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California MOTORCYCLE DMV Practice Test 14

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1. When riding a motorcycle, you should:
Wear half-fingered gloves.
Wear full-fingered gloves.
Not wear gloves.

Wearing gloves while riding provides an improved grip and help protect your hands. You should use gloves that are full-fingered and made of a durable material.

2. To help others see your motorcycle, you should:
Use your headlight.
Weave in your lane.
Maintain eye contact with other road users.

Riding with your headlight activated is the best way to help other road users see your motorcycle. Always be sure your headlight works before starting your trip.

3. 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.

4. Under normal riding conditions, one of the best ways to help others see your motorcycle is:
To flash your lights.
To keep your high beam headlight turned on.
To ensure that your motorcycle is painted a dark color.

The best way to help others see your motorcycle is to have your headlight turned on (as well as your running lights, if applicable). Use your high beam headlight both day and night, whenever it is legal and safe to do so.

5. When being followed by a tailgater, you should:
Change lanes and let them pass or slow down to allow for more space ahead of your motorcycle.
Ignore them.
Increase your speed.

If you are being followed by a tailgater, you should ride in a way that encourages them to pass you. Riding at a higher speed may only result in them tailgating you at a higher speed, increasing the danger.

6. Passengers should:
Look over their shoulder when taking a turn or curve.
Never hold onto the rider.
Sit as far back as possible.

Before mounting, you should ask your passenger to look over your shoulder in the direction of any turn or curve that you may take. Doing so will help you and your bike to lean in the appropriate direction.

7. During normal turns:
The motorcycle and rider should lean in the same direction.
The motorcycle and rider should lean in opposite directions.
The motorcycle should not lean.

In a normal turn, the rider and the motorcycle should lean together at the same angle. In a slow, tight turn, the motorcycle should lean while the rider counterbalances by keeping their body upright.

8. When riding over scored pavement in a work zone, you should:
Look downward to see the changes in the road surface.
Keep your head and eyes up.
Stay to the left side of the lane.

When riding over scored pavement in a work zone, keep your head and eyes up. Ride slowly, keep a steady throttle, and don't try to fight the handlebars.

9. 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.

10. If riding during the day, you should wear:
Brightly-colored clothing to increase your chances of being seen.
Clothing of any color because other drivers can easily see you in daylight.
Darkly-colored clothing to contrast with the bright sunlight.

Most motorcycle crashes take place in broad daylight. You should always wear brightly-colored clothing to increase your visibility while riding, even during the day.

11. You have an improved chance of avoiding serious injury in a crash if you wear all of the following, except:
A DOT-compliant helmet.
A leather jacket.
A sweatshirt.

Wearing a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)-compliant helmet can help protect you against head and neck injuries in the event of a crash. A jacket made of leather or sturdy synthetic material can also protect you against injuries.

12. When riding in a group on a straight road, motorcyclists should:
Ride in a single-file formation.
Pair up.
Stagger their formation.

Riding in a staggered formation is the best way to keep group ranks close while maintaining adequate space cushions for each individual rider. Motorcyclists should move into a single-file formation when turning, riding in a curve, or entering or leaving a roadway.

13. The best way to avoid fatigue when riding your motorcycle on a long trip is to:
Take frequent breaks to rest.
Ride as fast as possible.
Take artificial stimulants.

To avoid becoming fatigued when riding your motorcycle on a long trip, limit how much time is spent riding each day and take frequent rest breaks. Avoid the use of artificial stimulants because you may experience extreme fatigue when they start to wear off.

14. When looking through a turn, you should:
Turn just your head, not your shoulders.
Turn your head and shoulders to improve your view.
Turn your shoulders, but not your head.

When taking a turn, you should look through the turn to where you want to go. Turn just your head, not your shoulders, and keep your eyes level with the horizon.

15. Helmets are:
Not required to be worn.
Required to be worn only by motorcycle operators.
Required to be worn by both motorcycle operators and passengers.

All operators and passengers must wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant motorcycle safety helmet when riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle.

16. When riding a motorcycle:
The mirrors provide a perfect view.
The mirrors do not show your blind spots.
The mirrors should not be used, except when parking.

As with any other vehicle, the mirrors of a motorcycle have blind spots. Always turn your head to check for traffic in your blind spot before changing lanes.

17. What does this sign mean?
Right lane ends
Left lane ends
Traffic control device ahead

Warning signs are yellow with black lettering or symbols and provide important information to motorists about upcoming road conditions. This sign warns that the right lane ends ahead.

18. Where should you position your motorcycle when entering a curve?
The outside of the curve
The inside of the curve
Wherever traffic and road conditions require

All curves are different. When taking a curve, choose a lane position that is appropriate for conditions and adjust as needed.

19. The proper action to take when riding an unfamiliar motorcycle for the first time is to:
Just start riding. There is no better way to learn than by doing.
Just start riding. Most bikes are similar, so you don’t have to take the time to identify safety features.
Work the throttle, clutch, and brakes before riding to learn the bike's gear pattern.

Every bike is a little different, so don't start riding an unfamiliar motorcycle without first familiarizing yourself with how it operates. Do a safety and maintenance check; find out where everything is located; and work the throttle, clutch, and brakes a few times to learn its gear pattern.

20. What can grant moped users access to a bike path?
Property owners adjacent to the path
Local law

It is illegal to ride a moped, motorized bicycle, or Class 3 electric bicycle on a bicycle path, equestrian trail, or hiking trail unless that path or trail is on or next to a road. However, permission for operators of these vehicles to use an otherwise restricted trail or roadway may still be granted under local law.

21. When being passed, it is usually best for motorcyclists to be in which part of the lane?
The right
The center
The left

If you are being passed either from behind or by an oncoming vehicle, stay in the center portion of your lane. Riding any closer to the passing driver could place you both in a hazardous situation.

22. Hearing protection:
Is not needed when the rider is wearing a helmet.
Is only recommended for long trips.
Should be used on all rides.

Exposure to engine and wind noise can damage your hearing, even if you are wearing a helmet. Wearing hearing protection while riding is always a good idea.

23. 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.

24. To minimize the potential for fatigue, you should:
Turn on the radio.
Take frequent rest breaks.
Drink caffeine.

Taking frequent rest breaks during a long trip can help reduce fatigue. Stimulants, such as caffeine, can ultimately increase the danger of fatigue because you may become extremely tired when they begin to wear off. Wind, rain, snow, and other elements can also increase levels of fatigue, so dress warmly (as needed) and invest in a windshield, especially if you plan to ride long distances.

25. When turning, you should:
Move your knees away from the gas tank.
Turn just your head, not your shoulders, to look through the turn.
Turn your head and shoulders to look through the turn.

When turning, look through the turn to where you want to go. Turn only your head, not your shoulders, and keep your eyes level with the horizon. Turning your shoulders may cause you to steer off course.

26. Which factor does not play a major role in affecting your blood alcohol content (BAC)?
The amount of alcohol consumed
Body weight

Factors that play an important role in determining a person's blood alcohol content (BAC) include the amount of alcohol consumed, how fast it was consumed, and the person's body weight.

27. To avoid confusing other drivers, you should:
Increase your following distance.
Turn off your turn signal after you complete a turn or lane change.
Use your horn only in emergency situations.

After completing a turn or lane change, deactivate your turn signal. Leaving your signal on after moving to the right or left can confuse other road users.

28. What does a traffic signal displaying a solid red arrow mean?
Drivers must come to a complete stop.
Drivers may proceed through the intersection with caution.
Drivers must yield to oncoming traffic.

A traffic signal displaying a solid red arrow has the same meaning as a red traffic light. Drivers must come to a complete stop and wait for a traffic signal that allows them to turn in their desired direction.

29. When it starts to rain, it is usually best to:
Ride in the center of the lane.
Ride in the tire tracks left by cars.
Pull to the side of the road until the rain stops.

When it starts to rain, the oily strip down the center of a lane is especially hazardous. Avoid this danger by riding in the tire tracks left by cars. The left tire track is often safest, but this can vary.

30. When riding on a slippery surface, you should:
Not make sudden movements, if possible.
Handle your motorcycle roughly.
Use only your front brake.

On a slippery surface, any sudden change in speed or direction could cause a skid. Accelerate, shift gears, turn, and brake as smoothly as you can when riding on a slippery surface.

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