Essentials in Preparing Your Motorcycle for Scenic Connecticut Roads

The Winter winds are finally subsiding and the warm open road is waiting for you to get out and ride! But after leaving your ride in storage for the Winter, it’s important when preparing your motorcycle to check all of your safety equipment and review the laws and regulations to ensure your next road trip ends safely.

Motorcycle Laws and Regulations in CT

There are some important motorcycle safety regulations to keep in mind before you take yours out on the Connecticut roads. Eye protection is mandatory unless your vehicle has a windscreen, and if your bike was manufactured after 1980, daytime headlight use is required. Also, remember that riding two abreast in one lane is prohibited.

Licensing Courses

The Connecticut Rider Education Program for Motorcycle Safety offers four skill levels of courses which are available to all riders. You may also be eligible for a 10% discount on your motorcycle insurance policy by completing a rider education course in Connecticut.

Equipment Requirements

Although Connecticut law does not require motorcycle operators over the age of 18 to wear a helmet, doing so is one of the most crucial steps you can take to ensure your safety! According to state motorcycle accident statistics, in more than two-thirds of fatal motorcycle crashes the driver wasn’t wearing a helmet. Don’t skip this simple and essential step! Other requirements in Connecticut include having at least one rear-view mirror and a properly functioning muffler.

Restrictions for Riders Under 18

Riders under the age of 18 years old MUST wear a helmet at all times and are also required to complete a rider education course.

Insurance Requirements

Before you bask in the Spring sunshine, take the time to review your motorcycle insurance policy to make any necessary updates. A compulsory liability insurance policy is the minimum requirement in the state of Connecticut.

Does your current motorcycle insurance policy need to be reviewed or updated? Before you begin preparing your motorcycle for the beauty that New England has to offer during the Spring, contact Waitte’s Insurance Agency today and receive a premium quote!

Own a Snowmobile in Connecticut? Here’s What You Need to Know

As December sets in, it’s just a matter of time until snowfall hits Connecticut, which means that it’s time to prepare your snowmobile and understand the laws attached to using it. Thankfully, snowmobiles can be extremely helpful and easy to use, as long as you understand the rules and restrictions that you need to follow.

To start, consider which licenses and registrations are required for snowmobile use. Connecticut law requires that any snowmobile that is used outside of the property owned or leased by its owner must be registered with the state. In order to do this, you can register with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The snowmobile’s registration must be carried inside the vehicle at all times, and its registration plate must be clearly displayed on the back. Furthermore, the registration number must be displayed in letters at least three inches high and made of reflective material, on each side (right and left), halfway between the top and bottom of the front section of the snowmobile.

Out-of-state registered snowmobiles may be used in Connecticut only if they are registered in a state that grants similar privileges as Connecticut, which as of now is only the state of Vermont. Connecticut residents must register their snowmobiles with the state DMV. Out-of-state snowmobile users can register their vehicles with the state by submitting an Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (form H-13) and a $35 fee.

Minors (age 16 or 17) may only register a snowmobile if parental consent is granted and financial responsibility insurance is provided. The minimum age for registering a snowmobile in the state of Connecticut is 16.

Snowmobiling is restricted on public highways unless the snowmobile is driven by a licenced motor vehicle operator. In order to cross a public highway, the snowmobile must come to a complete stop and cross at a 90-degree angle, yielding to motor vehicles using the highway. Make sure that you cross at an area that is unobstructed and where there is a minimal chance of running into vehicles using the highway.

Understanding and abiding by these rules will help you have a smooth and stress-free snowmobiling season. Check with the Department of Motor Vehicles with any questions you may have, and be sure to contact Waitte’s Insurance Agency for your snowmobile insurance quote.