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1. There may be less traction available for braking when:
A motorcycle is leaning.
A motorcycle is straight up and down.
A motorcycle is on dry pavement.

Any time a motorcycle is leaning, such as in a turn or curve, there is less traction available for braking. Both brakes may still be used while a motorcycle is turning, but it must be done with great care.

2. Which material provides the best protection in the case of a crash?
Leather or synthetic materials

Clothing made of sturdy leather or synthetic materials provide riders the best protection in the case of an accident. Riders should wear long pants and jackets while riding.

3. What does this sign mean?
Railroad crossing ahead
Reduce speed

Warning signs are yellow with black lettering or symbols and provide important information to motorists about upcoming road conditions. This sign warns that a railroad crossing is ahead.

4. 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.

5. How can you get sober after drinking alcohol?
Drink coffee.

The only way to sober up after drinking is to give your body the time it needs to remove the alcohol. There are no techniques that will speed up this process.

6. 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.

7. When selecting a helmet, make sure it is all of the following, except:
Designed to meet U.S. Department of Transportation standards.

You should select a helmet that meets U.S. Department of Transportation and state standards; fits snugly all the way around; and has no obvious defects, such as cracks, loose padding, or frayed straps.

8. 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.

9. If using saddlebags to carry a load, you should:
Load the bags as evenly as possible.
Unevenly distribute weight into the saddlebags.
Place as much weight as possible into one saddlebag.

Saddlebags should be loaded with approximately equal weights. If a load is distributed unevenly between bags, it may cause the motorcycle to drift to one side.

10. When riding behind a car, traveling in the center portion of the lane:
Allows you to be seen in its rearview mirror.
Usually makes it difficult for the driver to see you.
Should be avoided.

When following a car, you should ride in a position that allows the driver to see you in their rearview mirror. Usually, that means riding in the center portion of the lane. Because most drivers check their rearview mirrors much more often than they check their side mirrors, being in this lane position increases the chance that they will see you.

11. Which lane position is usually best for minimizing the risk of other vehicles sharing your lane?
The left portion of the lane
The center portion of the lane
The right portion of the lane

Riding in the center portion of your lane can discourage other drivers from trying to squeeze into your lane to drive next to you. Additionally, riding in the center portion of your lane when traveling behind a car generally ensures that you will appear in the middle of the vehicle's rearview mirror, where the driver is most likely to notice you.

12. The front brake:
Should only be used when you need to stop quickly.
Should be used only under slippery conditions.
Is not as effective as the rear brake.
Is safe to use, if used properly.

Always use both brakes any time you slow or stop. It is safe to use the front brake, which is more powerful than the rear brake, as long as you use it properly.

13. When positioning your body on the motorcycle:
You should hold yourself up with your arms.
Your arms should be used to steer the motorcycle.
You should have to stretch to reach the handgrips.

To have proper riding posture, position yourself so that you are using your arms to steer rather than to hold yourself up. Sit so that your elbows are slightly bent when you hold the handgrips.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. When motorcyclists ride in a group:
Inexperienced riders should lead the group.
Inexperienced riders should be near the front of the group.
Inexperienced riders should be in the back of the group.

When traveling in a group, less experienced riders should be placed near the front of the group behind the leader. This way, more experienced riders can lead the way and watch the inexperienced riders at the same time.

17. The gearshift is located:
By the left footrest.
By the right footrest.
By the right handle grip.

The gearshift lever of a motorcycle is located in front of the left footrest and is operated by the rider's left foot.

18. When riding in a group, inexperienced riders should be:
In the front.
Just behind the lead rider.
In the rear.

In a group, less experienced riders should be positioned toward the front, just behind the leader. This will allow more experienced riders to watch them from behind.

19. If you need to react to a hazard in the road, do not:
Avoid communicating with other drivers.
Adjust your speed accordingly.
Make your presence known by sounding your horn and/or using lights or signals.

To create more space and minimize the harm of any hazard, communicate your presence to other road users by using your horn, lights, and/or signals. Adjust your speed to be appropriate for the situation and adjust your lane position and/or direction of travel as needed.

20. Having only one alcoholic drink before riding:
Will not lead to a DUI conviction.
Will never affect your riding skills.
Can affect your ability to operate a motorcycle.

Impairment of your ability to ride safely begins with the first drink you take. You can be convicted of riding impaired even if you are below the legal blood alcohol limit.

21. Long-term exposure to wind noise:
Is not a danger.
Can cause irreversible hearing damage.
Is just part of riding a motorcycle.

Long-term exposure to wind noise can cause permanent damage to your hearing. Using ear protection when you ride should protect you from the dangers of wind noise while still allowing you to hear important sounds, like sirens or car horns.

22. The best way to avoid fatigue when riding your motorcycle on a long trip is to:
Take frequent breaks to rest.
Ride as fast as possible.
Take artificial stimulants.

To avoid becoming fatigued when riding your motorcycle on a long trip, limit how much time is spent riding each day and take frequent rest breaks. Avoid the use of artificial stimulants because you may experience extreme fatigue when they start to wear off.

23. If wearing a jacket for protection while riding in hot weather, you should:
Take frequent breaks to cool off.
Remove the jacket to stay cool while in the sun.
Keep the jacket on to protect you from the heat.

A sturdy riding jacket provides essential protection in the event of a crash, no matter the weather. Jackets also provide an additional benefit in hot weather by protecting the rider against dehydration. Many motorcycling jackets are designed to prevent the wearer from overheating.

24. Of the following, which is not a reason to keep a cushion of space between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you?
It allows you more time to respond to hazards.
It prevents you from finding an escape route.
It provides space to maneuver your motorcycle.

Maintaining an adequate space cushion ensures that you will have time to respond if another driver makes a mistake. A cushion of space also allows you the space you need to safely maneuver your motorcycle.

25. If possible, do not ride directly next to another vehicle because:
Another driver may want to use your lane to pass.
You may be in the vehicle’s blind spot.
You may have access to escape routes.

Riding directly alongside another vehicle is dangerous because you may be in the vehicle's blind spot and the driver will not know you are there. Additionally, the vehicle may block your route of escape if any hazards should arise.

26. During normal turns:
The motorcycle and rider should lean in the same direction.
The motorcycle and rider should lean in opposite directions.
The motorcycle should not lean.

In a normal turn, the rider and the motorcycle should lean together at the same angle. In a slow, tight turn, the motorcycle should lean while the rider counterbalances by keeping their body upright.

27. You approach an emergency vehicle that is stopped on the side of the road while using its flashing lights. You should:
Stop on the roadway behind the emergency vehicle.
Stop and wait until the emergency vehicle begins moving again.
Merge into a lane away from the emergency vehicle.

If you approach an emergency vehicle, tow truck, or roadside assistance vehicle that is stopped with its lights flashing, you must change lanes to allow the vehicle extra space and proceed with caution. Always slow down and be prepared to stop when you approach an emergency scene.

28. When slowing or stopping a motorcycle, you should:
Not change gears.
Shift up through the gears.
Shift down through the gears.

You should shift down through the gears with the clutch as you slow or stop. Remain in first gear while stopped so you can move quickly, if needed.

29. It is most important to flash your brake light when:
Switching into a neutral gear.
You will be slowing suddenly.
There is a stop sign ahead.
Your signals are not working.

If a tailgater is following you too closely, it is advisable to flash your brake light before you begin to decelerate. The tailgater may be concentrating on you and may not be aware of hazards farther down the road that you are slowing to avoid.

30. Before riding, a motorcycle operator should check the clutch. A properly working clutch should feel:
Loose and rough.
Tight and smooth.
Loose and smooth.

Check your clutch and throttle before riding your motorcycle. The throttle should snap back when you let go and the clutch should feel tight and smooth.

31. In the center of a traffic lane, there is usually an oily strip. Motorcyclists should:
Avoid riding on the oil and grease buildup.
Not worry about the oil and grease buildup.
Search for the lane with the smallest amount of oil and grease buildup.

Avoid riding on oil and grease buildup. Because the oily strip in the center of a lane is usually no more than two feet wide, it is often possible to stay to the left or right side of the oil and still be in the center portion of the lane.

32. If vehicles are present on both sides of you motorcycle, which lane position is usually the best option?

There is no lane position that is always best and no lane position that should always be avoided. A responsible rider will adjust their position as road and traffic conditions warrant. If vehicles are on both the left and right sides of a rider, the center lane position is probably the safest option.

33. 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.

34. A solid white line on the side of the road indicates:
No parking is permitted.
The right edge of a traffic lane.
Traffic must merge.

A solid white line on the side of the road is used to indicate the right edge of a traffic lane.

35. If you borrow a motorcycle, you should:
Assume all controls are in the same location as they are on your motorcycle.
Immediately take it out on the highway.
Get familiar with it in a controlled area.

All motorcycles are at least somewhat different. Before riding a motorcycle that is new to you, take the time to learn where all of the controls are. Ride the motorcycle in a controlled area to get used to it before taking it out on the road.

36. When traveling at night, it is:
Easier to judge distances than it is during the day.
About as easy to judge distances as it is during the day.
More difficult to judge distances than it is during the day.

It is almost always more difficult to judge distances when traveling in the dark than it is when traveling in daylight. Shadows and light contrasts are important cues to the distance of an object. When you must rely on artificial lighting to see the roadway at night, natural contrasts and shadows may be distorted or entirely absent.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. The formation you should take when riding in a group:
Is always single-file.
Depends on the situation.
Is always staggered.

In general, it is best for a group to ride in a staggered formation. Move into a single-file formation when taking a curve, making a turn, entering a highway, or leaving a highway.

40. A passenger should sit:
In front of the operator.
Behind the operator.

Motorcycle passengers should always sit behind the operator and hold firmly and securely onto the operator's waist, hips, or midsection. They may instead choose to hold onto handgrips, provided that the motorcycle is equipped with them. Passengers should never ride sidesaddle.

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