Riding across Florida is often exhilarating with the wind in your hair, sun on your back, and salt in the air. But, motorcycles, like any vehicle, require basic safety measures to stay safe while on the road.
At Rubenstein Law, were the one-stop resource for riders across Florida. In addition to keeping you safe on two wheels and working to grow the local biker community, if you or a loved one need legal help after an accident, call us at 800-FL-LEGAL or contact us via our online chat form. We are here for you 24/7 – 365. Consultations are free and you pay nothing unless you win money. Remote and virtual appointments are available.
Before taking off on your bike, you’ll need a motorcycle endorsement on your valid class E operator’s driver license. To do this, you must complete a Basic Rider Course (BRC) or a Basic Rider Course Updated (BRCu) with an authorized provider.
After you pass an official motorcycle safety class, you’ll need to get your motorcycle license endorsement within one year.
If you don’t get your endorsement within this timeframe, you will have to take a Rider Skills Test (RST) with a Florida Rider Training Program (FRTP) before getting the endorsement.
Once you successfully pass your BRC, BRCu or RST, and pay the required endorsement fees to the Florida Department of Licensing your Class E license will be issued with a motorcycle endorsement.
If you want a “Motorcycle Only” driver’s license, you must be at least 16 and hold a Learner’s Permit for one year. In that year there must be no traffic violations, speeding tickets, etc.
Additionally, you must pass the same knowledge test for a standard driver’s license, also known as a Class E operator’s license and a BRC or BRCu. Then you can take your certificate of completion to a driver license office and get your Motorcycles Only license.
Although you must take a safety course to get your motorcycle endorsement, if it has been a while, you might want to take a refresher. There are authorized sponsors of Basic Rider Course motorcycle safety courses in every county in Florida.
These Florida Rider Training Programs (FRTP) use curriculum developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in a 15-hour course that offers an introduction to the fundamentals of safe and responsible motorcycling. The course also includes the basic knowledge and skills necessary to ride safely on streets and highways in Florida.
If this sounds too beginner for you and you are ready to expand your skills, you can take one of the following courses from FRTP:
These courses are geared to help you acquire knowledge and skills, and are suitable for people of all experience levels. Even if you’re a pro, there’s information via FRTP classes that can benefit you and improve your skills.
A key element of motorcycle safety is making sure your equipment is in the best shape possible on every ride. We’ve provided information about pre- and post-ride motorcycle maintenance safety checks that you can review. Some key takeaways include:
Regular maintenance that you can perform on your bike should follow the Motorcycle Safety Foundation checklist that uses the acronym TCLOCS, which stands for:
Review the checklist before and after a ride to keep yourself safe on the road.
Florida has some of the most beautiful routes to ride, including the A1A and Big Bend Byway. Stay safe on those highways by following the rules of the road and practicing defensive driving techniques.
Most motorcycle accidents occur because the other driver isn’t keeping an eye out for bikers. However, you can prevent some wrecks by being prepared as well.
Rubenstein Law is here for you whether you’re just setting out on a new adventure or if you’ve been the victim of an accident. If you have questions, we can recommend the right way to keep your ride in tip top shape or if you have insurance questions, we can help you with a claim.
No matter what you need, call our motorcycle team today at 800-FL-LEGAL. We are here 24/7 – 365 to answer your call. All consultations are free and you pay nothing unless you win.