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1. 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.

2. A good way to handle a tailgater is to:
Speed up.
Allow them to get in front of you.
Make gestures at them.

The best way to deal with a tailgater is to allow them to pass you. Speeding up may only result in them continuing to tailgate you at the higher speed, which is even more dangerous.

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

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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. To be effective, eye or face shield protection must:
Fasten securely.
Restrict your vision to the sides so you can focus on the road ahead.
Not allow eyeglasses or sunglasses to be worn.

To be effective, an eye or face shield must be free of scratches; be resistant to penetration; allow clear views to both sides; fasten securely; permit air to pass through to prevent fogging; and allow room for eyeglasses or sunglasses, if needed.

7. 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.

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

It is a good idea to get into the habit of using both the front and rear brakes every time you slow or stop.

9. As your motorcycle increases speed, you will:
Need to shift up through the gears.
Need to shift down through the gears.
Need to put the motorcycle into neutral.

It is necessary to shift into higher gears as your motorcycle increases its speed.

10. 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.

11. What does this sign mean?
Slow-moving vehicle
Railroad crossing

This sign is displayed on the rear of slow-moving vehicles that may be moving more slowly than 25 mph, such as construction equipment, farm machinery, or horse-drawn vehicles.

12. If a motorcycle is towing a trailer, the motorcyclist's following distance should:
Be the same as it normally would be.

A motorcyclist who is towing a trailer should increase their following distance. The added weight of the trailer means that the motorcycle will require more time to stop than it would otherwise.

13. Motorcycles pulling trailers:
Are not allowed in carpool lanes.
Can travel in any lane on a highway.
Must travel no faster than 25 mph.

In California, motorcycles towing trailers are not allowed to travel in carpool lanes. They should usually remain in the right lane of a roadway, except to pass. When towing a trailer with a motorcycle, do not travel at speeds above 55 mph.

14. When it starts raining, it is best to:
Get off the road.
Ride in the tire tracks left by other vehicles.
Ride in the center portion of the lane.

When it starts to rain, avoid riding in the center of the lane. Instead, ride in the tire tracks left by cars ahead of you. The left tire track is often best for riding, but this can vary based on traffic and other conditions.

15. The best way to help others see your motorcycle is to:
Use your headlight.
Maintain eye contact.
Wave at drivers.

The best thing to do to help others see your motorcycle is to keep your headlight on at all times. Motorcycles sold in the United States after 1978 automatically have the headlight activated while running, but be sure that the headlight works properly before every ride.

16. Under normal conditions, a motorcyclist should maintain a following distance of at least:
Two seconds.
Three seconds.
Four seconds.

Motorcyclists should maintain a minimum two-second following distance under normal conditions. Any time conditions are less than perfect, a larger following distance is recommended.

17. Which of the following is not a potential problem?
An upcoming change in road surface characteristics
Surrounding traffic
Conditions that do not appear to change as you approach

Anticipate potential problems that can be created by factors on the roadway. Make a plan to reduce their risks.

18. Smaller vehicles appear to be ________ and slower than they really are.
Farther away

It can be difficult to judge the speed and distance of a small vehicle, such as a motorcycle. Do not assume that drivers of larger vehicles will be able to accurately understand your speed and location.

19. When you must brake and swerve to avoid a hazard, you should:
Perform both actions at the same time.
Only brake.
Perform one action, then the other.

If you must both swerve and brake to avoid a hazard, you should separate the actions. Brake then swerve, or swerve then brake, but do not perform both actions at the same time.

20. When being passed, moving to the part of your lane that is farthest from the passing vehicle:
Is recommended because you will be farther away from the passing vehicle.
Is not recommended because it invites the other driver to move back into your lane too early.
Is not encouraged or discouraged as it has no impact on safety.

When being passed, it is not advisable to move to the part of your lane that is farthest from the passing vehicle. Doing so may prompt the passing driver to move back into your lane too early.

21. By law, motorcycle helmets must be:
U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant.
Free of stickers or other artwork.
A dark color that does not create a glare.

All operators and passengers must wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant safety helmet when riding a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle. The manufacturer of the helmet must certify that the helmet meets federal standards.

22. What does an integrated braking system do?
It links the front and rear brakes together when the rear brake is applied.
It knows when to brake automatically by understanding your riding habits.
It is connected to the gears and applies the brake when downshifting.

Some motorcycles have integrated braking systems that link the front and rear brakes together when the rider applies the rear brake pedal. It is important to consult your owner's manual for details on your specific motorcycle's braking system.

23. 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.

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. 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.

26. When being followed by a tailgater, you should:
Allow them to pass.
Speed up.
Not change how you are riding.

The best way to handle a tailgater is to allow them to pass you. Speeding up may result in them continuing to tailgate you, just at a higher speed.

27. You should maintain an increased following distance:
If the pavement is slippery.
If traffic is light.
If you can see through the vehicles in front of you to determine traffic conditions.

An expanded cushion of space is needed if your motorcycle will take longer than normal to stop. If the pavement is slippery, if you cannot see through the vehicle ahead of you, or if traffic is heavy and another driver may try to squeeze in front of you, open up to a minimum four-second following distance.

28. 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.

29. A motorized bicycle or moped cannot travel faster than:
25 mph.
30 mph.
35 mph.

In California, a motorized bicycle or moped is defined as a two- or three-wheeled vehicle that is capable of traveling at speeds no faster than 30 miles per hour on level ground.

30. When entering a turn, it is best to:
Change gears before the turn.
Change gears during the turn.
Take the motorcycle out of gear.

It is best to change gears before entering a turn. If you must change gears while in a turn, be sure to do so smoothly.

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