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1. When an operator's left arm is extended straight out to the left, it means the operator:
Plans to turn left.
Is about to stop.
Plans to turn right.
Is about to slow down.

Instead of mechanical turn signals, operators may use hand signals to indicate turns or stops. If an operator's left arm is extended straight out to the left, it means the operator plans to turn left or change lanes to the left.

2. Before mounting the motorcycle, your pre-ride inspection should include all of the following, except:
A tire check.
A taillight test.
A headlight test.
A paint check.

A pre-ride inspection should include checks of the tires, oil and fluids, lights, signals, clutch, throttle, mirrors, brakes, and horn. Conduct a thorough pre-ride inspection before every ride.

3. Most motorcycle crashes happen:
On short trips.
On long trips.
After at least an hour of riding.
After more than 8 hours of riding.

Most motorcycle crashes happen on trips shorter than five miles, just a few minutes after the rider starts out.

4. Which of the following is not a type of protective riding gear?
A leather jacket
Boots that go above the ankle
Hearing protection
Pants made of a soft material

Appropriate protective gear for motorcycling includes a jacket and pants made of leather or another sturdy material; footwear that covers and supports your ankles; and hearing protection, even if you wear a helmet.

5. If you are drinking alcohol and plan to ride later, you should:
Ride more slowly than usual.
Allow at least an hour for each drink to leave your system before riding.
Exercise or dance to wear the drinks off.
Drink hot coffee to become more alert.

If you have been drinking, the only way to eliminate the alcohol from your system is to wait. Typically, it takes around one hour for the body to eliminate the alcohol content of one drink. It can be dangerous to ride after drinking, even if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is well below the legal limit.

6. Which of the following provides the best protection?
Face shield

A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield provides protection for the wearer's entire face in the event of a crash. Goggles may protect someone's eyes, but not the rest of their face. A windshield is not an adequate substitute for either.

7. If a friend has had too much to drink and wants to ride their motorcycle, you should:
Let them.
Encourage them to take roads that are not crowded.
Not get involved.
Take their keys.

Never let someone ride if they have had too much to drink. Do whatever you can to prevent them from riding, including taking their keys, if necessary. Arrange an alternative way for them to get home.

8. Which of the following types of footwear is best for a motorcycle operator?
Sturdy boots
Tennis shoes
Shoes with loose laces

Sturdy boots or shoes that are high enough to support the ankles can provide the best protection for motorcyclists. Laced up boots are best, but high-top boots or heavy shoes are fine. If a motorcyclist wears shoes that have long laces, they should be sure to securely tuck the laces away before riding.

9. When riding at night, you should:
Decrease your following distance.
Increase your following distance.
Ride faster than you usually would.
Avoid using your high beam headlight.

Because distances are more difficult to judge in the dark than in daylight, be sure to reduce your speed and increase your following distance when riding at night. Use your high beam any time you are not meeting or following another vehicle.

10. A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield:
Is not necessary if you have a windshield.
Only protects your eyes.
Helps protect your whole face.
Is less effective than goggles.

A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield can help protect your whole face if you are involved in a crash. Goggles protect your eyes, but not the rest of your face. A windshield is not an adequate substitute for googles or a face shield.

11. 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.

12. Head and neck injuries can be reduced by:
Wearing a helmet.
Wearing a leather jacket.
Using the rear brake only.
Wearing goggles.

The risk of head and neck injuries is greatly reduced by wearing a high-quality helmet. A helmet is a rider's best defense against injury in the case of an accident.

13. You should choose the lane position that can:
Minimize your space cushion and allow you to be seen by others.
Maximize your space cushion and allow you to be seen by others.
Maximize your potential for encountering road hazards and allow others to pass you.
Minimize your potential for encountering road hazards and allow you to closely follow another vehicle.

A properly chosen lane position should provide a number of benefits, including an increased ability to see others and to be seen. It should help you avoid wind blasts, other drivers' blind spots, and surface hazards. Your lane position should discourage other drivers from trying to share your lane and provide you with an escape route, should a hazard arise. Choose a lane position that maximizes your space cushion.

14. Maximum straight-line braking is done by:
Using the front brake, then the rear brake.
Using the rear brake, then the front brake.
Using the front and rear brakes at the same time without locking either wheel.
Using the front and rear brakes at the same time while locking the rear wheel.

Maximum straight-line braking is accomplished by simultaneously applying both the front and rear brakes without locking either wheel.

15. To prevent getting fatigued on a long ride, you should do all of the following, except:
Dress warmly.
Limit the distance traveled in a day.
Take frequent rest breaks.
Take artificial stimulants.

To reduce the danger of fatigue when riding, dress to protect yourself against tiring weather conditions, such as wind and rain. Limit yourself to no more than about six hours of riding per day and stop for a break at least once every two hours. Avoid taking artificial stimulants since you may experience extreme fatigue when they start to wear off.

16. To increase your visibility, you should:
Turn off your headlight during the day.
Wear dark clothes.
Keep your headlight on at all times.
Ride in the right portion of the lane.

Strategies for making yourself more visible include wearing brightly-colored and reflective clothing, keeping your headlight on at all times, and varying your lane position as conditions demand.

17. Your lane position should:
Avoid other road users' blind spots.
Provide a good view of the shoulder.
Provide a poor view of road hazards.
Invite others to share your lane.

A properly chosen lane position should help you to see others and be seen by them. Avoid riding in another driver's blind spot for a long period of time.

18. Intersections are usually:
Safe since there is so much traffic there.
A dangerous spot for riders.
Difficult to figure out.
Safer than the open road.

Intersections can be dangerous because they present the greatest degree of potential conflict between motorcyclists and other drivers.

19. 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.

20. Before carrying a passenger in traffic for the first time, you should:
Read books about carrying passengers.
Practice riding on an empty road.
Flash your lights so others can see you.
Practice riding on the shoulder of a road.

Before transporting a passenger or heavy load in traffic for the first time, practice riding on a quiet road to get used to how your motorcycle handles differently with the additional weight.

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