February 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
March 13th
Paul Montgomery,  Driving -The Teaching of Ambulance Drivers within the NHS
April 10th
April Meeting to be confirmed

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:
Les Alley Re-test Bike Gold 
Cameron Fitze  Car Silver
Tutor Ed Deacon
New Associates:
Please welcome the following to the Group:
Andy Peaple - Bike
Christopher Bevan - Bike,
Stuart Gore - Bike
Paul Winstone - 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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February Meeting Report
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.
Guest Speaker
Chris Ellis, 
Car Examiner – Advanced Driving with modern Technology.

Chris joined the Air Force and was with the Red Arrows before joining the Police Force driving High Performance cars. He worked for Honda for sixteen years with their driver training and is now a RoSPA Examiner.
How do you use technology on your driving test?  You should drive within the capabilities of the car and talk about the technology you use.
It is important that you are on time for your test; the examiner will arrive fifteen minutes early and has your registration and will be waiting for you, so it is best to reverse into a parking bay, then that is already checked!  Have the car clean inside and out.  Have the vehicle documentation, insurance and driving licence (which must be in date) to hand. Be professional.
Test actual time is 90 minutes contact time. 
Powdery check - tell the examiner what you have checked, where to find your tyres pressure guide. what else to look for on tyres. Keep it simple and brief. He may ask supplementary questions, “ tell me", show me”.
Cockpit Drill - again not too much information.  You have driven to meet the examiner so tell them the car is all set up for you to drive. He will want you to know about your  vehicle; ABS Stability Control - be prepared to explain what it does; ESP Electronic Stability Control - Sensor on each wheel – stops it from skidding, will keep it going in the correct direction senses you are out of balance; reacts in 1000th of a second and will take off power – will apply brakes; if it comes into play just keep steering and your car will go where you point it.
Bikes don’t have this fitted.
Keep answers very simple. All the examiner wants to know is how they work.
Automatic Gears  Put it into gear.
Paddles to change gears if needed.  i.e. Downhill may change down, in towns hold a lower gear longer. Don’t over use the paddles and be consistent.  If stopping, put auto into neutral if no automatic brake, this helps save fuel.  Explain if it has stop/start technology. It is Ok to use all technology, but make sure you can override it if you need to for safety.  Look Ahead - Correct Use – Correct Speed.
Steering Wheel
Normally set too high.  Set Steering wheel correct height and position and adjust the seat, must be set so you can see top of speedometer, and be able to do pull push correctly
Day Time Running Lights
Do not just rely on them.  They are not always on the rear of vehicle. If bad visibility or any doubt put your dipped headlights on. Always explain the logic of what and why.
Straight lining roundabouts/bends
Stay in appropriate lane if marked.  If no markings you can straight line.  Bikes straight line to keep stable – if possible.  Think “Will anyone be misled?”
If on a mini roundabout you must steer around the white marking, otherwise you are breaking the law.  Look early – Observation is the key.
You will be asked five questions on your car test, but include highway code and Roadcraft in commentary.
Questions often asked: 
  • Shape of Stop Sign.  
  • Sequence of traffic lights. 
  • Meaning of unbroken white line in the middle of the road.  You must not cross or straddle it.  Keep answer simple.  You can cross lines for events beyond your control.
Always look 10 seconds ahead. Good Observation is the key.  Keep brain calculating ahead. The faster you go the further ahead you need to look.
Proper Planning – Aids Progress.
Guest Speaker notes by Ed Deacon
Trip to Germany
6 - 13 May 2017
This year’s trip is to Monschau in Germanyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monschau.
Outline 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 a short hop across or under the Channel arriving back in Blighty on 13 May.
A lesson learnt from last year trying to coordinate individual desires in a large group by one person proved very difficult, thus we are all booking our own travel and accommodation.  Two cars and some bikes are travelling on Friday 5 May and will stop just over the Channel to break the back of the journey; others are crossing on Saturday – no agenda is set nor is there a commitment to spend all the time as one group. 
There is no need to commit to all the time, so come along for as long or as short a time as suits.
If you would like to join the trip, please let Mark Sealey know so we can coordinate meeting up and to ensure we do meet up. There are plenty of reasonable hotels/apartments 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 two.  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 (we do not have to do everything together!). There are also lots of nearby interesting Towns and Cities so satisfying your commercial or cultural bents will not be a problem.
Communication from Head Office
The Chairman has received more correspondence from RoADAR Head Office regarding a Group accreditation and the conditions with which we will have to comply to maintain our association with the organisation.  At the Special General Meeting held on 13 June 2016 the Group provided the remit for the committee to act on its behalf in the continuing negotiation regarding the constitution.
Whilst this is a much more consultative approach than we received last year, there are some concerns with the conditions but there are also opportunities.  RoADAR is keen to ensure the required standards are maintained and the accreditation scheme is their mechanism to do so.  The Chairman is content the current governance of the Wiltshire Group is more than sufficient.  The RoADAR accreditation criteria mean we can use our own Constitution, and we will challenge some aspects of the accreditation conditions, but also take this opportunity to strengthen our governance. 
We have to respond by 1 April and a short update will be provided at the March Meeting and in the next newsletter. 
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.
Membership Secretary: Mrs. Monica Graham, 114 Marines Drive, Faringdon, Oxon. SN7 7UG.Tel: 01367 242377
Hon Secretary: Mrs. Mary Southgate
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