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1. When stopping your motorcycle while carrying a passenger, you should:
Ride a little faster than you normally would.
Start slowing earlier than you normally would.
Merge into smaller gaps of traffic than you normally would.

A passenger places extra weight on a motorcycle. Because of the added weight, the motorcycle will respond to the operator's movements more slowly than it would otherwise, taking more time to speed up, slow down, and turn. To accommodate the change in handling when carrying a passenger, you should reduce your speed, begin slowing down earlier when you stop, and look for larger gaps when crossing, entering, or merging into traffic.

2. Mirrors on motorcycles:
Have blind spots, just like cars.
Do not have blind spots.
Are not required.

The mirrors of motorcycles have blind spots, just like those of cars. Always turn your head to check your blind spot before changing lanes.

3. To shift up to a higher gear, you must:
Place your foot under the shift lever and lift.
Place your foot over the shift lever and push.
Use your thumb to move the lever.

To shift up to a higher gear, position your foot under the shift lever and lift.

4. When consumed together, the effects of alcohol and drugs:
Are less dangerous than when either is consumed alone.
Often balance out.
Can be more pronounced than when either is consumed alone.

Many drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, can impair your ability to ride safely. Some medications become even more dangerous when combined with alcohol.

5. When riding at night:
Only ride in the left portion of the lane to better see around other vehicles ahead.
Ride closely to the vehicle in front of you to most effectively use their headlights.
Reduce your speed to increase your chances of avoiding an unexpected hazard.

At night, you should always ride at a lower speed than you would under similar conditions during the day. Doing so will give you a better chance of avoiding hazards. Additionally, increase your following distance and be flexible about your lane position.

6. When riding a motorcycle:
The mirrors provide a perfect view.
The mirrors do not show your blind spots.
The mirrors should not be used, except when parking.

As with any other vehicle, the mirrors of a motorcycle have blind spots. Always turn your head to check for traffic in your blind spot before changing lanes.

7. The oily strip down the center of a lane:
Should only be traveled upon if you are sharing the lane with another vehicle.
Usually provides adequate traction for riding, unless it is raining.
Should be avoided at all times.

While the center strip of the road can be oily, it usually provides enough traction for safe riding, unless it is raining. The oily strip is usually no more than two feet wide, so motorcyclists can generally ride on either side of the strip and still be in the center portion of the lane.

8. How should a group of motorcyclists pass another vehicle?
In a staggered formation
In pairs
One at a time

On a two-lane road, a group of motorcyclists should pass another vehicle one at a time. Each motorcyclist should complete the pass before another begins to pass.

9. Of the following, which is not a reason to keep a cushion of space between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you?
It allows you more time to respond to hazards.
It prevents you from finding an escape route.
It provides space to maneuver your motorcycle.

Maintaining an adequate space cushion ensures that you will have time to respond if another driver makes a mistake. A cushion of space also allows you the space you need to safely maneuver your motorcycle.

10. Before riding, a motorcycle operator should check the clutch. A properly working clutch should feel:
Loose and rough.
Tight and smooth.
Loose and smooth.

Check your clutch and throttle before riding your motorcycle. The throttle should snap back when you let go and the clutch should feel tight and smooth.

11. The best way to stop quickly is to:
Use only your front brake.
Use only your rear brake.
Use both brakes at the same time.

To stop quickly, apply controlled pressure to both the front and rear brakes at the same time.

12. Which of the following colors should you wear to increase your visibility when riding during the day?
Dark blue

You should wear brightly-colored clothing when riding to maximize your chances of being seen. Bright oranges, reds, yellows, and greens are best. Most collisions occur in broad daylight, so be sure to wear bright clothing even when riding during the day.

13. If your rear wheel locks up while you are stopping on a straightaway:
You can usually maintain control of the motorcycle.
You will likely lose control of the motorcycle.
You will need to release the rear brake to regain control of the motorcycle.

If you accidentally lock your rear wheel while stopping on a straightaway, you can keep it locked until you have completely stopped. Even with a locked rear wheel, you can usually control your motorcycle if it is upright and traveling in a straight line.

14. Motorcycles may pass on the right:
If there is at least eight feet of unobstructed pavement.
By riding on the shoulder of the road.
By riding on the grass, if it is level.

Motorcyclists may pass on the right if there is unobstructed pavement with a width of at least eight feet to the right of the vehicle being passed. Motorcyclists, and other drivers, should never leave the road to pass another vehicle.

15. A pre-ride inspection:
Takes only minutes.
Takes about an hour.
Should only be done by a certified mechanic.

You should do a pre-ride inspection of your motorcycle before every ride. This will usually take only a few minutes.

16. If vehicles are present on both sides of you motorcycle, which lane position is usually the best option?

There is no lane position that is always best and no lane position that should always be avoided. A responsible rider will adjust their position as road and traffic conditions warrant. If vehicles are on both the left and right sides of a rider, the center lane position is probably the safest option.

17. Helmets are:
Required for all riders.
Not required, but recommended.
Only required for inexperienced motorcycle users.

Georgia law requires riders to wear U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant helmets every time they ride. A helmet is a rider's best defense against head and neck injuries in the event of an accident.

18. When you are being passed on the left, you should:
Speed up.
Ride in the right portion of the lane.
Ride in the center portion of the lane.

When being passed on your left, you should ride in the center portion of your lane. Riding in the right portion of the lane can be dangerous as it may tempt the passing driver to re-enter your lane too quickly.

19. A "wobble," or a sudden shaking of the front wheel and handle bars, can usually be traced to:
Incorrect tire pressure or uneven loading.
Improperly tightening the front wheel to the frame.
Hitting an object with the front tire.

A “wobble” is when the front wheel and handlebars suddenly start to shake from side to side. Most wobbles are a result of improper loading, unsuitable accessories, or incorrect tire pressure.

20. You are most likely to get into a collision:
At an intersection.
When riding in a group.
Traveling on the expressway.

The greatest potential for conflict between you and other traffic exists at intersections.

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

It is a good idea to get into the habit of using both the front and rear brakes every time you slow or stop.

22. What does a traffic signal displaying a solid red arrow mean?
Drivers must come to a complete stop.
Drivers may proceed through the intersection with caution.
Drivers must yield to oncoming traffic.

A traffic signal displaying a solid red arrow has the same meaning as a red traffic light. Drivers must come to a complete stop and wait for a traffic signal that allows them to turn in their desired direction.

23. It can be difficult to ride right after it starts raining because:
Some other drivers may not react quickly enough to the rain.
Pavement will be especially slippery.
Other drivers do not drive fast enough in wet weather.

Pavement can be particularly slippery after it has just started to rain. Oil from vehicles will have not yet washed away from the surface of the road, forming a slippery mixture with the water.

24. The best way to avoid fatigue when riding your motorcycle on a long trip is to:
Take frequent breaks to rest.
Ride as fast as possible.
Take artificial stimulants.

To avoid becoming fatigued when riding your motorcycle on a long trip, limit how much time is spent riding each day and take frequent rest breaks. Avoid the use of artificial stimulants because you may experience extreme fatigue when they start to wear off.

25. Which of the following is not recommended as protective apparel for motorcycle users?
Long pants
A baseball cap

When riding a motorcycle, it is highly recommended that you wear protective apparel. Clothing that may help protect a motorcycle user in the case of a crash include long-sleeved jackets; long, heavy pants; over-the-ankle, closed-toe boots; and full-fingered leather gloves. It is a good idea to cover as much skin as possible when riding a motorcycle.

26. Footrests:
May be shared by the driver and passenger
Are required for the driver and passenger
Are not required

Keep your feet firmly on the footrests for balance. The motorcycle should be equipped with passenger footrests. Firm footing prevents your passenger from falling off and pulling you off, too.

27. When entering a curve, you should position your motorcycle:
In the outside of the curve.
In the inside of the curve.
Where you can most safely handle road and traffic conditions.

All curves are different. When taking a curve, choose a lane position that is appropriate for conditions and adjust as needed.

28. To stay safe on a long trip, you should:
Try to travel as far as you can in a single day.
Minimize stopping.
Not use artificial stimulants.

To reduce the risk of fatigue on a long trip, dress to protect yourself against tiring elements, such as wind and rain. Limit yourself to no more than about six hours of riding per day and take a rest break at least every two hours. Avoid using artificial stimulants because they may cause extreme fatigue when they begin to wear off.

29. The human body removes alcohol at a rate of:
About one drink per hour.
About two drinks per hour.
About three drinks per hour.

On average, a person's body can remove the alcohol content of about one drink per hour. This rate can vary based on the individual. The safest option is to not ride after consuming any amount of alcohol.

30. When choosing a helmet, you should ensure that it:
Has no cracks or defects.
Looks nice.
Fits loosely.

To get the best possible protection, choose a helmet that meets U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and state standards. It should fit snugly all the way around and be free of obvious defects, like cracks, loose padding, and frayed straps.

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