.