Direct Access Scheme
DAS Motorcycle Instructor Training
The DAS assessment is much shorter than the CBT assessment. Trainers must attend the half day assessment at Cardington to demonstrate their ability to teach riders on larger powered motorcycles.
Trainers must gain prior experience before attending the DAS assessment. Training learner riders on larger machines requires a higher level of fault analysis and prompt instruction.
Things can go wrong very quickly when teaching learners on larger machines. Therefore it is imperative to be vigilant and give accurate proactive instruction to rectify mistakes.
Getting ready for DAS
Instructors should have extensive experience before attempting to train learners on larger machines.
Being able to assess a learner’s ability and gauge whether they are competent enough to move up to the larger machine is paramount for student safety.
With a lack of ability and minimal machine control, trainees can find the move to the bigger motorcycles daunting and unnerving. Trainees should demonstrate good overall control and ability on a 125cc prior to being given the opportunity to ride a larger machine.
Any problems that have not been corrected or recognised on the smaller motorcycle will become more evident and highlighted on the bigger bike. Usually resulting in unwanted incidents that hinder progress and result in learning regression.
Be fully prepared
Trainers need to be fully prepared to become qualified. There are three areas that the examiner assesses. They are:
- Theory session showing the difference between the smaller and larger motorcycle
- On-site handling, including fault analysis during off-road training
- On-road tuition and guidance delivering three selected lessons
The DAS Assessment explained
The first session
This is an Introduction to the Motorcycle and explains the characteristics and differences between the smaller and larger machine. This lasts between 15-30 minutes.
The examiner controls the time, so there is no need to rush through the lesson to ensure everything is delivered. The examiner is looking for quality, not quantity.
The next section
Off-road training. This is conducted in a safe environment to assess the ability of the trainee. The examiner gives a few scenarios where a student is having difficulty with the larger motorcycle.
A Lesson Plan must be established with fault analysis and then remedial advice given to the student (examiner in role-play).
This session lasts approximately 30 minutes.
The final session
On-Road Training. Three lessons are pre-selected prior to going on the road to conduct the training. One lesson at a time is expected to be delivered, concentrating on that particular exercise.
The examiner role-plays the student and controls the time and route.
Instruction should be given both over the radio during the ride and while stationary giving face-to-face guidance where necessary, to correct any faults that are made.
Using drawings or diagrams for this stage is imperative to give direct instruction and to ascertain the learning level – a picture paints a thousand words.
This session lasts approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Training DAS students
The duration of a DAS Course when delivered to live students depends on their ability, one size does not fit all. The DAS training program is not an ‘off the shelf’ product!
It is advised to split training over a period of time, as learners develop at different rates. Overloading them with crammed intensive training often creates anxiety. Time pressured training is not recommended when preparing candidates for test.
When learner riders pass their motorcycle test they gain a full motorcycle licence. This allows them to ride a motorcycle according to the test category that they passed. If they pass a DAS test with Full Category A entitlement, they have no restrictions and can ride any size motorcycle.
Full List of DAS Lessons
SESSION 1 – THEORY
- Show and tell the student the main differences between the large and smaller motorcycle, as used in a CBT. This session is conducted alongside the motorcycle.
SESSION 2 – ON-SITE HANDLING ASSESSMENT
- Moving off and stopping the bike
- Controlled braking
- Slow riding skills
- Slow controlled turning (similar to the ‘figure of 8’ exercise on CBT)
SESSION 3 – ON-ROAD ASSESSMENT
- Positioning for normal riding and dealing with bends
- Negotiating left and right turns at junctions
- Dealing with different types of crossroads
- Dealing with town centre riding
- Negotiating roundabouts
- Dealing with dual carriageways
- Dealing with other traffic safely when following behind and overtaking other vehicles
- Moving off from all positions
- Riding in areas with a national speed limit
- Joining and leaving dual carriageways and following behind other traffic
- Dealing with overtaking, meeting, filtering and leaving enough clearance to stationary vehicles
- Moving off, the emergency stop exercise, u-turn exercises (pushing and riding) and taking the motorcycle on and off the stand