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1. A sign that your rear tire has suddenly gone flat is that:
The back of your motorcycle is swaying from side to side.
You heard a loud noise.
A discharge of air can be seen.

If the rear tire of a motorcycle goes flat, the back of the motorcycle may jerk or sway from side to side. If you experience this movement when riding your motorcycle, you should stop riding and check your tires as soon as possible.

2. If you have a passenger aboard your motorcycle, you should do all of the following, except:
Ride at speeds that are slower than usual.
Allow more distance to stop than usual.
Tell the passenger to hold onto the back of the bike.

A motorcycle that is carrying a passenger will handle differently than usual due to the added weight of the additional rider. An operator should ride at slower speeds and allow more time and distance to slow down and stop. A passenger should hold firmly and securely onto the motorcycle's passenger handgrips or onto the operator's waist, hips, or midsection.

3. When riding behind a car, traveling in the center portion of the lane:
Allows you to be seen in its rearview mirror.
Usually makes it difficult for the driver to see you.
Should be avoided.

When following a car, you should ride in a position that allows the driver to see you in their rearview mirror. Usually, that means riding in the center portion of the lane. Because most drivers check their rearview mirrors much more often than they check their side mirrors, being in this lane position increases the chance that they will see you.

4. What does this sign mean?
Vehicles will be entering the roadway.
Signal ahead.
Come to a complete stop and proceed when it is safe to do so.

Octagonal signs that are colored red are always stop signs. When approaching one of these signs, you must come to a complete stop, yield to any other traffic or pedestrians, and proceed once it is safe to do so.

5. What should you do if you must ride on a slippery surface?
Slow down
Make sudden moves

On a slippery surface, you should reduce your speed, avoid making sudden moves, and brake by using both brakes.

6. When riding a motorcycle, your feet should be:
On the footrests for balance.
Pointed with your toes aiming downward.

When riding, your feet should be kept firmly on your motorcycle's footrests for balance. Your toes should not be pointed downward, as this may cause them to get caught between the road and the footrests.

7. When riding over scored pavement in a work zone, you should:
Look downward to see the changes in the road surface.
Keep your head and eyes up.
Stay to the left side of the lane.

When riding over scored pavement in a work zone, keep your head and eyes up. Ride slowly, keep a steady throttle, and don't try to fight the handlebars.

8. How many alcoholic drinks need to be consumed before the drinker's riding ability is affected?

As little as one alcoholic drink can have a significant effect on your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. It is never a safe choice to ride after consuming any amount of alcohol.

9. When riding at night, maintain a minimum following distance of:
Two seconds.
Three seconds.
Four seconds.

Because it can be difficult to judge distances in the dark, ride with a following distance of at least three seconds when traveling at night.

10. When attempting to pass another vehicle, you should:
Ride within the posted speed limits.
Exceed the posted speed limit to complete the pass, but not by more than 10 mph.
Pass more than one vehicle at a time.

All passes must be completed within legal speed limits. Riders should pass only where it is safe and legal to do so.

11. Will a DOT-compliant helmet limit a motorcyclist's view of the road?
Yes, a helmet dramatically reduces a rider's view to the sides.
It depends. Some DOT-compliant helmets limit a rider's view.
No. A DOT-compliant helmet will never limit a rider's view to the sides.

A U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant helmet will allow you to see as far to the sides as is necessary for safe riding.

12. If passing another vehicle:
You may exceed the speed limit until the pass is complete.
You may disregard no passing zone markings if you began the pass in a passing zone.
You must observe the posted speed limit.

All passes must be completed within the posted speed limits and only in areas where passing is permitted.

13. When riding a motorcycle, you should:
Always wear a jacket.
Only wear a jacket at night.
Only wear a jacket if it is cold outside.

You should always wear a sturdy jacket with long sleeves when riding a motorcycle, even if the weather is warm.

14. Riding gloves should be made of:
Any soft material.

To provide maximum grip and protection, riding gloves should be made of leather or a similar durable material.

15. Should you wear gloves while riding a motorcycle?
Yes. Your hands may cold while riding.
Yes. They provide an improved grip and help protect your hands.
No. Gloves are not recommended as they can interfere with the controls.

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.

16. When entering a turn, you should:
Slow down.
Speed up.
Come to a complete stop.

Reduce your speed before entering a turn. If you take a turn too fast, you may end up veering out of your lane or even off the road.

17. The gearshift is located:
By the left footrest.
By the right footrest.
By the right handle grip.

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

18. The risk of a head or neck injury is reduced:
By wearing a helmet.
By riding more slowly.
By reading the owner’s manual.

A head or neck injury is always a risk when riding a motorcycle, regardless of your speed of travel. With few exceptions, the risk of head and neck injuries is greatly reduced by properly wearing a quality helmet.

19. When the lights on this sign are flashing, what should you do?
Stop and wait until the train passes.
Proceed with caution.
Turn around and find an alternate route.

When approaching a railroad crossing that is controlled by a sign with flashing lights, you must come to a complete stop and wait until the train has passed and the lights have stopped flashing before proceeding. Never try to outdrive a train.

20. When sitting on a motorcycle, you should:
Use your arms to hold up your body.
Sit at an angle so your arms can support your weight.
Sit so you can use your arms to control the motorcycle.

Sit with a posture that allows you to use your arms to control your motorcycle. You should not be positioned in a way that requires your arms to prop up your body and support your weight.

21. When being followed by a tailgater, you should:
Change lanes and let them pass or slow down to allow for more space ahead of your motorcycle.
Ignore them.
Increase your speed.

If you are being followed by a tailgater, you should ride in a way that encourages them to pass you. Riding at a higher speed may only result in them tailgating you at a higher speed, increasing the danger.

22. What does a solid yellow traffic light mean?
The traffic light is about to change to red.
The traffic light is about to change to green.
Stop and wait for traffic to pass.

A solid yellow traffic light warns that the signal is about to change to red. You must slow and come to a stop before the intersection if it is safe to do so. If you are already within the intersection when the light turns yellow, continue through the intersection.

23. As you consume more alcohol, your ability to safely ride:
Stays the same.

The skills a person needs to ride safely decrease as the amount of alcohol consumed increases. If you have consumed alcohol in any amount, it is safest not to ride your motorcycle.

24. Using the front and rear brakes simultaneously:
Allows for maximum braking power.
Should not be done at highway speeds.
Is ineffective when trying to stop a motorcycle.

Maximum straight-line braking is accomplished by fully and simultaneously applying the front and rear brakes without locking either wheel.

25. If you must stop quickly, you should:
Use the front brake only.
Use the front brake first.
Use the front brake at the same time as the rear brake.

The best way to stop quickly is to apply controlled pressure to both the rear and front brakes at the same time. Be careful not to lock the brakes in the process.

26. When it starts raining, it is best to:
Get off the road.
Ride in the tire tracks left by other vehicles.
Ride in the center portion of the lane.

When it starts to rain, avoid riding in the center of the lane. Instead, ride in the tire tracks left by cars ahead of you. The left tire track is often best for riding, but this can vary based on traffic and other conditions.

27. A benefit of keeping a cushion of space between you and surrounding vehicles is that:
You are better able to draft off of other vehicles.
You will be able to stop quickly.
You will have more time to react to the movements of other drivers.

It is important to maintain a cushion of space around your motorcycle at all times. This way, if a hazard arises, you will have more time to respond to the hazard and more space to safely maneuver.

28. Under normal riding conditions, one of the best ways to help others see your motorcycle is:
To flash your lights.
To keep your high beam headlight turned on.
To ensure that your motorcycle is painted a dark color.

The best way to help others see your motorcycle is to have your headlight turned on (as well as your running lights, if applicable). Use your high beam headlight both day and night, whenever it is legal and safe to do so.

29. Maximum straight-line braking is achieved by:
Locking up both wheels.
Using both brakes, but not locking up either wheel.
Using only the front brake.

Maximum straight-line braking is accomplished by fully applying both the front and rear brakes without locking either wheel.

30. As your motorcycle accelerates, you will need to:
Shift to a higher gear.
Shift to a lower gear.
Put the bike in neutral.

As your motorcycle accelerates, you will need to shift into a higher gear.

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