Florida is one of many states that requires a basic riding safety course in order to obtain a motorcycle license.
However, these courses can be taken for any number of reasons, from learning how to become a safer rider to saving money on your motorcycle insurance.
If you're looking for a motorcycle riding course, they're available through the Florida Rider Training Program (FRTP) offered by the
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
How Florida Motorcyclists Improve Their Skills
Many studies show that riders who complete official training courses have lower injury and fatality rates than other bikers. Safe riding courses offer a number of advantages to motorcyclists of all skill levels, including adapting to new technologies on upgraded bikes and mastering steering and braking techniques that can save a rider’s life.
Motorcycle riders may learn and improve their riding skills through:
- Required courses. Any person who operates a bike with an engine size greater than 50cc must pass a basic skills test to get a motorcycle license in Florida. New riders of two- or three-wheeled motorcycles must pass the FRTP-authorized Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu) before a motorcycle endorsement can be issued.
- Improvement courses. If it's been a while since your Basic skills test, you're considering carrying passengers on your bike, or you're looking to ride in new environments, there are additional courses available through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). These classes range from beginner to experienced riding, and offer on-cycle sessions to practice riding and crash avoidance in a controlled environment.
- On-the-road experience. Every ride gives you more practice controlling your bike. Before each one, you should perform a few emergency stops and check the steering in your driveway to be sure you're in control. If you want to practice the skills you learned in a recent course, make some time to visit an empty parking lot or deserted road before taking to the streets.
We're dedicated to providing motorcyclists the assistance and information they need to stay safe on Florida roads. Use our website to learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a motorcyclist, or fill out the form on this page today to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our injury attorneys.