The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) offers rider education programs for every level of rider. GMSP also promotes motorist awareness programs, Share the Road campaigns, and is focused on highway safety issues affecting Georgia motorcyclists. The GMSP directly operates 23 training sites and certifies 14 private sites. Rider training is popular and potentially life-saving. Without proper training, new riders are more likely to be involved in a crash. Experienced riders also can benefit from additional training to hone their crash-avoidance skills.
When you take a Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program Course you will receive professional training in risk management, motorcycle operation, and skilled riding techniques as well as earning a License Test Waiver (if you successfully complete a license test waiver course).
The License Test Waiver will allow you to bypass the knowledge test and the on-cycle test at a DDS Customer Service Center.
You may earn your Motorcycle License in the Basic Course and Experienced-License Waiver Course. A 90-day license test waiver is furnished to successful graduates. Courses are low-cost and provide professional training to assist riders in improving their skills in:
Basic Rider Course
The Basic Course is the best way to earn your motorcycle license. With no experience necessary, it is designed for beginning riders with no previous riding experience. We also recommend this course for riders who have not been on a motorcycle for a while. It combines practice riding on a closed course with classroom discussion.
GMSP provides training motorcycles and helmets at our DDS locations (there are additional riding gear requirements for students). If you own a scooter, you may ride your own scooter, 51-350cc, in the course. But scooter students must call GMSP at 678-413-8400 after registering and inform staff of their intention to use a scooter so we can notify your Coach.
The Basic Course offers complete and professional training. You will learn how to operate a motorcycle safely, with emphasis on the special skills and mental attitudes necessary for dealing with traffic. GMSP Coaches will start you off with straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping.
You’ll gradually progress to cornering, swerving and emergency braking. In the classroom, you’ll learn about the different types of motorcycles, their characteristics, and how they operate.
The GMSP Coaches, all experienced motorcyclists, will advise you on what to wear for comfort, visibility and protection. You’ll find out how alcohol and other drugs affect your ability to ride safely. A very important segment of the course will show you how to create your own strategy for riding in traffic, and how to deal with critical situations. The course concludes with a knowledge test and an on-cycle skills evaluation.
Once you successfully complete the course, you will receive a 90-day motorcycle license waiver. To register, go to: www.dds.ga.gov, or call: 866-754-3687 or 678-413-8400.
Experienced Rider Course
Even if you’ve been riding for some time, there’s always something new to learn. The Experienced Course is a one-day workshop designed to improve your skills in braking, evasive maneuvers and turning. It provides the experienced motorcyclist with “street strategies” necessary for survival.
To register, go to: www.dds.ga.gov, or call: 866-754-3687 or 678-413-8400.
Experienced Rider Course – License Waiver
If you are an experienced rider, without a motorcycle license or have been riding on a permit, earn your license now.
To register, go to: www.dds.ga.gov, or call: 866-754-3687 or 678-413-8400.
Advanced Riders Course (ARC)
The ARC is a one-day course that complements a rider’s basic skills and helps with personal risk assessment. It focuses on the complex skills of self-assessment, personal risk management, and riding strategies.
The ARC includes a fast-paced classroom segment with several interactive activities to improve perception and hazard awareness. Range exercises enhance both basic skills and crash avoidance skills. Improving braking and cornering finesse is emphasized. The course is beneficial for riders on any type of street motorcycle. To register, go to: www.dds.ga.gov, or call: 866-754-3687 or 678-413-8400. For details and a list of facts including required riding gear, visit https://online.dds.ga.gov/motorcycle/FactsForm.aspx
Scooters have become a popular and sensible transportation option. Many people perceive them to be safer and easier to handle than a motorcycle. The reality is that any two-wheel vehicle takes a different skills set to maneuver our streets.
With that in mind, the GMSP welcomes scooter owners to participate in our License Waiver Basic and Experienced rider education courses. Scooter owners can now enroll their machine in a rider education program, and if successful, earn a license waiver.
Of course, there are a few rules.
Signs, Signals and Road Markings
Georgia law requires that all drivers, including bicyclists, obey official highway signs and traffic control signals unless otherwise directed by a police officer or emergency worker.
Shapes of Signs
The State of Georgia uses seven basic shapes of signs to convey traffic control instructions. Drivers should know signs by their shapes and colors so that they may recognize them from a distance and begin reacting.
Warning signs are usually yellow with black markings. (Warning signs can also be fluorescent green with black markings.) They alert you to conditions that are immediately ahead. There may be road hazards, changes in traffic direction or some other potentially hazardous situation that requires action on your part.
Construction and Maintenance Warning Signs
Warning signs for construction and maintenance projects are used to alert you to dangers ahead and give you enough time in which to adjust your speed accordingly. These signs are orange with black markings.
As you travel along Georgia’s highways, the following blue and white signs will give directions to service facilities.
Guide signs may indicate what road you are on, and how to get to your destination. Many guide signs are rectangular, but some have other shapes. There are several different kinds of guide signs — route markers, information, destination, distance, and location signs. These signs may be accompanied by a “To” sign or an arrow, indicating the highway, facility, or location that can be reached by following the signs. Here are some examples:
Traffic Signals and Signs
Traffic signals are placed at intersections to control the orderly movement of traffic and to prevent accidents. Drivers (including bicyclists) and pedestrians must obey these signals except when an officer is directing traffic. If a traffic signal is not functioning at all at an intersection, all drivers must treat the intersection as if a stop sign is posted for all directions. If a traffic signal is malfunctioning and flashing, drivers must proceed based on the color of the flashing signal they are facing: if the driver is facing a yellow flashing signal, the driver may proceed with caution; if the driver is facing a red flashing signal, the driver must stop and wait until it is safe to proceed.
Lane Control Signals
Some roadways are designed to accommodate different traffic demands during the day through the use of a reversible lane system. Appropriate travel lanes on a roadway utilizing a reversible lane system are indicated as follows:
Overhead Lane Signs
“HAWK’ stands for High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk. It is a new kind of signal designed to help pedestrians cross busy streets.
Pavement markings, like highway signs, are used to warn and direct drivers to regulate traffic.
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.