Motorcycle Sample Test 1
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What are the requirements for wearing a helmet?
All motorcycle riders and passengers are required to wear helmets at all times
Grabbing the front brake or jamming down on the rear brake:
Can cause the brakes to lock
Passengers on motorcycles should:
Sit as forward as possible without crowding you
When riding with a group of motorcyclists, a staggered formation:
Should not be used when entering or exiting the highway
Should give a clear view through either side
A primary cause of single vehicle motorcycle collisions is:
Motorcyclists running wide in a curve or turn and colliding with an object
The best lane position for a motorcycle:
Can vary depending on road and/or traffic conditions
When riding at night you should:
Reduce your speed because it is harder to see something lying in the road
You should operate the engine cut-off switch and pull in the clutch when:
The throttle is stuck and you cannot free it
What license do you need to operate a moped?
At least a class M2 license
Upshifting or downshifting in a curve:
Should only be done if it can be done smoothly
To avoid confusing other drivers, you should:
make sure your turn signals are off after you finish a turn
Following too closely:
Is a major factor in collisions caused by motorcycles
If your motorcycle starts to wander back-and-forth while riding over metal bridge gratings you should:
relax, stay on course, and ride straight across
If you must carry a load, it should be:
either over or in front of the rear axle
Grabbing the front brake or jamming down on the rear brake:
can cause the brakes to lock
What is the best way to stay out of trouble while riding a motorcycle?
To see it coming by looking well ahead
A motorcycle rider has an advantage over an automobile driver when passing parked vehicles because:
a motorcycle rider can avoid the problems of opening doors and people stepping out from between vehicles by driving in the left part of the lane
Brightly-colored, reflective helmets and clothing:
make motorcycle riders easier to see
To execute a turn safely, a motorcycle rider should always:
lean the motorcycle in the direction of the curve or turn
The best way to handle a tailgater is to
let him or her pass you.
If oncoming traffic is present and you are passing a line of parked cars, which lane position should you choose?
the center lane position to create the biggest space cushion between you and both hazards.
To stop the quickest:
apply both brakes at the same time.
Changing your lane position can
communicate your intentions to other drivers, keep you from being in a blind spot, and provide a possible escape route.
The Class M1/M2 permit includes the following restrictions:
1) no carrying passengers, 2) no freeway driving, and 3) no nighttime driving.
Gravel roads with loose rocks and dirt:
provide little traction for motorcycles.
If the motorcycle starts to wobble,
close the throttle gradually. Fighting the wobble, accelerating, or applying the brakes quickly can make it worse.
In countersteering, to initiate a turn, PUSHING the right handgrip will allow the motorcycle to
In each lane of traffic, there are three lane positions for a motorcycle:
left, center, and right.
Grabbing at the front brake
could cause the wheel to lock. Instead, apply even pressure.
In the Evaluate step of the SEE procedure, you are thinking about
vehicles that may move into your path, hazardous road conditions, and traffic markings and signals.
In locations where there is oil and grease buildup, the best lane position is
the left or the right, where other tires have traveled.
On a road with several lanes, check:
both the far lane and the one next to you. A driver in the far lane may move into the same space you plan to take.
When following a vehicle, you should maintain a:
two-second following distance.
Seventy-five percent of your motorcycle's stopping power is provided by
the front brake.
When making a slow, tight turn, the rider should
keep his or her body straight while leaning the motorcycle. This will help prevent the motorcycle from tipping over.
If an obstacle cannot be avoided and you must drive over it, approach it at a
90-degree angle. This will reduce your risk of losing traction.
When slowing down where others may not expect it, you should:
tap your brake, which will flash your brake light to alert other drivers.
When parked at a roadside, your motorcycle should be parked
at an angle of 45 to 90 degrees to the curb with a wheel or fender touching the curb.
Rolling on the throttle through a turn will
help stabilize the motorcycle.
As you approach the center of a turn, you should
move toward the inside of the curve. Once past the center of the turn, you should move toward the outside of the curve.
At night, you can stay safe by
using the lights of the car ahead of you to help you see, riding with your high beam on, and increasing your following distance.
The most likely place for a collision is
at an intersection. Motorcycles are often not seen by other vehicles.
When preparing to merge into the middle lane of a three-lane road, what should you check?
The lane beside you and the far lane
If you see a car on an entrance ramp that is about to merge into your lane, it is best to
change to another lane
In which of the following situations is it important to change your lane position?
When you are being passed by other vehicles, when you are passing parked cars, or when another car is trying to share a lane with you.
Accelerating in a curve
Helps stabilize the motorcycle. Very slow turns are more dangerous.
In proper riding posture:
your arms are slightly bent, your feet are resting firmly on the footrests, and your knees are against the gas tank for balance.
If your motorcycle was built before 1978, you must
remember to turn on the headlight at all times.
Help protect yourself from injury during a collision by
wearing protective motorcycle clothing and gear.
The best path through a curve
may not follow the curve of the road. Change your lane position to help you.
When passing another vehicle, you should
move quickly through the driver's blind spot.
If your motorcycle begins to wobble, it is important NOT:
to try to accelerate out of the wobble. That might make the motorcycle even more unstable. Instead, gradually close the throttle and pull off the road when it is safe to do so
According to the California Motorcycle Handbook, in traffic, motorcycles need
about the same distance to stop as cars do. Make sure you leave an adequate space cushion.
If a large vehicle such as a truck is passing you on your left, which lane position should you ride in?
The best way to initiate a swerve is to
apply a small amount of pressure to the handlegrip on the side of your intended swerve.
If your front tire fails while you are riding, you should
shift your weight to the rear to help maintain stability.
To avoid lurching when you downshift, make sure the motorcycle is
traveling slowly enough for the lower gear you're about to shift into.
If you are going to pass a vehicle but you feel that it may move into your lane, you should
beep your horn to warn the driver.
If you accidentally lock the rear brake on a surface with good traction,
keep it locked until you have completely stopped.
Motorcyclists must be cautious when approaching an intersection because
their motorcycles are smaller and therefore appear farther away. Exercise caution when approaching intersections.
To maneuver a motorcycle through a tight U-turn, you need to maintain control and balance:
1) Look through the turn to where you want to go. 2) Riding within the friction zone will give you more control through the turn. 3) Dragging the rear brake involves using the rear brake to control the bike's speed and maintain stability. 4) A motorcycle will be easier to maneuver when the weight is kept close to the bike.
When you are following another vehicle, the
center lane position is the best for being seen. You will appear in the vehicle's rear-view mirror, which is likely the mirror that the driver uses most often.
If you need to brake and swerve,
you must brake before or after swerving. Never brake and swerve at the same time.
Park at an angle of 45 to 90 degrees to the curb with a
REAR wheel or fender touching the curb.
When you approach an intersection, you should
select a lane position to increase your visibility to other vehicle operators.
Where are the clutch and brake lever found on your motorcycle?
The clutch is located on the left and the brake lever is located on the right.
A primary cause of single-vehicle collisions is motorcyclists
running wide in a curve or turn.
When riding in a group,
don't tailgate the rider in front of you.