The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that free safety courses are available for motorcyclists of all skill levels and with spring’s arrival, PennDOT reminds motorcyclists that Pennsylvania residents with a motorcycle license or permit can enroll in a free course to enhance their riding skills through the 2012 Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP).
New for the 2012 riding season is the Advanced Rider Course (RC), a one-day training session modeled after a military training course for licensed motorcyclists who wish to enhance their safety skills through attitude and enhanced awareness. The course provides a minimum of 3.5 hours of classroom instruction and 4.5 hours of practical riding experience and will be offered at 12 locations statewide. Participants in the advanced course are required to use their own motorcycle.
Entering its second year, the 3-Wheeled Motorcycle Basic Rider Course (3WBRC), will again be offered in Butler, Lehigh and York counties. The 12-hour course includes four hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of practical riding experience. Students must provide their own three-wheeled motorcycle and protective gear.
The 15-hour Basic Rider Course (BRC) consists of five hours of in-class instruction and 10 hours of practical riding experience. It provides valuable training for new riders and gives experienced riders the opportunity to polish their skills and correct any unsafe riding habits they may have developed. Students taking the BRC are provided with a motorcycle and helmet; however, students are responsible for providing all other protective gear.
The six-hour Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2) allows skilled riders to refresh their safety knowledge and hone their on-road skills. Riders taking the BRC2 are permitted to carry a passenger while practicing balance and steering techniques in a controlled environment. Students taking the BRC2 must provide their own motorcycle and protective gear.
Motorcycle learner’s permit holders who successfully complete a course will be issued a motorcycle license. Those who successfully pass their skills test on a three-wheeled motorcycle will be issued a motorcycle license with a 9-restriction, meaning they are prohibited from operating a two-wheeled motorcycle.
In conjunction with the free safety courses, riders are also encouraged to visit Live Free Ride Alive at www.LiveFreeRideAlive.com, which is an interactive website designed specifically for motorcyclists. The website challenges riders to take personal responsibility for their own safety. For more information and to enroll in a free safety course, visit www.pamsp.com or call (800) 845-9533, Monday through Friday, between 8AM and noon.
Sources: PennDOT, PA Motorcycle Safety Program, Live Free Ride Alive
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