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1. When selecting footwear, you should choose:
Shoes with long heels.
Shoes with long laces that cannot be tucked in.
Shoes that cover your ankles.
Shoes that are made from flimsy materials.

When riding, wear boots or shoes that are high and sturdy enough to cover and support your ankles. Heels should be short so they don't catch on rough surfaces. Laces should be tucked in so they can't catch onto the moving parts of the motorcycle.

2. More than half of all crashes:
Involve riders who have operated their motorcycles for less than six months.
Are caused by faulty ignition systems.
Occur because of distractions caused by passengers.
Happen at night.

Always be very careful when riding a motorcycle that is new to you. In most motorcycle crashes, the operator had less than six months of experience on the bike that they were riding.

3. Shifting into a lower gear causes an effect similar to:
Using the brakes.

Shifting your motorcycle into a lower gear causes an effect similar to applying the brakes. This is known as engine braking.

4. You should check your tires for all of the following, except:
Air pressure.
General wear.

When doing a pre-ride inspection of your motorcycle, you should check the air pressure, general wear, and tread of your tires.

5. Normally, you should maintain a following distance of:
One second.
Two seconds.
Three seconds.
Four seconds.

Under normal conditions, you should allow at least two seconds of distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Increase your following distance any time conditions are less than ideal.

6. When riding in rain or fog, you should:
Use your high beam headlight.
Use your low beam headlight.
Not use your headlight.
Alternate between your headlight's low and high beam settings.

You should use your low beam headlight when riding in snowy, rainy, or foggy weather. A high beam headlight can reflect off of these conditions and make it more difficult for a rider to see.

7. Do not change gears on railroad tracks because:
Your motorcycle may stall.
You might go too fast.
Other drivers may not be expecting you to change gears.
The uneven surface may make it more difficult to switch gears.

It is best not to shift gears when crossing railroad tracks. There is a chance your motorcycle might stall while you are on the tracks.

8. Riding between two vehicles moving in the same direction:
Is illegal.
Is encouraged if traffic is heavy.
Is encouraged during the day to prevent traffic jams.
Is acceptable if the motorcyclist is comfortable with the move.

In Oregon, it is illegal for motorcycles and mopeds to pass between two moving vehicles on a multilane highway or one-way street.

9. Crashes are more likely to occur among:
Experienced riders.
Beginning riders.
Those familiar with their motorcycle.
Those who have completed a safety course.

Crashes are the most likely to occur for untrained, beginning riders who are unfamiliar with their motorcycle.

10. To lessen your chances of being involved in a crash, you should:
Be visible to other drivers.
Keep your intentions unknown from other drivers.
Always stay within a foot of another vehicle.
Ride on the shoulder.

To reduce the risk of being involved in a crash, you should always ensure that you are visible to others. Communicate your intentions through proper use of your signals, brake light, and lane position. Maintain a space cushion around your motorcycle and consistently scan the road ahead of, behind, and next to your vehicle.

11. Motorcyclists riding in a group should avoid pairing up because:
A merging driver may not see both riders.
Reflections from both helmets may make it difficult for the riders to see.
Riding in pairs does not allow riders the necessary space to maneuver.
It is too difficult for riders on the left side of a pairing to exit a highway.

When traveling in a group, it is never recommended for motorcyclists to ride in pairs. Neither rider will have adequate room to maneuver to avoid hazards.

12. In hot weather, wearing a riding jacket:
Can help protect against heat exhaustion and dehydration.
Is discouraged because it can cause heat-related problems.
Should only be done if the jacket is a light color.
Is not important.

A riding jacket and long pants should still be worn when riding in hot weather. In addition to their other safety benefits, they can protect a rider from heat exhaustion and dehydration.

13. At a minimum, how often should a motorcycle's hydraulic fluid be checked?
Once a day
Once a week
Once a year
Before every ride

Pre-ride motorcycle inspections are an important part of ensuring safe riding. Hydraulic fluids and coolants should be checked at least once a week.

14. Which of the following is a good color to wear to be seen?
Deep blue

Orange, red, yellow, or green clothing can make you easier to see while riding a motorcycle. Wear brightly-colored clothing no matter what time of day you are riding.

15. When going through a curve, you should:
Always stay in the same portion of the lane throughout the entire curve.
Always stay in the left portion of the lane throughout the entire curve.
Always stay in the right portion of the lane throughout the entire curve.
Remember that the best path may not follow the curve of the road.

Road and traffic conditions can change at any time. Always be prepared to change your lane position as appropriate no matter where you are on a roadway. The best path through a curve does not necessarily follow the curve of the road.

16. If you are riding when it starts to rain, it is a good idea to:
Ride down the center of the lane.
Increase your speed.
Ride in the tire tracks left by cars.
Pull onto the shoulder of the road.

Because of the presence of oil deposits, the center strip of a lane can be hazardous when wet. When rain starts to fall, it is best to ride in the tire tracks left by cars. It is advisable to reduce your speed on wet surfaces.

17. What does this hand signal mean?
Slow or stop
Left turn
Right turn
Backing up

Instead of or in addition to mechanical turn signals, operators may use hand signals to indicate turns or stops. If an operator's left arm is bent at the elbow and pointing downward, it means the operator plans to slow down or stop.

18. If a driver is tailgating you, you should:
Speed up.
Allow them to pass.
Prevent them from passing.
Move to one side of your lane to allow them to share the lane.

The best way to deal with a tailgater is to get them ahead of you. If you can do so safely, change lanes and let them pass. Speeding up may only increase the danger by encouraging them to keep tailgating you at a higher speed.

19. To control a motorcycle properly, you should:
Sit so you can use your arms to steer, not to hold yourself up.
Sit far enough back on the seat that you can keep your arms straight.
Keep your knees away from the gas tank.
Drag your feet on the ground.

When riding, sit so you are able use your arms to control the motorcycle rather than to hold yourself up. Your arms should be slightly bent when you are holding the handle grips. To help maintain your balance, keep your knees against the gas tank and your feet firmly on the footrests.

20. When passing a row of parked cars to your right when there is no oncoming traffic to your left, you should:
Stay toward the right side of your lane.
Stay toward the left side of your lane.
Look to your left frequently.
Use your rearview mirrors more frequently than usual.

When passing a row of parked cars, it is generally best to stay on the side of your lane that is not directly next to the cars. This will help to protect you from potential hazards like car doors being opened or people stepping out from between the cars. If there is traffic coming from the opposite direction, it is a good idea to stay in the center portion of the lane.

21. To provide the best protection, a helmet should:
Have a few cracks.
Not be certified.
Have frayed straps.
Fit snugly.

To ensure you are getting the best protection, you should choose a helmet that meets U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and state standards. It should fit you snugly all the way around and have no obvious defects, such as cracks, loose padding, or frayed straps.

22. When you are being passed, you should:
Ride in the center portion of the lane.
Ride in the left portion of the lane.
Ride in the right portion of the lane.
Weave among the three portions of the lane as the vehicle passes.

When being passed, it is generally a good idea to ride in the center portion of your lane. Being on the side nearest the passing vehicle increases your risk of a collision. Being on the side farthest from the passing vehicle may prompt the other driver to merge back into your lane before it is safe.

23. The best way to handle tailgaters is to:
Change lanes and let them pass.
Use your horn and make obscene gestures.
Speed up to put distance between you and the tailgater.
Come to a complete stop.

If possible, change lanes and let a tailgater pass your vehicle. Speeding up may result in the driver continuing to tailgate you at a higher speed, thereby increasing the danger.

24. Maximum straight-line braking is done by:
Using only the rear brake.
Using only the front brake.
Using both the front and rear brakes without locking either wheel.
Using both the front and rear brakes while locking the rear wheel.

On a straightaway, you can stop in the shortest distance by using both brakes. Try to avoid locking either brake.

25. A good way to handle tailgaters is to:
Change lanes and let them pass.
Ignore them.
Use your horn and make obscene gestures.
Speed up to put distance between you and the tailgater.

The best way to handle a tailgater is to change lanes and let them pass you. Speeding up may cause them to tailgate you at a higher speed, only increasing the danger.

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