When riding your motorcycle it’s safe to say that your motorcycle is not the safest thing on the road. You are surrounded by thousands of people and you need to watch head to avoid everyone and everything on the roads. The secret to making it to work and home alive is to always keep your eyes open and ahead of the game. Okay, that’s not really a secret but if you want to be alive and safe you must be able to see what is going on around you and know what’s happening several hundred feet in front of you.
Riding with eyes wide open will give you time to react and make decisions ahead of what you could imagine that can occur at any second. Allowing yourself time and space will make navigating the roads and other drivers safer as well as making your awareness better to be seen.
Being safe is not only about seeing but it is also about making good decisions. Knowing that passing or lane splitting at high rates of speed can be highly unsafe and even fatal when attempted, also knowing the road conditions can be a great influence on how your motorcycle can react in different road conditions. We know motorcycles and motorcyclists are always about speed and cornering and doing stunts, sometimes all the same time but those who continue to push the limits will eventually feel the consequences. Be Smart, Be Aware, and Be Safe.
Here at the Reinecke Law Firm we see lot’s of motorcycle accidents day in and day out. A lot have to do with drivers and not so much the motorcyclists. We hope that drivers stay aware of the motorcyclists especially here in California where lane-splitting is legal and highly used.
If you are new to motorcycle riding we suggest that you take a motorcycle safety course near your place of residence.
If you are looking for an advanced motorcycle course or sportbike racing classes click the link here: SportRiderMag.com
If you are ever in an accident call The Reinecke Law Firm at our toll free phone number at (800) 275-8326.
Motorcyclist safety is very important to us. We believe the CMSP is an important training program to ensure motorcycle riders understand safety issues while driving. If you’re in an motorcycle accident in California, having obtained a motorcycle endorsement on your California driver license could assist your case.
The CHP recently released a statement strongly encouraging all Motorcycle riders to sign up for the CMSP.
“The Motorcyclist Training Course (MTC) is a 15 hour course which includes 5-hours of classroom instruction and 10-hours of actual riding. The MTC is mandatory for those under the age of 21, but is also recommended to those 21 and older who are seeking to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on their California driver license. The CMSP also offers the Premier Program which is an extended MTC consisting of 7.5-hours of classroom and 13.5-hours of riding.”
This is an excellent program. Almost a million motorcycle riders have received training at one of the CMSP’s 120 training sites throughout California since the program began.
Also, upon successful completion of the CMSP Motorcyclist Training Course students will receive a DMV DL389 certificate that may waive the riding skills test requirement at the DMV.
Another great reason to take the test is a possible insurance discount. You should verify any possible discounts with your insurance company first however. Motorcycle insurance can be expensive so every and any discount is and should be pursued.
You can find out more at https://www.chp.ca.gov/programs-services/programs/california-motorcyclist-safety/california-motorcyclist-training Or find a course near you here http://cmsp.msi5.com/mapping/
The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) with the assistance of the SF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation), has produced a booklet about motorcyclist safety. You can find it online here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/motorcycle/motosafety.html
The MSF also offers some online courses about motorcyclist safety, ibooks and an app! http://www.msf-usa.org/digital.aspx