Alabama Motorcycle License Practice Test 4
THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF SURVIVING A COLLISION IS TO:
Head injuries account for the majority of serious and fatal motorcyclist injuries and, with few exceptions, head injuries are reduced by properly wearing a motorcycle safety helmet.
To be effective, eye or face shield protection must be free of scratches, be resistant to punctures, give a clear view to either side, fasten securely (so it does not blow off or up), permit air to pass through (to reduce fogging), permit enough room for glasses or sunglasses, if needed.
IN SLOW, TIGHT TURNS:
In slow, tight turns, counterbalance by leaning the motorcycle only and keeping your body straight.
WHEN ADJUSTING YOUR MIRRORS TO CARRY A PASSENGER, THE PASSENGER SHOULD:
While your passenger sits on the seat with you, adjust the mirror(s) and headlight according to the change in the motorcycle’s angle.
A MOTORCYCLE RIDER HAS AN ADVANTAGE OVER AN AUTOMOBILE DRIVER WHEN PASSING PARKED VEHICLES BECAUSE:
When passing parked cars, stay toward the left of your lane. You can avoid problems caused by doors opening, drivers getting out of cars, or people stepping from between cars. If oncoming traffic is present, it is usually best to remain in the center-lane position to maximize your space cushion.
IN THIS PICTURE, THE RIDER IN THE MOST DANGEROUS POSITION IS:
Rider B is passing the vehicle and is currently in the driver's blind spot. He must ride through the blind spot as quickly as possible.
A PRIMARY CAUSE OF SINGLE VEHICLE MOTORCYCLE COLLISIONS IS:
A primary cause of single-vehicle collisions is motorcyclists running wide in a curve or turn causing the motorcycle to leave the roadway or collide with an object.
TO CROSS OVER METAL BRIDGE GRATINGS AS PICTURED:
While riding over metal bridge gratings, maintain a steady speed and ride straight across. Crossing at an angle forces riders to zigzag to stay in the lane. The zigzag is far more hazardous than the wandering feeling.
WHEN RIDING AT NIGHT YOU SHOULD:
Ride even slower than you would during the day, particularly on roads you do not know well. This increases your chances of avoiding a hazard.
IF YOU MUST CARRY A LOAD IT SHOULD BE:
Place the load over, or in front of, the rear axle. Tank bags keep loads forward, but use caution when loading hard or sharp objects. Make sure tank bag does not interfere with handlebars or controls. Mounting loads behind the rear axle can affect how the motorcycle turns and brakes. It can also cause a wobble.
YOU SHOULD OPERATE THE ENGINE CUT-OFF SWITCH AND PULL IN THE CLUTCH WHEN:
When the throttle is stuck, twist it back and forth a few times. If it stays stuck, immediately operate the cut-off switch and pull in the clutch at the same time.
IT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO FLASH YOUR BRAKE LIGHT WHEN:
It is especially important to flash your brake light before you slow more quickly than others might expect or you slow where others may not expect it.
THE FRONT BRAKE SUPPLIES HOW MUCH OF THE POTENTIAL POWER TO STOP?
The front brake is more powerful than the rear brake and can provide at least 70% of your total stopping power. The front brake is safe to use if you use it properly.
TO SWERVE CORRECTLY:
Apply a small amount of hand pressure to the handlegrip located on the side of your intended direction of escape to swerve in that direction.
THE BEST LANE POSITION FOR A MOTORCYCLE:
There is no best lane position for motorcycle riders to be seen and maintain a space cushion around the motorcycle. Change your lane position as traffic situations change.
THE DRIVER TURNING LEFT IN THE PICTURE IS NOT STOPPING. YOUR BEST CHANCE TO AVOID A COLLISION WOULD BE TO:
When approaching an intersection where a vehicle driver is preparing to cross your path, slow down. Cover the clutch lever and both brakes. As you enter the intersection, move away from the vehicle. Do not change speed or position radically, as drivers might think you are preparing to turn.
UPSHIFTING OR DOWNSHIFTING IN A CURVE:
It is best to change gears before starting a turn. However, sometimes you may need to shift while in the turn. Remember to shift smoothly because a sudden change in power to the rear wheel can cause a skid.
IF A TIRE GOES FLAT WHILE YOU RIDE AND YOU MUST STOP, IT IS USUALLY BEST TO:
If either tire goes flat while riding, hold the handlegrips firmly, ease off the throttle, and keep a straight course. If braking is required, gradually apply the brake of the tire that is not flat, if you are sure which one it is.
USUALLY, A GOOD WAY TO HANDLE TAILGATERS IS TO:
The best way to handle tailgaters is to allow them to pass you. If you cannot do this, slow down and open up extra space ahead of you. This will allow space for both you and the tailgater to stop.