SAFETY FIRST: Tony Piccolo, Member for Light and Minister for Road Safety, left, promoting the The Rider Safe Returning Rider Course with John Davies, proprietor of Gawler Motorcycle Centre at Evanston South.Motorcyclists who have not ridden a motorcycle for a long time are being urged to take a refresher course to improve their chances of staying alive on the roads.
With the road tolling already surpassing last year’s toll this time last year Tony Piccolo, Member for Light and Minister for Road Safety is encouraging local motorcycle retailers to promote the Rider Safe Returning Rider Course to people who have not ridden a bike in a while.
“Motorcycle riders may be at greater risk of being involved in a crash when they resume riding after an extending period of not riding,” Mr Piccolo said.
“New bikes accelerate quicker and are equipped with a range of new technologies that weren’t available in the past.
“Chances are your helmet and riding gear will also need to be updated – along with your riding skills.
“This is an excellent opportunity to update your knowledge and skills.”
Each year, on average, around 15 motorcyclists are killed and 140 are seriously injured on South Australian roads each year.
The voluntary the Rider Safe Returning Rider Course has been tailored to focus on improving the riders’ skills. It covers key riding skills including stopping quickly, limited space manoeuvres, negotiating corners, curves and avoiding hazards.
“The course will also provide riders with the latest information about protective clothing, helmets, responsibilities when carrying pillion passengers and motorcycle technology including Antilock Braking Systems,” Mr Piccolo said.
“There is no pass or fail component to the course, it is only designed to teach and refresh riding skills, techniques and awareness.
“Though it is tailored to returning riders, anyone can benefit from updating their knowledge and skills – and that could be the difference between avoiding a crash, serious injury or even death.”
The Rider Safer Returning Rider Course, which will run for half a day at a cost of $116, is available at the St Agnes and Murray Bridge Rider Safe training ranges with country courses operating subject to demand.
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