We love motorcycles. We know, you might think that’s the most obvious statement in the world (just take one look at our Facebook page!), but we feel like we can’t say it enough. It’s not usual to find a personal injury lawyer who’s so passionate about motorcycling that it becomes the cornerstone of his career — but that’s how Howard Blau got his start representing riders across the Southern California region some thirty years ago. He saw what was happening with his friends, and knew he had to take a stand.
This intersection of passion, knowledge, and experience gives Howard a truly unique advantage when he goes to bat for his clients, but it also means he has a particular appreciation for safety and risk reduction. Last week we shared with you ten real-world reasons why you should sign up for a motorcycle safety course. Today, we have five more compelling reasons for you. Keep reading to find out what they are!
1. It’s Never a Bad Time to Go Back to the Basics
This is something you hear athletes talk about all the time. Even Simone Biles, gymnastics GOAT for the ages, has talked about how the first thing she did when she returned to the gym after Rio was work on conditioning and the basics. If it’s good enough for a five-time (and counting) Olympic medalist, it’s good enough for all of us. No matter what level you’re at, revisiting the fundamentals should be made a priority every few years. Far from being a waste of time, revisiting the basics only stands to reinforce safe riding behaviors… and help you recognize any bad habits you may have picked up along the way. Don’t allow complacency to breed with experience, because that is a phenomenon all too real.
2. It Might Reduce Your Insurance Premium
Financial benefits are still benefits. Motorcycle insurance in California does not come cheap, but by taking an approved safety course you could see your rates lowered by as little as 5%, and as much as 25% in certain areas. This might not seem like much, but it’s nothing to sniff at either — especially when insurance in the Los Angeles area averages around $900 a year. For a young, novice rider on a brand new bike — the sort of person who should absolutely be taking a safety course — premiums can be even higher. Like, upwards of $1500 higher. So just like you shouldn’t skimp on motorcycle insurance, remember how easily that $250 beginner course could pay for itself.
3. It’s a Good Investment!
We’ll be honest, this is one of our favorites. Just like college is spoken of as an investment in your future, taking a motorcycle safety course is an investment in your personal health and safety. Plus, it’s much more sound than simply buying a bike and praying for the best. Motorcycles are expensive. Gear is expensive. Insurance is expensive. Dying (or almost dying) is expensive. It doesn’t take more than a few seconds to do the cost-benefit analysis. You’re about to embark on one of the most exhilarating hobbyist journeys your average person could take. You want to make sure you have the confidence and skills to live these moments to their fullest.
4. Take Advantage of Specialized Skill Training
Ready to take your riding skills to the next level? Who wouldn’t be! Intermediate and advanced riders can find enormous benefit from enrolling in training courses offering insight in more specialized techniques. Courses like these will teach you how to overcome your own psychological boundaries and better control your motorcycle — from cornering, maximum braking, hazard awareness, and advanced crash-avoidance, to finesse, precision maneuvers, and how to pick the perfect line through a turn. The skills you need to make you a more confident, capable rider are right there at your fingertips. Plus, is just good-ole fun!
5. It’s Good For All of Us
You might think that an “every man for himself” attitude is en vogue, but there areas where thinking as much can have downright deadly consequences. When you’re out on the road, you aren’t just responsible for your own safety: you have a responsibility to every other rider, driver, and pedestrian around you. It might be difficult to think about, and especially to accept, but a lapse of judgement from any one of us could result in death or serious personal injury. This is not something you want weighing on your conscience for the rest of your life — and believe us, it will. Taking a motorcycle safety course will make you a better rider, and a better neighbor to those you share the road with. It’s not just good for yourself, it’s good for the collective whole — and also, the image of motorcyclists everywhere.
What Are You Waiting For?
There’s no better feeling than zipping down an open road with nothing but the bright blue sky above you. It’s exhilaration, joy, and fear all wrapped up into the perfect two-wheeled package. Whether it’s the basics, or more advanced techniques, or a refresher, there’s a motorcycle safety course out there for you. Or perhaps you’re afraid? Perhaps, all your life you’ve looked at motorcycles as sacreligious death machines. You wouldn’t be alone. Motorcycling and the riders who participate in the sport are often misunderstood. Taking a beginner course might change that, and open up your eyes to a whole new world. So if you’re interested in breaking down your own boundaries, perhaps that’s all the reason you need. Whoever you are, and whatever your reasons might be… what are you waiting for?
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Check Out These References for Further Reading:
“California Motorcyclist Training.” California Highway Patrol. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
“Motorcycle Safety.” California Department of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
“Curriculum Listing.” Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Retrieved 30 August 2019.