Whether you've been riding for years or just bought your first bike, there are definite benefits to taking a Motorcycle Safety Course. Driving a motorcycle is very different from driving a car and there are additional safety aspects you need to be aware of on a bike. The fact that you're essentially unprotected on a motorcycle is a strong enough reason to hone your skills so you know what to do in case you are ever in a hazardous situation while riding.
Most states offer state-run safety courses. Check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles and they should be able to give you more information on courses in your state. A wide range of information is also available on the Internet. Just do a search for "Motorcycle Safety Courses." Many sites will also let you test your skills online. In addition, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation offers beginner and advanced courses in just about every state. If you go to their Web site at www.msf-usa.org you can click on the state map or use a drop down menu to find the RiderCourse nearest you. Or you can call 1-800-446-9227. They offer close to 1,000 courses across the United States, so chances are you'll be able to locate one near you.
On a bike, you should take into consideration things such as weather conditions, traffic, terrain, road conditions, the condition of your bike and your state of mind. Knowing what to do if trouble strikes could be the difference between life and death. Here are a few things to consider every time you ride:
Taking a motorcycle safety course can help you be more confident that you are doing what you can to protect yourself and your motorcycle in the event of an accident. You might also get a discount on your motorcycle insurance if you've taken an approved safety course.
Make sure you have a motorcycle insurance policy that offers the coverages that are important to your specific bike and lifestyle. If you think all insurance policies are the same, chances are you're mistaken… a lesson that you don't want to learn first-hand come claim time. Take a look at our coverage options on our motorcycle insurance page to learn more.
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