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1. When traveling at night, you should:
Ride as fast as you would if riding during the day.
Ride more slowly than you would if riding during the day.
Ride faster than you would if riding during the day.

When traveling at night, ride more slowly than you would if riding during the day, especially when traveling on an unfamiliar road. Riding more slowly allows you additional time to avoid hazards under conditions of decreased visibility.

2. What does an integrated braking system do?
It links the front and rear brakes together when the rear brake is applied.
It knows when to brake automatically by understanding your riding habits.
It is connected to the gears and applies the brake when downshifting.

Some motorcycles have integrated braking systems that link the front and rear brakes together when the rider applies the rear brake pedal. It is important to consult your owner's manual for details on your specific motorcycle's braking system.

3. After riding over an object on the road, you should:
Continue riding because the danger has passed.
Pull to the side of the road and check your tires and rims for damage.
Stop to remove the object from the road.

After riding over an object on the roadway, you should pull off the road to check your tires and rims for damage before traveling any farther. Ensure that nothing is caught in the drive chain or belt before proceeding.

4. Alcohol reaches the brain ________ being consumed.
Within minutes of
About an hour after
About two hours after

Alcohol reaches the brain and begins affecting the drinker's riding abilities within minutes of being consumed. Operating any motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is illegal and dangerous.

5. If your motorcycle begins to weave while you are riding over rain grooves or bridge gratings, you should:
Speed up to get over the surface faster.
Exaggerate the zigzag motion to get the attention of other drivers.
Maintain a steady speed and ride straight across the grooves or gratings.

If your motorcycle begins to weave when riding over grooves or gratings, simply maintain a steady speed and proceed straight across the surface. Trying to compensate for the weave by riding at an angle forces you to zigzag to stay in your lane, which is more dangerous.

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

A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield provides protection for your entire face, including your eyes, in the event of a crash. A windshield is not an adequate substitute.

7. When a motorcyclist needs to stop quickly, they should:
Apply both brakes at the same time.
Use only the front brake.
Use only the rear brake.

To stop quickly, apply both brakes at the same time. Scan the road ahead to help you avoid the need for last-minute stops.

8. When scanning the area around your motorcycle, you should:
Look for potential escape routes near intersections, shopping areas, or schools.
See if you can travel faster than other vehicles.
Stare at pedestrians.

While searching the road for potential hazards, focus on looking for escape routes in or around intersections, shopping areas, schools, and construction zones.

9. When buying a motorcycle helmet, you should be most concerned about the helmet's:

Protection should be your first consideration when buying a motorcycle helmet.

10. When riding in a group, the best formation for keeping riders together while maintaining adequate space cushions is generally:
A single-file formation.
Riding in pairs.
A staggered formation.

In general, the best way for a group of motorcyclists to maintain close ranks while still allowing each rider an adequate space cushion is to ride in a staggered formation.

11. A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield can protect you from:

A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield can protect your face in the event of a crash. It also provides protection against more routine hazards, such as pebbles thrown up from other vehicles, wind, dust, dirt, rain, and insects.

12. When riding behind another vehicle, you should position yourself:
To be seen in the vehicle’s side mirror.
To be seen in the vehicle’s rearview mirror.
To be seen through the vehicle's passenger window.

If you are following a car, the driver is most likely to notice you if you position yourself behind them in the center of your lane. This lane position places you in the driver's rearview mirror. Most drivers check their rearview mirrors much more often than their side mirrors.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. Which of the following is not a benefit of maintaining a cushion of space between your motorcycle and other vehicles?
You have more time to react to the movements of other drivers.
You have space to maneuver.
You have limited escape route options.

Maintaining a space cushion helps to ensure that you will have enough time to react to the movements of others and enough room to maneuver safely.

17. To minimize the potential for fatigue, you should:
Turn on the radio.
Take frequent rest breaks.
Drink caffeine.

Taking frequent rest breaks during a long trip can help reduce fatigue. Stimulants, such as caffeine, can ultimately increase the danger of fatigue because you may become extremely tired when they begin to wear off. Wind, rain, snow, and other elements can also increase levels of fatigue, so dress warmly (as needed) and invest in a windshield, especially if you plan to ride long distances.

18. When riding a motorcycle, you should:
Wear half-fingered gloves.
Wear full-fingered gloves.
Not wear gloves.

Wearing gloves while riding provides an improved grip and help protect your hands. You should use gloves that are full-fingered and made of a durable material.

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. 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.

21. Eye protection is required for:
All riders.
Only riders under the age of 18.
Only riders who have held their license for less than two years.

In South Dakota, anyone operating a motorcycle or moped must use eye protection in the form of glasses, goggles, a face shield, or a windshield. A face shield can provide the best protection for a rider.

22. Noise created by wind:
Is easy to get used to.
May cause irreversible hearing damage.
Is never a danger.

Long-term exposure to wind noise can permanently damage your hearing. Using proper ear plugs or other hearing protection when riding is recommended.

23. When being passed by another vehicle, you should travel in:
The left portion of the lane.
The center portion of the lane.
The right portion of the lane.

When being passed, the center portion of the lane is generally the safest lane position for a motorcyclist. Riding on the side nearest the passing vehicle increases the risk of colliding with it. Riding on the side farthest from the passing vehicle can also be dangerous because it may prompt the driver to return to your lane before it is safe to do so.

24. 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.

25. When riding a motorcycle, your lane position:
Has little impact on whether or not other drivers can see you.
Is very important because it may affect whether or not other drivers can see you.
Cannot protect you from wind blasts from other vehicles.

An appropriate lane position can increase your ability to see and be seen. Being properly positioned in a lane can also help you avoid blasts of wind coming off of surrounding vehicles.

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