The Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider course has been used as a training program for volunteer riders in South Dakota and in many other states. This study investigates the riding experiences of 818 South Dakota MSF Rider Course participants who were involved in MSF Courses from 1977 through 1979. A comparison group of 329 cyclists was selected who had not participated in the MSF Courses. It was concluded that MSF Rider Course graduates are as likely to become involved in accidents as untrained riders. Possible reasons for this result are discussed and suggestions for future research designs are presented. Multivariate Analyses investigating the predictive validity of the motorcycle knowledge Test, MRC Range Skill Test, and the MOST, indicated no improvement of classification for accident-involved riders if these tests were used separately in the discriminant model. MRC and MOST scores in combination improved the correct classification for accident-involved riders. There were no relationships found between skill test item scores and types of accidents which implied some deficiency in those skills. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the South Dakota Office of State of Community Programs. Motorcycle Safety Foundation, Linthicum, Maryland.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of South Dakota, Vermillion

    Department of Psychology
    Vermillion, SD  United States  57069
  • Authors:
    • Osga, G A
  • Publication Date: 1980-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 244 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331240
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Dissertatn
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM