It may have been a while since you received your permit test to drive a car, but if you’re at a point in your life where you’re planning to start riding a motorcycle, you’ll have to learn a lot of new things.
According to ePermit Test, taking a permit test for your license can be overwhelming. For example, they say “licensing procedures, laws and penalties, DUI, all those rules and signs can make your head spin, especially if you don’t know what to study yet.”
So what if you’re in a similar position as you prepare to get your motorcycle license? Is your heading spinning, and are you unsure of what to focus on as you get ready? It may have been a long time since you did a driving test of any kind.
If so, you might consider taking a motorcycle safety course. Even some veteran riders feel these courses can help them sharpen their skills.
So what should you know about the specifics of a motorcycle driving course, and what are the benefits?
What Should You Expect with a Safety Course?
Motorcycle safety courses are offered by an organization called the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or MSF for short. This organization has been offering safety courses since the mid-1970s.
MSF is a nonprofit, and they make revisions to the course over time and as needed, based on input from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.
The curriculum is standardized across the U.S., but the actual administration approach can vary.
In addition to in-person courses, there are also e-courses that you can take from a computer or mobile device. However, the e-course is meant as an introduction to key concepts, but it doesn’t replace the actual hands-on course.
You may wonder if you’re required to take the course, and the short answer is that it varies.
In some states, anyone who is going to be a licensed motorcycle rider has to take the course. For some states, you may be required to take it only if you’re a new rider, or if you’re under a certain age.
The Basic Motorcycle Safety Course is one of the fundamental options you should definitely consider if you’re learning to ride. It’s for beginners, and it includes five hours of instruction in the classroom and 10 hours of instruction on the bike.
You will usually find that the motorcycles and gear you need are provided for you to use while you’re taking the course.
Things that are included in the basic instruction course include how to choose the right gear, how to inspect your bike before riding, and how to start, stop and maneuver the bike.
You May Be Able to Get your Motorcycle License Faster
If you do a motorcycle course, you may find that depending on your state requirements, you can get your motorcycle license faster.
In some states, if you complete an approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation course or another accredited course, you might able to skip the written or riding parts of a licensing exam. Also, in some states, you might qualify for your motorcycle license just by passing the safety course.
Depending on the school you select, you may be able to do the riding exam then and there, and if that’s the case, you can use the same motorcycles you were learning on.
If you’re not sure what’s required in your state, take a look at your DMV’s website. It should provide you with the information you need.
Improve Your Confidence
If you have dreams of riding a motorcycle, but you’re nervous about the prospect, taking a course can help out a lot.
When you take a course, it can increase your confidence, and a confident driver is generally a safer and happier driver.
What’s unique about a motorcycle safety course is that the environment is very controlled, yet you can work on advanced skills. That’s why these classes can be helpful to sharpen your road skills even if you’re an experienced driver.
Another benefit of a motorcycle course, even if you have experience or your feel fairly confident with your skills is the chance to earn insurance discounts.
Insurance discounts can range from five to 20 percent, depending on your carrier.
Motorcycle insurance can be costly, so you might find that you save quite a bit of money. Even if you’re not a new rider, your insurance company might offer you a discount.
Finally, if you choose a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course, which is sponsored by many manufacturers of motorcycles, you may be able to earn something like a discount on your purchase of a new motorcycle or a refund.