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California MOTORCYCLE DMV Practice Test 12

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1. If you must brake and swerve to avoid danger, you should:
Use only the front brake while swerving.
Brake and swerve at the same time.
Either brake then swerve or swerve then brake.

If a hazard requires you to brake and swerve, you should take these actions separately. Never brake while swerving because doing so can cause your motorcycle to fall over.

2. If a motorcycle rider takes a turn too fast, they may:
Have increased control of their motorcycle.
Experience a more stable ride.
Unintentionally leave the road.

Taking a turn or curve too fast may cause a rider to lose control of their motorcycle. The motorcycle may cross into another lane of traffic or careen off the road.

3. When a motorcyclist needs to stop quickly, they should:
Apply both brakes at the same time.
Use only the front brake.
Use only the rear brake.

To stop quickly, apply both brakes at the same time. Scan the road ahead to help you avoid the need for last-minute stops.

4. Unlike other beverages, alcohol:
Is absorbed into the bloodstream right away.
Needs to be digested.
Doesn’t affect humans.

Unlike other substances in food and drink, alcohol does not need to be digested. It is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and small intestine, enters the bloodstream, and quickly reaches the brain.

5. A passenger should sit:
In front of the operator.
Behind the operator.

Motorcycle passengers should always sit behind the operator and hold firmly and securely onto the operator's waist, hips, or midsection. They may instead choose to hold onto handgrips, provided that the motorcycle is equipped with them. Passengers should never ride sidesaddle.

6. The best way to stay out of trouble while riding a motorcycle is to:
Look well ahead of your motorcycle.
Avoid high-density traffic areas.
Ride at speeds faster than the speed limit.

To avoid running into dangerous situations while riding, you should consistently scan the road well ahead of your motorcycle. Watch the road ahead to identify and react to potential hazards before meeting them.

7. When choosing a helmet, you should ensure that it:
Has no cracks or defects.
Looks nice.
Fits loosely.

To get the best possible protection, choose a helmet that meets U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and state standards. It should fit snugly all the way around and be free of obvious defects, like cracks, loose padding, and frayed straps.

8. 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.

9. To control a motorcycle well, you should:
Use your arms to hold yourself up.
Keep your knees against the gas tank.
Sit so your arms are straight when reaching for the handlebars.

When riding, you should be seated so you can use your arms to steer rather than to hold yourself up. Your elbows should be slightly bent when you hold the handgrips. Keep your knees against the gas tank to help maintain your balance.

10. A motorized scooter can:
Only be operated during the day.
Be operated without a driver license.
Be operated with any class of driver license.

In California, motorized scooter can be used by anyone possessing any class of driver license.

11. To improve your chances of being seen, you should:
Use your headlight only at night or when conditions reduce visibility.
Always use your headlight.
Add an orange tint to your headlight.

The single most effective thing you can do to help others see your motorcycle is ride with your headlight on at all times.

12. If a dog is chasing your motorcycle, you should:
Swerve around the dog.
Slow down, let the dog approach, and accelerate away from the animal.
Park and wait for the dog to lose interest.

Motorcycles often seem to attract dogs. If you are being chased by a dog, downshift and approach it slowly. Then, as you approach the dog, accelerate and leave it behind.

13. HOV lanes can be used by motorcyclists:
But only if they are carrying a passenger.
Unless otherwise posted.
But only on weekends.

In California, motorcyclists are generally allowed to use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. Be alert to and obey any posted signs prohibiting motorcyclists from using HOV lanes.

14. 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.

15. Which of the following is not a benefit of maintaining a cushion of space between your motorcycle and other vehicles?
You have more time to react to the movements of other drivers.
You have space to maneuver.
You have limited escape route options.

Maintaining a space cushion helps to ensure that you will have enough time to react to the movements of others and enough room to maneuver safely.

16. When riding, your feet should be:
On the gas tank.
Hanging loosely.
On the footrests.

Your feet should remain on your footrests while riding to help you maintain proper balance.

17. 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.

18. If possible, do not ride directly next to another vehicle because:
Another driver may want to use your lane to pass.
You may be in the vehicle’s blind spot.
You may have access to escape routes.

Riding directly alongside another vehicle is dangerous because you may be in the vehicle's blind spot and the driver will not know you are there. Additionally, the vehicle may block your route of escape if any hazards should arise.

19. To reduce your reaction time, you should:
Ride more slowly than the speed limit.
Shift into neutral when slowing.
Cover the clutch and the brakes.

Ride with extreme caution when approaching an intersection. Cover the clutch and both brakes to reduce your reaction time, if needed.

20. A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield:
Protects your face, but not your eyes.
Protects your eyes, but not your whole face.
Helps protect your whole face.

A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield provides maximum protection for your entire face, including your eyes, in the event of a crash. A windshield is not an adequate substitute.

21. For motorcycle operators, helmets are:
Not required, but recommended.
Not recommended.

In Georgia, you are required to wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant helmet any time you operate a motorcycle.

22. When approaching a blind intersection, you should:
Move into the portion of the lane that will bring you into another driver’s field of vision at the earliest possible moment.
Stop at the stop sign or signal and then proceed normally.
Flash your lights and sound your horn to alert other drivers to your presence.

When approaching a blind intersection, move into the portion of the lane that will bring you into another driver’s field of vision at the earliest possible moment.

23. If you are being passed, you should:
Ride in the left portion of the lane.
Ride in the center portion of the lane.
Ride in the right portion of the lane.

When being passed, the center portion of the lane is generally the safest lane position for a motorcyclist. Riding on the side nearest the passing vehicle increases the risk of colliding with it. Riding on the side farthest from the passing vehicle can also be dangerous because it may prompt the driver to return to your lane before it is safe to do so.

24. When other vehicles are slowed or stopped:
A motorcyclist should not weave between lanes of traffic.
It is acceptable for a motorcyclist to weave in and out of traffic lanes.
A motorcyclist should ride in a straight line between two lanes.

Riding between rows of stopped or slowly moving vehicles can be dangerous. Vehicles may change lanes, doors may open, or arms may be stuck out of vehicles' windows. Despite their size, motorcycles need the full width of a lane to operate safely.

25. 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.

26. When preparing to ride with a passenger, instruct the passenger to:
Get onto the motorcycle before you.
Sit as far back as possible.
Hold firmly onto your waist, hips, or belt.

Ask your passenger to wait to mount the motorcycle until after you have started the engine. They should sit as far forward as possible without crowding you and firmly hold onto your waist, hips, or belt.

27. The best way to stop quickly is to:
Use only your front brake.
Use only your rear brake.
Use both brakes at the same time.

To stop quickly, apply controlled pressure to both the front and rear brakes at the same time.

28. The center portion of a lane contains an oily strip. This strip:
Should be avoided at all times.
Usually provides adequate traction for riding, unless it is raining.
Should only be traveled upon if you are sharing the lane with another vehicle.

While the center strip of the road can be oily, it usually provides enough traction for safe riding, unless it is raining. The oily strip is usually no more than two feet wide, so motorcyclists can generally ride on either side of the strip and still be in the center portion of the lane.

29. When you are being passed on the left, you should:
Speed up.
Ride in the right portion of the lane.
Ride in the center portion of the lane.

When being passed on your left, you should ride in the center portion of your lane. Riding in the right portion of the lane can be dangerous as it may tempt the passing driver to re-enter your lane too quickly.

30. 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.

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