Motorcycle Safety Course
Basic Course Overview
The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is designed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and is taught nationwide by certified instructors. The program is administered in Texas by the Department of Public Safety. Alvin Community College is a contracted sponsor of the program. The cost of the course is $200. Satisfactory completion of the course allows the rider to take the written portion of the motorcycle endorsement requirement and does meet the state mandated provision that a motorcycle safety course be completed in order to earn a license to ride in Texas.
The course consists of approximately five hours of classroom discussion with emphasis placed on the proper use of protective gear, the location and operation of important controls and parts, and riding strategies to help manage and minimize the inherent risks involved while riding a motorcycle.
Approximately ten hours are committed to riding skills. With hands-on, butt-in-the-seat practice, students are taught the proper use of controls and parts, smooth starts and stops, shifting gears, braking, turning, and evasive maneuvers.
The course allows new riders to become familiar with motorcycling in a safe controlled environment. It provides a good way for a new rider to determine if it is something they want to pursue before investing in a new bike and equipment. It also is a good way to determine oneís comfort level on a bike before purchasing one.
Many experienced riders mistakenly feel that they have nothing to learn in a basic course. In reality, experienced riders often get more from the class than the beginners do. Once the basic introductions to the controls are complete and the beginning riders are more comfortable on the bikes, proven techniques in the proper handling of motorcycles is discussed and practiced and more advanced techniques in hazard avoidance are learned. Riders who have not been taught these skills, even if they have been riding for years, are usually not versed in their practical application. The class brings to light bad habits and hopefully corrects those, and if nothing else at least gets the experienced riders to think about things in a different, and perhaps, better way.
The best thing riders can do to better protect themselves on the road is to be more proactive in their own safety. The course teaches proven techniques and strategies that help to manage and minimize the inherent risks riders face while on the road. Certainly things can and do happen that are beyond a riderís control, but with prudent and smart application of the techniques and strategies emphasized in the course, riders can avoid many of the bad things that can happen to them. The course does an effective job of teaching skills and techniques to help predict and prevent crashes from occurring.