Make it a Safe Ride: TNCC Motorcycle Classes Promote Safety on the Road

Published: November 5, 2009

According to reports, more people have been killed in motorcycle accidents this year in Hampton Roads than in 2008. As the fall season rolls in with its beautiful mild weather, many motorcycle owners are planning scenic rides to enjoy wonderful autumn views. Now is the perfect time for new and advanced riders to consider taking a Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) motorcycle safety course to reduce their risks on the road.

Motorcycle riders face many more dangers on the road than automobile drivers. TNCC offers year-round Virginia Rider Training Program motorcycle classes to provide riders with the opportunity to continually enhance their knowledge and driving ability while operating a motorcycle.

Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development instructors are experienced riders and nationally certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Gary Estes, an instructor, has been riding for approximately 42 years. “My goal is to save lives, but I also want to share my love of riding with others,” says Estes. “Every time I ride, I use the concepts and skills that are taught in the class to reduce the risks of riding for myself and my passenger,” he adds. TNCC classes give riders the opportunity to learn new techniques and practice their skills in a controlled, safe environment.

In addition to increasing their safety skills, successful participants may qualify for up to a 10% motorcycle insurance discount. Also, the Virginia DMV waives written and riding exams for successful completion of the course if the rider has a Virginia Driver’s License. Students from other states will still have to take and pass the written component for the Virginia state licensing exam.

Classes are offered every week and are taught at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center located at 600 Butler Farms Road, adjacent to Thomas Nelson Community College’s Hampton campus. For more information and to register, call 757.825.2758 or visit, and click on current classes. Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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