Nc Scooter Laws & Safety Rules

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Nc Scooter Laws & Safety Rules - Quiz

This quiz will test your knowledge of North Carolina scooter laws and safety rules as provided by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. For purposes of this quiz a scooter is considered to be no greater than 50cc. Your personal scooter information may vary but this quiz is intended for general information only. Good Luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    North Carolina defines a scooter as a ____________________.

    • A.

      Motorized Bicycle

    • B.

      Scooter

    • C.

      Moped

    • D.

      Motorcycle

    • E.

      Nuisance

    Correct Answer
    C. Moped
    Explanation
    North Carolina defines a scooter as a moped.

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  • 2. 

    A scooter has certain restrictions as it pertains to it's engine size. To be able to ride in NC without a license a scooter's engine must be _____________________.

    • A.

      No greater than 39cc

    • B.

      No greater than 49cc

    • C.

      No greater than 50cc

    • D.

      No greater than 150cc

    • E.

      Any cc engine is ok as long as it has no external gears or clutch

    Correct Answer
    C. No greater than 50cc
    Explanation
    To ride a scooter in NC without a license, the engine size must not exceed 50cc. This means that the scooter's engine cannot be larger than 50cc in order to be legally operated without a license.

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  • 3. 

    A scooter is legal to operate without a license as long as it has no _______________.

    • A.

      External shifting device

    • B.

      Passenger

    • C.

      Passenger less than 12 years of age

    • D.

      Enhanced engine

    • E.

      Oversized tires

    Correct Answer
    A. External shifting device
    Explanation
    A scooter is legal to operate without a license as long as it has no external shifting device. This means that the scooter must not require the rider to manually shift gears while operating it. This is because scooters with automatic transmissions are generally considered easier and safer to operate, especially for individuals who do not have a driver's license.

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  • 4. 

    Legally, a scooter's top speed cannot exceed _______________ on a flat surface.

    • A.

      20 mph

    • B.

      25 mph

    • C.

      30 mph

    • D.

      35 mph

    • E.

      Any speed because it is a scooter

    Correct Answer
    C. 30 mph
    Explanation
    Legally, a scooter's top speed cannot exceed 30 mph on a flat surface. This is because there are regulations in place that limit the maximum speed of scooters to ensure safety on the roads. These regulations are in place to prevent accidents and maintain control over the vehicle. Exceeding the speed limit can lead to increased risks for the rider and others on the road, so it is important to adhere to these legal restrictions.

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  • 5. 

    In North Carolina there is an age restriction.  What is the minimum age required to legally operate a scooter in North Carolina?

    • A.

      12

    • B.

      13

    • C.

      14

    • D.

      15

    • E.

      16

    Correct Answer
    E. 16
    Explanation
    The minimum age required to legally operate a scooter in North Carolina is 16. This means that individuals must be at least 16 years old to ride a scooter on public roads in the state.

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  • 6. 

    What type of helmet must be worn in North Carolina to be legal.

    • A.

      Full face

    • B.

      Motorcross

    • C.

      Any style but DOT approved

    • D.

      Any style DOT approval not required

    • E.

      Helmets are optional

    Correct Answer
    C. Any style but DOT approved
    Explanation
    In North Carolina, to be legal, any style of helmet is allowed as long as it is DOT approved. This means that the helmet must meet the safety standards set by the Department of Transportation. The DOT approval ensures that the helmet provides adequate protection in case of an accident or collision.

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  • 7. 

    DWI laws are in place and enforced for all drivers of cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles.  Do DWI laws affect a scooter rider in any way? Choose the best answer.

    • A.

      DWI laws do not apply to scooter riders

    • B.

      You can be convicted if riding a scooter while intoxicated

    • C.

      You cannot be convicted but police will stop you if drunk

    • D.

      DWI laws affect licensed drivers only

    • E.

      DWI laws are not enforcable on scooters

    Correct Answer
    B. You can be convicted if riding a scooter while intoxicated
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that a person can be convicted if riding a scooter while intoxicated. This implies that DWI laws do apply to scooter riders and they can face legal consequences if they are caught riding a scooter while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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  • 8. 

     Which of the lanes pictured should a scooter rider drive in?

    • A.

      Lane 1

    • B.

      Lane 2

    • C.

      Lane 3

    • D.

      Either Lanes 1, 2 or 3

    • E.

      Either Lanes 2 or 3

    Correct Answer
    C. Lane 3
    Explanation
    A scooter rider should drive in Lane 3.

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  • 9. 

    A scooter rider should use ____________________ when coming to a stop.

    • A.

      Rear brake only

    • B.

      Front brake only

    • C.

      Both brakes at the same time

    • D.

      Both brakes but in a "pulsating manner"

    • E.

      Either Front or Rear

    Correct Answer
    C. Both brakes at the same time
    Explanation
    When coming to a stop, a scooter rider should use both brakes at the same time. Using both brakes helps distribute the braking force evenly between the front and rear wheels, allowing for more effective and controlled stopping. This technique helps to prevent skidding and ensures better stability and balance while coming to a stop.

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  • 10. 

    If your scooter starts to wobble you should move your weight forward and down.  Additionally you should ____________________________________________________. Choose the BEST answer. There may be more than one correct answer.

    • A.

      Accelerate out of the wobble

    • B.

      Use the brakes gradually

    • C.

      Grip the handlebars firmly and close the throttle gradually

    • D.

      Squeeze both brakes as hard as you can

    • E.

      Stay calm

    Correct Answer
    C. Grip the handlebars firmly and close the throttle gradually
    Explanation
    When a scooter starts to wobble, gripping the handlebars firmly helps maintain control and stability. Closing the throttle gradually reduces the speed and prevents any sudden acceleration that could worsen the wobble. By doing these actions, the rider can regain balance and stability on the scooter.

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  • 11. 

    If you are chased by a dog you should:

    • A.

      Kick it away

    • B.

      Spray an animal repellant in it's face

    • C.

      Stop until the animal loses interest

    • D.

      Swerve around the animal

    • E.

      Approach the animal slowly, then speed up

    Correct Answer
    E. Approach the animal slowly, then speed up
    Explanation
    Approaching the animal slowly and then speeding up is the correct answer because it can help to diffuse the situation and prevent the dog from perceiving you as a threat. Approaching slowly shows the dog that you are not aggressive and allows it to assess your intentions. By gradually increasing your speed, you can create distance between yourself and the dog, making it less likely to chase or attack. This method is often recommended by experts as a way to de-escalate a potentially dangerous encounter with a dog.

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  • 12. 

    In North Carolina, an adult with a BAC of ___________% or above is considered intoxicated.

    • A.

      0.04

    • B.

      0.06

    • C.

      0.08

    • D.

      0.09

    • E.

      0.10

    Correct Answer
    C. 0.08
    Explanation
    In North Carolina, an adult with a BAC of 0.08% or above is considered intoxicated. BAC stands for Blood Alcohol Concentration and it is a measure of the amount of alcohol present in a person's bloodstream. A BAC of 0.08% is the legal limit for intoxication in many states, including North Carolina. This means that if an adult's BAC is at or above 0.08%, they are considered to be under the influence of alcohol and may face legal consequences, such as DUI charges.

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  • 13. 

    If you are riding a scooter in North Carolina and are convicted of riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may receive any of the following penalties EXCEPT:

    • A.

      License Suspension

    • B.

      Fines

    • C.

      Scooter priviledges revoked

    • D.

      Community Service

    • E.

      Costs (lawyer's fees, lost work time)

    Correct Answer
    C. Scooter priviledges revoked
    Explanation
    If you are riding a scooter in North Carolina and are convicted of riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may receive penalties such as license suspension, fines, community service, and costs (lawyer's fees, lost work time). However, the exception to these penalties is that your scooter privileges will not be revoked.

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  • 14. 

    If you wait one hour per drink for the alcohol to be elimiated from your body before riding:

    • A.

      You cannot be arrested for drinking and riding

    • B.

      Your riding skills will not be affected

    • C.

      Side effects from the drinking may still remain

    • D.

      You will be okay as long as you ride slowly

    • E.

      You are considered legally intoxicated

    Correct Answer
    C. Side effects from the drinking may still remain
    Explanation
    Waiting one hour per drink for the alcohol to be eliminated from the body does not guarantee that all side effects of drinking will disappear. While the alcohol itself may have been metabolized, there can still be lingering effects such as impaired judgment, decreased coordination, and reduced reaction time. These side effects can potentially impact a person's ability to ride a vehicle safely, even if they are no longer legally intoxicated. It is important to remember that alcohol affects individuals differently, and it is always best to avoid drinking and riding altogether.

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