Why You Need a Motorcycle Safety Course
"Do I Really Need a Safety Course?"
Many motorcyclists have spent a lifetime honing their skills and techniques behind the handlebars. However, even experienced riders may find that they can learn a thing or two that keeps them safe while riding.
That's why we're talking about motorcycle safety courses. Not only are they beneficial to new riders, they may offer tips to seasoned riders that could help in the event of an emergency. In fact, 90% of all motorcyclists involved in accidents either had very little official training or learned how to ride from a friend or family member.
The Benefits of Safety Courses
After a long winter, it's often beneficial to take a refresher course to knock the rust of your hibernating riding skills. Not only that, safety courses offer a chance to meet up with other riders in your community.
Safety courses can provide you with:
- New Safety Techniques
- Improved Road Awareness
- Riding Gear Recommendations
- Basic Road Maneuvers
- Navigating Traffic Situations
- Sharpening Your Current Riding Skills
- And Much More
New riders benefit from basic courses, while seasoned veterans can find advanced instruction from trained professionals. There's something for just about everyone who rides.
An added bonus – safety courses could provide you with a discount perk through your insurance policy. Check with your agent to see if you qualify for special deals or rate reductions after taking a certified safety course.
Find a Safety Course Near You
You may be wondering, "How can I enroll in a safety course?" The answer is easier than you think. In Pennsylvania, free training is available to state residents, including beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses. Contact the Motorcycle Safety Program – or visit them online at pamsp.com – to learn more about these great programs.
Don't forget to check out the Greater Pittsburgh Motorcycle Safety Council's website at pghridesafe.com for events in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. While you're there, be sure to take their safety pledge.
The Pledge acknowledges the serious dangers facing motorcyclists, especially with regards to drinking or impaired riding – which is cited as the cause for nearly 40% of all motorcycle fatalities.
Have a Safe and Smart Riding Season
Don't underestimate the importance of safety courses. They can provide you with the tools and experience necessary to make the right decisions, particularly in hazardous situations. Whether you're just starting out or have been riding for years, safety courses could help save your life.
We hope you enjoy a safe riding season. Unfortunately, we know that even the most conscientious motorcycle riders can be involved in crashes. As always, if you're ever injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our law firm for a free legal consultation. We're available 24/7, and it's always free to speak with us.