The DSA are making some minor changes to the way Mod 1 is being conducted from 16 May.
For full details check my Facebook page, where I've detailed exactly how things will change.
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"Force has no place where there is need of skill" Herodotus 450BC :burnout:
It's interim tinkling as a result of the big review.
So yes, expect yet another round of changes.
God knows how trainers are supposed to cope, training learners who are doing the test on the 15th for one layout, then others doing the test less than 24 hours later on another layout!
I just wish they would let us get on with teaching people to ride on the roads and not just in car parks with bloody cones everywhere!
I reckon the average mileage travelled by a trainee pre test must have plummeted by more than half since Mod 1 and 2 was introduced
we still do about the same milage for mod 2 there is not so much time spent waiting by the side of the road for cars to pass before doing e stops or uturns
the following is an email I sent
I have always thought that the MOD 1 test was a good idea and have never had any issues with it ( and to be honest was quite worried about my students doing some of the manouvers on a public highway,as seems to be asked for by a certain "newspaper")The changes that are being made seem to be well thought out, and will help students , the only one comment i have is the speed issue -5% , now that the anouncement has been made is there a reason that it cannot be implimented now , as i feel that the adverse comments that would, understandably, be made about the DSA , imagine a candidate failing on the last test of 15th may for only doing 49kph but the first candidate on the 16th does the same and passes.I know that if i was taking a test this month i would put it off till after the changes have taken place
and the reply was
Thanks for your email and your positive comments.
Whilst the changes to the module 1 test are not wide ranging we need time to ensure all our examiners have been trained and that trainers and candidates alike are notified of those changes.
Bringing the flexibility into the assessment of the speed requirement on its own would result in two sets of changes to the test in quick succession. This is something we are keen to avoid and have therefore chosen to introduce all the changes on the 16th May.
The issue of candidates taking a test immediately before and after changes are changed introduced arises whenever a test is altered; each test is conducted and assessed in line with the rules and procedures that apply at the time of the test.
I don't think so.
The trainees just get into the habit of flinging a head round at the right moment, which meets the criteria for the test, but doesn't actually gather anything useful in the way of information... the key point is to understand WHEN observations are needed and WHAT to look for - that's what effective observation means - not just to go into rear observation autopilot, which is what the Mod 1 test encourages.
Much the same as the swerve became an "against the clock" exercise with the real skill of steering the bike positively being lost.
How many riders whinge about the U turn (old or new style) post-test, when the skill itself is vital to negotiating a mini-roundabout or a narrow mountain hairpin?
How many riders ever practice an e-stop post test?
The SKILLS are valuable, the way they are tested devalues what the instructor is trying to put over, however the instructor approaches the issues.
“The trouble with living life in the fast lane is you get all the fun and see none of the sights!”
wasabi wrote (see)
'it may not be necessary to take every precaution but think of the end result if we never?' I don't think the point is you NEVER take the precautions. The point is that you should know WHY you are taking the precautions. Way back when I did my DAS practice, we were doing U turns on a road and the other bloke did the usual turning-head-but-not-looking thing. Proceeded to start turn in front of a car coming up behind him - or would have if instructor wasn't yelling like crazy and me blasting horn from my bike. The point is not to turn your head. The point is that you are checking to see if you are going to get splatted. If you understand that bit then later on you can give up on a lot of the looking around if you use your mirrors instead to fill in the gaps.
Just a quick boing...
The latest version of Module One comes into force today.
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