by Jonathon Blocker | articlesphere.com
Have you thought about hitting the open road, cruising on the back of thundering motorcycle? There is no feeling quite like the freedom you feel when riding on a motorcycle. With the proper licensing, anyone can feel it too.
Getting your motorcycle endorsement in Colorado is a simple process. Under Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines, a person wanting to drive a motorcycle must possess a Class M motorcycle license or motorcycle instruction permit. There are only a few requirements you must meet. An applicant must be at least 16 years old, pass the written test at a Driver’s License office, pass the drive test at a Driver’s License office or with a 3rd-party tester and pay the fee to get the endorsement added to your license.
As in most states, Colorado will waive the mandatory skills test and directly issue you a motorcycle license if an approved basic motorcycle rider safety course is completed. These courses can be found all over and they last anywhere from two to six weeks. A typical course includes classroom instruction along with driver training in a controlled, off-street environment, usually in an empty parking lot. Once the course has been successfully completed, you are now eligible for your motorcycle driver’s license without worrying about passing the state’s road test.
Don’t overlook the importance of these classes. Most motorcycle accident injuries in Colorado can be traced back to improper motorcycle riding training. Inexperienced drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident than someone who has completed one of these courses.
Once all of these licensing requirements are met, a Class M endorsement is added to your driver’s license. However, in the end, the safe operation of a motorcycle is more important than anything else. It requires practice, knowledge, and an understanding of the limitations of the driver, the machine, and the surrounding circumstances.
How important is the proper training and education in regards to earning your motorcycle endorsement? In 2008, 39 percent of motorcycle fatalities did not have their motorcycle endorsement. Not only does this staggering statistic show that almost one in every four people killed in motorcycle accidents were not properly trained but it also shows why there has been an increase in the number of motorcycle accident claims in Colorado. Are you still thinking twice about skipping the written and road tests for motorcycle rules and safety?
If both drivers of motorcycles and cars follow by the rules of the road, everyone can all be safer on the traveling this year while also lowering the amount of motorcycle accident injuries in Colorado.