ABATE OF IOWA, INC.
RIDER EDUCATION PROGRAM

ABATE of Iowa, Inc. is a proud sponsor of Iowa's quality Motorcycle Rider Education (BRC) program administered by the Office of Driver Services of the Department of Transportation.  Iowa's BRC program teaches  the "Basic Rider Course" (BRC)  of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).   ABATE of Iowa provides motorcycle rider training at various locations throughout the State of Iowa. Our instructors are Iowa-licensed, MSF-certified and are all experienced motorcyclists.   The BRC is aimed at beginning riders of all ages and utilizes curriculum and materials developed by the MSF.


Returning Rider Basic Rider Course

This is an 8 hour class designed for riders who possess basic skills, but havenít been riding in a while, or need to get their license. Successful completion may result in a DOT waiver. This class takes 1 day, and costs $70. Students must be 18 to take this class.

Motorcycles are provided for use during the course. Students must bring full-finger gloves, long sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear. Helmets and eye protection must be worn and will be provided for students who do not have their own. No one will be allowed to ride without this equipment.


Basic Rider Course

The beginning rider and the intermediate rider will both gain from this 15 hour course.  The course is designed for inexperienced riders and riders who would like to improve their riding skills.  Anyone who is at least 14 years old may take the course.  Students under 18 must have parental consent.

Motorcycles are provided for use during the course.  Students must bring full-finger gloves, long sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear.  Helmets and eye protection must be worn and will be provided for students who do not have their own.  No one will be allowed to ride without this equipment.

WHY THERE IS A NEED FOR RIDER EDUCATION

Over 90% of the motorcycle riders involved in accidents were self-taught or learned from family or friends.

A motorcycle rider is physically vulnerable.  In a crash, a rider and passenger are more likely to be injured than occupants in a vehicle.  Wearing reasonable protective gear, however, can reduce injuries.

A motorcycle rider's judgment is critical.  In single-vehicle crashes, rider error is the most common cause.  Crashes with other vehicles also occur because either one or both operators make errors in judgment.  Many collisions and injuries could have been avoided if the motorcycle rider had known when and how to swerve or brake.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
ABOUT BRC

  1. Do I need to bring a motorcycle?  No, motorcycles are provided.

  2. What is the cost of the course?  $140.00 for most classes, $150.00 for Council Bluffs and Waterloo

  3. What type of driver's license do I need to take the course?  You must have either an automobile driver's license or learner's permit; or a motorcycle driver's license or learner's permit.

  4. Is there a minimum age for attending?  Yes, you must be 14 years of age or older at the first class meeting.

  5. Is the course required to receive a motorcycle driver's license?  Yes, if you are under the age of 18, you are required to successfully complete the BRC to obtain a motorcycle license.  All graduates MAY have the DOT driving test waived for the motorcycle license.

MOTORCYCLE RIDER COURSE/RIDING
AND STREET SKILLS (BRC)

The BRC course will include approximately fifteen hours of instruction:

  • 10 hours of on-cycle instruction

  • 5 hours of classroom instruction

  • Use of motorcycle (and helmet if needed)

  • Course textbook

WHAT THE BRC COURSE WILL DO FOR YOU

To meet the challenge of motorcycling, a rider needs skill and knowledge.  The BRC course will give you the physical skills to make your motorcycle perform like an extension of yourself and the knowledge to apply those skills appropriately.

In the BRC course you will practice and develop the four fundamental riding skills:

  • Straight-line riding

  • Turning

  • Shifting

  • Stopping

Then you will expand these basic skills into street-riding skills:

  • Advanced turning techniques

  • Maximum-braking techniques

  • Swerving

You will also learn and practice the mental skills needed to develop:

  • Street-riding strategies

  • The ability to deal with special situations

Increasing these skills through training and practice will increase your riding enjoyment and decrease your chance of a mishap.

The BRC does have a written test and a riding skills test.  Successful completion of BOTH tests is required to received DOT certificate of completion - with which the DOT MAY waive the riding portion of the motorcycle license testing.

This course is required by Iowa law to obtain a motorcycle operator's license for all residents under the age of 18.  Persons under 18 years of age must have written consent (forms provided) of their parent or guardian at the first class meeting.

You may be eligible to receive a discount on your motorcycle insurance after completing this course.

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