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1. When carrying a passenger, you should:
Equip and adjust your motorcycle to carry the passenger.
Ride as you would without a passenger.
Ensure that footrests are available for only you, the operator.
Instruct the passenger after you begin your trip.

You should transport a passenger only if your motorcycle is appropriately equipped and adjusted to do so. Among other things, your motorcycle should have separate footrests for the passenger and a seat that is large enough for more than one person to sit comfortably. You may need to adjust your headlight, tire pressure, and suspension to accommodate the extra weight of a passenger.

2. For routine braking:
You should only use the front brake.
You should only use the rear brake.
You should alternate between the front and rear brakes to maximize the life of the brakes.
You should always use both the front and rear brakes at the same time.

Always use both brakes every time that you slow or stop.

3. A pre-ride inspection usually takes:
A few minutes and should be done no more than once a month.
A few minutes and should be done before every ride.
Over an hour and should be performed by a mechanic.
Over an hour and must only be done if you will be carrying a passenger.

Conduct a thorough pre-ride inspection before every ride. It should usually take only a few minutes.

4. When riding in fog, you should:
Use your high beam headlight.
Use your low beam headlight.
Use no lights.
Alternate between the low and high beams.

You should use your low beam headlight when riding in foggy conditions. Do not use your high beams when riding near other vehicles.

5. Passengers should:
Lean as the operator leans.
Hold onto their seat.
Sit as far back on the bike as possible.
Never hold onto the operator.

Passengers should sit directly behind the operator and lean as the operator leans. They should sit as far forward as they can without crowding the operator, holding onto the operator's waist, hips, or belt.

6. The best way to stop quickly is to:
Use the front brake only.
Use the front brake first.
Throttle down and use the front brake.
Use both brakes at the same time.

If you need to stop quickly, apply both the front and rear brakes at the same time.

7. When approaching an uneven surface, such as a bump or pothole, you should rise slightly off of your seat:
So you can jump off the motorcycle if you need to.
So your legs can absorb the shock.
So other drivers can see you better.
So you can get a better view of the uneven surface.

When riding over an uneven surface, rising off of your seat will allow your joints to absorb some of the force of impact. This will make it less likely that the impact of the surface will throw you off of the motorcycle.

8. Swerving a motorcycle:
Requires a lot of traction.
Requires little traction.
Is a slow maneuver.
Should be done to avoid a hazard on a slippery road.

Swerving is a quick maneuver that requires a lot of traction in order to be safely executed. Making sudden moves, such as swerving, on slippery surfaces should be avoided.

9. Motorcycle riders should not rely on their mirrors to see what’s going on around them because:
Motorcycle mirrors are smaller than the mirrors on other vehicles, so you can't see as much.
Motorcycles, like cars, have blind spots.
Mirrors are never accurate.
Mirrors take your eyes off the road in front of you and they should not be used.

Motorcycles, like any other vehicle, have blind spots. Therefore, you cannot rely only on your mirrors to know what is happening behind you. Frequent head checks should be part of your normal routine.

10. Which of the following is not a good way for a rider to increase their visibility?
Wearing proper clothing
Using their headlight at all times
Using their turn signals
Waving at other drivers

To make yourself visible to other road users, you should wear brightly-colored clothing with reflective materials, use your headlight at all times, and use your signals and brake light properly.

11. Maintain an adequate following distance behind other vehicles:
To allow you time and space to identify and react to hazards.
So you can tailgate.
To allow for traffic counters to accurately count you as a vehicle.
To encourage other drivers to cut you off.

Maintaining an adequate following distance ensures that you will have enough space to stop or swerve out of the way if the vehicle ahead of you stops suddenly. A space cushion also provides you with a better view of any hazards on the road surface, such as potholes.

12. The front brake can provide how much of a motorcycle's braking power?
10 percent
25 percent
50 percent
75 percent

The front brake of a motorcycle is more powerful than the rear brake. It can provide at least three-quarters of the motorcycle's total stopping power.

13. Motorcycles:
Do not have blind spots because of their small size.
Have blind spots, but they are so small they should not cause concern.
Have blind spots that should be routinely checked.
Are too small to have blind spots.

Motorcycles have blind spots, just like any other vehicle. Always turn your head to check your blind spot before changing lanes. Head checks should be a regular part of your scanning routine.

14. If a rider in a group wants to ride faster than the others, what should the group do?
Let the rider go ahead and meet up at a designated spot later.
Speed up to accommodate the one rider.
Split up and have every rider travel as fast or as slow as they want.
Let the rider that wants to go faster lead the group.

If one member of a group wants to ride faster than the others, it is best to let them go ahead of the group and meet at a designated spot later.

15. When should the front brake be used?
Any time the rider is slowing or stopping
Only when slowing or stopping on slippery roads
Only when slowing or stopping in an emergency
Only when slowing or stopping in traffic

A rider should always use both brakes every time they slow or stop.

16. If road conditions require a longer stopping distance than normal, you should:
Decrease your usual following distance.
Increase your usual following distance.
Travel on the shoulder.
Ask someone else to operate your motorcycle.

An increased following distance 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 three-second following distance.

17. When carrying a passenger on a motorcycle, you must:
Have a seat that is large enough for two riders.
Only have one set of footrests.
Not encourage the passenger to wear protective clothing.
Put a sticker on the brake light to warn other motorists that a passenger is on the motorcycle.

You should not carry a passenger unless your motorcycle has a seat that is large enough for two riders. The motorcycle should be equipped with footrests for the passenger. Your passenger should wear the same kind of protective gear that is recommended to operators.

18. The center portion of a traffic lane is where:
Debris and oil drippings from cars often collect.
Motorcycle riders should always travel for safety.
Most accidents happen.
Drivers are least likely to see a motorcyclist.

The centermost portion of a lane is where debris and oil drippings from cars often collect. Other hazards, such as utility hole covers, can also be found in the centermost portion of the lane.

19. An approved helmet:
Allows the wearer to see as far to the sides as is necessary for safe riding.
Looks good.
Does not have a chin strap.
Protects the wearer's hearing.

While some people believe that a helmet will limit their vision, this is not the case. Any U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet will allow the wearer to see as far as is needed for safe riding.

20. More than half of all crashes:
Occur at speeds greater than 35 mph.
Happen at night.
Are caused by worn tires.
Involve riders who have operated the involved motorcycle for less than six months.

More than half of all motorcycle crashes involve riders with less than six months of experience on the motorcycle being used.

21. If someone is tailgating you, you should:
Ride faster to shake them.
Alert the local police.
Ride on the shoulder of the road.
Allow them to pass.

The best way to deal with a tailgater is to let them get in front of you. If you can do so safely, change lanes and let the tailgater pass. Riding faster may only increase the danger by prompting them to continue tailgating you at the higher speed.

22. Keep an expanded cushion of space between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you:
When conditions will make stopping more difficult than usual.
When you want to look at the scenery.
To encourage other drivers to cut you off.
To prevent the driver in front of you from knowing you are there.

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 larger following distance.

23. Which of the following surfaces does not provide poor traction?
Wet pavement
Dry pavement
Lane markings

A number of surfaces can provide poor traction for tires. Wet pavement; roads covered in loose gravel or sand; muddy, snowy, or icy areas; and painted lane markings can be more hazardous for a motorcyclist than dry pavement.

24. To be effective, eye or face shield protection must be all of the following, except:
Able to fasten securely.
Too tight to allow sunglasses or eyeglasses to be worn.
Free of scratches.
Able to allow clear views to both sides.

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.

25. How can you discourage another vehicle from sharing your lane?
Ride in the middle of your lane.
Ride in the left portion of your lane.
Ride in the right portion of your lane.
Swerve from side to side in your lane.

To discourage automobile drivers from trying to share your lane, ride in the center portion of the lane.

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