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California MOTORCYCLE DMV Practice Test 5

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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. The gearshift is located:
By the left footrest.
By the right footrest.
By the right handle grip.

The gearshift lever of a motorcycle is located in front of the left footrest and is operated by the rider's left foot.

4. When riding behind a car, traveling in the left third of the lane allows the driver to see you in their side mirror. What is a downside to this?
Most people don’t use their side mirrors as often as they use their rearview mirror.
The wind may prevent the use of a side mirror.
Side mirrors should not be used by motorists.

Most drivers do not look at their side mirrors as often as they look at their rearview mirror. Therefore, when following a car, it is generally most advantageous to ride in the center portion of the lane where you are most likely to be visible in the driver's rearview mirror.

5. When riding in a group, mirrors:
Should be checked frequently by all riders.
Should be used only by the lead rider.
Should not be checked frequently because they can be a distraction.

When riding in a group, use your mirrors to keep an eye on the riders behind you and to confirm that the group is staying together.

6. When may a motorized bicycle or moped be operated in a bicycle lane?
Never. Motorized bicycles may never be used in bicycle lanes.
Only when carrying a passenger.
Only when authorized by local ordinance or law enforcement.

Motorized bicycles and mopeds may be operated in bicycle lanes only if permitted by local ordinance or law enforcement.

7. When riding a motorcycle, your feet should be:
On the footrests for balance.
Pointed with your toes aiming downward.

When riding, your feet should be kept firmly on your motorcycle's footrests for balance. Your toes should not be pointed downward, as this may cause them to get caught between the road and the footrests.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. You should pick a lane position that:
Best increases your visibility and allows for a safe cushion of space.
You like, without regard to others.
Gets you close to other vehicles.

Position yourself in the portion of the lane where you are most likely to be seen by other road users and where you can maintain a space cushion around your motorcycle. There is no single lane position that is always best and no single lane position that should always be avoided. A responsible rider adjusts their position as conditions change.

11. 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.

12. Of the following, it is most important to flash your brake light when:
Someone is following you too closely.
You will be slowing suddenly.
There is a stop sign ahead.

Because a motorcycle's brake light is not as noticeable as the brake lights of a car, it is usually a good idea to flash your brake light when slowing or stopping so others will be more likely to notice that you are decelerating. This is particularly important if you are slowing down more quickly than others might expect.

13. When riding during the day, you should:
Wear dark clothes since it is light outside.
Wear bright clothes so other motorists can see you better.
Be comfortable, wearing shorts if it is hot.

Most motorcycle crashes occur in broad daylight. To make yourself more visible to other drivers, you should always wear brightly-colored clothing when riding, even during the day.

14. When carrying a passenger, a motorcycle takes:
Less time than usual to stop and speed up.
The same amount of time to stop and speed up as it usually does.
More time than usual to stop and speed up.

The more weight being carried by a motorcycle, the more time the motorcycle takes to accelerate and decelerate. Your motorcycle will respond to your commands more slowly when carrying a passenger than it will when you are the only person on the bike.

15. 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.

16. When choosing a jacket for protection, you should ensure that it:
Fits loosely and flaps in the wind.
Fits snugly enough that it does not flap in the wind.
Is it not made of leather or another sturdy material.

When riding, you should choose pants and a jacket made of leather or another sturdy material. They should fit you snugly enough that they do not flap in the wind, but also loosely enough that they let you move freely.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. What does this sign mean?
Yield to other drivers.
A stop sign is ahead.

Warning signs are yellow with black lettering or symbols and provide important information to motorists about upcoming road conditions. This sign warns that a stop sign is ahead.

21. If you are riding behind another vehicle at night, you can determine if there are bumps on the road ahead by:
Listening for the other vehicle scraping against the pavement.
Noticing the other vehicle’s taillights bouncing up and down.
Looking at the rear bumper of the vehicle ahead and trying to determine if it is bouncing.

To determine upcoming road conditions when riding at night, use the vehicle ahead of you. For example, the headlights of the vehicle may provide a better view of the road than your own high beam. If the vehicle's taillights bounce up and down, this indicates the presence of bumps on the road.

22. A motorcyclist should not rely only on their mirrors because:
Sometimes mirrors can be dirty, limiting the motorcyclist's view.
Mirrors are always unreliable.
Motorcycles have blind spots.

To remain aware of your surroundings, it is not enough to rely only on your mirrors. Motorcycles have blind spots just like any other vehicle.

23. 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.

24. When 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, it is generally safest to ride in the center portion of your lane. Riding on the side nearest the passing driver increases the danger of colliding with them, and riding on the side farthest from the driver may tempt them to return to your lane too soon.

25. When riding at night, you should:
Increase your speed.
Increase your following distance.
Decrease your following distance.

To reduce the risk of a collision when riding at night, be sure to reduce your speed and increase your following distance. Use the headlights of vehicles ahead of you to see farther down the road. You should always be flexible about your lane position, especially when riding at night.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. Alcohol reaches the brain ________ being consumed.
Within minutes of
About an hour after
About two hours after

Alcohol reaches the brain and begins affecting the drinker's riding abilities within minutes of being consumed. Operating any motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is illegal and dangerous.

29. While riding, you should wear:
Hearing protection to prevent damage from long-term exposure to engine and wind noise.
A helmet to protect your hearing.
A baseball cap.

Long-term exposure to engine and wind noise while riding can lead to hearing damage, even if you wear a full-face helmet. Using hearing protection is advised to prevent damage.

30. A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield:
Is not necessary if you have a windshield.
Only protects your eyes.
Helps protect your whole face.

A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield provides protection for your entire face. A windshield is not an adequate substitute for a good face shield.

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