What is the benefit of taking a motorcycle safety course?

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Taking a motorcycle course before you test for your motorcycle license is as wise as taking a drivers education course before you test for your drivers license – and, in some states, passing a motorcycle safety course is a requirement for certain applicants (such as those who are younger than 18).

Motorcycle Safety Course Benefits

Aside from the obvious reason – learning how to safely and legally operate a motorcycle – the benefits of taking a motorcycle safety course include:

  • Earning a motorcycle test waiver. Not every state offers this waiver, but most do. California, Georgia, and West Virginia, for example, will waive the road portion of the motorcycle test if you successfully complete an approved safety course.
  • Extra preparation for the motorcycle test. Taking a motorcycle practice test helps, but it’s certainly not sufficient on its own. If you live in a state that doesn’t waive the skills exam, such as South Carolina, enrolling in a motorcycle course will teach you the motorcycle riding techniques you need to pass the road test.
  • Learning your state’s motorcycle laws. Nearly every state’s motorcycle safety course is modeled after the Motorcycle Safety Foundation; however, the instructors are state residents just like you. They know the state’s rules and regulations regarding motorcycles and will teach you how to keep yourself and others safe.
  • Motorcycle insurance discounts. This isn’t a given, but it is a possibility. It’s similar to drivers who pass drivers education or training courses. Once it’s time to purchase motorcycle insurance, showing your agent your safety course completion certification could knock a few dollars off your premium.
For more information about motorcycle safety and training – including state requirements – consult your state’s motorcycle manual and contact your local DMV branch.

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