Two-wheel Motorcycle Examination CA DMV 1

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Two-wheel Motorcycle Examination CA DMV 1 - Quiz

From the California DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) 2009 Motorcycle Driver Handbook


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    If you must stop quickly while turning and you are unable to straighten the motorcycle first, apply the:

    • A.

      Front brake and increase your lean angle

    • B.

      Brakes harder as the lean is reduced

    • C.

      Brakes harder and then lean away from the turn

    Correct Answer
    B. Brakes harder as the lean is reduced
    Explanation
    When stopping quickly while turning on a motorcycle and unable to straighten it first, the correct approach is to gradually reduce the lean angle while applying the brakes harder. This is because braking while the motorcycle is leaned over can cause it to lose traction and potentially result in a skid or a fall. By gradually reducing the lean angle while increasing brake pressure, the rider can maintain control and stability while coming to a stop.

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  • 2. 

    When carrying loads:

    • A.

      Fasten the load against the fram on the back of the seat

    • B.

      Keep the load low and as far forward as possible

    • C.

      Keep the load behind the rear axle

    Correct Answer
    B. Keep the load low and as far forward as possible
    Explanation
    When carrying loads, it is important to keep the load low and as far forward as possible. This is because keeping the load low helps maintain stability and prevents the bike from becoming top-heavy. Additionally, positioning the load as far forward as possible helps distribute the weight evenly and prevents the front wheel from lifting off the ground, which could cause loss of control. Keeping the load behind the rear axle can make the bike unstable and affect its handling. Therefore, the best practice is to keep the load low and as far forward as possible.

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  • 3. 

    When following a vehicle, you should try to:

    • A.

      Ride in the right portion of the lane

    • B.

      Ride where the driver can see you in the rear view mirror

    • C.

      Ride in the left portion of the lane

    Correct Answer
    B. Ride where the driver can see you in the rear view mirror
    Explanation
    When following a vehicle, it is important to ride where the driver can see you in the rearview mirror. This helps to increase visibility and allows the driver to be aware of your presence on the road. By riding in a position where the driver can see you, you reduce the risk of being in the driver's blind spot and increase the chances of them noticing you. This is crucial for your safety as it helps prevent accidents and ensures that the driver can make informed decisions while driving.

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  • 4. 

    If you have a flat tire while riding, hold the handle grips firmly and:

    • A.

      Use the brake of the good tire or avoid braking

    • B.

      Gently apply both brakes

    • C.

      Use only the brake that controls the flat tire

    Correct Answer
    A. Use the brake of the good tire or avoid braking
    Explanation
    When you have a flat tire while riding, it is important to maintain control of the bicycle. Applying the brake of the good tire or avoiding braking altogether helps to prevent sudden stops or skidding, which could lead to loss of balance and potentially cause an accident. By doing so, you can safely slow down and come to a controlled stop without compromising your stability on the bicycle.

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  • 5. 

    To ride over an object on the road:

    • A.

      Stay seated until you have crossed the object

    • B.

      Rise slightly off the seat

    • C.

      Edge across the object

    Correct Answer
    B. Rise slightly off the seat
    Explanation
    Rising slightly off the seat while riding over an object on the road allows the rider to absorb the impact and minimize discomfort. By lifting the body weight off the seat, the rider can use their legs as shock absorbers, providing better control and stability. This technique also prevents the bike from bottoming out or getting stuck on the object. Rising off the seat helps maintain balance and allows the rider to smoothly navigate over the obstacle.

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  • 6. 

    If your throttle sticks:

    • A.

      Squeeze the clutch and use the engine cutoff switch

    • B.

      Shift to neutral and apply both brakes

    • C.

      Downshift and apply both brakes

    Correct Answer
    A. Squeeze the clutch and use the engine cutoff switch
    Explanation
    If your throttle sticks, squeezing the clutch and using the engine cutoff switch is the correct action to take. This will disengage the engine power and prevent the bike from accelerating further. By squeezing the clutch, the connection between the engine and the wheels is broken, allowing the rider to regain control. Using the engine cutoff switch will completely shut off the engine, ensuring that the bike comes to a complete stop. This is the safest and most effective way to handle a stuck throttle situation.

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  • 7. 

    With a properly adjusted mirror, you can see:

    • A.

      The lane beside you

    • B.

      Everything behind and to the side of you

    • C.

      Part of the lane beside you and behind you

    Correct Answer
    C. Part of the lane beside you and behind you
    Explanation
    With a properly adjusted mirror, you can see part of the lane beside you and behind you. This means that the mirror is positioned in such a way that it allows you to have a view of the adjacent lane as well as a portion of the lane behind your vehicle. This is important for ensuring your safety while driving, as it helps you to be aware of any vehicles or obstacles in your blind spot and make informed decisions while changing lanes or maneuvering.

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  • 8. 

    To see better when following a behicle at night

    • A.

      Increase your following distance and use your low beam

    • B.

      Drop far back and use your high beam

    • C.

      Use the headlights of the vehicle ahead

    Correct Answer
    C. Use the headlights of the vehicle ahead
    Explanation
    Using the headlights of the vehicle ahead can help improve visibility when following a vehicle at night. By relying on the headlights of the vehicle in front, you can benefit from the additional light they provide, which can assist in illuminating the road ahead. This can help you see better and react to any potential hazards or obstacles in a timely manner. Additionally, using the headlights of the vehicle ahead can also help reduce glare from oncoming traffic, making it easier to navigate the road at night.

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  • 9. 

    When swerving, it is important to:

    • A.

      Always brake before swerving

    • B.

      Swerve in the direction the hazard is travelling

    • C.

      Separate braking from swerving

    Correct Answer
    C. Separate braking from swerving
    Explanation
    When swerving, it is important to separate braking from swerving because braking while swerving can cause the vehicle to lose control. By separating these actions, the driver can maintain better control of the vehicle and increase their chances of avoiding the hazard. Swerving in the direction the hazard is traveling is also important as it helps to create a larger distance between the vehicle and the hazard, reducing the risk of a collision.

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  • 10. 

    To ride over metal bridge gratings as pictured below:

    • A.

      Ride straight across

    • B.

      Cross at a sharp angle without changing lanes

    • C.

      Weave (zig-zag) across

    Correct Answer
    A. Ride straight across
    Explanation
    Riding straight across the metal bridge gratings is the correct answer because it provides the most stability and control. Riding at a sharp angle or weaving across can increase the risk of losing balance or getting caught in the gaps between the gratings. Riding straight across ensures a smooth and safe passage over the bridge.

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  • 11. 

    To single most important thing you can do to improve your chances of surviving a crash is to

    • A.

      Wear a securel fastened helmet

    • B.

      Be familiar with the motorcycle

    • C.

      Ride in the center portion of the lane

    Correct Answer
    A. Wear a securel fastened helmet
    Explanation
    Wearing a securely fastened helmet is the most important thing you can do to improve your chances of surviving a crash. Helmets provide essential protection for your head, reducing the risk of severe head injuries. In the event of a crash, helmets absorb the impact and distribute the force, minimizing the potential for brain trauma. A securely fastened helmet ensures that it stays in place during a crash, offering the maximum level of protection. It is crucial to wear a helmet every time you ride a motorcycle to safeguard yourself against potential head injuries.

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  • 12. 

    Of the following, which one gives the most eye and face protection while riding?

    • A.

      A windshield

    • B.

      Goggles

    • C.

      A face shield

    Correct Answer
    C. A face shield
    Explanation
    A face shield provides the most eye and face protection while riding compared to a windshield and goggles. A windshield may protect the eyes from wind and debris but does not provide full coverage for the face. Goggles offer some protection but may leave areas of the face exposed. On the other hand, a face shield provides a complete barrier, covering both the eyes and face, protecting against wind, debris, and potential impacts. It offers the highest level of protection for riders.

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  • 13. 

    A group of riders move from a staggered formation into a single file when:

    • A.

      Traffic is heavy

    • B.

      Turning corners

    • C.

      Riding at night

    Correct Answer
    B. Turning corners
    Explanation
    When riders are turning corners, it is safer and more efficient for them to move from a staggered formation into a single file. This allows them to navigate the turn more easily and reduces the risk of collisions with other vehicles or obstacles. By riding in a single file, the group can maintain better visibility and communication, ensuring a smoother and safer maneuver. Therefore, turning corners is a key situation where riders should transition from a staggered formation to a single file.

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  • 14. 

    On a paved two-lane road, sand and gravel are most likely to collect:

    • A.

      Near the center of the road

    • B.

      Near the sides of the road

    • C.

      In the left wheel track

    Correct Answer
    B. Near the sides of the road
    Explanation
    Sand and gravel are most likely to collect near the sides of the road. This is because vehicles tend to push these loose materials towards the edges as they drive over them. The weight and movement of the vehicles cause the sand and gravel to be displaced from the center of the road and accumulate near the sides. Additionally, factors like wind and water runoff can also contribute to the accumulation of sand and gravel along the sides of the road.

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  • 15. 

    To cross tracks that run parallel to your course:

    • A.

      Edge gradually across

    • B.

      Move away, then trun and cross at an angle of at least 45°

    • C.

      Move into the opposite lane to cross at a 90°

    Correct Answer
    B. Move away, then trun and cross at an angle of at least 45°
    Explanation
    When crossing tracks that run parallel to your course, it is important to move away from the tracks first and then turn to cross at an angle of at least 45°. This is the safest way to cross tracks as it allows you to have a clear view of any oncoming trains from both directions. Crossing at a 90° angle or moving into the opposite lane can be dangerous as it increases the risk of collision with a train that may be approaching from either direction.

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  • 16. 

    In the picture below, the car is waiting to enter the intersection. Usually, it is best for you to:

    • A.

      Slow and maintain the center lane position

    • B.

      Slow and increase space

    • C.

      Speed up and move left to get through the intersection quickly

    Correct Answer
    B. Slow and increase space
    Explanation
    In this situation, it is best for the car to slow down and increase space. This is because when waiting to enter an intersection, it is important to maintain a safe distance from the car in front to allow for a smooth and safe entry into the intersection once it is clear. By slowing down and increasing space, the driver can ensure they have enough time and distance to react to any sudden changes or obstacles in the intersection. This promotes safety and reduces the risk of accidents.

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  • 17. 

    To predict how a hazard may affect you, it's important to:

    • A.

      Watch for brake lights or turn signals

    • B.

      Adjust speed to get around the hazard

    • C.

      Know the speed, distance, and direction that the hazard is moving

    Correct Answer
    C. Know the speed, distance, and direction that the hazard is moving
    Explanation
    To predict how a hazard may affect you, it is crucial to know the speed, distance, and direction that the hazard is moving. This information helps in assessing the potential impact and allows for making informed decisions to avoid or mitigate the hazard. Monitoring brake lights or turn signals and adjusting speed can be important actions to take in response to a hazard, but they do not provide a comprehensive understanding of how the hazard may affect you.

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  • 18. 

    In the picture below, it is usually best to ride in which position?

    • A.

      Position 1

    • B.

      Position 2 or 3

    • C.

      Position 3

    Correct Answer
    B. Position 2 or 3
    Explanation
    In the given picture, it is usually best to ride in Position 2 or 3. This is because Position 2 and 3 offer better visibility and control compared to Position 1. Riding in Position 2 or 3 allows the rider to have a clear view of the road ahead and also provides better maneuverability, making it easier to navigate through traffic or potential obstacles.

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  • 19. 

    You are being pursued by a police vehicle with its lights and siren activated. You have deliberately ignored the officer's warning to stop and have sped away. During the pursuit a person is killed. You are subject to:

    • A.

      A fine of not less than $10,000

    • B.

      Imprisonment in a state prison for six years

    • C.

      Being jailed in the county jail for not more than one year

    Correct Answer
    B. Imprisonment in a state prison for six years
    Explanation
    The correct answer is imprisonment in a state prison for six years. This is because deliberately ignoring the officer's warning to stop and speeding away during a police pursuit can be considered as evading arrest or fleeing from law enforcement, which is a serious offense. If someone is killed during this pursuit, it can lead to more severe consequences, such as imprisonment in a state prison for a significant period of time.

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  • 20. 

    You are preparing to move to the left lane, as pictured below. To spot vehicles passing beside you, it is best to:

    • A.

      Turn your head to the left

    • B.

      Look in the mirror

    • C.

      Slow and look in the left mirror

    Correct Answer
    A. Turn your head to the left
    Explanation
    To spot vehicles passing beside you when preparing to move to the left lane, it is best to turn your head to the left. This allows you to have a direct line of sight and provides a wider field of vision compared to just relying on the mirrors. By turning your head, you can effectively check for any blind spots and ensure that it is safe to change lanes.

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  • 21. 

    On a wet road, it will usually be most slippery:

    • A.

      In the left wheel track

    • B.

      On loose gravel

    • C.

      In the center portion of the lane

    Correct Answer
    C. In the center portion of the lane
    Explanation
    On a wet road, it will usually be most slippery in the center portion of the lane. This is because vehicles tend to displace water towards the sides of the road as they travel, creating a buildup of water in the center. This accumulation of water reduces the amount of traction between the tires and the road surface, making it more slippery and increasing the risk of hydroplaning. Therefore, it is important to exercise caution and adjust driving behavior when driving in the center portion of the lane on a wet road.

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  • 22. 

    In a normal turn, lean your:

    • A.

      Body more than your motorcycle

    • B.

      Motorcycle more than your body

    • C.

      Motorcycle and your body at the same angle

    Correct Answer
    C. Motorcycle and your body at the same angle
    Explanation
    In a normal turn, it is important to lean both your motorcycle and your body at the same angle. This allows for better balance and control during the turn. Leaning the motorcycle more than your body or vice versa can lead to instability and increase the risk of accidents. By keeping both the motorcycle and body at the same angle, the rider can maintain control and navigate the turn smoothly.

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  • 23. 

    The ability to think clearly and ride safely is affected by as little as:

    • A.

      6 drinks

    • B.

      3 drinks

    • C.

      1 drink

    Correct Answer
    C. 1 drink
    Explanation
    Drinking even just one alcoholic beverage can impair a person's ability to think clearly and ride safely. Alcohol affects the central nervous system, slowing down brain function and impairing judgment, coordination, and reaction time. This can make it dangerous for individuals to operate a vehicle or engage in activities that require focus and alertness. Therefore, consuming even a small amount of alcohol can have a significant impact on a person's ability to think clearly and ride safely.

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  • 24. 

    When carrying a passenger:

    • A.

      Your motorcycle will react the same

    • B.

      It takes longer to brake and accelerate

    • C.

      Let some air out of the tires for better traction

    Correct Answer
    B. It takes longer to brake and accelerate
    Explanation
    When carrying a passenger on a motorcycle, it takes longer to brake and accelerate. This is because the additional weight of the passenger increases the overall mass of the motorcycle, making it harder to slow down and speed up quickly. The increased weight affects the motorcycle's balance and handling, requiring the rider to adjust their braking and acceleration techniques accordingly. Therefore, it is important for riders to be aware of this change in dynamics and allow for extra time and distance when braking or accelerating while carrying a passenger.

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  • 25. 

    When you are being followed too closely, it is usually best to:

    • A.

      Move closer to the vehicle ahead

    • B.

      Move to the right portion of the lane

    • C.

      Drop back farther from the vehicle ahead

    Correct Answer
    C. Drop back farther from the vehicle ahead
    Explanation
    When you are being followed too closely, it is usually best to drop back farther from the vehicle ahead. This is because if you move closer to the vehicle ahead, it may not provide enough space for you to stop safely in case of an emergency. Moving to the right portion of the lane may not be effective as the driver behind may still tailgate you. Therefore, the safest option is to create more distance between your vehicle and the one behind by dropping back.

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