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1. Which formation is best for a group of riders entering a curve?

A staggered formation is generally the best way for a group to maintain close ranks while also allowing each rider to maintain an adequate cushion of space. A single-file formation is preferable when taking curves, turning, or entering or exiting a highway.

2. One way to tell if your rear tire has gone flat while riding is if:
There is a hissing noise coming from the rear of the bike.
The back end is jerking from side to side.
You are unable to accelerate.
The rear brake does not work.

If your rear tire fails, the back of your motorcycle will likely jerk from side to side. It is rare for motorcyclists to actually hear a tire fail.

3. The only way to rid your body of alcohol is through:
Drinking coffee.
Taking a cold shower.

The only way to remove the alcoholic content of a drink from your body is to allow your body time to eliminate it. There are no shortcuts to sobering up.

4. When traveling on a motorcycle with a sidecar, the passenger should ride:
On the motorcycle seat.
In the sidecar.
Either on the motorcycle or in the sidecar.
Neither on the motorcycle or in the sidecar.

If your motorcycle has a sidecar, it is best for your passenger to ride in the sidecar. They should keep their hands inside the sidecar at all times.

5. When checking tires before a ride, you should look at all of the following except:
Air pressure
General wear
General tread

Before each ride, you should check the air pressure, tread, and general wear of your tires.

6. Of the following, the colors that best allow riders to be seen are:
Orange and red.
Green and blue.
Purple and gold.
Black and white.

To make yourself visible to others, wearing clothing that is bright orange, red, yellow, or green is best.

7. When riding at night, you should:
Be flexible about your lane position and adjust to changing conditions.
Travel at a faster speed than usual to get to your destination more quickly.
Always use your low beam headlight to see better.
Decrease your following distance so you can be as close as possible to the vehicle ahead.

Always be flexible about your lane position, especially when riding at night. Be especially careful to employ safe riding strategies when riding under conditions that are less than ideal.

8. Making eye contact with other drivers:
Means that they see you.
Guarantees that they will yield to you.
Doesn’t mean that they see you.
Is not worth the effort it takes.

You should not rely on eye contact to guarantee that a driver will yield to you. It is not uncommon for a driver to look directly at a motorcyclist and still fail to actually notice them.

9. If you find your motorcycle being chased by a dog, you should:
Swerve around the animal.
Stop until the animal loses interest.
Ride alongside the animal.
Approach the animal slowly, then speed up.

If you are being chased by a dog, downshift and approach it slowly. Then, as you approach the dog, accelerate and leave it behind.

10. 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.

11. Each traffic lane gives the motorcyclist how many paths of travel?

Each traffic lane provides three paths of travel for motorcyclists: the left, center, and right portions of the lane.

12. When riding under ideal conditions, you should maintain a minimum following distance of:
One second.
Two seconds.
Three seconds.
Four seconds.

Under normal conditions, you should maintain a following distance of at least two seconds. Increase your following distance any time conditions are less than perfect.

13. Your motorcycle’s brake light is:
More noticeable than a car’s brake lights.
Less noticeable than a car’s brake lights.
Less important than a car’s brake lights.
More easily seen than a car’s brake lights.

The brake light of a motorcycle is usually not as noticeable as the brake lights of a car. Flashing your brake light before slowing or stopping can help other drivers notice that you are about to brake.

14. When passing a row of parked cars, a motorcycle operator should be prepared for:
Open parking spaces.
A motorist to unexpectedly pull out of a parking space and into traffic.
Parking meters.
Other motorists to see the motorcycle and stay out of its way.

When passing a row of parked cars, a motorcyclist should be prepared for a parked car to suddenly pull out of a parking space and into traffic. It is often safest for a motorcyclist to ride in the left portion of their lane when passing a row of parked cars on their right to create the most possible space between their motorcycle and any potential hazards.

15. A DOT-compliant helmet has all of the following, except:
An impact-resistant outer shell.
An impact-absorbing inner liner.
A chinstrap retention system.
Bright colors painted on the outside.

Any U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant helmet is required to have an impact-resistant outer shell, an impact-absorbing inner liner, a comfort liner, and a chinstrap retention system.

16. Generally, the body eliminates one alcoholic drink per hour. If a person consumed eight alcoholic drinks four hours ago, how many drinks likely remain in their body?

The minimum number of drinks left in a person's system can be estimated by subtracting the number of hours since the last drink from the total number of drinks consumed. In this case, the alcohol content of about four drinks would remain.

17. When braking, you should:
First apply the front brake, then the rear.
First apply the rear brake, then the front.
Use both brakes at the same time.
Use brakes in any order.

Both brakes should be used at the same time whenever you slow or stop.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. The front brake:
Provides less than half of a motorcycle's braking power.
Provides about 70 percent of a motorcycle's braking power.
Should not be used unless the roadway is wet.
Should be the only brake you use.

The front brake is much more powerful than the rear one and provides at least 70 percent of a motorcycle's total stopping power. Use both brakes every time you slow or stop.

22. A flat front tire is especially hazardous because:
It affects how you steer.
The front tire provides the power for the bike, so you will lose acceleration.
The flat tire will shake the bike, making it hard to use the mirrors.
You won’t be able to use the brake.

A flat front tire is especially dangerous because it affects your ability to steer. If your front tire goes flat while you are riding, safely exit the road as quickly as possible.

23. When approaching an object or uneven surface that you cannot avoid, you should:
Make sure the motorcycle is leaning to one side.
Speed up.
Swerve quickly.
Rise slightly off the seat to allow your legs to absorb the shock.

If you cannot avoid riding over an obstacle or uneven surface, you should approach it at as close to a 90-degree angle as possible. Slow down as much as you can, make sure that your motorcycle is upright, and rise slightly off your seat so your knees can absorb some of the force of impact. Just before contact, roll on the throttle slightly to lighten the front end.

24. If either tire goes flat while riding, you should:
Roll on the throttle.
Hold the handle grips loosely.
Gently apply the brake of the non-flat tire.
Increase your speed to exit the road more quickly.

If one of your tires goes flat while you are riding, you should ease off the throttle and maintain a straight course as you slow down. If you must brake, gradually apply the brake of the tire that is not flat, if you are certain of which tire that is.

25. A DOT-approved helmet:
Restricts the wearer's vision to the sides.
Can greatly reduce the severity of a head injury.
Is usually uncomfortable.
Makes it more difficult for the wearer to control their motorcycle.

Wearing a helmet while riding greatly improves your chances of avoiding serious injury to your head or neck in the case of a crash. A DOT-approved helmet will not restrict your vision to the sides.

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