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3.6.3 The four key skills (core functions)

The National Standard sets out four ‘core functions’ (or key skills) that every rider should have:

Observation: Being aware of surroundings and the actions of others 
Position: Choosing and maintaining the most appropriate place to ride
Communication: Being able to communicate intentions clearly 
Priorities: Following priority rules in line with the Highway Code

Although the National Standard uses the term ‘core functions’, we have decided to use ‘key skills’ in this guide. This is because it’s important to use clear language that riders will understand.