Though Edmonds' catalogue of hazards is ""not intended to dampen your spirit as a beginner"" it is sobering enough to make a convincing case for his defensive driving philosophy. Potentially dangerous situations -- e.g. skidding on wet leaves and passing large trucks -- are spelled out in detail with instructions on how to cope with them; there's also a section on repairs, a first lesson in driving and an introduction to motorcycle clubs and trail riding (including the criticisms of conservationists). While most of these topics are also introduced in Coombs' breezy Motorcycling (1968), this new manual is in every case more specific and, as the subtitle suggests, emphasizes safety and practical advice (insurance, equipment regulations, etc.) over recreation. As such, it recommends itself to drivers actually ready to take to the road.