Rhode Island Motorcycle Manual 2016

Although motorcycling is a popular form of transportation and a great leisure activity in Rhode Island, the state does not have a specific manual for motorcyclists.

However, it does offer some useful information in the general Driver’s Manual, which is a valuable resource distributed by the RI Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Even though Rhode Island is a small state, the roadways and highways can be challenging for a rider. For this reason, there are a number of traffic rules and regulations you’ll need to get familiar with before heading out on the road.

The Driver’s Manual contains all the information you’ll need to be a safe, responsible driver. The written knowledge test and practical road test are also based on the information contained in the Manual.

Motorcycle Safety Course

Unlike other states, Rhode Island requires all prospective motorcyclists to enroll in a state-approved safety education and training course. This course is administered by the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). After successful completion of the course, you will be certified by the CCRI. This certification will allow you to obtain your motorcycle permit from any state DMV location. After a thirty day trial period, as long as you do not receive any traffic tickets or are involved in accidents on your motorcycle, you’ll be able to obtain your permanent motorcycle license.

Have the Right Gear

Numerous statistics have shown that using the proper equipment can significantly reduce or prevent injuries. According to Rhode Island traffic law, all passengers on motorcycles are required to wear helmets. Motorcycle operators under the age of 21, as well as new operators (within their first year of riding) are also required to wear approved helmets at all times.

Rhode Island law also requires that all operators wear eye protection. Quality eye protection (e.g. glasses, goggles, face shield, etc.) can help to reduce or prevent eye injuries in the case of a collision. Other protective gear includes:

  • Heavy shoes/boots
  • Full-length pants
  • Durable jacket
  • Full-fingered gloves

Staying Visible

Due to their smaller size, many drivers do not see or pay attention to motorcycles on the road. As a responsible rider, it’s important to be aware of other drivers and strategically adjust your lane position for the best visibility. Other drivers may also have difficulty judging the speed that motorcycles are moving, or the distance of the motorcycle. For this reason, riders are encouraged to keep an adequate space cushion between their bikes and other vehicles.

It’s important to be familiar with the techniques of defensive driving before heading out on the road. The Rhode Island Driver’s Manual, in addition to the safety courses are great ways to learn the necessary skills for being a safe, responsible motorcyclist. Good luck on the test!

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