While it may seem as if the summer has just arrived, motorcyclists have been on the streets of St. John's and Newfoundland and Labrador for months. Motorcyclists should be aware of dangers on the road, especially from other drivers. Traffic seems to have multiplied on our roads in recent years, making motorcycle safety and training that much more important.
Motorcycle training courses will tell you that over half of all motorcycle crashes involve riders with less than five months of experience. You need to feel very comfortable on the road to ensure your reaction time is at its best. If you’re interested in getting your motorcycle license, seriously consider taking a government-approved training course before writing your permit test. (Check out Safety Service Newfoundland and Labrador for courses.)
With that said, motorcycle training courses offer something for all levels of riders, and you can always learn something new even if you’ve been riding for years. You may be a skilled and experienced rider, but one careless mistake from another driver can cause injury or death when you don’t have the steel frame of a car or truck and are counting on just leather to protect your body. The personal injury lawyers at Ches Crosbie Barristers have seen too many unfortunate collisions where that has been the case.
Government-approved weekend courses in the province teach participants some basic theory and let them try out different kinds of bikes such as sport, dual sport, cruisers and even mopeds on a series of parking lot courses. Increasingly more difficult skill levels cover starting, accelerating, slowing, stopping, turning, shifting and matching gears to speed, while learning to anticipate and accommodate a variety of traffic situations safely.
Even good riders say that they’re glad they took the course, as it helps with forgotten or neglected skills and provides more context for some of the things they’ve always been doing ‘just because’. Another big benefit of taking the course for intermediate-advanced riders is that it allows you to apply for your license more quickly once you have your permit. At the very least, taking a motorcycle training course prepares all riders to think proactively in a variety of situations so they are able to enjoy themselves as safely as possible.
It's better to learn motorcycle skills that can prevent road accidents than be in one.