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1. If you are riding over rain grooves or bridge gratings and your motorcycle begins to weave, you should:
Brake suddenly.
Steer in a weaving pattern.
Relax, maintain a steady speed, and ride straight across the grooves.
Move to the leftmost portion of the lane.

A motorcycle may weave while riding over rain grooves or bridge gratings, but this is generally not dangerous. If your motorcycle begins to weave, simply relax and proceed straight ahead at a steady speed. Trying to ride in a zigzag pattern to compensate for the weave will only increase the hazard.

2. If you must brake and swerve to avoid a hazard, you should:
Either brake then swerve or swerve then brake.
Brake and swerve at the same time.
Choose to either brake or swerve.
Not swerve and only use the front brake to stop.

If a hazard requires you to brake and swerve to avoid a collision, you should take the actions separately. Do not brake while swerving because doing so may cause your motorcycle to fall over.

3. The effects of marijuana consumption can last for:
No more than 15 minutes.
About an hour.
About two hours.
More than six hours.

When marijuana is smoked, it can begin to affect the smoker within minutes and effects can last for between two and four hours. When marijuana is eaten, it may take over an hour to begin to affect the consumer, but the effects of the marijuana may last for more than six hours.

4. When riding at night, a motorcyclist should maintain a minimum following distance of:
Two seconds.
Three seconds.
Four seconds.
Five seconds.

Because it is more difficult to see and judge distances in the dark than in daylight, you should maintain an expanded following distance of at least three seconds when riding at night. It may take you longer than usual to realize the vehicle in front of you has stopped and you may need additional time to slow or stop to avoid hitting the vehicle.

5. The front brake is:
Too dangerous to be used by inexperienced operators.
Best when used by itself.
Meant to occasionally assist the rear brake.
To be used with the rear brake.

Use both the front and rear brakes every time you slow or stop.

6. If you are riding in the right side of your lane while following a car:
You are likely riding in the best position to be seen.
You may not be seen unless the driver uses their side mirror.
The driver will most likely assume you are there.
You are discouraging other drivers from sharing your lane.

When riding behind a passenger vehicle, it is usually best to ride in the center of the lane so you will be visible in the driver's rearview mirror. Most drivers check their rearview mirrors much more often than their side mirrors, so this lane position will increase your chances of being seen.

7. Riding directly alongside another vehicle is discouraged because:
You may have a difficult time getting to a highway exit.
You may be in the other vehicle’s blind spot.
You may block the driver's view.
It prevents other drivers from passing both of you.

Riding alongside another vehicle is dangerous because you could be riding in the vehicle's blind spot. The driver may enter your lane without warning if they can't see you. The vehicle will also block your route of escape if a hazard arises.

8. When downshifting, you should:
Shift through multiple gears at a time.
Shift through one gear at a time.
Always shift all the way down to neutral first.

When shifting into a lower gear, shift down one gear at a time and ease out the clutch through the friction zone between each downshift.

9. In Texas, helmets are required to be used by:
Only motorcycle operators.
Only motorcycle passengers.
Only moped operators.
The operators and passengers of all types of motorcycles and mopeds.

In Texas, the operators and passengers of all types of motorcycles and mopeds are required to wear helmets while riding. Exemptions may apply.

10. When riding near stopped or slow-moving cars, a motorcyclist should:
Pull over and wait until traffic begins to move.
Ride on the shoulder to get through the area as quickly as possible.
Weave between the cars to get through the area as quickly as possible.
Not weave between the cars.

Riding between slowed or parked cars can leave you vulnerable to unexpected hazards, such as opening car doors or cars suddenly pulling into traffic. If a hazard arises, you will not have room to safely maneuver. Never travel on the shoulder of a road because other drivers will never expect you to be there.

11. When riding, a cushion of space is helpful to:
Give you space to react to hazards.
Hide you from other drivers.
Prevent you from avoiding hazards.
Allow you to look at road signs.

Allowing a cushion of space around your motorcycle at all times will help ensure that you will have time to react if another driver makes a mistake. You will need the space to maneuver safely.

12. When both braking and swerving must be done to avoid an unexpected hazard, a rider should:
Perform one action, then the other.
Perform both actions at the same time and apply extra braking pressure.
Perform both actions at the same time, but mainly focus on swerving.
Not perform either action.

Because you need adequate traction to swerve safely, you should not brake and swerve at the same time. Instead, if you approach a hazard that requires you to brake and swerve, you should perform one action and then the other.

13. Gloves can:
Make it difficult to control a motorcycle and should be avoided.
Help other drivers identify you.
Provide an improved grip on the handlebars.
Offer no protection.

Gloves can provide you with an improved grip on your motorcycle's handlebars. They can also protect your hands in the event of a crash.

14. If braking in a curve:
Only use the front brake.
It will be the same as braking on a straightaway.
You will have more traction as you lean into the curve.
You may have less traction as you lean into the curve.

It is possible to use both brakes while turning, but it must be done with great care. Some of the tires' usual traction is being used to make the turn while the motorcycle is leaning, so less traction is available for stopping.

15. When a group of riders is passing another vehicle on a two-lane road, the riders should:
Pass in pairs.
Pass in a staggered formation with several riders passing at the same time.
Pass one at a time.
Avoid passing.

When a group of motorcyclists is passing another vehicle on a two-lane road, the riders should pass the vehicle one at a time. Each motorcyclist should complete their pass before the next rider's pass begins.

16. When riding with a passenger, you should tell them to do all of the following, except:
Get on the motorcycle after the engine has been started.
Sit as far forward as they can without crowding you.
Hold firmly onto your waist, hips, or belt.
Feel free to talk whenever they want.

To help keep the operator focused on riding, passengers should avoid unnecessary conversation or movement. Passengers should get on a motorcycle only after the engine has been started. They should sit as far forward as they can without crowding the operator and hold firmly onto the operator's waist, hips, or belt.

17. A helmet will not provide the best possible protection:
If it is certified by the DOT.
If it fits snugly.
If it is free of defects.
If it has cracks.

A helmet should meet U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and state standards and fit snugly all the way around to provide maximum protection. It should be free of defects such as cracks, loose padding, or frayed straps.

18. 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.

19. Once a motorcycle helmet has been involved in a crash, it should be:
Inspected closely.
Sold to another rider.
Outfitted with a new chinstrap.

Replace any helmet that has been worn during a crash.

20. 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.

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