November 2016
Dates For Your Diary
Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at Liddington Village Hall, opposite the church
December 12th - 7.15 for 7.45 pm Highways England will talk about Smart Roads, Motorways and anything else we would like to raise with them.
January 13 - Annual meal at the Brewer's Arms, Wanborough.  

Monthly Ride-Outs
Remember that monthly Bike Ride-Outs take place on the 3rd Saturday of every month. 
Do you have a topic you would like discussed, or know of an interesting speaker?  Please contact Monica!
Annual Meal!

January 13th At the Brewers Arms in Wanborough.
Menu has been circulated via e-mail. 
Please let Mary know if you are attending by the December 15th with deposit.

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

Nigel Boby Bike Gold
Tutor Stephen Izatt

Mike Southgate Bike Advanced Tutor Re-test.

Mark Sealey Bike Re-test Gold.

Chris Ventura Bike Silver
Tutor Mike Southgate

Tim Read Bike Silver
Tutor Tony Lamsdale
New Associates: Please welcome the following to the Group

Nick Pascoe     -    Bike
Jane Stark        -    Car
David Houghton -   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
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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Seasons Greetings
The Chairman and Committee would like to thank all members for their support and dedication during 2016.  We wish you a happy Christmas and all the best for a safe and prosperous 2017.
Join us at the Brewers Arms on 13 Jan for our annual meal - please let Mary Southgate know by 15 Dec if you are going to attend. 
November meeting report
Gary Franks - Bangers and Cash - fund raising for Help for Heroes
Gary Franks returned to update us on the two Banger Runs he had entered since his team’s first event in 2014 - the idea being a few friends purchase a car for peanuts (there is a limit set), decorate it according to a theme (at great expense) and then drive across a large chunk of Europe.  All this in the name of fund raising for various charities.
  Gary started with a reprise of the 2014 event; the London Bus tour.  A Volvo T70 bought for £250 and decorated spectacularly with a Routemaster bus top box arrangement in which their team raised £800 in sponsorship towards the impressive £37,800 total all entrants achieved.
the Volvo "Routemaster"
  2015 was a Battle of Britain's 75th Anniversary tour.  Cars along the lines of Wacky Races were the order of the tour and Gary's team put together a Dastardly and Muttley affair (which they called Jezebel) on a saloon car chassis, including wings, side skirts and a jet engine intake on the bonnet!  The route took them via Dover to Venice via the Menin Gate at Ypres, Tyne Cot cemetery, and various other locations along the way including what is now a café but was Adolf Hitler's "Eagles' Nest" in Bavaria.  As ever various Alpine passes were negotiated (mostly successfully by all the cars in the rally) before arriving at Venice before starting the return trip.
  In 2016 minor modifications to Jezebel resulted in Jezebel II - a Batmobile clone, complete with jet engine sound, upgraded dashboard and switchery, and rocket launchers in the side skirts.  The route followed the 2014 path to Lake Como.
  Since returning from the Run, the car has not been idle - as part of the fund raising efforts it has been used for various other events - most amusingly as a "be picked up from school by Batman" prize which left disbelieving classmates in awe, especially as Gary had donned full costume !
 In 2016 the team had a £500 sponsorship target but raised an impressive £1150 towards the £14,700 total - overall since 2011 the Banger Runs have raised in excess of £150,000 for the various charities which they support.  Perhaps in 2017 Wiltshire RoADAR could put together a car and team!
Membership subscriptions and Re-Tests
Confused?  hopefully this will settle any arguments.
When someone initially joins the Group they do so as an Associate Member whilst they are preparing for their advanced test.
You only need to join Wilthsire RoADAR at this point - £30.00
(Includes a copy of Roadcraft)
When you are ready for your test you apply and pay for your test.  When you pass your test you are then a Full Member of RoSPA and Wiltshire RoADAR
Your test fee includes your initial RoSPA membership DO NOT pay for RoSPA membership on top of your test fee.
Once you are a Full Member you pay 2 subscriptions :
Wilthsire RoADAR - £17.00 

RoSPA - £28.00
Your subscription to the Group covers our monthly meetings, hire of premises, tutor training, this newsletter and other associated running costs. It also enables you to have further training prior to re-test  - worth every penny!
Your RoSPA subscription (which can be done by direct debit) goes to the National organisation, maintains your currency as as advnaced driver/rider and ensures your re-test every 3 years.
Re-Test Training
Please remember all members are welcome to have further training drives/rides with a Tutor before taking their three-yearly re-test. Please contact Monica if you would like to arrange this.

Please also informMonica when you have taken your re-test (and your grade) so the Group's records can be kept up to date
Swindon 105.5 FM
Peter Genet now has a regular fortnightly slot on the station talking about road safety, advanced riding and driving. Join him every other Tuesday at 10:00 with repeats on Wednesday at 18:00.  Peter is always looking for assistance with content and recording so please get in touch with him if you can help.
Winter Driving
During the winter, advanced drivers take care not to be caught out by conditions or their vehicle maintenance. Monica recently put together the text below for a local (non-driving) group who wanted some tips about driving at this time of year. You may find it useful either in your own driving, or to pass on to others (local focus groups, publications, etc.) Thanks to Monica for compiling this list.
Winter driving
Walk around your car and check tyres for any lumps or if any of them are flat.
Do you know your tyre pressures, or where to find them in your car? Most cars have a sticker either on the driver’s door jamb, or under the fuel filler cap.
Depth of tyre tread - the legal requirement is 1.6mm. In the UK, car tyres MUST have a tread depth of at least 1.6 mm across the central three-quarters of the tread and around the entire circumference of the tyre. It’s the law.
To check your tyre tread depth by using a 20p coin:
You can see if your tyres are close to the 1.6mm legal tread depth by using a 20p coin. Stand the coin in a groove in the tyre tread. If you can see the outer rim of the coin, then the tyre is approaching the legal minimum tread depth and you should consider replacing it. You need as much grip as possible particularly in the winter with wet roads, possible slippery surfaces from oil spills, ice and snow.
Clean all your windows and mirrors from heavy dew, daily if necessary. On dull misty days you need to gain as much vision as possible of other vehicles. Don’t forget to clear snow from the roof your vehicle too. You should not let movement let it fall off in the road behind you.
Have you checked how clean your headlights are, and other lights on your car? Not only do you need to see, but be seen by other road users. Do this daily in winter. When roads are wet, a lot of dirt and muck gets thrown up from the vehicle in front of you or passing lorries. If you have Daylight Running Lights (DRLs), remember they are only on the front of the car, not the rear. Think about putting on dipped head lights as very often on dull/murky days, cars merge into the surrounding hedgerow, and you need to be seen from the rear.
Make sure that ALL your lights are working. You can check them with someone else, or on your own, using reflections in a garage door or neighbour's window or another car. Then reverse and do the same for rear lights. Dipped headlights, headlights, indicators (back and front) reversing light(s) and fog lights.
Remember at the end of a journey, before you switch the engine off, switch all lights off.
Driving in fog
Fog lights don't need to be switched on at 09:00, if fog is forecast for later in the day, or the evening, as so many people do at this time of year. They should be used as you would use wipers in the rain, i.e. if the fog clears (or visibility is greater than 100 m or 325ft) you should turn them off. They can be switched back on when the next dense patch of fog is reached.
Membership Secretary: Mrs. Monica Graham, 114 Marines Drive, Faringdon, Oxon. SN7 7UG.Tel: 01367 242377
Hon Secretary: Mrs. Mary Southgate
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