The Georgia Department of Driver Services offers a motorcycle safety program

Georgia residents interested in learning to ride a motorcycle, moped, or scooter can enroll in a beginner safety course offered through the Motorcycle Safety Program provided by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS), according to a DDS press release issued Friday afternoon.

“Statistics show that riders with formal training are less likely to be involved in a serious or fatal accident,” said DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore. “A motorcycle safety course teaches you the skills you need to ride safely on the road.”

By taking an approved motorcycle safety course, students learn the basic rules of the road, become familiar with the laws governing motorcycle use, and hone their skills in lessons supervised by licensed and experienced instructors.

The Basic RiderCourse is designed for beginner riders of all ages. Motorcycles and helmets are provided free of charge during the course. In the classroom, the student will learn the layout and operation of basic controls, and how to become a safer and more responsible driver. The class will then move to the driving field where a coach will guide students through the basic skills of straight line driving, stopping, shifting and cornering, gradually progressing to yawing and braking emergency.

The Basic RiderCourse 2 is for riders who already have basic skills, so speeds are higher and students ride their own bikes. The course includes an informal classroom component to discuss safety concepts based on past driving experiences and current knowledge.

The Advanced Riders Course helps experienced riders develop more finesse to handle their bike in traffic and difficult road situations. This one-day course will have an experienced instructor on hand to analyze form, improve driving skills, improve perception and awareness of road hazards, and help the student be more comfortable on the road .

To view locations and check availability for these classes, please download the free app, DDS 2 GO, or visit https://bit.ly/2SGdUc6.

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