Nearly 6,000 Riders Complete MMSC Rider Training Courses in 2015
MMSC training sites have wrapped up the last training courses, and the numbers are in. Nearly 6,000 riders took a training course this riding season.
Planning has already started for next year, so if you didn't take a course this year, plan to take one next year. There are basic, intermediate, advanced and expert courses. Read the course descriptions and then chack this web page early next year for course schedules.
Training will not only help you improve your riding skills, it could save your life. It will also help you be more comfortable on the road, and you will get more out of your ride.
Motorcyclists: Be Alert and Watch for Deer this Fall
The leaves are falling, the temperatures are dropping and deer are taking their chances running across Minnesota roads.
Motorcyclists should always be alert and focused on riding. A rider's best response when encountering a deer is to use both brakes for maximum braking and keep their eyes and head up to improve their chances of keeping the bike up. If the crash is imminent, and there is enough space to swerve around the deer without leaving the roadway, use maximum braking and attempt a swerve in the opposite direction the deer is traveling just before impact.
Wearing full protective gear, including a DOT-approved helmet, will help prevent injury or death in a crash.
More than 500 Road Guards Trained this Season
Another motorcycle training season is in the books. Minnesota now has more than 500 certified road guards, who can legally stop and direct traffic for motorcycle group rides.
The law went into effect in August 2015, but training started in April. Many road guards have already applied what they learned in training during group rides this year to help keep riders and motorists safe on Minnesota roads.
Road guard training is over for this season and will start up again in April 2016.
Read more about the road guard law, requirements and training.
Why Every Rider Should Take a Motorcycle Training Course
As of Oct. 16, 2015, 57 motorcyclists have died in 53 crashes on Minnesota roads. Thirty of those crashes involved only the motorcycle.
Training is everything. It helps make life-saving maneuvers second nature to riders. Motorcyclists of all skill levels should always take advantage of training courses. They will become safer and better riders.
The Washington Motorcycle Safety Program released a new video series, "Training is Everything." Watch the video to hear an elite Army Apache helicopter pilot, a champion hydroplane racer and two professional rugby players explain why training is everything, whether it's for your profession or for riding.