Motorcycle Training & Safety Courses

Motorcycle safety is an important concern not only for motorcyclists but other motorists on the road as well. Before you purchase, rent, or borrow a motorcycle and speed off on the long and winding road in the Sunshine State, you must have a Florida motorcycle license. To obtain one, you must enroll in a motorcycle training and safety course for new or inexperienced motorcyclists. These courses are also available to motorcyclists who may have ridden years ago and are returning to motorcycle riding.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides the Florida Rider Training Program, which covers strategies and techniques on managing the “riding environment” and avoiding collisions. Programs may begin on Friday evening and run through Sunday and may meet for a few hours at a time over the course of several weeks.

Considering Florida is not a safe place for motorcyclists, it’s wise to look into taking one of these courses to effectively maneuver a bike in traffic and ride with confidence.

Are Motorcycle Safety Courses Mandatory in Florida?

A study from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration suggests that Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for motorcyclists. The state leads the nation in motorcycle crash fatalities; the study found a 30% increase in motorcycle-related fatalities from late 2014 to 2015. Some of these fatalities may be attributed to the lack of wearing a helmet, as the state does not require riders to wear helmets for safety.

Though a motorcycle training course is no longer a requirement for Florida riders, safety is always something that should be top of mind. Florida isn’t known for the best drivers in the nation, and with so many pedestrian-unfriendly roads strewn throughout the state, drivers are also not entirely wary of motorcycles. Essentially, motorcyclists have to be defensive drivers while navigating the roads and highways of Florida. A motorcyclist getting tapped by a car at high speeds could be deadly.

How Can I Complete a Motorcycle Training and Safety Course?

There are several ways to learn about motorcycle safety. Classroom instructions consist of lectures about motorcycle safety by experienced and certified motorcycle instructors. You may also view educational videos, study course material in booklets, and participate in classroom discussions and complete written tests about motorcycle safety, maintenance and traffic regulations. Further, these courses include hands-on training where students must operate a small training bike with low horsepower on training courses, which usually take place in a designated parking lot away from traffic.

After the hands-on training, students are tested on their proficiency in operating a motorcycle, including understanding shifting gears, turning, braking, starting and stopping the motorcycle, and maneuvering on the demonstration course. They must pass the driving exam and all written tests to receive a motorcycle safety certificate.

This motorcycle instruction and training is vital in helping to prevent motorcycle accidents on the road. The Safety certificate can also be valuable in receiving savings on your insurance premiums when purchasing motorcycle insurance coverage. If you are a motorcyclist who has been injured due to the carelessness of another motorist please call The Umansky Law Firm today at 407-228-3838 for a free initial consultation.