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California MOTORCYCLE DMV Practice Test 13

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1. 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.

2. When wearing a helmet at the time of a crash, a rider is:
Less likely to survive than a person who is not wearing helmet.
Just as likely to survive as a person not wearing a helmet.
More likely to survive than a person not wearing helmet.

No matter the speed, riders who are not wearing helmets are three times more likely to die from head injuries than riders who are wearing helmets at the time of a crash.

3. A primary cause of single-vehicle motorcycle collisions is:
Motorcyclists' tendency to ride too fast for weather conditions.
Motorcyclists turning too wide in a curve or turn.
Motorcyclists running off the road while trying to avoid a collision with another vehicle.

A primary cause of single-vehicle collisions is motorcyclists running too wide in a curve or turn. Taking a turn too wide can cause a motorcycle to leave the roadway or collide with an object.

4. To minimize the potential for fatigue on a long trip, you should:
Drink coffee.
Limit your riding per day.
Play loud music.

When taking a long trip, be sure to schedule in frequent breaks to rest, even if you do not feel tired. Experienced operators seldom try to ride for longer than six hours a day. Wind, cold, and rain can make you tire quickly, so be sure to dress to protect yourself from the elements.

5. A good way to handle a tailgater is to:
Encourage the tailgater to pass by slowing down or changing lanes.
Speed up to put distance between you and the tailgater.
Ignore the tailgater.

If you can do so safely, change lanes and let the tailgater pass. Speeding up may only result in them continuing to tailgate you at a higher speed, increasing the danger.

6. Which of the following statements is true?
The front brake is more powerful than the rear brake.
The rear brake is more powerful than the front brake.
Both the front and rear brakes are equally powerful.

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

7. A "wobble," or a sudden shaking of the front wheel and handle bars, can usually be traced to:
Incorrect tire pressure or uneven loading.
Improperly tightening the front wheel to the frame.
Hitting an object with the front tire.

A “wobble” is when the front wheel and handlebars suddenly start to shake from side to side. Most wobbles are a result of improper loading, unsuitable accessories, or incorrect tire pressure.

8. If your motorcycle begins to weave while you are riding over rain grooves or bridge gratings, you should:
Speed up to get over the surface faster.
Exaggerate the zigzag motion to get the attention of other drivers.
Maintain a steady speed and ride straight across the grooves or gratings.

If your motorcycle begins to weave when riding over grooves or gratings, simply maintain a steady speed and proceed straight across the surface. Trying to compensate for the weave by riding at an angle forces you to zigzag to stay in your lane, which is more dangerous.

9. Whichever style of helmet you choose, you will get the most protection by ensuring that your helmet:
Fits snugly.
Is clean.
Looks cool.

You will get the maximum protection from your helmet if it meets U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and state standards, fits snugly all the way around, and has no obvious defects.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Use your mirrors when stopping at an intersection:
To determine if drivers behind you are aware that you are stopping.
To watch for pedestrians ahead.
To look for dark clouds that may indicate poor weather conditions.

It is important to consistently check vehicles approaching your motorcycle from behind to determine if drivers are paying attention to you and your movements. Use your mirrors when stopping at an intersection to make sure approaching drivers are responding appropriately to your actions.

13. What does this sign mean?
Slippery when wet
Lanes shift

Warning signs are yellow with black lettering or symbols and provide important information to motorists about upcoming road conditions. This sign warns that the roadway ahead is likely to be slippery when wet.

14. When entering a curve, you should always position your motorcycle:
On the left side of the lane.
In a position that allows you to most effectively see and be seen.
In the center of the lane.

When entering a curve, adjust your lane position to optimize your ability to see and be seen. Riding in the right portion of your lane when traveling through a lefthand curve may help you spot oncoming traffic as soon as possible. When traveling through a righthand curve, riding in a left center position may allow you to see oncoming cars early without putting you so close to the centerline that you could be hit by oncoming vehicles that take the curve too widely.

15. If you borrow a motorcycle, you should:
Assume all controls are in the same location as they are on your motorcycle.
Immediately take it out on the highway.
Get familiar with it in a controlled area.

All motorcycles are at least somewhat different. Before riding a motorcycle that is new to you, take the time to learn where all of the controls are. Ride the motorcycle in a controlled area to get used to it before taking it out on the road.

16. When starting your motorcycle, the engine should be in:
First gear.
Third gear.

Make sure your motorcycle's transmission is in neutral before you start the engine. Most motorcycles have a neutral indicator on the speedometer that lights up when the ignition switch is on and the cycle is in neutral.

17. 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.

18. When selecting a jacket that will be used as protective apparel, a motorcycle rider should look for a jacket that is:
Black, or another dark color.
Made of leather or synthetic materials.

When riding a motorcycle, it is highly recommended that you wear protective apparel. Look for a jacket that completely covers your arms and fits snugly but still allows you to move freely. Leather or sturdy synthetic materials with integrated body armor offer the best protection.

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 riding at night:
Ride on the shoulder of the road.
Decrease your following distance.
Increase your following distance.

When riding at night, you should increase your following distance. Slow down and be flexible about your lane position.

21. Mirrors on motorcycles:
Have blind spots, just like cars.
Do not have blind spots because a motorcycle is usually smaller than a car
Are not required.

Motorcycles have blind spots, just like cars. You should always turn your head to check your blind spot before changing lanes.

22. When making a U-turn:
The front and rear brakes need to be used at the same time.
Do not use the front brake because it could cause the bike to tip over.
Use the front brake to increase stability of the motorcycle.

The front brake should not be used when making a U-turn because it could cause the bike to tip over. Instead, use the rear brake to control the speed of the bike in the U-turn.

23. If you get a flat tire while riding, you should:
Hold the handle grips firmly and stay off the brakes.
Shift your weight toward the good wheel and brake normally.
Brake on the good wheel while immediately pulling off the road.

If a tire goes flat while you are riding, hold onto the handgrips firmly and concentrate on maintaining a straight course. Brake only if you are sure which tire is flat. Exit the roadway once your motorcycle has slowed considerably.

24. 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.

25. Motorcycles may pass on the right:
If there is at least eight feet of unobstructed pavement.
By riding on the shoulder of the road.
By riding on the grass, if it is level.

Motorcyclists may pass on the right if there is unobstructed pavement with a width of at least eight feet to the right of the vehicle being passed. Motorcyclists, and other drivers, should never leave the road to pass another vehicle.

26. To reduce the chances of a collision, you should:
Wear bright or reflective clothing.
Change lanes frequently.
Focus only on your riding, not on your surroundings.

Wearing bright or reflective clothing can help make you more visible to other drivers and reduce your risk of being involved in a collision. Always maintain an awareness of surrounding drivers to better prepare yourself for their movements.

27. 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.

28. If a sign prohibits the use of a moped on a freeway:
Mopeds cannot be used on the freeway.
Mopeds can only be used on the freeway when traffic is moving smoothly.
Mopeds can be used on the freeway if they are not operated at speeds faster than 25 mph.

It is illegal to operate a motor-driven cycle or moped on a freeway or expressway if signs are posted prohibiting their operation.

29. When approaching an intersection, a motorcyclist should not:
Choose a lane position that increases their visibility.
Speed up to cross the intersection quickly.
Cover the clutch and brakes to reduce their reaction time.

As you approach an intersection, select a lane position that will make you the most visible to other drivers and cover the clutch and both brakes to reduce your reaction time. Reduce your speed when approaching an intersection. Avoid changing your speed or position radically as doing so may cause surrounding drivers to misinterpret your intentions.

30. The front brake supplies about how much of a motorcycle's potential stopping power?
About one-quarter
About one-half
About three-quarters

The front brake of a motorcycle is more powerful than the rear brake. It can provide three-quarters of the bike's total stopping power.

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