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California MOTORCYCLE DMV Practice Test 15

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1. When wearing a jacket for protection, the jacket should:
Be loose-fitting and flap in the wind while riding.
Fit snugly.
Be uncomfortable.

Clothing for riding should provide protection while keeping you comfortable. Jackets and pants should be snug enough that they do not flap in the wind, but not so snug that they restrict your movements.

2. To lessen the chances of a crash occurring, you should:
Not use turn signals.
Use proper lane positions.
Follow other vehicles closely.

To lessen the chances of a crash occurring, you should make yourself visible, communicate your intentions to others, maintain adequate space cushions, search your path of travel at least 12 seconds ahead, identify and separate hazards, and be prepared to react to changing conditions.

3. Motorcycles:
Need less room to stop than other larger vehicles.
Need as much room to stop as other larger vehicles.
Can stop instantly.

A rider should always maintain a cushion of space appropriate for conditions. Motorcycles need as much room to stop as other vehicles.

4. When taking a curve while riding in a group, you should be in:
A single-file formation.
A staggered formation.

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.

5. Where is the greatest potential for conflict between you and other vehicles?
At an intersection
On the highway
On any road

The potential for conflict between a motorcycle and other vehicles is greatest at intersections.

6. How far in advance should a motorcyclist signal a turn?
50 feet
100 feet
150 feet

You should signal a left or right turn 100 feet before beginning the turn. This should give surrounding operators time to safely react to your intentions.

7. Long-term exposure to wind noise:
Is not a danger.
Can cause irreversible hearing damage.
Is just part of riding a motorcycle.

Long-term exposure to wind noise can cause permanent damage to your hearing. Using ear protection when you ride should protect you from the dangers of wind noise while still allowing you to hear important sounds, like sirens or car horns.

8. If vehicles or other potential hazards are to your right, you should ride on which side of your lane?
Either side

When riding on the road, position yourself in a manner that allows you the most possible space. If there are hazards to your left, ride on the right side of your lane. If there are hazards to you right, ride on the left side of your lane.

9. When entering a curve, you should position your motorcycle:
In the outside of the curve.
In the inside of the curve.
Where you can most safely handle road and traffic conditions.

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

10. If vehicles are present on both sides of you motorcycle, which lane position is usually the best option?

There is no lane position that is always best and no lane position that should always be avoided. A responsible rider will adjust their position as road and traffic conditions warrant. If vehicles are on both the left and right sides of a rider, the center lane position is probably the safest option.

11. When riding over grooved pavement in a work zone, you should:
Look down to watch for changes in the road surface.
Keep your head and eyes up.
Move to the edge of the roadway.

Keep your head and eyes up when riding through a work zone. Ride slowly over the grooved pavement.

12. Your lane position should:
Allow you to blend in with traffic.
Provide an escape route.
Encourage others to use your lane.

A properly chosen lane position should provide a number of benefits, including an increased ability to see others and to be seen. It should help you avoid wind blasts, other drivers' blind spots, and surface hazards. Your lane position should discourage other drivers from trying to share your lane and provide you with an escape route, should a hazard arise.

13. As your motorcycle accelerates, you will need to:
Shift to a higher gear.
Shift to a lower gear.
Put the bike in neutral.

As your motorcycle accelerates, you will need to shift into a higher gear.

14. You are most likely to get into a collision:
At an intersection.
When riding in a group.
Traveling on the expressway.

The greatest potential for conflict between you and other traffic exists at intersections.

15. When traveling at night, you should:
Ride as fast as you would if riding during the day.
Ride more slowly than you would if riding during the day.
Ride faster than you would if riding during the day.

When traveling at night, ride more slowly than you would if riding during the day, especially when traveling on an unfamiliar road. Riding more slowly allows you additional time to avoid hazards under conditions of decreased visibility.

16. If riding during the day, you should wear:
Clothing with reflective material.
A short-sleeved shirt.
Darkly-colored clothing.

Most motorcycle crashes happen in broad daylight. To maximize your chances of being seen, you should wear clothing with reflective material when riding, even during the day. Always wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.

17. If you are being chased by a dog, you should:
Stop your motorcycle until the animal loses interest.
Approach the animal slowly, then quickly accelerate away from the dog as it approaches.
Swerve around the animal.

If you see a dog approaching your motorcycle, slow down and downshift until you are close to the dog. Quickly accelerate away from the animal as it approaches.

18. Eye protection:
Is not necessary if your motorcycle is equipped with a windshield.
Is only necessary when riding in bad weather.
Should allow the rider a clear view to either side.

Proper face/eye protection is required by law in the state of California. A face shield can protect your whole face in the event of a collision. An effective eye or face shield must allow the rider a clear view to either side.

19. You should flash your brake light to:
Tell other motorists that you are riding near them.
Help other motorists see your motorcycle while traveling in slow traffic.
Tell other motorists that you are going to slow down or stop where they don't expect you to do so.

Motorcycle riders should use their brake lights to communicate with other road users. It is particularly important for a motorcyclist to flash their brake light before slowing down to make a tight, fast turn off of a high-speed roadway. Motorcyclists should flash their brake lights when slowing in any location where other drivers may not expect them to slow down.

20. If your front wheel locks while you are stopping, you should:
Continue to apply the front brake.
Release the front brake and only use the rear brake.
Immediately release the front brake, then re-apply the brake firmly.

If your front wheel locks while you are making a quick stop, release the front brake immediately and then re-apply it firmly. Use both the front and rear brakes if you need to stop quickly.

21. When parked on the road, a motorcycle should:
Create an angle with the curb that is between 45 and 90 degrees.
Be parked without a wheel or fender touching the curb.
Be parked parallel to the curb.

When parked on the road, a motorcycle should create an angle with the curb that is between 45 and 90 degrees. A wheel or fender should be touching the curb.

22. What does this sign mean?
Signal ahead
Crossroad ahead
Divided roadway ahead

Warning signs are yellow with black lettering or symbols and provide important information to motorists about upcoming road conditions. This warning sign indicates a divided roadway ahead.

23. Service signs are:
Orange with black letters.
Blue with white letters.
Green with white letters.

Signs that are blue with white markings indicate the locations of services. These services may include rest areas, gas stations, food options, and hospitals.

24. Unlike other substances, alcohol:
Is very quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Needs to be digested to enter the bloodstream.
Can improve your riding ability.

Unlike other substances, alcohol does not need to be digested before entering the bloodstream. It is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and small intestine, quickly reaching and affecting the brain.

25. When stopping, you should:
Use both brakes.
Use the front brake only.
Use the rear brake only.

Use both brakes every time you slow or stop. It is important to be able to brake quickly by using both brakes.

26. When preparing to pass a vehicle on the left, you should ride in which portion of the lane?
The left portion
The center portion
The right portion

When preparing to pass a vehicle on the left, you should ride in the left portion of your lane. Doing this will increase your line of vision and help drivers in the next lane anticipate your move.

27. A motorcycle’s horn is ________ a passenger vehicle's horn.
Louder than
Quieter than
About as loud as

A motorcycle's horn is not as loud as the horns of other vehicles. Motorcyclists should use their horns where appropriate but should not rely on their horns to keep them safe.

28. Eye protection is:
Required for all riders.
Not required, but recommended.
Only required for inexperienced motorcycle users.

Georgia law requires a rider to wear eye protection when on a moving motorcycle. A full face shield provides a rider with the best possible protection.

29. A person with a minimum blood alcohol content (BAC) of ____ is considered intoxicated.
0.02 percent
0.04 percent
0.08 percent

In Virginia, a person with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher is considered intoxicated. Any intoxicated person is prohibited from operating a motor vehicle.

30. Most motorcycle/automobile accidents occur:
At intersections.
On the open road.
In parking lots.

Most collisions between motorcycles and automobiles take place at intersections. The most common cause of these accidents is the automobile operator failing to properly yield the right-of-way to the motorcyclist.

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