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1. Helmets are:
Required for all riders.
Not required, but recommended.
Only required for inexperienced motorcycle users.

Georgia law requires riders to wear U.S. Department of Transportation-compliant helmets every time they ride. A helmet is a rider's best defense against head and neck injuries in the event of an accident.

2. To reduce the chances of a collision, a motorcyclist should:
Stare straight in front of their motorcycle.
Be unwilling to move to avoid a potential hazard.
Scan their path of travel, looking at least 10 to 15 seconds ahead of their motorcycle.

To reduce the risk of being involved in a collision, consistently scan your path of travel at least 10 to 15 seconds ahead of your motorcycle. Scanning the road ahead will give you time to react to a hazard before meeting the hazard.

3. 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.

4. If your front wheel locks while you are braking, you should:
Keep the tire locked until your next stop.
Continue squeezing the front brake lever.
Release the front brake and immediately re-apply it.

If the front wheel locks up while you are braking, release the pressure from the front brake. Immediately re-apply pressure to the brake with controlled gradual pressure.

5. Your motorcycle should fit you, meaning:
Your fingertips should barely reach the handlebars when you are seated on the motorcycle.
The seat should be one foot higher than your waist when you are standing next to the motorcycle.
Your feet should comfortably reach the ground when you are seated on the motorcycle.

A motorcycle fits you appropriately if your feet comfortably reach the ground while you are seated. Be sure a motorcycle fits you before riding.

6. To reduce your reaction time, you should:
Ride more slowly than the speed limit.
Shift into neutral when slowing.
Cover the clutch and the brakes.

Ride with extreme caution when approaching an intersection. Cover the clutch and both brakes to reduce your reaction time, if needed.

7. Which of the following is not recommended as protective apparel for motorcycle users?
Long pants
A baseball cap

When riding a motorcycle, it is highly recommended that you wear protective apparel. Clothing that may help protect a motorcycle user in the case of a crash include long-sleeved jackets; long, heavy pants; over-the-ankle, closed-toe boots; and full-fingered leather gloves. It is a good idea to cover as much skin as possible when riding a motorcycle.

8. Most motorcycle/automobile accidents occur:
At intersections.
On the open road.
In parking lots.

Most collisions between motorcycles and automobiles take place at intersections. The most common cause of these accidents is the automobile operator failing to properly yield the right-of-way to the motorcyclist.

9. The best clothing for a motorcyclist:
Feels uncomfortable.
Provides protection in a crash.
Should not stand out to other motorists.

Properly chosen clothing for riding provides a rider with protection in the event of a crash while keeping the rider comfortable and ensuring that they are visible to other road users.

10. When carrying a passenger, a motorcycle responds to directional changes:
More slowly than usual.
More quickly than usual.

A passenger places extra weight on a motorcycle. Because of the added weight, the motorcycle will respond to the operator's movements more slowly than it would otherwise, taking more time to speed up, slow down, and turn.

11. If you will be carrying a passenger on your motorcycle, you will likely have to:
Reduce the tire pressure.
Make no tire pressure adjustments.
Increase the tire pressure.

Because a passenger will place additional weight on your motorcycle, you will probably need to add a few pounds of pressure to your tires before riding. Check your owner's manual for details regarding the appropriate pressure settings to use.

12. To reduce the chances of a collision, a motorcycle rider should:
Maintain an adequate space cushion.
Ride very slowly.
Ride the centerline.

To reduce your chances of being involved in a collision, always allow yourself an adequate cushion of space. Maintain your space cushion when following another vehicle, being followed by another vehicle, passing, being passed, or lane sharing.

13. When you are being passed on the left, you should:
Speed up.
Ride in the right portion of the lane.
Ride in the center portion of the lane.

When being passed on your left, you should ride in the center portion of your lane. Riding in the right portion of the lane can be dangerous as it may tempt the passing driver to re-enter your lane too quickly.

14. If a dog is chasing your motorcycle, you should:
Swerve around the dog.
Slow down, let the dog approach, and accelerate away from the animal.
Park and wait for the dog to lose interest.

Motorcycles often seem to attract dogs. If you are being chased by a dog, downshift and approach it slowly. Then, as you approach the dog, accelerate and leave it behind.

15. As you consume more alcohol, your ability to safely ride:
Stays the same.

The skills a person needs to ride safely decrease as the amount of alcohol consumed increases. If you have consumed alcohol in any amount, it is safest not to ride your motorcycle.

16. How do convex mirrors differ from regular mirrors?
They provide a more narrow view of the road.
They provide a wider view of the road.
They provide a better view of the road.

Convex mirrors are installed on many motorcycles. Compared to flat mirrors, convex mirrors provide a wider view of the road. However, convex mirrors can also make approaching vehicles seem farther away than they actually are.

17. Before starting a turn, a motorcyclist should change gears to:
Prevent a change in power in the middle of the turn.
Be able to keep both hands on the handle grips during the turn.
Prevent the motorcycle from slowing down.

It is best to change gears before starting a turn. Shifting gears while in the turn can cause a sudden change in power to the rear wheel, causing a skid. If you must change gears while in a turn, change gears smoothly to best prevent skidding.

18. Unlike other substances, alcohol:
Is very quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Needs to be digested to enter the bloodstream.
Can improve your riding ability.

Unlike other substances, alcohol does not need to be digested before entering the bloodstream. It is absorbed directly through the walls of the stomach and small intestine, quickly reaching and affecting the brain.

19. When crossing angled railroad tracks, it is usually best to:
Use the shoulder of the road to slow down before crossing the tracks.
Walk your motorcycle across the tracks.
Continue straight within your lane to cross the tracks.

In most cases, it is safest to ride straight within your lane to cross angled railroad or trolley tracks. Changing the angle of your path to cross tracks may send you into another lane, causing a collision with oncoming traffic.

20. When riding near a truck:
If you cannot see the truck’s mirrors, the driver cannot see you.
You should not be able to see the truck’s mirrors.
You should concentrate on operating your motorcycle and not worry about the truck’s mirrors.

It is important for motorcyclists to avoid lingering in the blind spots of any vehicle, especially in those of large trucks. Remember that if you can't see the truck's mirrors, the driver can't see you.

21. Hearing protection is:
Not recommended.
Recommended only for long rides.
Recommended for all rides.

Long-term exposure to wind and engine noise can damage your hearing, even if you wear a helmet. It is a good idea to use hearing protection every time you ride to help prevent hearing damage.

22. 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.

23. If your rear wheel locks up while you are stopping on a surface with good traction, you should:
Keep the wheel locked until you have stopped completely.
Release the rear brake and only use the front brake.
Release the rear brake and then quickly re-apply the brake.

If you accidentally lock the rear wheel while stopping on a surface with good traction, you can keep it locked until you have completely stopped. Even with a locked rear wheel, you can control your motorcycle if it is upright and traveling in a straight line.

24. To minimize the potential for fatigue on a long trip, you should:
Drink coffee.
Limit your riding per day.
Play loud music.

When taking a long trip, be sure to schedule in frequent breaks to rest, even if you do not feel tired. Experienced operators seldom try to ride for longer than six hours a day. Wind, cold, and rain can make you tire quickly, so be sure to dress to protect yourself from the elements.

25. Riding on ______ may provide poor traction.
Pavement markings
Dry pavement
The roadway under a bridge

Traction may be poor on surfaces such as wet, snowy, icy, or muddy pavement; gravel roads; lane markings; and steel plates and utility hole covers.

26. When riding at night:
Only ride in the left portion of the lane to better see around other vehicles ahead.
Ride closely to the vehicle in front of you to most effectively use their headlights.
Reduce your speed to increase your chances of avoiding an unexpected hazard.

At night, you should always ride at a lower speed than you would under similar conditions during the day. Doing so will give you a better chance of avoiding hazards. Additionally, increase your following distance and be flexible about your lane position.

27. When riding behind a car, you should:
Ride in a position that will allow the other driver to see you in their rearview mirror.
Assume the driver sees you.
Ride in the far left portion of the lane.
Ride in the far right portion of the lane.

When riding behind a car, you should position yourself so you can be seen in the other driver's rearview mirror. Riding in the center portion of the lane will generally ensure that you will appear in the middle of their rearview mirror, where the driver is most likely to notice you.

28. A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield:
Is not necessary if you have a windshield.
Only protects your eyes.
Helps protect your whole face.
Does not protect your face as effectively as goggles.

A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield protects your entire face in a crash. Goggles protect your eyes, but not the rest of your face. A windshield is not an adequate substitute for a face shield or goggles.

29. When being followed by a tailgater, you should:
Change lanes and let them pass or slow down to allow for more space ahead of your motorcycle.
Ignore them.
Increase your speed.

If you are being followed by a tailgater, you should ride in a way that encourages them to pass you. Riding at a higher speed may only result in them tailgating you at a higher speed, increasing the danger.

30. If you must brake and swerve to avoid danger, you should:
Use only the front brake while swerving.
Brake and swerve at the same time.
Either brake then swerve or swerve then brake.

If a hazard requires you to brake and swerve, you should take these actions separately. Never brake while swerving because doing so can cause your motorcycle to fall over.

31. When riding on a slippery surface, you should:
Avoid making sudden moves, as doing so could cause a skid.
Travel on the shoulder to be out of the way of traffic.
Use only the rear brake because the front brake is ineffective on slippery surfaces.

On a slippery surface, any sudden change in speed or direction could result in a skid. Be as smooth as possible when you speed up, shift gears, turn, or brake on such a surface.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. To lessen the chances of a crash occurring, you should:
Not use turn signals.
Use proper lane positions.
Follow other vehicles closely.

To lessen the chances of a crash occurring, you should make yourself visible, communicate your intentions to others, maintain adequate space cushions, search your path of travel at least 12 seconds ahead, identify and separate hazards, and be prepared to react to changing conditions.

37. When riding in a group on a straight road, motorcyclists should:
Ride in a single-file formation.
Pair up.
Stagger their formation.

Riding in a staggered formation is the best way to keep group ranks close while maintaining adequate space cushions for each individual rider. Motorcyclists should move into a single-file formation when turning, riding in a curve, or entering or leaving a roadway.

38. When other vehicles are slowed or stopped:
A motorcyclist should not weave between lanes of traffic.
It is acceptable for a motorcyclist to weave in and out of traffic lanes.
A motorcyclist should ride in a straight line between two lanes.

Riding between rows of stopped or slowly moving vehicles can be dangerous. Vehicles may change lanes, doors may open, or arms may be stuck out of vehicles' windows. Despite their size, motorcycles need the full width of a lane to operate safely.

39. 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.

40. What does this sign mean?
Slippery when wet
Lanes shift

Warning signs are yellow with black lettering or symbols and provide important information to motorists about upcoming road conditions. This sign warns that the roadway ahead is likely to be slippery when wet.

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