Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - With spring weather finally in the forecast, motorcycle riders might be hitting the road for the first time this year.
At Lake Superior College they took the day to remind motorcyclists of the safety precautions needed when riding.
"I've learned a lot, I've learned how to ease the clutch, eased the throttle, properly get on the bike, properly get off the bike, how to go around curves, just tons of helpful hints," said Mathew Jeannetta who was participating in the safety program.
Students were out training on a closed course getting acquainted with their bikes, most for the first time.
"All of these riders here are new riders, we have one or two who might be endorsed but for the most are all first time licensees... out here learning some basic skills today, tomorrow we'll work more on some of the crash avoidance stuff, quick stops, swerving, cornering...those types of things," said Peter Buenting, instructor of the course.
The Minnesota Department of Public Health reported three motorcycle rider deaths already this year which reiterates the importance of these classes.
"The fatalities increased 26% in 2011, so we really want to focus on giving people skills, getting out there and being the best you can be," said Buenting.
There are over 230,000 registered motorcyclists on Minnesota Roads, which means drivers of all kinds need to pay attention.
"Motorcycles...they are small and hard to see, taking that extra look, that extra glance when pulling out into traffic to make a sure a motorcycle isn't there, watch for headlights," said Buenting.
Motorcycle safety courses started through out the state in April and are available through October.
To register for a class, click here
Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.