BROADWAY, Va. (WHSV) – The latest data from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reveals in 2020 there were more than 1,800 crashes involving a motorcycle. Out of those, more than 1,500 resulted in injury.
The weather is starting to warm and the chance of snow is starting to dissipate which means more drivers will be cruising on two wheels instead of four.
If you want to get behind the handlebars but are nervous about the safety, a local business that specializes in motorcycle training could help.
Riders in Motion in Broadway has rider safety courses, teaching everything from stopping quickly to tight turns and limited space maneuvers.
“The class starts with motorcycle familiarization, the different parts, using the clutch, starting and stopping,” Anna Courtney, office manager at Riders in Motion said. “Multiple curves and lane changes, crossing an obstacle, and swerving are just some of the things covered in this class.”
Their courses are certified by the DMV and help get riders comfortable behind the handlebars. Their passion is rider safety after a member of the team experienced a motorcycle crash firsthand.
”10 years ago he had a serious motorcycle accident and that really started his passion for motorcycle safety and he just wants to share that and sees the importance of that so that’s part of why we do what we do,” Courtney said.
Motorcyclists do not have the framework around them like cars and trucks, making them more vulnerable to injury.
The Virginia DMV offers safety tips for motorcyclists, including wearing protective gear like a helmet and gloves.
To learn more about motorcycle safety, visit Virginia’s DMV website.
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