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Staying Safe on Our Roads

Florida's sunny skies, flat terrain, and sub-tropical climate all make our state an ideal place to ride a motorcycle.

Yet, too many motorcyclists are injured and lose their lives in crashes due to a variety of factors. Raising awareness about safety and cooperation between all motorists can prevent crashes and save lives.

Learn below how you can make our roads safer for everyone.

For Motorcycle Riders

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Gear

Helmet laws and regulations

If you are younger than 21, you must wear an approved helmet. If you are 21 or older, a helmet is optional. Those who are 21 and older who do not wear a helmet must have at least $10,000 in medical benefits insurance coverage (FLHSMV).

Wearing a helmet while riding reduces the risk of head and brain injuries in a crash.

Use DOT compliant helmets with face shields to protect your face from debris, wind, and insects.

High visibility and protective clothes and gear

  • Riding suit with bright, reflective fabric
  • Reflective tape for your motorcycle
  • Sturdy boots
  • Gloves

Check your bike before every ride

  • Fluid levels and leaks
  • Damage to the tires, wheels, or brakes
  • Working lights and controls

Training

Get regular training and endorsements

You are required by Florida law to have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver license to operate any two- or three-wheel motorcycle whose engine size is more than 50cc.

You must take and pass the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or Basic RiderCourse updates (BRCu) with an authorized Sponsor.

Start with the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) or the Basic RiderCourse updated (BRCu). Then, look for new courses to expand and refresh your skills.

Course Providers in Orange County

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Impairment

Never ride impaired; having any alcohol increases the chance of crashing by five times.

Having a BAC of 0.02% impairs the visual functions and multitasking necessary for driving. A BAC of more than 0.05% increases the risk by 40 times.

No drink is worth risking your life and safety on the road. Wait until it's safe to ride or find alternative ways to get to your destination.

For Car and Truck Drivers

Be aware

  • Motorcyclists may be closer than you realize. Look twice!
  • No distractions! Don’t take your attention away from driving.
  • Do not fix your gaze on one object and keep scanning the road.
  • Double or triple check blind spots before merging, changing lanes, or turning left.

Share the road

  • Yield to motorcyclists’ right-of-way, the same as any vehicle.
  • Leave at least four seconds of distance in front of you.
  • Give a full lane to the motorcycle when passing.

Safety Resources

Check out the following organizations for more resources and information:

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