PennDOT Announces New Motorcycle Training Clinics

"The short amount of time spent in training translates into many safe miles of riding by helping riders sharpen reflexes and hone the split-second decision making required to safely operate a motorcycle," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards.

Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation has announced a new line of motorcycle training clinics for prospective, experienced, and new Pennsylvania riders. The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) clinics are free for residents who have a motorcycle learner's permit or motorcycle license.

PAMSP will offer five training syllabuses designed to improve riders' knowledge but also test their ability to physically manipulate a motorcycle properly. The clinics are conducted at one of a variety of riding ranges under the supervision of certified instructors. Permit holders who successfully complete the Beginning Rider Clinic, the Intermediate Rider Clinic, or the 3-Wheel Riding Clinic will be issued a motorcycle license.

PAMSP also offers a non-licensing clinic, Introduction to Riding, that teaches fundamental skills for operating a two-or-three wheeled motorcycle for those who are not sure yet if they want to ride and the one-day Advanced Rider Clinic for experienced riders who want to improve their safety skills.

"It is important to practice and refine riding techniques from time to time. Riders of all skill levels can benefit from the valuable skills and safety lessons learned through Pennsylvania's free motorcycle safety clinics," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. "The short amount of time spent in training translates into many safe miles of riding by helping riders sharpen reflexes and hone the split-second decision making required to safely operate a motorcycle."

In addition to simply improving riding skills, according to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, many insurers offer discounts for motorcyclists who have completed safety courses, are members of certain associations, or have a safe driving record. Individuals should check with their insurance company see whether they are eligible for any discounts.

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