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1. An engine will seize due to:
A lack of oil.
A lack of fuel.
Improper tire inflation.

Engines seize when they are low on oil. Without oil, the engine’s moving parts cannot move smoothly against each other and the engine overheats.

2. 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.

3. What does this sign mean?
Railroad crossing ahead
Reduce speed

Warning signs are yellow with black lettering or symbols and provide important information to motorists about upcoming road conditions. This sign warns that a railroad crossing is ahead.

4. In areas where dangers could be present, a motorcyclist should:
Maintain their speed.
Assume they will be safe.
Cover the clutch and both brake levers to reduce their reaction time.

In high-risk areas, such as intersections, shopping areas, schools, or construction zones, a motorcyclist should reduce their speed. They should cover the clutch and both brake levers to reduce their reaction time in the case of an emergency.

5. Taking a turn too fast can cause a rider to:
Accidentally end up in another lane of traffic.
Get through the turn faster.
Keep control of their motorcycle.

Taking a turn too fast may cause a rider to cross into another lane of traffic, or even leave the road entirely. It is important to slow down before entering a turn or curve.

6. A motorcyclist may not place a toll road transponder:
On the windshield of their motorcycle.
In their pocket.
Under their seat.

There are five locations where it is permissible to place a transponder or other electronic toll payment device, provided that toll readers can detect it. A transponder may be placed in a motorcyclist's pocket, inside a cycle net draped across the gas tank of the motorcycle, on a license plate device, in a storage compartment on the motorcycle, or on the windshield of the motorcycle.

7. Upshifting or downshifting in a curve:
Should only be done if it can be done smoothly.
Is better than shifting before the curve.
Is the best way to control your speed.

It is best to change gears before starting a turn. However, if you must shift while turning, shift smoothly. A sudden change in power to the rear wheel can cause a skid.

8. One problem with a motorcyclist riding directly next to another vehicle is that:
The other vehicle may block the motorcyclist's escape route.
The motorcyclist can be easily seen by other drivers.
The motorcyclist may not be able to read signs on the side of the road.

Riding alongside another vehicle is dangerous because the vehicle could veer into your lane and sideswipe you. Additionally, the vehicle could block your escape route if a hazard arises.

9. When riding on a highway, a motorcyclist should signal _______ before changing lanes.
Two seconds
Five seconds
10 seconds

When riding on the highway, a motorcyclist should signal a lane change at least five seconds in advance. This should give surrounding operators time to safely react to the motorcyclist's intentions.

10. When passing a vehicle, you:
May exceed the speed limit by 10 mph.
Must not exceed the speed limit.
Are required to ride faster than the speed limit.

Passing must be completed within posted speed limits. Only pass another vehicle where it is safe and legal to do so.

11. When motorcyclists ride in a group:
Inexperienced riders should lead the group.
Inexperienced riders should be near the front of the group.
Inexperienced riders should be in the back of the group.

When traveling in a group, less experienced riders should be placed near the front of the group behind the leader. This way, more experienced riders can lead the way and watch the inexperienced riders at the same time.

12. Which material provides the best protection in the case of a crash?
Leather or synthetic materials

Clothing made of sturdy leather or synthetic materials provide riders the best protection in the case of an accident. Riders should wear long pants and jackets while riding.

13. A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield can protect you from:

A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield can protect your face in the event of a crash. It also provides protection against more routine hazards, such as pebbles thrown up from other vehicles, wind, dust, dirt, rain, and insects.

14. When crossing angled railroad tracks, it is usually best to:
Use the shoulder of the road to slow down before crossing the tracks.
Walk your motorcycle across the tracks.
Continue straight within your lane to cross the tracks.

In most cases, it is safest to ride straight within your lane to cross angled railroad or trolley tracks. Changing the angle of your path to cross tracks may send you into another lane, causing a collision with oncoming traffic.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. You have an improved chance of avoiding serious injury in a crash if you wear:
Face or eye protection.
A baseball cap.

Wearing a helmet is your best defense against injury while riding a motorcycle. Wearing a plastic, shatter-resistant face shield can help protect your face from injury in a crash.

18. How should you brake?
With the front brake only
With the rear brake only
With both brakes

Use both brakes every time you slow or stop.

19. When passing a row of parked cars, you should:
Ride on the left side of the lane.
Ride wherever you are most comfortable.
Ride in the right portion of the lane.

When passing a row of parked cars, the left portion of the lane is generally safest for travel. This position will help you avoid hazards like doors being opened, people stepping out from between the parked cars, and cars pulling out of parking spaces. Always be ready to adjust your lane position to respond to changing road and traffic conditions.

20. 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.

21. When riding near a truck:
If you cannot see the truck’s mirrors, the driver cannot see you.
You should not be able to see the truck’s mirrors.
You should concentrate on operating your motorcycle and not worry about the truck’s mirrors.

It is important for motorcyclists to avoid lingering in the blind spots of any vehicle, especially in those of large trucks. Remember that if you can't see the truck's mirrors, the driver can't see you.

22. Compared to a car, a motorcycle needs _____ attention.
Less frequent
The same amount of
More frequent

Compared to a car, a motorcycle requires more frequent attention. If something is wrong with a motorcycle, it is essential that the operator identify the problem before getting into traffic or operating the bike at freeway speeds.

23. 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.

24. What type of footwear is the best for motorcycle riders?
Leather boots

Leather boots provide the best degree of protection when riding. They should be high and sturdy enough to cover and support your ankles.

25. 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.

26. The key to making a quick turn is to:
Shift your weight quickly.
Turn the handlebars quickly.
Get your motorcycle to lean quickly.

The key to making an evasive maneuver is to get your motorcycle to quickly lean in the direction you wish to turn. The sharper the turn, the more it must lean.

27. A motorcyclist should attempt to avoid obstacles on the roadway. If avoiding an obstacle is not possible, the motorcyclist should:
Speed up before coming into contact with the object.
Stay seated so the seat can cushion some of the impact.
Try to approach the obstacle at as close to a 90-degree angle as possible.

If you are unable to avoid an obstacle and must instead ride over it, you should slow down and approach the obstacle at as close to a 90-degree angle as possible.

28. 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.

29. When taking a curve while riding in a group, you should be in:
A single-file formation.
A staggered formation.

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.

30. The normal recommended following distance should be extended if:
The pavement is slippery.
The sun is shining.
You believe stopping will be routine.

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 your following distance.

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