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California MOTORCYCLE DMV Practice Test 9

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1. What does a solid yellow traffic light mean?
The traffic light is about to change to red.
The traffic light is about to change to green.
Stop and wait for traffic to pass.

A solid yellow traffic light warns that the signal is about to change to red. You must slow and come to a stop before the intersection if it is safe to do so. If you are already within the intersection when the light turns yellow, continue through the intersection.

2. If you have only one drink before riding:
You cannot be arrested for drinking and riding.
Your riding skills will not be affected.
It can affect your ability to operate a motorcycle.

Impairment of riding skills begins with the first drink. If you have consumed alcohol in any amount, it is not safe to ride.

3. What does this sign mean?
Vehicles will be entering the roadway.
Signal ahead.
Come to a complete stop and proceed when it is safe to do so.

Octagonal signs that are colored red are always stop signs. When approaching one of these signs, you must come to a complete stop, yield to any other traffic or pedestrians, and proceed once it is safe to do so.

4. If another driver makes eye contact with you:
You know that they have seen you.
It doesn’t always mean they've actually seen you.
They will properly yield to you.

You should never rely on eye contact as an assurance that a driver has seen you. It is not uncommon for a driver to look directly at a motorcyclist and still fail to actually notice them.

5. 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.

6. One problem with a motorcyclist riding directly next to another vehicle is that:
The other vehicle may block the motorcyclist's escape route.
The motorcyclist can be easily seen by other drivers.
The motorcyclist may not be able to read signs on the side of the road.

Riding alongside another vehicle is dangerous because the vehicle could veer into your lane and sideswipe you. Additionally, the vehicle could block your escape route if a hazard arises.

7. The front brake:
Should only be used in an emergency.
Should be used with the rear brake.
Is unsafe to use.

You should always use both brakes when you slow or stop.

8. Passengers should:
Hold onto the rider's hips, waist, or belt.
Never hold onto the rider.
Not lean into any turn.

Before beginning your ride, tell your passenger to maintain a firm grasp on your hips, waist, or belt. If there are secure handholds for your passenger, they may also hold those.

9. 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.

10. The safest part of the lane:
Is always the left portion of the lane.
Is always the right portion of the lane.
Changes depending on the situation.

There is no single lane position that is always best and no single lane position that should always be avoided. Adjust your lane position as circumstances warrant.

11. If you must stop quickly, you should:
Use the front brake only.
Use the front brake first.
Use the front brake at the same time as the rear brake.

The best way to stop quickly is to apply controlled pressure to both the rear and front brakes at the same time. Be careful not to lock the brakes in the process.

12. 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.

13. Lanes of traffic moving in the same direction are separated by:
White lines.
Yellow lines.
Road signs.

White lines are used to separate traffic moving in the same direction. Solid lines indicate that drivers are not permitted to pass, whereas dashed lines indicate that drivers are permitted to pass, if it is safe to do so.

14. Upshifting or downshifting in a curve:
Should only be done if it can be done smoothly.
Is better than shifting before the curve.
Is the best way to control your speed.

It is best to change gears before starting a turn. However, if you must shift while turning, shift smoothly. A sudden change in power to the rear wheel can cause a skid.

15. When approaching a blind intersection, riders should:
Stop at the stop line before moving forward to improve their view of cross traffic.
Ignore the stop line and move forward to get a better look.
Stop at the stop line then proceed through the intersection.

When approaching a blind intersection that is controlled by a stop line or stop sign, you must first stop where indicated. You may then edge forward and stop again just short of where the cross traffic lane meets your lane. From that position, lean your body forward and look around buildings, parked cars, or bushes to see if anything is approaching. Make sure your front wheel stays out of the crossroad while you are looking.

16. You should operate the engine cut-off switch and pull in the clutch when:
The throttle is stuck and you cannot free it.
You start to lose control in a curve.
The motorcycle starts to wobble.

If the throttle becomes stuck and you are unable to free it, immediately operate the engine cut-off switch and pull in the clutch at the same time. This will remove power from the rear wheel until you are able to safely leave the road and stop.

17. To properly control a motorcycle, you should:
Allow your feet to hang off the footrests.
Sit so your arms hold up your body.
Keep your knees against the gas tank.

When riding, you should be positioned so that you are able to easily operate all controls. Sit with your arms slightly bent and use your arms to steer rather than to hold up your body. Keep your knees against the gas tank to help maintain your balance during turns.

18. Which of the following is not a method used to maintain control of a motorcycle in a turn?
Accelerate through the turn.
Reduce your speed before turning.
Lean into the turn.

To ensure control when making a turn, you should reduce your speed before entering the turn. Look through the turn in the direction you want to move, press on the handle grip to lean in the appropriate direction, and roll on the throttle through the turn to stabilize suspension.

19. Part of your normal scanning routine while riding should include:
Constantly looking in the rearview mirror.
Frequent rearview mirror checks.
Not using the rearview mirror.

Frequent mirror checks should be part of your normal scanning routine. Additionally, make a special point of using your mirrors before changing lanes, when stopping at an intersection, and before slowing down.

20. Reflective, brightly-colored helmets and clothing:
Should only be worn when riding at night.
Can help motorcycle riders be more visible.
Do not increase a motorcycle rider's safety.

Wearing brightly-colored or reflective clothing can increase your chances of being seen by other road users.

21. When riding in a group, riders should:
All maintain safe following distances.
Follow each other as closely as possible.
Not worry about distances between members.

When riding in a group, it is generally best to travel in a staggered formation. This formation allows riders to remain in close ranks while still maintaining safe following distances.

22. When braking on a motorcycle:
The rear brake should be applied first.
The front brake should be applied first.
The front and rear brakes should be applied at the same time.

Use both brakes every time you slow down or stop. If you use only the rear brake when stopping normally, you may not develop the habit or the skill to use the front brake properly when you really need to stop quickly.

23. When buying a motorcycle helmet, you should be most concerned about the helmet's:

Protection should be your first consideration when buying a motorcycle helmet.

24. _________ of all collisions involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle are caused by the driver failing to yield the right-of-way to the motorcyclist.
More than half

More than one-half of collisions involving motorcycles and passenger vehicles are caused by drivers failing to properly yield the right-of-way to motorcyclists. Motorcyclists should never assume that drivers of larger vehicles will yield the right-of-way, even if they are legally required to do so.

25. You will get the most protection from a helmet if it is all of the following, except:
U.S. DOT-compliant.
Free of defects.

A helmet will provide a rider with the best protection if it meets U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards; fits snugly all the way around; and has no obvious defects, such as cracks, loose padding, or frayed straps.

26. An engine will seize due to:
A lack of oil.
A lack of fuel.
Improper tire inflation.

Engines seize when they are low on oil. Without oil, the engine’s moving parts cannot move smoothly against each other and the engine overheats.

27. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation recommends a SEE strategy to make safe judgments while riding. What does "SEE" stand for?
Search, Evaluate, and Execute.
Slow, Experienced, and Error-free.
Safe, Experienced, and Evasive.

Experienced riders use a SEE strategy while riding to make safe judgements. "SEE" stands for Search, Evaluate, and Execute.

28. On a motorcycle, which brake provides the most stopping power?
The front brake
The rear brake
The emergency brake

The front brake provides about three-quarters of a motorcycle's total stopping power. Use both the front and rear brakes every time you stop.

29. Your lane position should do all of the following, except:
Provide you with an escape route.
Help you receive wind blasts.
Communicate your intentions to other drivers.

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.

30. Wearing which of the following colors will make you less visible to other motorists?

To make yourself more visible to other road users, it is best if you choose to wear bright orange, red, yellow, or green clothing. Avoid wearing drab or dark colors while riding.

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