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California MOTORCYCLE DMV Practice Test 11

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1. Taking over-the-counter medication before riding:
Is usually fine since over-the-counter medications are never very strong.
Is acceptable all the time.
May affect your riding abilities and should be done with caution.

Many drugs, including legal prescription and over-the-counter medications, have side effects that can impair your ability to safely operate a motorcycle. Always talk to your doctor about how a new medication may affect your driving or riding abilities.

2. Since most crashes happen in daylight, you:
Do not need to wear brightly-colored clothing during the day.
Should wear brightly-colored clothing during the day.
Should wear dark clothing during the day.

Most motorcycle crashes happen in broad daylight. To make yourself more noticeable, wear brightly-colored clothing when riding, even during the daytime.

3. Reflective clothing:
Should be worn only at night.
Should be worn only during the day.
Should be worn both day and night.

Most motorcycle crashes occur in broad daylight, so wearing brightly-colored, reflective clothing while riding is advised no matter the time of day.

4. A difference between googles and a windshield is:
Goggles will protect you from the wind, but a windshield won’t.
A windshield will protect you from the wind, but goggles won't.
A windshield will keep your eyes from watering better than goggles.

Googles will protect your eyes from the wind, but most windshields will not. A windshield is not an adequate substitute for goggles or a face shield.

5. If you will be carrying a passenger on your motorcycle, you will likely have to:
Reduce the tire pressure.
Make no tire pressure adjustments.
Increase the tire pressure.

Because a passenger will place additional weight on your motorcycle, you will probably need to add a few pounds of pressure to your tires before riding. Check your owner's manual for details regarding the appropriate pressure settings to use.

6. 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.

7. When passing a row of parked vehicles, a motorcycle rider has an advantage over an automobile driver because:
The motorcycle can accelerate more quickly than a car.
The motorcyclist can ride in the left part of the lane to avoid people and cars to their right.
Motorcycles have a shorter stopping distance than cars do.

When passing a row of parked vehicles to your right, you may ride in the left portion of your lane. This way, you can more easily avoid opening doors, drivers getting out of vehicles, or people stepping out from between vehicles. Only ride in the left portion of the lane if there is no oncoming traffic.

8. By law, motorcycle helmets must be:
U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant.
Free of stickers or other artwork.
A dark color that does not create a glare.

All operators and passengers must wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant safety helmet when riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle. The manufacturer of the helmet must certify that the helmet meets federal standards.

9. 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.

10. When scanning the area around your motorcycle, you should:
Look for potential escape routes near intersections, shopping areas, or schools.
See if you can travel faster than other vehicles.
Stare at pedestrians.

While searching the road for potential hazards, focus on looking for escape routes in or around intersections, shopping areas, schools, and construction zones.

11. 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.

12. If you must transport a load, it should be:
Carried over the rear axle.
Carried on the gas tank in front of you.
Piled up against a sissy bar or frame on the back of the seat.

Loads should be kept over, or in front of, the rear axle. Only experienced riders should carry loads on their motorcycle.

13. Noise created by wind:
Is easy to get used to.
May cause irreversible hearing damage.
Is never a danger.

Long-term exposure to wind noise can permanently damage your hearing. Using proper ear plugs or other hearing protection when riding is recommended.

14. 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.

15. Usually a good way to handle tailgaters is to:
Get off the roadway.
Change lanes and let them pass.
Ride faster.

The best way to handle tailgaters is usually to change lanes and let them pass. Speeding up may only increase the danger by prompting them to continue tailgating you at the higher speed.

16. There is the greatest potential for conflict between a motorcycle and other traffic:
On the highway.
At intersections.
On rural roads.

Intersections present the greatest potential for conflict between a motorcycle and other vehicles. Motorcyclists should exercise caution when approaching an intersection.

17. 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.

18. Pick a lane position that:
Helps you avoid road hazards.
Hides you from other road users.
Places you directly next to another vehicle.

Choose a lane position that helps you avoid road hazards. Make sure you maintain a safe cushion of space around your motorcycle at all times.

19. If your motorcycle starts to weave while riding over uneven metal bridge gratings, you should:
Downshift immediately to a lower gear.
Proceed in a zigzag pattern until you cross the bridge.
Relax and steer straight.

If your motorcycle begins to weave while riding over uneven rain grooves or bridge gratings, simply relax and proceed straight across the grooves at a steady speed. Steering in a zigzag pattern as you cross gratings is more dangerous than the weaving.

20. Blind spots on motorcycles:
Are nothing to worry about.
Should be consistently checked by riders.
Don't exist if the motorcycle has a rearview mirror.

Just like any other vehicle, motorcycles have blind spots. A rider should always turn their head to check for traffic in their blind spot before changing lanes. It is a good idea for a rider to make head checks a part of their normal routine.

21. When you must brake and swerve to avoid a hazard, you should:
Perform both actions at the same time.
Only brake.
Perform one action, then the other.

If you must both swerve and brake to avoid a hazard, you should separate the actions. Brake then swerve, or swerve then brake, but do not perform both actions at the same time.

22. 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.

23. Your motorcycle should fit you, meaning:
Your fingertips should barely reach the handlebars when you are seated on the motorcycle.
The seat should be one foot higher than your waist when you are standing next to the motorcycle.
Your feet should comfortably reach the ground when you are seated on the motorcycle.

A motorcycle fits you appropriately if your feet comfortably reach the ground while you are seated. Be sure a motorcycle fits you before riding.

24. When riding, you should wear boots or shoes that:
Cover your ankles.
Have long heels.
Have long and loose laces.

Footwear for riding should be high and sturdy enough to cover and support your ankles. Heels should be low enough that they won't catch on rough surfaces. Shoelaces should be tucked in to keep them from catching on the motorcycle.

25. A motorcycle can have no more than:
Two wheels.
Three wheels.
Four wheels.

A motorcycle is defined as a motor vehicle with a seat or saddle for the rider and no more than three wheels.

26. If wearing a jacket for protection while riding in hot weather, you should:
Take frequent breaks to cool off.
Remove the jacket to stay cool while in the sun.
Keep the jacket on to protect you from the heat.

A sturdy riding jacket provides essential protection in the event of a crash, no matter the weather. Jackets also provide an additional benefit in hot weather by protecting the rider against dehydration. Many motorcycling jackets are designed to prevent the wearer from overheating.

27. To make it easier to be seen by other motorists, you should:
Wear brightly-colored clothing while riding.
Wear darkly-colored clothing while riding.
Wave your arms while riding.

Wearing brightly-colored clothing while riding will make it easier for others on the road to see you. This is true regardless of the time of day.

28. Which lane position is usually best for minimizing the risk of other vehicles sharing your lane?
The left portion of the lane
The center portion of the lane
The right portion of the lane

Riding in the center portion of your lane can discourage other drivers from trying to squeeze into your lane to drive next to you. Additionally, riding in the center portion of your lane when traveling behind a car generally ensures that you will appear in the middle of the vehicle's rearview mirror, where the driver is most likely to notice you.

29. Which of the following is not a factor in determining a person's blood alcohol content (BAC)?
The amount of alcohol consumed
How quickly the alcohol is consumed
How often the person consumes alcohol

The main factors that determine a person's blood alcohol content (BAC) are the person's body weight, how much alcohol is consumed, and how quickly the alcohol was consumed. It is always safest to not ride after consuming alcohol in any amount.

30. If you approach an uncontrolled intersection at the same time as another vehicle:
The vehicle on the left should yield to the vehicle on the right.
You should flash your headlight to signal that the other vehicle should proceed.
You should continue through the intersection and expect the other vehicle to stop.

If you approach an intersection that is not marked with signs or traffic lights at the same time as another driver, the driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right.

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