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Rhode Island MOTORCYCLE DMV Practice Test 11

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1. A rectangular sign may be a:
School crossing sign.
Railroad crossing sign.
Stop sign.
Speed limit sign.

Signs informing road users of road regulations, such as speed limits, are normally rectangular and colored white with black lettering or symbols. Riders must follow the rules posted on these regulatory signs.

2. Motorists entering a highway from an entrance ramp to your right may not see your motorcycle. To help the entering drivers, you should:
Sound your horn.
Flash your lights.
Move to the left portion of your lane so they can share the lane, if necessary.
Move into another lane, if necessary.

Give plenty of room to vehicles merging onto a highway from an entrance ramp. Merge into a lane farther away from the entrance ramp, if necessary. If it is not possible to change lanes, adjust your speed to allow room for the vehicle to safely enter the highway.

3. To lessen your chances of being involved in a crash, you should:
Not use your turn signals when changing lanes.
Follow other vehicles closely.
Watch about five feet ahead of your motorcycle while riding.
Always be ready to use crash-avoidance techniques.

To reduce the risk of 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. Always be ready to avoid an unexpected hazard.

4. Clothing made of which type of material can offer the best protection to motorcyclists?

Leather garments can provide the greatest level of protection to motorcyclists. It is important to wear clothing that covers your legs and arms entirely when riding a motorcycle.

5. Which of the following is not a good safety tip?
Slow to a safe speed before turning.
When turning, lean in the direction you wish to go.
Avoid dragging your feet on the roadway.
Avoid looking at other vehicles.

Slow to a safe speed before beginning a turn and lean in the direction of the turn. Don't drag your feet on the roadway, as you could lose control if they catch on something. Always scan the roadway for other traffic.

6. When riding a motorcycle, you should:
Not wear a jacket if it's warm out.
Always wear a jacket, even if it’s warm out.
Wear shorts in warm weather.
Not be concerned about long shoelaces.

For your protection, you should always wear a long-sleeved jacket made of appropriate material when riding. This is true even in warm weather because wearing a jacket is important to help prevent dehydration. You should also always wear long pants, and tuck in the laces of your footwear to prevent them from catching on the motorcycle.

7. What can you do to increase your chances of being seen at an intersection?
Ride while using your headlight.
Swerve within your lane to draw attention to your motorcycle.
Raise your arms.
Avoid using your brakes.

To increase your chances of being seen at an intersection, use your headlight and ride in a lane position that creates the best view of oncoming traffic. Maintain a space cushion around your motorcycle that allows you to take evasive action.

8. Impairment from alcohol:
Begins with the first drink.
Begins at about half of the legal limit.
Occurs at the legal limit.
Occurs only if you have had multiple drinks.

As little as one drink can have a significant effect on the abilities that you need for safe riding. You can be impaired even if you are well below the legal blood alcohol limit. No amount of alcohol is safe to consume before riding.

9. It is best to not ride directly alongside another vehicle because:
You may be riding in its blind spot.
It is distracting to have a vehicle next to you.
Other drivers may want to use the lane.
It would be difficult to see what is happening behind you.

It is dangerous to ride directly alongside a vehicle in another lane because you may be in the vehicle's blind spot and the driver will have no way of knowing you are there. It can also be dangerous because the vehicle may block your path of escape if another hazard arises.

10. 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.

11. A passenger should never:
Wear a helmet.
Lean when the operator leans.
Wear clothing that is tight.
Ride sidesaddle.

In South Carolina, passengers under the age of 21 must wear a helmet and eye protection, though it is recommended that all motorcycle riders wear helmets and eye protection. Passengers should avoid wearing loose clothing that might catch on the motorcycle and should always lean with the operator when turning. Passengers should never be allowed to ride sidesaddle.

12. The shortest and safest stops are accomplished:
By using only the rear brake.
By using only the front brake.
By allowing the front tire to lock up.
By using both the front and rear brakes.

The shortest and safest stops are achieved by using both the front and rear brakes in a smooth and progressive manner, without skidding either tire.

13. When you are being passed by another vehicle, which part of the lane should you ride in?
The left
The center
The right
It doesn’t matter.

When being passed, it is generally safest to ride in the center portion of your lane. Riding on the side nearest the passing vehicle increases the risk of colliding with them. Riding on the side farthest from the passing vehicle is also dangerous, as it could tempt the driver to re-enter your lane before it is safe to do so.

14. If your motorcycle begins to weave while you are riding over rain grooves or bridge gratings, you should:
Relax, maintain a steady speed, and ride straight across the surface.
Tighten your hold on the handle grips and increase your speed to get past the hazard.
Travel in a zigzag motion.
Ride on the shoulder instead of on the grooves.

The weaving motion that occurs when a motorcycle rides over rain grooves or bridge gratings is generally not dangerous. If you experience weaving when riding over one of these surfaces, simply relax and proceed straight across the grooves or gratings at a steady speed. Trying to compensate for the weaving motion by zigzagging is more dangerous than riding straight.

15. How is the accelerator controlled?
With the right hand
With the left hand
With the right foot
With the left foot

The accelerator of a motorcycle is located by the right handgrip and is controlled with the right hand.

16. Which of the following is not a good way for a rider to increase their visibility?
Wearing proper clothing
Using their headlight at all times
Using their turn signals
Waving at other drivers

To make yourself visible to other road users, you should wear brightly-colored clothing with reflective materials, use your headlight at all times, and use your signals and brake light properly.

17. Rain suits:
Should not be used.
Should not balloon when riding.
Are not needed since motorcycles shouldn't be operated in the rain.
Should tear easily.

High-quality rain suits designed for motorcycle riding will resist tearing and ballooning when a rider travels at high speeds.

18. If only one alcoholic drink is consumed:
Judgment and riding abilities can still be affected.
There is usually no effect on the body.
There is an effect on the body, but it only lasts for a short time.
There is an effect on the body, but it can be eliminated by drinking coffee.

As little as one alcoholic drink can significantly affect the skills that are needed for safe riding. The only way to remove the alcohol content of a drink from your body is to allow your body time to eliminate it.

19. Of the following, which should you not do to improve your safety when riding at night?
Increase your speed.
Reduce your speed.
Use your high beam headlight whenever possible.
Increase your following distance.

To ride safely at night, you should reduce your speed, use your high beam headlight when you are not riding near other vehicles, and increase your following distance. Take advantage of vehicles ahead of you to provide clues about the upcoming road. Their headlights may help to illuminate the road ahead and their taillights will bounce up and down if the vehicle is being driven over bumps on the road.

20. If your front tire goes flat while you are riding:
The steering will feel heavy.
The steering will feel loose.
There will be no change in the steering.
The ride will feel too smooth.

If the front tire of a motorcycle fails, it will cause the steering to feel heavy. If your steering feels heavy, immediately exit the road and inspect your tires.

21. An advantage to keeping a cushion of space between your motorcycle and other vehicles is that:
You can pass danger more quickly.
You will have a more narrow view of the road so you can stay focused.
You will have more time to react to the movements of others.
You can more easily follow the path of the next vehicle.

Maintaining a cushion of space between your motorcycle and other vehicles on the road will give you a clearer view of any emerging hazards, more time to react to hazards, and more space to maneuver around them.

22. Of the crashes involving both a motorcycle and a car, how many are caused by the driver failing to properly yield the right-of-way to the rider?
About 10 percent
About 25 percent
Over 50 percent
About 90 percent

Of the crashes involving both a motorcycle and a car, more than half are caused by the driver failing to properly yield right-of-way to the rider.

23. To lean a motorcycle when making a turn, you should:
Always press on the left handgrip.
Always press on the right handgrip.
Press on the handgrip in the direction opposite of the turn.
Press on the handgrip in the direction of the turn.

To turn, a motorcycle must lean. To make the motorcycle lean, press on the handgrip in the direction of the turn.

24. A shatter-resistant face shield:
Can protect a rider's face in a crash.
Is only useful in protecting riders from dirt.
Does not offer as much protection as goggles.
Should not be used with a helmet.

A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield can provide protection for your entire face in the event of a crash. Goggles can protect your eyes, but not the rest of your face. A face shield also provides routine protection from dirt, dust, insects, rain, and pebbles.

25. Which fabric provides the most protection when worn by motorcyclists?

Leather jackets and pants provide the greatest level of protection when riding.

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