CBT is training, Not a test
But its a lot to do, if you are not prepared you may not get through it.
According to a recent ( December2014) government survey. "main reasons for not completing CBT in one day are to do with lack of control/poor bike handling (33%) and lack of knowledge of the Highway Code (31%).
If you want to read the survey see our Choosing A School page.
Our results are similar
Most common reasons for not completing the CBT course in one day
( no particular order)
Inability to control the machine properly,Inability to Signal Correctly.Inability to take required observation.
Lack of understanding of the highway code,in particular,
rights of way, lane discipline on roundabouts
Understanding which lane to use on roundabouts.
However most people are sensible,
They prepare properly,
They Listen and do what they are taught.
They concentrate on what they are doing.
And most people enjoy every minute
They get through in one day and have fun.
How to prepare for your CBT
If you are not a current road user, (typically a 16yr old taking CBT so that you can ride a moped). It will help you considerably if you:
- · Ride a pushbike with confidence. It is unrealistic to think that you can ride a motorbike or moped if you can't ride a pushbike.
- · Have experience of riding a pushbike in traffic properly, not just on the pavement.
- · If you have taken a cycling proficiency course.
It is quite obvious from your whole approach and your teaching methods that bikes and riding are a passion
- · You should have a good understanding of the Highway Code, not just the road signs, but all of it. Even if you have no experience on the road, it helps you enormously when you are on the road if you properly understand at least the theory, of things like who has priority at junctions, which lane you should be in, where and when you should stop. The Highway Code is all of the theory of what you should do on the road. You should know it all even if you only ride a pushbike. (Most of it is even relevant to pedestrians).
There is a book About road signs which you may find helpful, But knowing the highway code is not just road signs, Road signs are just a few pages at the back. You need to know all the Rules, If you disobey the rules you are committing a criminal offence.
If you are a current Driver, e.g. you drive a Manual car..
- Ride a pushbike with confidence. It is unrealistic to think that you can ride a motorbike or moped if you can't ride a pushbike
- · If you can ride a pushbike, a moped should be easy..
- · If you can ride a moped a 125cc motorcycle should not be difficult.
- · The majority of car drivers who can ride pushbikes have no significant problems riding learner motorcycles.
- · Your experience on the road should be sufficient.
What you should bring:
You MUST bring a valid driving licence. If you have an old type paper licence you also need photographic identity (passport or work ID card, anything with your photo and your signature)
You are going to ride a motorcycle / moped. To do so you must have a good condition, legal helmet with a clean, scratch-free visor or motorcycle goggles., You also need tough motorcycle gloves, you need to be dressed in suitable tough clothing, jacket and trousers, whilst motorcycle clothing is best you can wear things like tough denim jeans, and a tough jacket, (denim or waxed cotton is good). All clothing should be well fitting not baggy. On your feet you will need tough boots or shoes. Preferably something with ankle protection.
If you are using your own bike, you must bring the insurance certificate and MOT certificate and the bike must be roadworthy.