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Delaware’s Motorcycle Safety Course
Both novice and experienced riders can benefit from taking this course. You’ll not only learn how to safely start and stop, you’ll discover street strategies to avoid disaster and how to maneuver in slow, medium and fast riding conditions. You’ll also learn about advanced braking and turning techniques, safe following distances, target fixation and collision avoidance, how to change lanes quickly, navigate obstacles and pass more safely.
The course costs just $50. Completing the course also saves 10% on your bike’s liability insurance.Find a course near you
Your gear is important
- Helmet: DOT-approved, buckled correctly to chin and, preferably, full-faced.
- Eyewear: protective goggles, riding glasses or face shield on helmet.
- Gloves: leather or reinforced fabric, preferably with upper hand protection.
- Jacket/Pants: leather, denim or reinforced fabric with back, elbow and shoulder protection.
- Boots: motorcycle-type or heavy work boots. No sneakers, sandals or loafers.
Don’t Ride without a pre-ride check: TCLOCS
Check air pressure, wheels, brakes and spokes.
Check levers, hoses, cables and throttle.
Lights and electrical switches
Make sure all are working properly.
Oil and fluids
Check oil, coolant and hydraulics. Look for leaks.
Check drive train, chain and suspension. If you add a passenger, adjust accordingly.
Side Stand (kickstand)
Make sure spring and stand operate reliably.
Safe Riding Tips
- Share the road, stay out of cars’ blind spots and don’t split lanes.
- Don’t ride on shoulders or side-by-side with other riders.
- Don’t expect drivers to see you; they are often distracted.
- When stopped behind a car, stay to its left or right, giving you an escape lane.
- Motorcycles and alcohol don’t mix.
- Always scan the road and shoulders ahead for the unexpected.
- Use extra caution on wet, uneven or grooved roads, gravel, bridges and railroad crossings.
- And remember, law enforcement officers are out looking for riders breaking the law.