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1. Since most crashes happen during daylight hours, you should:
Not ride during the day.
Wear bright clothing all the time.
Ride on the shoulder and stay out of traffic.
Wear dark clothing all the time.

Most motorcycle crashes happen in broad daylight. You should always wear brightly-colored clothing when riding to maximize your chances of being seen, even during the day.

2. You will ______ hear a tire going flat.

Motorcycle riders will rarely actually hear a tire going flat. Tire failure is more often indicated by a change in how the motorcycle handles.

3. 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.

4. 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 ridden their motorcycles for less than six months.

Always take extra care when riding a new or unfamiliar motorcycle. Most crashes involve riders who have had less than six months of experience with the motorcycle that they are using.

5. A pre-ride inspection usually takes:
A few minutes and should be done no more than once a month.
A few minutes and should be done before every ride.
Over an hour and should be performed by a mechanic.
Over an hour and must only be done if you will be carrying a passenger.

Conduct a thorough pre-ride inspection before every ride. It should usually take only a few minutes.

6. When riding a motorcycle, you should:
Always avoid the left portion of a lane.
Always avoid the right portion of a lane.
Always avoid the center portion of a lane.
Use whichever portion of the lane is safest.

There is no single lane position that you always need to avoid. Adjust your position in response to changing conditions on the road.

7. If you are riding in traffic when a small animal enters your lane, you should:
Do whatever you can, including swerving into other lanes, to avoid hitting the animal.
Switch lanes as quickly as possible.
Stay in your lane.
Flash your lights to try to scare the animal.

Do everything you safely can to avoid hitting an animal in the road. If you are in traffic, however, you should remain in your lane. Swerving into another lane of traffic to avoid hitting an animal can cause you to collide with another driver. Hitting something small is less dangerous than hitting something big.

8. 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.

9. When riding behind a car, you should ride:
In any part of the lane.
In the part of the lane closest to the shoulder.
In the part of the lane that places your image in the car's rearview mirror.
As close to the car as possible.

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.

10. 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.

11. To receive maximum protection, wear a helmet that is certified by the:
U.S. Department of Transportation.
Federal Trade Commission.
Federal Transportation Network.
National Association of Helmets.

To get maximum protection, use a motorcycle helmet that meets U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards.

12. A skidding rear tire:
Is not serious.
Eliminates your ability to change direction.
Will usually correct itself.
Is only a concern if the front tire is also skidding.

A skidding rear tire is a dangerous condition that can result in a violent crash and serious injury or death. Too much rear brake pressure can cause the rear wheel to lock. As soon as the rear wheel locks, your ability to change direction is lost. To regain control, the brake must be released.

13. 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.

14. When riding in a group, inexperienced riders should position themselves:
Just behind the leader.
In the front of the group.
At the tail end of the group.
Beside the lead rider.

Inexperienced riders should ride just behind the leader. This ensures that they won't have to chase after the group, and it allows more experienced riders to keep an eye on them from behind.

15. Several factors influence blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Which of the following does not play a role?
The amount of alcohol consumed
How fast a person drinks
Body weight

There are several major factors that can affect a person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC). A BAC is determined in part by the amount of alcohol someone has consumed, how fast they consumed the alcohol, and their body weight.

16. The middle portion of the lane usually contains an oily strip. You should:
Try to avoid the oily strip when it is raining.
Ride only on the oily strip, as it provides increased traction.
Avoid the entire center portion of the lane.
Not worry about oil or other items in a lane.

Oily drippings from cars and trucks build up in the center of each lane. Unless the road is wet, this strip usually still provides enough traction more a motorcycle to operate safely. The strip is generally narrow enough that you can ride to either side of it and still be in the center portion of the lane.

17. The best lane position is:
The one that lets you travel the fastest.
The one that allows you to draft off of other vehicles.
The one that allows you be seen by other motorists.
The one that places you in other vehicles’ blind spots.

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.

18. Your lane position should not:
Increase your ability to see and be seen.
Help you avoid surface hazards.
Provide you with an escape route.
Welcome other drivers into your lane.

A properly chosen lane position can optimize a number of safety factors. Your lane position should keep you out of other vehicles’ blind spots, increase your ability to see and be seen, help you avoid surface hazards, help you avoid wind blasts from other vehicles, and provide you with an escape route from any hazards that might arise. You should be positioned in a way that discourages other drivers from trying to share your lane.

19. When traveling on a motorcycle with a sidecar, the passenger should ride:
On the motorcycle seat.
In the sidecar.
Either on the motorcycle or in the sidecar.
Neither on the motorcycle or in the sidecar.

If your motorcycle has a sidecar, it is best for your passenger to ride in the sidecar. They should keep their hands inside the sidecar at all times.

20. One way to tell if your rear tire has gone flat while riding is if:
There is a hissing noise coming from the rear of the bike.
The back end is jerking from side to side.
You are unable to accelerate.
The rear brake does not work.

If your rear tire fails, the back of your motorcycle will likely jerk from side to side. It is rare for motorcyclists to actually hear a tire fail.

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