Kick off the riding season with the Virginia Rider Training Program – PCPatriot
The right equipment, the right training increase the safety of motorcyclists
RICHMOND – Open roads and adrenaline-pumping adventure is what motorcycling is all about, but when it comes to your safety, are you riding smart?
No matter how long you’ve been riding, keeping your skills up to date is essential. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers training for motorcyclists of all skill levels through the Virginia Rider Training Program.
Classes are taught by certified motorcycle safety instructors and provide the opportunity to learn new techniques and practice skills in a controlled and safe environment. Classes are offered at community colleges and other locations across the state.
Not only can taking a motorcycle safety course help you prepare for your motorcycle approval, it can also save your life. Last year in Virginia, there were 2,048 accidents involving motorcycles resulting in 102 motorcyclist fatalities and 1,682 motorcyclist injuries, of which 737 were serious injuries. From 2014 to 2020, more than 75% of motorcyclists killed in crashes in Virginia did not have the proper license. As failure to maintain control of a motorcycle is one of the main causes of accidents, motorcyclists are urged to always obey the posted speed limit.
“Protecting yourself for the ride ahead — with the right gear and the right training — is the best way to make sure you get home safe,” said Acting DMV Commissioner Linda Ford, safety representative governor’s road. “Motorists should be careful of motorcyclists, but motorcyclists should also be careful of themselves. Safety is a shared responsibility, a responsibility we all value and must take seriously.
Wearing the proper gear, head to toe, can often save a motorcyclist’s life in an accident. The helmet is the most important piece of safety equipment a motorcyclist can wear. In Virginia, the law requires that motorcyclists and their passengers always wear a helmet which must meet or exceed the standards specified by the Snell Memorial Foundationthe American National Institute of Standards, Inc.or the US Department of Transportation. A cyclist without a helmet is 40% more likely to sustain a fatal head injury than a cyclist wearing a helmet.
To view DMV’s safety message about the importance of preparing before riding a motorcycle, click here. To learn more about the Biker Training Program, visit https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/drivers/#m_course.asp.