Spring is here which brings warmer temperatures. Warmer temperatures mean that motorcycle riding season is here in Pennsylvania.
PennDOT is urging riders of all ages and skill levels to prepare for the season by taking the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program training course. The training courses are available throughout Pennsylvania and are free to all Pennsylvania residents and active duty military with a Motorcycle Learner’s permit or motorcycle license. The free courses are for novice through seasoned riders and are under the supervision of certified instructors.
“Keeping skills sharp and reinforcing the importance of safety through Pennsylvania’s free motorcycle safety classes help both novice and experienced riders enjoy a safe and enjoyable riding season,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Riders can practice and refine their techniques while honing the split-second decision making required to safely operate a motorcycle.”
For more information or to enroll in a course near you, visit www.pamsp.com or call 1-800-845-9533. Potential riders looking for a convenient way to prepare for their knowledge test can download the PA Motorcycle Practice Test app by visiting www.pa.gov and searching the mobile apps for the Pennsylvania Motorcycle License Practice Test, or by using the App Store (Apple devices) or Google Play (Android devices). A copy of the Motorcycle Operators Manual can be downloaded for free at www.dmv.pa.gov.
Motorcycle Riding Safety Tips
- Wear a Helmet: It has been over a decade since Pennsylvania motorcycle riders were no longer required to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle. However, even though not required by law chances of avoiding serious injury or death in a motorcycle accident increase significantly by wearing a helmet while riding.
- Wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment: wearing the proper protective clothing such as gloves, jacket, pants, etc… made of strong materials and fabrics can protect the rider from serious abrasions, cuts, and road rash in the event of an accident.
- Follow Speed Limits: The higher the speed the higher the chances of a serious accident
- Ride Unimpaired: Don’t ride if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Keep a Safe Distance: Maintain a safe distance between you and other vehicles. Sudden stops can lead to collisions which can throw a rider from the motorcycle.
- Watch for Inclement Weather: Bad weather leads to unsafe road conditions which lead to an increase in accidents.
- Take a Motorcycle Safety Course: Hone your skills and become a safer rider at one of Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Safety Training Courses.