Whether you are an experienced rider or new to motorcycling, a motorcycle safety course is important. A quality motorcycle safety course will help you gain confidence while on your bike, understand the rules of the road and proper gear, and learn proper maneuverability that can save your life on the road.
A proper motorcycle safety course can literally mean the difference between life and death, so it pays to research the qualifications of instructors. Qualified instructors should present their credentials in course information or on their website. Some qualifications include completion of a state-supervised course for instructors, completion of a “student teacher” component in which the instructor is supervised by another instructor, and annual supplemental training.
Where Can I Find a Motorcycle Safety Course in My Area?
You can find a motorcycle safety course in your area by visiting your local Department of Motor Vehicles. They likely will offer you a printout of companies in your area that offer a course which may (or may not) prepare you for a provisional license. Most organizations offer several different courses that address the needs of beginners, novices, and experienced bikers. And bikers- please do not think that just because you have ridden for years, you can forget these courses. I have never failed to learn something new in a biker safety course.
You can also locate courses by performing a search online for motorcycle safety courses in your area. Local bike shops, like your neighborhood Harley-Davidson dealer, can probably also offer a few leads on where to go.
Courses range in price, but are usually around $150-$250, depending on length and the number of students. You will want to register early because, especially in my area, classes fill up quickly. Most providers will require you to bring proof of insurance and proper protective riding gear (ask in advance what gear you are expected to bring). You will probably need to bring your own motorcycle, but some schools may provide one you can use, so be sure to ask.
Some providers even offer a course I truly enjoy – an Advanced Riders Classroom Course in the winter. Truly, this course is about learning, even though it might seem like a classroom of bikers commiserating about the cold weather.
No matter which course you choose to complete, you will learn many techniques and safety tips to help protect you on the road. With all the distracted drivers, tractor trailers, and busy traffic on the roadways, it is important to always exercise caution and care.
At Kass & Moses, we are motorcycle crash lawyers who put safety first. That’s because we are also bikers. We know that you have family waiting for you at home, and just want to get back safely. If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, call our team to help see you through. And even if you think you know it all, consider taking a motorcycle safety course to help others!