January 2017
Dates For Your Diary
Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of every month 7.30 pm for 7.45 pm at Liddington Village Hall, opposite the church
February 13th
Chris Ellis, Car Examiner – Advanced Driving with modern Technology.
March 13th
Paul Montgomery,  Driving -The Teaching of Ambulance Drivers within the NHS

Monthly Ride-Outs
Remember that monthly Bike Ride-Outs take place on the 3rd Saturday of every month. 
National BikeSafe at Rockingham 19 August
Events where we will be recruiting and  need your support - please put them in your diary.
Canle Bike Meet 29 July
Emergency Services Show - MOD Lyneham - 10 September
Do you have a topic you would like discussed, or know of an interesting speaker?  Please contact Monica!

Congratulations to the following members who have passed their Advanced Tests recently:

Mary Munroe Car Gold
Tutor Eddie Ruskin
Katherine Timberlake Car Gold Tutor Gerry Tierney
New Associates: Please welcome the following to the Group:

Victoria Crossland - Car
Jim Andress          - Car
Don’t forget that we have a range of clothing available to purchase. We also offer a range of books, such as Roadcraft, Motorcycle Roadcraft and the Highway Code, and these are available at discounted prices.

For more information visit the Merchandise page of our web site at www.wiltshireroadar.co.uk.
We are always looking for more articles, ideas and news for the newsletter. Have you been somewhere interesting recently that would make a good story? If you attend any group events then take a camera and send us your pictures!

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January Meeting Report
Annual Meal
A group of twenty one RoADAR members joined together for the annual meal on Friday 13th January at The Brewer's Arms in Wanborough. We had a really delicious meal accompanied by much merriment and laughter.  Thank you to all those who came to make it such an enjoyable evening and also to the staff at The Brewer's for getting all of our varied food choices out to us at the same time, hot and correct.  Another great RoADAR social,   watch this space...........
Committee - want to help develop the Group?
As announced at the AGM in October we will need to find new Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.  After many years of service Stephen Izatt, Mary Southgate and Mike Southgate wish to handover their respective responsibilities at the next AGM in October 2017. 
October seems like a long way off but trust us it will be here before we know it. 
If  anyone wishes to take on any of these posts then please let Mary know at
secretary@wiltshireroadar.co.uk.  If you are at all interested then please come and join the committee and see how we operate – we all can add value to the Group and fresh ideas are always welcome so please help to guide and run the Group.
Trip to Germany
6 - 13 May 2017
IT’S ON – the Group have organised a trip to Monschau in Germany.  Dates are 6 – 13 May; staying in Monschau until 12 May and moving on to Ypres to attend the Last Post at the Menin Gate prior to short hop across (well under) the Channel arriving back in Blighty on 13 May.
We have hired a house in a central location so we can meet up and plan trips so please do come and join the team (currently 12 confirmed with more “possibles” still deciding).  An advance party of 2 cars and a few bikes is travelling on Friday 5 May with the rest meeting up on Saturday 6 May in Monshcau.  It is possible to join us for all or some of the time.
If you would like to join the Trip please let Mark Sealey know so we can coordinate meeting up and ensure we know who to expect. You will need to book your own Channel crossings and accommodation. There are plenty of reasonable hotels in Monschau which is sufficiently small to navigate on foot; meeting and arranging activities will be easy and probably accompanied by the odd beer or 2.  If you need some motivation here and  here are links to the newsletters recording the trip to the Alps in 2016
Options for day trips are: exploring the many lakes around the area, battlefield tour of the Ardennes, Trip down the Moselle valley and a run round the famous Nurburgring . There are also lots of nearby interesting Towns and Cities so satisfying your commercial or cultural bents will not be a problem.
Swindon 105.5 FM - Changes
Peter Genet can no longer fulfil the regular fortnightly slot on the station talking about road safety, advanced riding and driving. We are able to record pieces for transmission by the station to keep our profile in the Swindon area.  Peter needs assistance with content and recording so please get in touch with him if you can help.

Skill Share

We will be running SkillShare for both cars and bikes on the first Saturday of every month from April to October (inclusive) at the Divine Café in Cherhill at 1000 – 1200 (details on the website if you need them).  Please use this as a way of encouraging new members to come and meet us and have a driving /riding assessment. 
All Tutors please make yourself available where you can to help us promote the Group.  Cars are coordinated by Nick Carrington and Mark Sealey for Bikes.
Is Santa really a good driver?
an article published in the Wilshire Gazette And Herald by Peter Genet
Winter is upon us! It is also the party season; venturing out to meet friends, have a bite to eat, enjoy a drink or three. Great times!

The only person I know of who drinks and drives to excess this time of year is Santa. Gallons of whisky, brandy, sherry and port! We even encourage him! Tsk! Tsk! He does have the road all to himself though; nothing in front; nothing behind and nothing pulling out on him. But that is no excuse to drink and drive – no this is not an article on drinking and driving. Santa has plenty of time to think about things, such as “which reindeer just farted?” It must happen I guess, and being behind nine reindeer it’s bound to.  Of course, Santa is magic so he can get away with driving whilst under the influence. We can’t!

If Santa has all that time to think, it makes me wonder if us non-magic mortals could also have more time to think when we drive; more time to observe and stay out of trouble; more time to plan and change our route.

I don’t know about you, but when I drive in winter I slow down a bit especially at night. Not sure if it’s an age thing or self-preservation. 

Driving in winter is fine, mostly. But, there is always that car behind wanting to go faster. You know the type.  Then there are those that go too slow and brake at every bend or oncoming car – very annoying.What do these people have in common? Fast and slow? It’s one of two things; sense of misplaced ability and lack of confidence. Both rely on their cars which, true, have developed considerably over the years, but, that squidgy soft thing between our ears hasn’t really kept up!

Down the pub with your mates and they laugh at your sexual prowess, you would joke about it and join in the banter! If they said you were a rubbish driver, you would get angry and punch them right there and then! Silly huh!

How can we avoid being punched? How can you improve your confidence?
Wiltshire RoADAR, ROSPA Advanced Drivers And Riders, http://www.wiltshireroadar.co.uk/   can help.  No, not in the sexual department; probably. Nor do we teach Karate or anything like that. What we do is teach a style of driving and riding similar to the Police. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for anyone.

There’s no real magic about Advanced Driving and Riding; it's back to basics. Stuff we forget once we pass our driving tests.

We apply a simple system, IPSGA. It’s about making good progress; driving quickly, not driving fast. There is a difference. Making time for yourself. Simple things like leaving a gap between you and the vehicle in front.

IPSGA –  Information, Position, Speed, Gear, Acceleration. We use this system to inform how quickly we can go given the driving conditions. Rural, urban, motorway  – the system works.
Being RoSPA, we look at safety too. After all, we want to get home safe and sound, and so do you.

For a joining fee of £30, you get free, almost, driver training! For motorbikes we do suggest £10 per session for tutor’s costs. The £30 includes membership of the Wiltshire RoADAR group, plus the Roadcraft Manual which the Police use. There is a test you pay for after training, though not compulsory, which you will be graded with Gold being the highest award.
The group is full of likeminded people with a real passion for driving and riding. One thing we do know is that we all make mistakes and there is no such thing as a perfect drive.

And is Santa a good driver? I can’t answer that, but he is magic after all! As to the farting reindeer, suggest you ask Santa.

For more driving and riding information, take a look at the Wiltshire RoADAR (RoSPA Advanced Drivers And Riders) website www.wiltshireroadar.co.uk.  We also arrange holidays and days out – eg the Alps in 2016 and Germany in 2017.
Membership Secretary: Mrs. Monica Graham, 114 Marines Drive, Faringdon, Oxon. SN7 7UG.Tel: 01367 242377
Hon Secretary: Mrs. Mary Southgate
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