hat Licensing do I Need to Drive a Motorcycle?
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles(FLHSMV), you must have proper licensing and endorsement to operate a motorcycle. This typically means you will need the following:
class E non-commercial driver license: This is the standard license for most drivers who are not operating commercial vehicles.
motorcycle endorsement: For an official motorcycle endorsement, you must complete a course on motorcycle safety. These courses are called the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu). You will also need to pay endorsement fees.
Getting a Motorcycle-Only License
If you are under 18 and want a motorcycle-only license, you must hold a learner’s license for one year or more. You must also ensure you don’t get any traffic convictions during this timeframe.
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Insurance Requirements for Motorcyclists
Even though motorcycle insurance isn’t a requirement, having it can still be a good idea. Having insurance can make things easier if you end up in an accident. Operating a motorcycle can be risky, so preparedness can help you be ready no matter what comes.
Abiding By the Rules of the Road While on a Motorcycle
Motorcyclists have to follow many of the same road rules that motor vehicle drivers must follow. Even though they are smaller than other vehicles, they still must follow road signs and traffic light signals. For example, motorcycles must stop at a red traffic light, the same as other vehicles.
Lane Changing Laws
Motorcyclists must also ride with one leg on each side of the bike and have both wheels of the motorcycle in contact with the roadway. This makes certain seating positions and motorcycle tricks unacceptable under Florida law.
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Proper Motorcycle Maintenance
t least one motorcycle headlight but no more than two
horn, if you are planning on riding on a highway
t least one red reflector attached to the rear of the motorcycle
stop lamp and signal lamps
t least one tail lamp
Tips for Ensuring Safety as a Motorcycle Driver
Consider also the following ways you can increase your safety as a motorcycle driver:
- Engage in riding that increases visibility to other drivers
- Promptly repair motorcycle damages and keep your motorcycle in proper working condition.
- Exercise wise judgment and be aware of your surroundings
o adequate safety checks before you ride to ensure everything is working properly
ear protective clothing that covers your body, including appropriate reflective clothing that increases visibility.
o not ride if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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