Rules of the Road for Motorcyclists

Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida


Motorcyclists are subject to certain rules and regulations that other motorists are not. Many of these laws are enacted to increase safety and reduce the likelihood of a serious motorcycle accident.


If you live and ride in Florida, you are probably aware of Florida’s laws. If you are not a Florida resident but anticipate traveling through Florida by motorcycle in the future, you should be aware of our motorcycle laws. It may save you the expense of a moving violation ticket, or even save your life.


Florida Motorcycle Laws


The state of Florida has instituted the following laws and regulations for motorcyclists using their roads:


  • Helmets – Helmets must be worn if the operator is under 21. Riders over the age of 21 are not required to wear a helmet provided they have a minimum of $10,000 in medical insurance
  • Eye protection - Eye protection must be worn even if the motorcycle is equipped with a windshield.
  • Turn signals – Not required
  • Daytime headlight and taillight use – Daytime headlight use is required. Modulating/variable intensity headlights are permitted.
  • Passenger seat and footrest - A permanently affixed passenger seat and footrests are required in order to carry a passenger. There is no age restriction for passengers in Florida.
  • Yearly motorcycle inspections – Florida does not require that a periodic motorcycle safety inspection be performed by a DMV-approved inspection agent.
  • Earphone and helmet speakers – Earphones are not allowed, helmet speakers are.
  • Additional equipment requirements - Motorcycles must also be equipped with at least one rearview mirror, license plate lamp, stop lamp, horn, one red rear reflector, and a suitable muffler. License plates must be affixed to the bike so that the numbers can be read horizontally left to right.
  • Other rules - Motorcyclists are allowed full use of an entire lane at all times, but may not ride more than two wide in any lane. Lane splitting, or driving between cars down the center line is not permitted. Performing “wheelies” on a roadway is prohibited.


If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida area and have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact experienced Orlando motorcycle accident attorney Stephen J. Knox today to arrange your free case evaluation. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.

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