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1. To stop quickly, you should:
Only apply the front brake.
Apply both brakes at the same time.
Apply the front brake first.

To stop quickly, you should apply both brakes at the same time.

2. May motorcyclists ride in pairs?
Yes, but only if the roadway has a lot of traffic.
Yes, at any time.

Motorcyclists are entitled to the width of a full traffic lane and drivers of other vehicles are not permitted to share their lane. However, two motorcycles may legally occupy the same lane and ride two abreast.

3. Wearing which of the following colors will make you less visible to other motorists?

To make yourself more visible to other road users, it is best if you choose to wear bright orange, red, yellow, or green clothing. Avoid wearing drab or dark colors while riding.

4. 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.

5. What can remove alcohol from a person's system?

The only way to sober up after drinking is to give your body the time it needs to remove the alcohol. There are no techniques that will speed up this process.

6. Motorcycles:
Need less room to stop than other larger vehicles.
Need as much room to stop as other larger vehicles.
Can stop instantly.

A rider should always maintain a cushion of space appropriate for conditions. Motorcycles need as much room to stop as other vehicles.

7. The best clothing for a motorcyclist:
Feels uncomfortable.
Provides protection in a crash.
Should not stand out to other motorists.

Properly chosen clothing for riding provides a rider with protection in the event of a crash while keeping the rider comfortable and ensuring that they are visible to other road users.

8. The formation you should take when riding in a group:
Is always single-file.
Depends on the situation.
Is always staggered.

In general, it is best for a group to ride in a staggered formation. Move into a single-file formation when taking a curve, making a turn, entering a highway, or leaving a highway.

9. 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.

10. When riding on a slippery surface, you should:
Avoid making sudden moves, as doing so could cause a skid.
Travel on the shoulder to be out of the way of traffic.
Use only the rear brake because the front brake is ineffective on slippery surfaces.

On a slippery surface, any sudden change in speed or direction could result in a skid. Be as smooth as possible when you speed up, shift gears, turn, or brake on such a surface.

11. A plastic face shield is:
Required by law.
Not required, but recommended.
Not encouraged.

Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear a plastic face shield on their helmet to protect their face and eyes while riding. Full face shields can provide riders with the best protection.

12. When entering a turn, it is best to:
Change gears before the turn.
Change gears during the turn.
Take the motorcycle out of gear.

It is best to change gears before entering a turn. If you must change gears while in a turn, be sure to do so smoothly.

13. You should operate the engine cut-off switch and pull in the clutch when:
The throttle is stuck and you cannot free it.
You start to lose control in a curve.
The motorcycle starts to wobble.

If the throttle becomes stuck and you are unable to free it, immediately operate the engine cut-off switch and pull in the clutch at the same time. This will remove power from the rear wheel until you are able to safely leave the road and stop.

14. 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.

15. What does a flashing red traffic light mean?
Come to a complete stop and proceed when it is safe to do so.
Only stop to yield to other traffic.
Vehicles will be entering the roadway.

A flashing red traffic light means the same thing as a stop sign. You must come to a complete stop, yield to all crossing traffic and pedestrians, and proceed when it is safe to do so.

16. 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.

17. Convex mirrors:
Provide a narrow view of the road behind you.
Provide a wide view of the road behind you.
Are illegal.

In comparison to flat mirrors, convex mirrors provide a wider view of the road behind you. They also make objects seem farther away than they actually are. Take the time to get used to your mirrors if your motorcycle is equipped with convex mirrors.

18. When carrying a passenger, a motorcycle takes:
Less time than usual to stop and speed up.
The same amount of time to stop and speed up as it usually does.
More time than usual to stop and speed up.

The more weight being carried by a motorcycle, the more time the motorcycle takes to accelerate and decelerate. Your motorcycle will respond to your commands more slowly when carrying a passenger than it will when you are the only person on the bike.

19. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends a SEE strategy to make safe judgments while riding. What does "SEE" stand for?
Search, Evaluate, and Execute.
Slow, Experienced, and Error-free.
Safe, Experienced, and Evasive.

Experienced riders use a SEE strategy while riding to make safe judgements. "SEE" stands for Search, Evaluate, and Execute.

20. Unlike other substances, alcohol:
Is very quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Needs to be digested to enter the bloodstream.
Can improve your riding ability.

Unlike other substances, alcohol does not need to be digested before entering the bloodstream. It is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and small intestine, quickly reaching and affecting the brain.

21. Improper braking:
Usually has no consequences.
Is a significant contributing factor to many motorcycle crashes.
Should not be a concern, since the motorcycle has two brakes.

Improper braking is a significant contributing factor to many motorcycle crashes. Using a proper braking technique is an important part of riding safely.

22. 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.

23. Before starting out, you should make sure the fuel valve is:

Before setting out on a ride, you should make sure that your motorcycle's fuel supply valve is open. If the fuel valve is closed, the engine may still start with the fuel that is remaining in the lines from a previous ride, but it will stall once the lines are empty.

24. Alcohol begins to affect the body:
Within minutes of being consumed.
About an hour after being consumed.
About two hours after being consumed.

Alcohol does not need to be digested to enter the bloodstream. It is able to reach the brain and begin to affect the drinker's body within minutes of being consumed.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. When riding with a group of motorcyclists, a staggered formation:
Is recommended at all times.
Should not be used when entering or exiting a highway.
Should be used when riding in curves.

While riding in a staggered formation is generally advisable, a group of motorcyclists should switch to a single-file formation when riding in curves, turning, and entering or leaving a highway.

28. 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.

29. When preparing to pass a vehicle on the left, you should ride in which portion of the lane?
The left portion
The center portion
The right portion

When preparing to pass a vehicle on the left, you should ride in the left portion of your lane. Doing this will increase your line of vision and help drivers in the next lane anticipate your move.

30. A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield:
Is not necessary if you have a windshield.
Only protects your eyes.
Helps protect your whole face.

A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield provides protection for your entire face. A windshield is not an adequate substitute for a good face shield.

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