A $1.2 million, three-year milestone study to determine the effectiveness of periodic involvement in a series of motorcycle rider education and training courses is under way in California.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) have agreed to jointly fund the study, officially titled “The Longitudinal Study to Improve Crash Avoidance Skills.”
The crash-avoidance skills of motorcyclists who have taken a series of MSF RiderCoursesSM will be evaluated during a three-year period.
The new Discovery Rider Training Center in Long Beach, Calif., will provide training for all riders in the study. Students in the study will first complete the MSF Basic RiderCourse. This training system consists of a series of interrelated hands-on and classroom courses developed by the MSF that are designed to increase knowledge, enhance skills and improve risk management strategies.
Students who successfully complete the MSF Basic RiderCourse will be offered three additional training opportunities at periodic intervals throughout the study. The supplemental courses will be the MSF Experienced RiderCourse, plus two new courses that will be introduced as part of the MSF’s Rider Education and Training System curricula in 2007: the Rider Perception Module and the Skill Enhancement RiderCourse.
“The MSF’s rider education and training system used in this study is built upon the principle of safety training renewal,” said Dean Thompson, MSF director of communications. “We believe a rider’s decision-making and crash-avoidance skills can benefit from being refreshed over time. It’s important for riders to regularly refresh their knowledge, skills and risk management strategies. We’re strong advocates of lifelong learning.”
Rider knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences will be evaluated and measured over time. The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center will provide an independent evaluation of research that will for the first time take a comprehensive, field-based look at the benefits of ongoing participation in a rider education and training system, and its subsequent effect on crash avoidance skills and real-world outcomes.
“This research on the benefits of rider training may yield results that could very well be used as a guide for future rider education and training initiatives,” Thompson said. “It could have long-range impact by helping the entire safety community chart a course that can help reduce the number of motorcycle crashes.”
The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.
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