Ontario has introduced a graduated licensing system, in hopes of guaranteeing the safety of the province’s various motorcycle riders. That system forces each rider to engage in some type of training, whether it be self-guided or in accordance with an instructor’s guidelines. Considering the number of accidents claims that are represented by Personal Injury Lawyer in Oakville, alertness on the roads is a must.
Details on Ontario’s graduated licensing system:
The motorcyclist that remains at the beginning stage of the path towards full acquisition of all the necessary skills has been assigned an M1 license. That beginner must be at least 16 years old, and needs to have passed a written test. The holder of an M1 license cannot carry a passenger at night. In addition, he or she must stay off of any road with a speed limit that exceeds 80 kph.
The motorcyclist that has practiced for 60 days, while holding an M1 license can take a road test. Those that pass that test deserve to move on to the next licensing level, M2. Any of the M1-holders that have taken a motorcycle safety course have also earned the right to move onto that higher level. M1’s restrictions vanish at the that higher level (M2).
Finally, anyone that has been riding for 22 months with an M2 license on his or her motorcycle can take a test. Those that pass the test become eligible for a full M license. By the same token, someone holding an M2 that has agreed to take a safety course must wait only 18 months, before moving on to the next licensing level, the full M level.
How does this system work to ensure the safety of those that travel down the road on a motorcycle? It works to better guarantee their safety by pushing them to take a safety course. Those that refuse to take such a course must engage in many months of practice, a time when their skills can get perfected.
One rule applies to motorcycle riders with any of the 3 different licenses.
Always wear a helmet. The same riders are encouraged to use other protective gear as well. That gear consists of a leather jacket, leather gloves, boots and either goggles or a visor on the helmet. By donning such gear, the person seated on a motorcycle’s seat has reduced the chances that he or she might develop a case of road rash.
What is road rash? It is a skin condition that can develop on any rider whose skin has had contact with the road’s surface. The harsh chemicals in that surface can trigger formation of the road rash. On the other hand, covering the skin with protective gear can all but eliminate a rider’s chances for getting exposed to the road’s surface, and then developing the distinctive rash.