Motorcyclists experience both the best and the worst while traversing the highways and byways of the United States. Enjoying many health perks, they get a low-impact body workout while riding, and depending on the area, they may also be benefitting from enticing fresh air and a glorious landscape. Motorcyclists are often part of an entire lifestyle, a community—and it’s not uncommon to see them chatting quickly at a red light, admiring each other’s bikes or discussing directions. They often have a faster and better way of commuting and manage to look effortlessly cool while wearing protective clothing. Women motorcyclists are being seen in greater numbers out on the roads today too as they enjoy the benefits of riding.
If you are a novice, undoubtedly you have a learning curve. This means learning how to ride safely as well as understanding your new bike. A list of gear is usually necessary (don’t forget the helmet) along with the required education and insurance specific to motorcycles. As years pass, you will probably be completely comfortable on the road, understanding that feeling of being ‘one with the bike,’ and enjoying the Zen attitude on a continual basis. Keep in mind however, that everyone can benefit from a refresher course—no longer how long they may have been enjoying a particular exercise. And as traffic fatalities continue to rise in the US, especially in Florida, being as knowledgeable and safe as possible is key to ‘arriving alive’ at your destination.
Along with educating novices—and teaching them how to avoid accidents—different classes are offered for the experienced motorcyclist, and in Florida they too are often provided or sponsored by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) as part of the Florida Rider Training Program (FRTP).
While everyone must learn the basics at first, continued training is highly recommended for the experienced driver over the years too. Not only does this allow for further discussion of traffic trends and laws that pertain to motorcyclists, but also continued learning of ‘street-riding strategies,’ additional safety tips, and the opportunity to reverse bad habits that can really stick over time. Such courses are credited with reducing the number of motorcycle accidents on highways today too, especially as one of the most valuable skills reviewed in class is how to brake more efficiently and come to a stop with short notice.
Most courses, whether for novices or experienced motorcyclists, are affordable and can be taken in a morning or afternoon session, using lasting four to five hours. Along with education, diligence in defensive driving is more important than ever for motorcyclists, as other drivers are usually the greatest threat on the roads.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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