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Alabama MOTORCYCLE DMV Practice Test 11

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1. Lanes of traffic moving in the same direction are separated by:
White lines.
Yellow lines.
Road signs.

White lines are used to separate traffic moving in the same direction. Solid lines indicate that drivers are not permitted to pass, whereas dashed lines indicate that drivers are permitted to pass, if it is safe to do so.

2. The front brake supplies about how much of a motorcycle's potential stopping power?
About one-quarter
About one-half
About three-quarters

The front brake of a motorcycle is more powerful than the rear brake. It can provide three-quarters of the bike's total stopping power.

3. To reduce the chances of a collision, you should:
Wear bright or reflective clothing.
Change lanes frequently.
Focus only on your riding, not on your surroundings.

Wearing bright or reflective clothing can help make you more visible to other drivers and reduce your risk of being involved in a collision. Always maintain an awareness of surrounding drivers to better prepare yourself for their movements.

4. If you have to ride over an object, you should:
Increase your speed.
Lean your motorcycle.
Slow down.

If you cannot avoid riding over an obstacle, you should approach it at as close to a 90-degree angle as possible. Slow down, make sure your motorcycle is straight, rise slightly off of your seat, and roll on the throttle just before contact.

5. To control a motorcycle well, a rider should:
Use their arms to steer, not to support their body.
Sit far enough back that their arms are not bent when reaching for the handle grips.
Keep their knees away from the gas tank.

When riding, you should be positioned so that you are able to easily operate all controls. Sit with your arms slightly bent and use your arms to steer rather than to hold yourself up. Keep your knees against the gas tank to help maintain your balance during turns.

6. Noise created by wind:
Is easy to get used to.
May cause irreversible hearing damage.
Is never a danger.

Long-term exposure to wind noise can permanently damage your hearing. Using proper ear plugs or other hearing protection when riding is recommended.

7. Locking your brakes can:
Be helpful in most situations.
Improve steering.
Cause control problems.

Locking the brakes can cause control problems. If your front brake locks, you should release the brake then immediately re-apply it. If you lock your rear brake when stopping on a good traction surface, keep it locked until you have completely stopped.

8. Where is the gearshift located?
In front of the left footrest
In front of the right footrest
On the right handle grip

The gearshift lever of a motorcycle is located in front of the left footrest and is operated by using the left foot.

9. To improve your chances of being seen, you should:
Use your headlight only at night or when conditions reduce visibility.
Always use your headlight.
Add an orange tint to your headlight.

The single most effective thing you can do to help others see your motorcycle is ride with your headlight on at all times.

10. A primary cause of single-vehicle motorcycle collisions is:
Motorcyclists' tendency to ride too fast for weather conditions.
Motorcyclists turning too wide in a curve or turn.
Motorcyclists running off the road while trying to avoid a collision with another vehicle.

A primary cause of single-vehicle collisions is motorcyclists running too wide in a curve or turn. Taking a turn too wide can cause a motorcycle to leave the roadway or collide with an object.

11. When riding, jackets and pants should:
Fit loosely enough to allow the wind to catch the fabric.
Be snug enough to keep from flapping in the wind.
Be tight enough to prevent you from moving freely.

Jackets and pants should fit snugly enough that they do not flap in the wind, but also loosely enough that you are able to move freely.

12. When approaching a blind intersection, you should:
Move into the portion of the lane that will bring you into another driver’s field of vision at the earliest possible moment.
Stop at the stop sign or signal and then proceed normally.
Flash your lights and sound your horn to alert other drivers to your presence.

When approaching a blind intersection, move into the portion of the lane that will bring you into another driver’s field of vision at the earliest possible moment.

13. Unlike other beverages, alcohol:
Is absorbed into the bloodstream right away.
Needs to be digested.
Doesn’t affect humans.

Unlike other substances in food and drink, alcohol does not need to be digested. It is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and small intestine, enters the bloodstream, and quickly reaches the brain.

14. If using saddlebags to carry a load, you should:
Load the bags as evenly as possible.
Unevenly distribute weight into the saddlebags.
Place as much weight as possible into one saddlebag.

Saddlebags should be loaded with approximately equal weights. If a load is distributed unevenly between bags, it may cause the motorcycle to drift to one side.

15. When slowing or stopping a motorcycle, you should:
Not change gears.
Shift up through the gears.
Shift down through the gears.

You should shift down through the gears with the clutch as you slow or stop. Remain in first gear while stopped so you can move quickly, if needed.

16. When riding a motorcycle, you should:
Wear half-fingered gloves.
Wear full-fingered gloves.
Not wear gloves.

Wearing gloves while riding provides an improved grip and help protect your hands. You should use gloves that are full-fingered and made of a durable material.

17. A motorcycle’s brake light is _________ a passenger vehicle’s brake light.
More noticeable than
Just as noticeable as
Not as noticeable as

Your motorcycle’s brake light is usually not as noticeable as that of a larger vehicle, especially when the taillight is on. Be aware that surrounding drivers may not notice your brake light.

18. What does this sign mean?
Right lane ends
Left lane ends
Traffic control device ahead

Warning signs are yellow with black lettering or symbols and provide important information to motorists about upcoming road conditions. This sign warns that the right lane ends ahead.

19. When stopping, you should:
Use both brakes.
Use the front brake only.
Use the rear brake only.

Use both brakes every time you slow or stop. It is important to be able to brake quickly by using both brakes.

20. What does this sign mean?
Slow-moving vehicle
Railroad crossing

This sign is displayed on the rear of slow-moving vehicles that may be moving more slowly than 25 mph, such as construction equipment, farm machinery, or horse-drawn vehicles.

21. You should pick a lane position that:
Best increases your visibility and allows for a safe cushion of space.
You like, without regard to others.
Gets you close to other vehicles.

Position yourself in the portion of the lane where you are most likely to be seen by other road users and where you can maintain a space cushion around your motorcycle. There is no single lane position that is always best and no single lane position that should always be avoided. A responsible rider adjusts their position as conditions change.

22. When approaching an intersection, a motorcyclist should not:
Choose a lane position that increases their visibility.
Speed up to cross the intersection quickly.
Cover the clutch and brakes to reduce their reaction time.

As you approach an intersection, select a lane position that will make you the most visible to other drivers and cover the clutch and both brakes to reduce your reaction time. Reduce your speed when approaching an intersection. Avoid changing your speed or position radically as doing so may cause surrounding drivers to misinterpret your intentions.

23. To reduce the chances of a collision, a motorcyclist should:
Stare straight in front of their motorcycle.
Be unwilling to move to avoid a potential hazard.
Scan their path of travel, looking at least 10 to 15 seconds ahead of their motorcycle.

To reduce the risk of being involved in a collision, consistently scan your path of travel at least 10 to 15 seconds ahead of your motorcycle. Scanning the road ahead will give you time to react to a hazard before meeting the hazard.

24. You should maintain an increased following distance:
If the pavement is slippery.
If traffic is light.
If you can see through the vehicles in front of you to determine traffic conditions.

An expanded cushion of space is needed if your motorcycle will take longer than normal to stop. If the pavement is slippery, if you cannot see through the vehicle ahead of you, or if traffic is heavy and another driver may try to squeeze in front of you, open up to a minimum four-second following distance.

25. A headlight:
Is a good way to help others see you.
Often distracts other drivers.
Attracts unwanted attention.

The single most effective thing you can do to help other road users see your motorcycle is to have your headlight on at all times while riding, even during the day.

26. When parked on the road, a motorcycle should:
Create an angle with the curb that is between 45 and 90 degrees.
Be parked without a wheel or fender touching the curb.
Be parked parallel to the curb.

When parked on the road, a motorcycle should create an angle with the curb that is between 45 and 90 degrees. A wheel or fender should be touching the curb.

27. After riding over an object on the road, you should:
Continue riding because the danger has passed.
Pull to the side of the road and check your tires and rims for damage.
Stop to remove the object from the road.

After riding over an object on the roadway, you should pull off the road to check your tires and rims for damage before traveling any farther. Ensure that nothing is caught in the drive chain or belt before proceeding.

28. Which of the following is not a method used to maintain control of a motorcycle in a turn?
Accelerate through the turn.
Reduce your speed before turning.
Lean into the turn.

To ensure control when making a turn, you should reduce your speed before entering the turn. Look through the turn in the direction you want to move, press on the handle grip to lean in the appropriate direction, and roll on the throttle through the turn to stabilize suspension.

29. When traveling at night, it is:
Easier to judge distances than it is during the day.
About as easy to judge distances as it is during the day.
More difficult to judge distances than it is during the day.

It is almost always more difficult to judge distances when traveling in the dark than it is when traveling in daylight. Shadows and light contrasts are important cues to the distance of an object. When you must rely on artificial lighting to see the roadway at night, natural contrasts and shadows may be distorted or entirely absent.

30. A good way to handle a tailgater is to:
Encourage the tailgater to pass by slowing down or changing lanes.
Speed up to put distance between you and the tailgater.
Ignore the tailgater.

If you can do so safely, change lanes and let the tailgater pass. Speeding up may only result in them continuing to tailgate you at a higher speed, increasing the danger.

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