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California MOTORCYCLE DMV Practice Test 10

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1. Most motorcycle crashes occur:
In broad daylight.
At dusk.
At night.

Most motorcycle crashes happen in broad daylight. Wearing bright colors and reflective materials is always recommended when riding, even during the day.

2. To execute a turn safely, a motorcycle rider should always:
Lean in the direction of the curve.
Slow down in the turn.
Turn by using only the handle bars.

When turning, you should always lean in the direction of the turn. Slow down before entering the turn.

3. 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.

4. In California, it is illegal for a person under the age of 21 to operate a vehicle with a minimum blood alcohol content (BAC) of:
0.01 percent.
0.08 percent.
0.1 percent.

In California, the legal drinking age is 21. For persons below this age, it is illegal to operate any motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.01 percent or higher. It may be unsafe to ride a motorcycle after consuming any amount of alcohol, even if the rider is under the legal limit.

5. What does an integrated braking system do?
It links the front and rear brakes together when the rear brake is applied.
It knows when to brake automatically by understanding your riding habits.
It is connected to the gears and applies the brake when downshifting.

Some motorcycles have integrated braking systems that link the front and rear brakes together when the rider applies the rear brake pedal. It is important to consult your owner's manual for details on your specific motorcycle's braking system.

6. 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.

7. Oil drippings and debris often collect in ______ of a lane.
The left portion
The middle portion
The right portion

Oil drippings and debris from cars and trucks often collect in the center portion of a lane.

8. Which brake is more powerful on a motorcycle?
The front brake
The rear brake
Both brakes are equally powerful.

The front brake of a motorcycle is more powerful that the rear brake and can provide at least 70 percent of the bike's total stopping power.

9. 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.

10. When traveling in a group, riders should generally be:
In a single-file formation.
Paired up.
In a staggered formation.

In general, a staggered formation is the best way for a group of riders to maintain close ranks while allowing adequate space cushions for each rider. A single-file formation is best when taking curves, turning, entering a highway, or exiting a highway.

11. If your rear wheel locks up while you are stopping on a surface with good traction, you should:
Keep the wheel locked until you have stopped completely.
Release the rear brake and only use the front brake.
Release the rear brake and then quickly re-apply the brake.

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

12. If traveling with a load, the load should be:
Secured as low as possible.
Secured as high as possible.
Attached to a sissy bar.

If not carried in saddlebags, loads should be secured as low as possible. Attaching a load to a sissy bar can raise the motorcycle's center of gravity and upset its balance.

13. 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.

14. When making a non-emergency stop on a motorcycle:
Only the front brake should be used.
The front and rear brakes should be applied at the same time.
Only the rear brake should be used.

When making a normal, non-emergency stop, use the front and rear brakes simultaneously and downshift.

15. 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.

16. When riding in a group, mirrors:
Should be checked frequently by all riders.
Should be used only by the lead rider.
Should not be checked frequently because they can be a distraction.

When riding in a group, use your mirrors to keep an eye on the riders behind you and to confirm that the group is staying together.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. Before starting a turn, a motorcyclist should change gears to:
Prevent a change in power in the middle of the turn.
Be able to keep both hands on the handle grips during the turn.
Prevent the motorcycle from slowing down.

It is best to change gears before starting a turn. Shifting gears while in the turn can cause a sudden change in power to the rear wheel, causing a skid. If you must change gears while in a turn, change gears smoothly to best prevent skidding.

21. When passing a truck on a two-lane road, you should:
Not return to your original lane until you can see the front of the truck in your rearview mirror.
Return to your original lane as soon as the truck is behind you.
Return to your original lane when you feel you have enough space.

When passing a truck, you should only return to your original lane when you can see the entire front of the truck in your rearview mirror.

22. 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.

23. What does this sign mean?
Two-way traffic
Right lane ends

Warning signs are yellow with black lettering or symbols and provide important information to motorists about upcoming road conditions. This sign warns of merging traffic ahead.

24. 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.

25. While riding, you should wear:
Hearing protection to prevent damage from long-term exposure to engine and wind noise.
A helmet to protect your hearing.
A baseball cap.

Long-term exposure to engine and wind noise while riding can lead to hearing damage, even if you wear a full-face helmet. Using hearing protection is advised to prevent damage.

26. Having only one alcoholic drink before riding:
Will not lead to a DUI conviction.
Will never affect your riding skills.
Can affect your ability to operate a motorcycle.

Impairment of your ability to ride safely begins with the first drink you take. You can be convicted of riding impaired even if you are below the legal blood alcohol limit.

27. When cars are merging from an entrance ramp:
A motorcyclist should assume the entering drivers see them.
A motorcyclist should never assume the entering drivers see them.
A motorcyclist should stop.

Always allow merging cars plenty of space and never assume that the drivers see you. Change lanes away from the entering traffic, if possible. If there is no room for a lane change, adjust your speed to allow for safe merging.

28. A pre-ride inspection should include all of the following, except:
A tire check.
A test of the turn signals.
A paint inspection.

When inspecting your motorcycle before a ride, be sure to check the tires, controls, lights, signals, mirrors, brakes, oil, fluids, chassis, and stands.

29. When looking through a turn, you should:
Turn your head and shoulders.
Turn just your head.
Turn your head, shoulders, and torso.

Look through every turn by turning just your head, not your shoulders, and keeping your eyes level with the horizon.

30. When choosing a jacket for protection, you should ensure that it:
Fits loosely and flaps in the wind.
Fits snugly enough that it does not flap in the wind.
Is it not made of leather or another sturdy material.

When riding, you should choose pants and a jacket made of leather or another sturdy material. They should fit you snugly enough that they do not flap in the wind, but also loosely enough that they let you move freely.

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