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1. When riding in a staggered formation, the third rider in the group should ride _______ behind the leader.
One second
Two seconds
Three seconds
Four seconds

In a staggered formation, the lead rider should ride on the left side of the lane, with the second rider two seconds behind on the right side of the lane. The third rider should be on the left side of the lane, four seconds behind the lead rider.

2. From top to bottom, the following is the proper order for traffic lights:
Red, yellow, green.
Red, green, yellow.
Green, red, yellow.

Warning signs are usually yellow with black markings. They alert you to conditions that are immediately ahead. This sign warns drivers about the presence of traffic signals at an intersection ahead.

3. While in a motor vehicle on a highway, it is:
Illegal to either drink from or possess open containers of alcohol.
Legal to drink alcohol if you're not driving.
Legal to drink alcohol if you're driving but not drunk.

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Neither drivers nor passengers may possess an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle while it is in operation.

4. This sign means:
Railroad ahead.
No passing zone.
School zone.

A round yellow sign indicates that there is a railroad crossing ahead.

5. This sign means:
No U-turn.
No turning.
No left turn.

This sign indicates that you may not make a U-turn. You cannot turn around to go in the opposite direction at an intersection where this sign is posted.

6. This road sign means:
You are about to enter a one-way street the wrong way.
School crossing ahead.
Do not drive in this lane.
Traffic turning left on the green light must yield to oncoming traffic.

This sign is used with a traffic signal to tell drivers that left-turning traffic does not have the right-of-way and must instead wait for oncoming traffic to clear.

7. This sign means:
No U-turn.
No turning.
No left turn.
No right turn.

This sign prohibits U-turns. Do not make a U-turn where this sign is posted.

8. The first thing you should do if your throttle becomes stuck is:
Operate the engine cut-off switch.
Jump off the motorcycle.
Twist the throttle back and forth.

If your throttle becomes stuck, try twisting it back and forth several times. If this does not free your throttle, immediately operate the engine cut-off switch and pull in the clutch at the same time.

9. This sign shows one type of:
Right turn.
Lane change.

Warning signs are usually yellow with black markings. This sign warns that your current road ends at an intersection straight ahead. Slow down and prepare to yield or stop before turning right or left.

10. Blue traffic signs offer information on:
Motorist services.
Construction and maintenance.
Mileage information, such as distances to specific locations.

Blue signs on the roadway are service signs. They are used to provide information about motorist services, such as upcoming rest areas, food options, or nearby hospitals.

11. A pentagon-shaped sign is a:
Stop sign.
Regulatory sign.
School zone or school crossing sign.

A five-sided sign is used to alert drivers to a school zone. Some pentagonal signs specifically indicate crosswalks within school zones where children or other pedestrians may be present.

12. This sign means:
Stop ahead.
Buggy warning.
Limited parking.
Do not block intersection.

Warning signs prepare drivers for upcoming road conditions and hazards and are usually yellow with black markings. This sign tells drivers that there is an upcoming stop sign and that they should prepare to come to a complete stop before proceeding.

13. This sign means:
Upcoming change in direction.

An eight-sided red sign means "stop."

14. A sign with this shape means:
No passing zone.
Right turn permitted on red.
Yield right-of-way.

A pennant-shaped sign marks the beginning of a no passing zone.

15. This sign means:
School crossing.
School zone.
Pedestrian crossing.

This sign marks the presence of a crosswalk. Be alert to any pedestrians that may be crossing the roadway.

16. A way to lower the risk of being involved in a crash is to:
Communicate your intentions to other road users.
Not look ahead while riding.
Wear dark clothes.
Ride in the parts of a lane that make it difficult to be seen.

To reduce the risk of being involved in 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.

17. Motorcyclists riding in a group should avoid pairing up because:
A merging driver may not see both riders.
Reflections from both helmets may make it difficult for the riders to see.
Riding in pairs does not allow riders the necessary space to maneuver.
It is too difficult for riders on the left side of a pairing to exit a highway.

When traveling in a group, it is never recommended for motorcyclists to ride in pairs. Neither rider will have adequate room to maneuver to avoid hazards.

18. How can you get sober after drinking alcohol?
Drink coffee.

The only way to sober up after drinking is to give your body the time it needs to remove the alcohol. There are no techniques that will speed up this process.

19. When sitting on a motorcycle, your arms should:
Have a large bend at the elbow when reaching for the handle grips.
Be slightly bent when holding the handle grips.
Be fully extended when reaching for the handle grips.

Your arms should be slightly bent when you are holding the handle grips of a motorcycle. Bending your arms reduces arm fatigue and permits you to press on the handlebars without having to stretch.

20. When entering a turn, you should:
Slow down.
Speed up.
Come to a complete stop.

Reduce your speed before entering a turn. If you take a turn too fast, you may end up veering out of your lane or even off the road.

21. When riding at night, how should your following distance compare to your following distance during the day?
You should allow a longer following distance when following another vehicle at night.
You should allow a shorter following distance when following another vehicle at night.
You should always maintain the same following distance regardless of the time of day.
Following distance really doesn’t matter.

Distances are difficult to judge in the dark because visual cues (like shadows and light contrasts) can be missing or distorted. You should allow a longer following distance when riding at night than you do when riding during the day.

22. When approaching an intersection, a motorcyclist should not:
Choose a lane position that increases their visibility.
Speed up to cross the intersection quickly.
Cover the clutch and brakes to reduce their reaction time.

As you approach an intersection, select a lane position that will make you the most visible to other drivers and cover the clutch and both brakes to reduce your reaction time. Reduce your speed when approaching an intersection. Avoid changing your speed or position radically as doing so may cause surrounding drivers to misinterpret your intentions.

23. Which of the following is not a piece of protective clothing for a motorcycle rider?

When riding, it is safest for a motorcyclist to wear a helmet, eye protection, a jacket, long pants, sturdy boots, and gloves.

24. If you are riding and your motorcycle starts to handle differently, you should:
Continue riding normally.
Pull over and check the tires.
Pull over to check the chain.
Pull over to check the windshield.

A sudden change in handling may indicate that a tire on your motorcycle has failed. If you feel a change in the way your motorcycle handles, pull over safely and check your tires.

25. When being followed too closely by another vehicle, you should:
Speed up.
Move onto the shoulder.
Allow the other driver to pass you.
Exit the roadway.

The best way to deal with a tailgater is to get them ahead of you. If you can do so safely, change lanes and let them pass. Speeding up may only increase the danger by encouraging them to continue tailgating you at a higher speed.

26. What is often found in the center portion of the lane?
A landing strip
An oily or greasy strip
Lane markings

Drippings from cars tend to form an oily strip in the center of each lane. Unless conditions are wet, it is usually still safe for a motorcycle to operate on the center strip.

27. A face shield should:
Allow a clear view to both sides.
Prevent air from passing through it.
Be tight enough to prevent glasses from fitting underneath it.
Should not fasten too tightly.

To be effective, a face shield must be free of scratches; be resistant to penetration; allow clear views to both sides; fasten securely; permit air to pass through; and permit enough room for eyeglasses or sunglasses, if needed.

28. Which vest or jacket color would best help you to be seen?

Wearing brightly-colored clothing while riding will increase your chances of being seen. Bright oranges, yellows, reds, or greens are best and are preferable to drab or dark colors.

29. At a minimum, how often should a motorcycle's hydraulic fluid be checked?
Once a day
Once a week
Once a year
Before every ride

Pre-ride motorcycle inspections are an important part of ensuring safe riding. Hydraulic fluids and coolants should be checked at least once a week.

30. 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.

31. Upshifting or downshifting in a curve:
Should only be done if it can be done smoothly.
Is better than shifting before the curve.
Is the best way to control your speed.

It is best to change gears before starting a turn. However, if you must shift while turning, shift smoothly. A sudden change in power to the rear wheel can cause a skid.

32. 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.

33. Which of the following is not a benefit of riding in a close group?
It takes up minimal space on the highway.
The group is easy to see.
The group is unlikely to be split up.
The riders will get to their destination more quickly in a close group than a group that is spread out.

Riding in close ranks is recommended over riding in a group that is spread out because the group will take up less space on the road, be easier for others to see, and be less likely to get separated at traffic lights and during passes.

34. If your motorcycle begins to wobble, you should:
Keep riding, as the wobble will likely correct itself.
Quickly brake.
Close the throttle to slow down.
Accelerate quickly.

Trying to accelerate out of a wobble will only increase the problem. Instead, grip the handlebars firmly, slow down while gradually closing the throttle, move your weight as far forward and downward as you can, and pull off the road as soon as you can. Once off the road, you should address the problem causing the wobble.

35. How do convex mirrors differ from regular mirrors?
They provide a more narrow view of the road.
They provide a wider view of the road.
They provide a better view of the road.

Convex mirrors are installed on many motorcycles. Compared to flat mirrors, convex mirrors provide a wider view of the road. However, convex mirrors can also make approaching vehicles seem farther away than they actually are.

36. To lessen your chances of being involved in an accident, you should:
Try to blend into traffic and not be noticed by other drivers.
Not use turn signals unless you are traveling at night.
Use your turn signals when changing lanes and making turns.
Ride closely to the vehicle ahead of you.

To reduce the risk of being involved in a crash, ensure that you are visible to others on the road. Communicate your intentions through your turn signals, brake light, and lane position. Maintain an adequate space cushion, scan your path of travel 12 seconds ahead of your vehicle, and be prepared to act if any hazards arise.

37. Braking in a turn is:
Easier than braking on a straightaway.
More difficult than braking on a straightaway.
Done safely by using the front brake only.
Done safely by using the rear brake only.

Braking in a turn is not as easy as braking on a straightaway. It is possible to use both brakes to brake in a turn, but the operator must know the proper technique and exercise great care.

38. When riding with a group of motorcyclists, a staggered formation:
Is recommended at all times.
Should not be used when entering or exiting a highway.
Should be used when riding in curves.

While riding in a staggered formation is generally advisable, a group of motorcyclists should switch to a single-file formation when riding in curves, turning, and entering or leaving a highway.

39. On a motorcycle, a horn:
Is useless.
Usually cannot be heard by others.
Can be used to get someone’s attention quickly.
Should not be used.

Your horn can be a useful tool if you need to get someone's attention quickly. However, because a motorcycle's horn is not as loud as a car's, other drivers may not notice that you are sounding your horn. You should never rely only on your horn to deal with a hazard.

40. You have an improved chance of avoiding serious injury in a crash if you wear all of the following, except:
A DOT-compliant helmet.
A leather jacket.
A sweatshirt.

Wearing a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)-compliant helmet can help protect you against head and neck injuries in the event of a crash. A jacket made of leather or sturdy synthetic material can also protect you against injuries.

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