Motorcycle Safety Test A Must For Riders?

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- With warmer temperatures, it means drivers and riders will start sharing the road again.

Whether you're driving a car or a motorcycle, you need to take your driver's test in order to get your license.

But motorcycle drivers aren't required to take a safety training course that many believe could save lives.

Randy Lasman has been riding his motorcycle since age 12 and even with years of experience he took the safety course without much hesitation.

"It seems like a few people had passed away in motorcycle wrecks and I thought I'm going to take this class," said Lasman.

And he say he does not regret that decision.

"I've become much more aware of what's going on around me when I used to just ride and look forward, and now I look everywhere and scan," said Lasman.

It's that type of caution Dave Fisher says motorcycle riders should have on the roads. Fisher owns the Harley Davidson Showroom in Lincoln and he believes the safety course instills that.

"No question about it, it's a very effective course...offered by instructors who are trained by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and are certified by the state of Nebraska. So if you pass it, you don't have to take the writing test," said Fisher.

But since the course isn't mandatory in Nebraska, it's up to the rider if they want to pay the extra $200 to take the class.

Randy Husak's been riding his Kawasaki for 40 years and he thinks he has enough experience to know what to do in an unsafe situation.

"I didn't feel it was necessary and I've never had a bad situation on the road where I felt my abilities weren't correctly responding to the action I needed to take," said Husak.

But for younger riders who don't have years of experience? "They tend to be more irresponsible," said Fisher.

Fisher says this safety course could teach many of these younger riders to stay more alert while on the roads.

The Frontier Harley Davidson Showroom is also spending a quarter of a million dollars to bring this safety course to their shop in July. You can also register for the class through the National Safety Council of Nebraska at the link below.