It is common for car drivers to take defensive driving courses. Most people
are familiar with them and how they work. What isn’t as commonly
known is that companies also offer motorcycle safety courses.
Experienced Newburgh motorcycle accident attorneys are familiar with these courses and know that the lessons learned there
from can save lives; we strongly recommend such programs.
Basic introductory courses offer lectures on the different types of motorcycles
in manufacture. This will include information about risk awareness, accepting
the risks involved in bike riding and practical skills that will help
riders manage risk. These courses will also help you prevent
Newburgh motorcycle accidents and what to do if you are involved in one.
Learning about basic riding skills, bike inspections, maintenance, motorcycle
controls, and the various types of personal protective equipment is well
worth the money spent on these courses. Attendees also learn about proper
position while riding, increasing one’s visibility, commonly experienced
riding encounters, and impairments related to motorcycle use.
Practical riding skills are taught as well. Drills on starting, stopping,
speed control, cornering, negotiating obstacles, gear control, and even
a skills test is administered.
Motorcycle safety programs are offered by the
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and test locations are easily found on-line. Signing up just takes a quick
phone call or completion of an on-line enrollment form.
Don’t worry if you lack experience, the basic ability to stabilize
a motorcycle can be enough for competency during the course. Just bring
yourself with the appropriate clothing and the course provider will supply
helmets and motorcycles.
The book or lecture portion of the course will last about five hours, and
the riding portion of the program lasts around ten hours. While successful
completion of the course will not give you a license, completion of the
program will allow you to skip the motorcycle road test so long as you
already have a regular driver license and a motorcycle learner permit.
In addition to basic rider courses, more advanced courses exist. These
types of courses involve the attendee using his or her own bike and helmet
during riding time. Experienced riders will fine tune their skills so
that safety is enhanced. Also note that these types of courses will allow
riders to receive an insurance discount.
The cost for basic courses is relatively inexpensive. You should expect
to pay less than $300 for the program if participating in points north
of the New York City metropolitan area. It’s inexpensive in the
city as well; the cost in there is around $350 dollars.
Are you interested in learning more safety tips and guidelines for motorcycle riders?
Read our latest article here to learn more general tips, choosing the proper helmet and clothing, and
taking a safety course to help avoid careless accidents. Also, learn more
about picking the proper helmet for you andhow it can save your life by clicking here.
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Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
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