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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Email Greetings

With business communication—especially that is done through emails—salutations play an important role. When it’s the matter of speaking face-to-face with someone, vocal intonations and body language give context to our words – a luxury that we don’t have when communicating electronically.

Whenever I sit to write an email, I always think twice about the start greetings. Being a copywriter I perceive my work a bit ‘serious’, going to the extent of making sure that I use new greeting every time I write. Lately I decided to make myself a list of some email start greetings, so that every time I don’t have to waste my time in choosing one. And what can be the best way of storing them other than online?
So here are few ways you can begin your emails. Some are mine while others have been taken from the internet, my business partner!
  1. 1.       Hoping you to be in the best shape and health
  2. 2.       Hope you are doing well
  3. 3.       I trust this email finds you very well.
  4. 4.       I hope you are doing great in your life
  5. 5.       Having not heard from you for a few days, I thought I would write to ask you about the [whatever] we were discussing. I remain available [when] etc.
  6. 6.       Thank you for your quick response.
  7. 7.       Thank you for taking your time.

Best Writing Softwares

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Many people ask if writing softwares are of any use. Well, obviously they can help you in writing by correcting it or showing your errors, but you need to come up with your writing ideas – they can’t write those for you. But since you have come on this page, I’ll let you know the best writing softwares that I have come across in recent years.

Google Docs (https://docs.google.com)
Easy to handle, comfortable user interface, Google Docs lets you sort data in columns, add images, format tables, create bulleted lists change fonts and much more. It accepts many file formats including DOC, ODT, XLS, ODS, CSV, RTF and PPT etc., and gives you  So go ahead and upload your existing files.”

Writeboard
This 37signals’ application has now been taken off the market but when it was in use, it helped many across the globe create and store documents online.

Word Processor and Microsoft Word
The world’s favourite, these two remain the most preferred choice for many who have windws on their systems. This $300 Microsoft Office suite empowers users to create high-quality documents, spreadsheets and presentations while managing e-mail messages, contacts and calendar.

Apache Open Office (http://www.openoffice.org/)
Its a free open-source office software for word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, databases, graphics and more. It supports various languages and works both on Microsoft and Mac systems. All the data on it is stores in an internationally accepted format and it can also read and write files from other common office software packages. If you don’t want to spend money on Microsoft Office suite, this is an excellent alternative and can also be used to replace Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more.

AbiWord (www.abisource.com)
This small, compact, efficient and crossplatform word processor comes free of cost and can be downloaded from the website. It comes with all the basic features that you would expect from a word processor, and it also supports different languages and operating systems.

Softwares for writing fiction work - Novels and Screenplays
As fiction requires a better level of creativity, I have listed some software packages that you might want to try out for writing longer, better pieces.

New Novelist
$59.99 download and CD
It breaks down writing into manageable chunks and makes use of stunning Microsoft technology to bring better experience to table. New Novelist turns the tedious writing process into breakable pieces and frees you completely from the old, slow writing rituals and methods. With it, you can develop ideas and put your characters into action. I used version 2.0 of this myself, and it was of big use when it came to word building and pre-writing notes.

Character Pro
First 60 days free, then $69.99
Character Pro assists in creating each part of the character through extensively usable tools and files that guide you to write a well-rounded and realistic character.

Quick Story
$49.99
The Story Generator helps in creating quick story lines and then organize it which editing the basic story on the right. Its simple drag and drop functions are easy to operate and if work on it long enough, you can create a neat work of fiction.

Writers Café (www.writerscafe.co.uk/)
Demo version free, $45 download, $65 on CD.
This fully portable software is designed by published novelist Harriet Smart and comes with a notebook, research organiser, journal, pinboard, daily writing tips, inspirational quotations, writing exercises and name generation. Writer's Café is a set of power tools for all fiction writers, whether experienced or just starting out.


Why Can’t People Write?

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Being a business writer, I need to communicate a lot with people on emails. Every time I get in touch with a prospective client, I run into an interesting phenomena – a lot of people sound GREAT until I email them and get a response in return to discover the quality of their writing is, shall we say, substandard. Even worse, such people manage to slip through the cracks and reach higher positions. Some mails are so badly written that I can’t even discern what the person actually wants?

Given the importance of documentation and communication, aren’t writing skills necessary for employees, especially when facing customers? Why are those getting neglected? It is the “cellular phone” culture to blame?

Yes, they do allow us to interact so quickly. Whatever it is, whether we require instant email, chat, internet, we can get it right where we are. I feel this has bred a new kind of laziness. No one wants to wait for anything. Most of the cell phone users don’t even wish to take the time to spell whole words (remember IDK, CU, TC…?). It isn't so much that some people feel short of communicating. They just wish to develop the old, appropriate ways of communicating. I am conscious of my rant which is a bit extreme, but I think about it sometime. As we are gradually moving to a more technology driven society, accurate communication is becoming obsolete, which is a shame.

Writing Rules that Help

Friday, January 27, 2012


Most writers have self-imposed writing rules. It could be anything – from writing one funny story every week to use of a quote in “inverted commas” on every page. What are the most successful self-imposed writing rules? Here are few that I read on different websites.

  • 1.       Write fiction at least 10 minutes per day. If a day is missed, make it up the next day. Helpful in generating easy ideas.
  • 2.       Deliver work 24 hours before a deadline.
  • 3.       Aim to write at least 450-500 words a day. If there’s no assignment for you to work on, create it for yourself. Publish blogs because its good discipline to write every day.
  • 4.       Keep spellings, syntaxes and grammar as accurate as possible.
  • 5.       Spend 30 minutes a day in doing creative exercises.
  • 6.       Make editor's life very easy. Revise at least 3 times.
  • 7.       Submit enough articles to earn a minimum of INR 3000 every day. It will keep your mind focused on the business end of writing.
  • 8.       Do not begin a new sentence with “but”.
  • 9.       Make a writing schedule and stick to it.
  • 10.   Keep the paragraphs short. They are easier to read.
  • 11.   Respect your readers, and at the same time have a desire to entice them to read what you are putting out through thoughtful, measured prose. 
  • 12.   Have a very engaging opening and quickly inform the reader what the piece is about. 

That’s my list. If you have anything to add to it, feel free to write to me at nitima@writingroutes.com

Best Email and Letter Salutations

Monday, October 31, 2011


Salutations..Do these things worry you too! 

Not any more. This list of salutations will provide you all the best ones collected by scanning hundreds of emails (all over the world - trust me).

Funny Salutations
·         Cheers!
·         Smell ya later
·         Later, Alligator
·         Yabba dabba do

Friendly salutations
·         Over to you
·         Over and out
·         Start the engines
·         Peace, love, and unity
·         Stay tuned for more news
·         Tag! You’re it
·         To be continued…

Friendly hellos and goodbyes in foreign languages
Add a foreign language word as a salutation to begin or close your letter and give it a new “fun” angle. From Urdu hellos to French farewells, here are some international ways to leave an impression through salutations:

  1. ·         Aloha
  2. ·         Alvida
  3. ·         Au revoir
  4. ·         Adieu
  5. ·         Adios amigo
  6. ·         Ciao
  7. ·         Khuda Hafiz
  8. ·         Namaste



_______________________________________________________ About the Author: Nitima is a seasoned content and SEO article writer and has worked on projects related content writing, blog, brochure writing and creating marketing collateral. She also has hand on experience in technical and business writing. You can find more about her work from her website WRITING ROUTES Nitima also maintains a blog - Offbeat Spirituality which gets around 2500 hits every day.

Fundamentals of Writing Assignments

Monday, October 17, 2011


At Writing Routes, it is not just about Web Content Writing or Brochure Writing. This October, I got a wonderful chance to have an insight into Writing Assignments for a student of a Canadian University who needed a help in proofreading his project material. 

Liked it. Detailed analysis, figures, terminology list, researches, surveys, and plenty of long, hard thinking. Extracting the right threads and sewing all them in the right direction. Writing Assignments is all about putting all the content together in a clear for mat which is not only easy to read but also to comprehend.

Writing assignments in the right way helps the document to shine a light, and help the reader stay informed about the issue being discussed.
And the way to get the most from writing assignments?
©  Define the purpose of the writing assignment.
©  Clearly identify your audience.
©  Keep the objectives crystal.
©  Make use of thoroughly researched matter/content/facts or figures.
©  Keep the assignment structure organized.

What an assignment should contain?
Read?
Executive Summary – Contains the essence of the assignment. It is the assignment at a quick glance.
Always
Content –List the main sections through the index. Make subsections if necessary. Clearly demark all the headings.
Sometimes (but presentation of the content always matters)
Introduction – Has the scope and the objective of the assignment.
Usually
Main Body – Your findings and listed facts.
Always
Conclusions – Your view point on the assignment and judgment.
Usually
Bibliography – Includes the list of relevant research and any necessary further reading. Also contains the details of focus groups or interviewees.
If the report indicates further research on the topic is necessary
Appendices – Information used in detail
Rarely
Title Page – Keep it smart and simple.
Always

If you are looking for a better insight than this that can help you get under the skin of the challenge like writing assignment … get intouch with me.

Top 10 Content Writing Mistakes that You can Avoid

Monday, October 10, 2011

Although content is considered king when it comes to attracting traffic on a website, most companies remain ignorant. They fail to estimate the power of good words, right punctuations and properly constructed sentences while posting their web content, Ezine article, blog post content or an Ehow guide. What to know what most miss while finalizing their content?

Spelling, grammar and punctuation: Basic but usually overlooked. When someone’s creating their web content, the easiest-to-avoid error can be their downfall.  Hard to believe but there are thousands of websites with the web content that has 30-40 run-on sentences.  You just don’t need to write the web content; you need to get it proofread as well to avoid this common content writing mistake.

Ever Changing voices: Some writers make such an amateur shift from first person to third that it becomes almost impossible to read the web content. “We” to “I”, “you” to “his” or “I” to “them” breaks the consistency of the web content leaving the readers to scratch their heads as to who you are referring to.

Excessive hype: Web content is written for a purpose, right?  Maybe you wish to promote your newest fashion line. If you could have it your way, you might probably want to write everything little detail about the product. Just how great it is going to be, how plus size women need not feel to be left out, the exclusivity of fabric and so on.  Caution: readers will at once shift from your web content if it is only promotional.  Give them something from what they scan.  There are millions of sales pitches lying out there and they don’t want to waste time reading one more.

Staying specific.  Your reader wants info. They land on your webcontent article because of the promise its title does to deliver. But if you start-off writing too broadly without any sense of direction, as a common error to do while compiling the web content, they’ll soon loose interest in reading and will shift to other resource.

Complicating the content: If you want to show your unusual talent of using ten different adjectives in one single sentence, write other things like novel, essays or case studies for that. Web content needs to be kept simple and straight.

Spelling conventions: Every website demands to be written in the local dialect. If you can’t distinguished between spellings such as ‘colour’ and “color”, “cheque” and “check” or “materialise” and “materialize”, then you ought to hire a professional web content writer.

Need of the content: Are your readers expected to take some action as soon as they hit on your page or your web content is just to give them weighty information? A news release is written differently than a promotional article which is unlike writing for kids. Unless you understand the precise requirement, you’ll not be able to write a good copy.

Weak headlines. Unique and creative headline have gathered more interest in past and they will continue doing so in future. Using a keyword in the headline ensures the web content gets picked up by search engines quickly.

Introductory paragraph. Make it dull and see your readers crossing your web content, or make it compelling enough to entice visitor go through your entire page – choice is yours. Ideally, the introductory lines should give a sneak peek of what’s in store for the reader in rest of the article. Making it witty, catchy or funny will get your content good response.

7 Ways to Enhance your Promo Writing

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Chalking out your very own way to earn profit by writing killer promo campaigns is a gift only few people have. Moving readers at their own will, these veterans have finally let their secrets out.

1.       Write the way you love to read: Short sentences, clear words, simple meanings. The best promo writing is done in a conversational way, a warm tone – just like talking to a friend.

2.       Carefully chosen words: Every day words and phrases can give you much better results than carefully chosen dubious meaning words. Stilted style while writing a promo can create a distance between you and your readers and can even make them loose their interest in the writing.

3.       Personalizing the message: Although your message is meant for thousands of readers, each must feel that they are exclusively being spoken to, therefore, promo writing needs to be one-to-one and now as group advertisement.

4.       KISS: Like any other good writing document, promo writing also follows the rule of ‘Keep it Short and Simple.” You use more that necessary words and you lose the magic.

5.       Use persuasive words: There are some words that act the part of most persuasive words in promo writing. Some of these include
a.       suddenly
b.      now
c.       miracle
d.      magic
e.      offer
f.        announcing
g.       introducing
h.      improvement
i.         quick
j.        easy
k.       wanted
l.         amazing
m.    sensational
n.      challenge

6.       Call to action: Promo writing forces you to discover your own call-to-action techniques. Here are the top five ways to evoke a response:
a.       Talk to An Expert
b.      Start Your Trial
c.       Get a Free
d.      I Urge You To
e.      While Supplies Last – You hear this one on infomercials all the time. This moves people to act while what they want is still around.

7.       Break up the sentences: Long sentences in promo writing will only make your audience go haywire while interpreting the meanings behind those words. Consider this example:

"In brief, all we can say that the actual value of The Financial Marketplace to the end user is to be able to successfully find the complete manufacturer information which must be accurate, quick and efficient, which combines with other related information on manufacturing, suppliers and health issues, all together at once."

The revised version:
"We make it easy to find accurate manufacturer information. In addition, know the related facts on manufacturing, suppliers and health issues. All together at once. "


8.      Some examples of good promo writing

“Timely service without efforts”
"You're in the best of hands with your own personal CONSULTANT. We have earned ourselves a reputation as the industry's leading CONSULTANT. The one social journal discriminating analysts have time to read when they can't read them all. And because your success is our goal too, we invest in surveys and studies regularly, to give you the best possible service month after month. Time and time again . . . .”


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About the Author: Nitima is a seasoned content and promo writer. She has worked on projects related content writing, blog, brochure writing and creating marketing collateral. She also has hand on experience in technical and business writing. You can find more about her work from her website WRITING ROUTES Nitima also maintains a blog - Offbeat Spirituality which gets around 2500 hits every day.

Some elements of CBT

Thursday, September 15, 2011


CBT is a one-day motorcycle training course aimed at teaching the practitioner basics of riding a motorcycle. As a preliminary vehicular training course, it must be completed by anyone wishing to ride a motorcycle unaccompanied on the city roads. Upon completion, the training remains valid for 2 years.

The CBT is based on 5 key elements which strongly influence a person’s acquiring the certification. Any person wishing to go for it needs to start with an eyesight test. As a candidate, you must be able to read a number plate containing figures and letters 79.4 mm or 3.1 inches high, from a minimum distance of 67 feet or 20.5 meters in a good daylight.

Element B calls for the right information of the bike or moped for which you wish to obtain the certificate. You must be aware of control positions, left and right handlebar controls, Instrument panel and the basic machine checks, including wheeling, stand, braking and starting and stopping the engine.

Element C of CBT contains clutch control, systematic gear changing, right braking, rear observation, indicating and maneuvering the machine, OSM/PSL routine, stopping and  moving off from the curb, left and right turnings and the smooth maneuvering of ‘U’ turns.

The next element is a classroom session that familiarizes the candidate about the dangers of riding on the road. This element is very important and stress if given on completing it satisfactorily before any formal road riding is undertaken.

The Element E is all about road riding, with one other student, to put into practice everything that the candidate has learnt over the past elements. This requires demonstration of coping with the hazards safely by rightly maneuvering traffic lights, junctions, roundabouts, crossings, bends and other obstructions


About the website
Motorcycle training educates motorcycle riders the skills for riding on roads. It is the equivalent of driver's education for car drivers. North London Motorcycle Training is based at Edgware, and can offer you tuition from CBT to Advanced Rider Training. Established since 1985, it is committed to make your training fun, safe and enjoyable.

What you need to Know about CBT


CBT is short for Compulsory Basic Training. Unlike the common perception, it is not a test. For a person willing to get rid of commuting in the tubes and buses, a personal 50 cc scooter or 125 cc motorbike is definitely a good option.

To start riding a scooter, moped or motorbike, CBT is the course you need to get certification in. Considered a continual assessment, the course length usually takes a full day to complete. A person meeting all the standard requirements of each element proceeds to next until the course is completed, at which point the CBT instructor issues the candidate’s CBT certificate (DL196).

You can take the CBT course on a 50 cc or 125 cc automatic scooter or geared motorbike. It can either be of your own or you can hire one from where you are doing the training. At North London Motorcycle Training, only modern and well maintained bikes. Both male and female instructors work with this institute, providing the highest standard of DSA approved training.

To take part in CBT you need to be over 16, in possession of a valid full or provisional U.K. license, possess a decent knowledge of the Highway Code and must have good eyesight to be able to read car number plates over a distance of 20.6 meters. Good understanding of English is compulsory for anyone appearing for the CBT.

About the website
Motorcycle training educates motorcycle riders the skills for riding on roads. It is the equivalent of driver's education for car drivers. Training beyond basic qualification and licensing is available to those whose duty includes motorcycle riding, such as police, and additional rider courses are offered for street riding refreshers, sport riding, off-road techniques, and developing competitive skills for the motorcycle racetrack.

Compulsory Basic Training in Detail


Compulsory Basic Training was launched on 1 December 1990, making it compulsory for all new provisional licence holders of automatic scooters, geared motorbikes or plain mopeds to complete it before riding on the road. In CBT, exception has been given to those who have passed a comprehensive moped test since December 1990.

Holders of full car licence who have qualified after 1 February 2001 are also required to complete a CBT course before riding a two wheeler on the road. Contrary to a popular belief, the compulsory basic Training is not an exam, and there is no test. It is only a course of training that an individual is required to complete satisfactorily before riding a moped, scooter or motorbike. This basic training has proved to be a great success in achieving the aim it was designed for – improving road safety and lessened accidents involving two wheelers’ riders.

CBT requires a provisional licence holder to undergo the course of on-site and on-road training. On the completition of this course, they are issued a 'Certificate of Completion of an Approved Training Course' (DL196). This validates the provisional entitlement on their license and permits that to on their vehicle on the road, while displaying an ‘L’ on their number plate.

About the website
Motorcycle training educates motorcycle riders the skills for riding on roads. It is the equivalent of driver's education for car drivers. Training beyond basic qualification and licensing is available to those whose duty includes motorcycle riding, such as police, and additional rider courses are offered for street riding refreshers, sport riding, off-road techniques, and developing competitive skills for the motorcycle racetrack.

Motorcycle Safety Training in London


Though many people find riding a motorcycle a fun activity but it is a potentially fatal street machine as well. Every city seeks to create secure street conditions for its motorists. To promote motorcycle safety for all London, Manchester and other UK drivers, the city council has approved some motorcycle safety training courses that are also approved by the internationally fames Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

London’s Motorcycle Safety Program provides a good incentive for those people who complete their motorcycle safety training. Those who do effectively finish a motorcycle training course can also get a waiver on the second part of the London motorcycle license test. This come in addition to the benefit of learning the safe way to operate and ride a motorcycle. For most people, this waiver implies saving of time and hassle of borrowing a registered and safe motorcycle for the driving test.

Also note that there approved London motorcycle classes offer a motorcycle and helmet for their participants. Therefore if you don’t have a bike, you can get it from them for the safety training.

For those of you, who see the benefit of this training; take out time to visit the London Motorcycle Safety Program at http://www.northlondon-mct.co.uk/. Once there, hover over the basic menu options and select "Locations" that are near you.  You then click find the course that will then link you to the enrolle"Find a RiderCourse" link to get to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's RiderCourse Enrollment System. Note that there are two types of courses. You can simply take the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) motorcycle safety training to get your waiver. 

Tips on CBT


The CBT is based on 5 key elements which strongly influence a person’s acquiring the certification. Here are few tips to help you clear the CBT test.

1.       Even though a person does not need any riding experience to take the compulsory basic training test, familiarizing yourself with the Highway Code is definitely advantageous.
2.       The theory of CBT is essentially basic and is worth remembering to clear the practical tests. This is of course in the scenario where you would want to complete the CBT test in one go,
3.       Obtaining full license will also give you freedom from riding with L plates forever. It also makes motorcycle insurance cheap.
4.       Make sure that you book your CBT test at a DSA approved training body and look out for training centre that offers:
a.       Flexible training, so that you can go through each element at your own convenient pace.
b.      Riding gear as you’d probably won’t have your own motorcycle gloves and helmet at this point
c.       A guaranteed pass
5.       CBT was introduced to control the alarming number of accidents that new and old riders were contributing to. Since motorcycling is much more of an art than driving a car, training is essential for your and other’s safety. It also lets you gain on your riding skills, thereby making the whole task of riding a bike intensely relaxed, without the worry of losing control.

About the website
Motorcycle training educates motorcycle riders the skills for riding on roads. It is the equivalent of driver's education for car drivers. North London Motorcycle Training is based at Edgware, and can offer you tuition from CBT to Advanced Rider Training. Established since 1985, it is committed to make your training fun, safe and enjoyable.

CBT and You!

The CBT is based on 5 key elements which strongly influence a person’s acquiring the certification. Here are few tips to help you clear the CBT test.



  • 1. Even though a person does not need any riding experience to take the compulsory basic training test, familiarizing yourself with the Highway Code is definitely advantageous.
  • 2. The theory of CBT is essentially basic and is worth remembering to clear the practical tests. This is of course in the scenario where you would want to complete the CBT test in one go,
  • 3. Obtaining full license will also give you freedom from riding with L plates forever. It also makes motorcycle insurance cheap.
  • 4. Make sure that you book your CBT test at a DSA approved training body and look out for training centre that offers:
  • a. Flexible training, so that you can go through each element at your own convenient pace.
  • b. Riding gear as you’d probably won’t have your own motorcycle gloves and helmet at this point
  • c. A guaranteed pass
  • 5. CBT was introduced to control the alarming number of accidents that new and old riders were contributing to. Since motorcycling is much more of an art than driving a car, training is essential for your and other’s safety. It also lets you gain on your riding skills, thereby making the whole task of riding a bike intensely relaxed, without the worry of losing control.



About North London Motorcycle Training
Motorcycle training educates motorcycle riders the skills for riding on roads. It is the equivalent of driver's education for car drivers. North London Motorcycle Training is based at Edgware, and can offer you tuition from CBT to Advanced Rider Training. Established since 1985, it is committed to make your training fun, safe and enjoyable.



Essentials of CBT, London

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The CBT is based on 5 key elements which strongly influence a person’s acquiring the certification. Here are few tips to help you clear the CBT test.

CBT London
1. Even though a person does not need any riding experience to take the compulsory basic training test, familiarizing yourself with the Highway Code is definitely advantageous.

2. The theory of CBT is essentially basic and is worth remembering to clear the practical tests. This is of course in the scenario where you would want to complete the CBT test in one go.

3. Obtaining full license will also give you freedom from riding with L plates forever. It also makes motorcycle insurance cheap.


4. Make sure that you book your CBT test at a DSA approved training body and look out for training centre that offers:
a. Flexible training, so that you can go through each element at your own convenient pace.
b. Riding gear as you’d probably won’t have your own motorcycle gloves and helmet at this point
c. A guaranteed pass

5. CBT was introduced to control the alarming number of accidents that new and old riders were contributing to. Since motorcycling is much more of an art than driving a car, training is essential for your and other’s safety. It also lets you gain on your riding skills, thereby making the whole task of riding a bike intensely relaxed, without the worry of losing control.

Motorcycle training educates motorcycle riders the skills for riding on roads. It is the equivalent of driver's education for car drivers. North London Motorcycle Training is based at Edgware, and can offer you tuition from CBT to Advanced Rider Training. Established since 1985, it is committed to make your training fun, safe and enjoyable.

CBT - Do you know enough?

CBT
CBT is short for Compulsory Basic Training. Unlike the common perception, it is not a test. For a person willing to get rid of commuting in the tubes and buses, a personal 50 cc scooter or 125 cc motorbike is definitely a good option.

To start riding a scooter, moped or motorbike, CBT is the course you need to get certification in. Considered a continual assessment, the course length usually takes a full day to complete. A person meeting all the standard requirements of each element proceeds to next until the course is completed, at which point the CBT instructor issues the candidate’s CBT certificate (DL196).

You can take the CBT course on a 50 cc or 125 cc automatic scooter or geared motorbike. It can either be of your own or you can hire one from where you are doing the training. At North London Motorcycle Training, only modern and well maintained bikes. Both male and female instructors work with this institute, providing the highest standard of DSA approved training.

To take part in CBT you need to be over 16, in possession of a valid full or provisional U.K. license, possess a decent knowledge of the Highway Code and must have good eyesight to be able to read car number plates over a distance of 20.6 meters. Good understanding of English is compulsory for anyone appearing for the CBT.

Compulsory Basic Training, London

About CBT
Compulsory Basic Training was launched on 1 December 1990, making it compulsory for all new provisional licence holders of automatic scooters, geared motorbikes or plain mopeds to complete it before riding on the road. In CBT, exception has been given to those who have passed a comprehensive moped test since December 1990.


Holders of full car licence who have qualified after 1 February 2001 are also required to complete a CBT course before riding a two wheeler on the road. Contrary to a popular belief, the compulsory basic Training is not an exam, and there is no test. It is only a course of training that an individual is required to complete satisfactorily before riding a moped, scooter or motorbike. This basic training has proved to be a great success in achieving the aim it was designed for – improving road safety and lessened accidents involving two wheelers’ riders.


CBT requires a provisional licence holder to undergo the course of on-site and on-road training. On the completition of this course, they are issued a 'Certificate of Completion of an Approved Training Course' (DL196). This validates the provisional entitlement on their license and permits that to on their vehicle on the road, while displaying an ‘L’ on their number plate.



Motorcycle training institute educate motorcycle riders the skills for riding on roads. It is the equivalent of driver's education for car drivers. Training beyond basic qualification and licensing is available to those whose duty includes motorcycle riding, such as police, and additional rider courses are offered for street riding refreshers, sport riding, off-road techniques, and developing competitive skills for the motorcycle racetrack.

Handy Tips While Purchasing Motorcycle Helmets

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Whether you have just purchased a motorcycle or a long time experienced rider, knowing the right way to purchase a motorcycle helmet is going to help you a lot in the long term. There’s a huge difference between purchasing a poorly fitted motorcycle helmet that may lead a rider to untimely death and a properly fitting helmet that can save the rider’s life in case of any emergency.


Here are some tips you can keep handy while purchasing a new helmet, compiled by the instructors of a leading motorcycle traininginstitute of London

The first rule of buying a motorcycle helmet is to try it first. Most people take an incorrect decision of buying just on the looks of the helmet. A good helmet not only fits the rider’s head perfectly but also save the person from getting hurt in case of emergencies. The main ways to determine the fit of the motorcycle includes symmetry, shape, color and durability.

The second rule of buying a perfect motorcycle helmet is to rate it on the comfort ability factor. When trying the helmet before buying, keep it on for at least 5-7 minutes and if after taking it out there is any redness on your face, neck or head, that piece is not for you.

The third most important rule of buying a new helmet is to look out for its certifications. Since by nature riding a motorcycle is a thrilling activity, it is important to buy a helmet of a good make. Also, make sure that it is certified by the Department of Transportation as meeting basic safety standards and is also carries Snell certification. Both these certifications assure that the motorcycle helmets that are approved with these certifications meet minimum safety standards.


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