Connecticut DMV Motorcycle Permit Test (CT) Simulator

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RIDING IN A CENTER LANE POSITION:

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Discourage lane sharing by others. Keep a center-portion position whenever drivers might be tempted to squeeze by you.

WHEN YOU TURN:

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When you turn, look through the turn to where you want to go. Turn only your head, not your shoulders, and keep your eyes level with the horizon.

THE BEST GEAR TO WEAR TO BE SEEN AT NIGHT IS:

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Wearing reflective clothing at night gives you a better chance of being seen by other drivers.

TO ADJUST FOR TRAFFIC AND AVOID DEBRIS IN THE CURVE PICTURED, RIDE:

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One of the alternatives is to move to the center of your lane before entering a curve — and stay there until you exit. This permits you to spot approaching traffic as soon as possible. You can also adjust for traffic “crowding” the center line, or debris blocking part of your lane.

THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF SURVIVING A COLLISION IS TO:

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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.

WHEN SWERVING TO AVOID A HAZARD, IT IS IMPORTANT TO:

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If braking is required, separate it from swerving. Brake before or after – never while swerving. Trying to swerve while braking is likely to result in one or two wheels being locked and complete loss of control over the bike.

YOU ARE PREPARING TO MOVE TO THE LEFT LANE. TO SPOT VEHICLES PASSING BESIDE YOU, IT IS BEST TO:

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Before you change lanes, turn your head, and look to the side for other vehicles. On a road with several lanes, check the far lane and the one next to you. A driver in the distant lane may head for the same space you plan to take.

A MOTORCYCLE RIDER HAS AN ADVANTAGE OVER AN AUTOMOBILE DRIVER WHEN PASSING PARKED VEHICLES BECAUSE:

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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 THE PICTURE, THE CAR DRIVER IS PREPARING TO ENTER THE INTERSECTION. TO BE SEEN AND MAINTAIN A SPACE CUSHION, YOU SHOULD:

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Reduce your speed as you approach an intersection. After entering the intersection, move away from vehicles preparing to turn. Do not change speed or position radically. The driver might think you are preparing to turn.

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND THE VEHICLE AHEAD SHOULD BE:

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A two-second following distance gives you a minimum amount of space to stop or swerve, if the driver ahead stops suddenly. It also gives you a better view of potholes and other road hazards.

IF YOU MUST CARRY A HEAVY LOAD IT SHOULD BE:

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RIDERS IN A STAGGERED FORMATION WILL BE PASSING A CAR. AFTER THE LEAD RIDER PASSES, HE/SHE SHOULD RETURN TO THE _______ OF THE LANE.

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After passing the leader should return to the left position and continue riding at passing speed to open room for the next rider.

MOST COLLISIONS INVOLVE RIDERS WHO:

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Most collisions involve riders who underbrake the front tire, overbrake the rear and who did not separate braking from swerving or did not choose to swerve when it was appropriate.

GRABBING THE FRONT BRAKE OR JAMMING DOWN ON THE REAR BRAKE:

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Grabbing at the front brake or jamming down on the rear brake can cause the brakes to lock and result in control problems. Use caution and gently squeeze the brake lever, never “grab” it.

TO PREDICT HOW A HAZARD MAY AFFECT YOU, IT'S IMPORTANT TO:

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IF YOU HAVE A GREEN LIGHT, BUT TRAFFIC IS BLOCKING THE INTERSECTION, YOU SHOULD:

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TO RIDE OVER AN OBJECT ON THE ROAD

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If you must go over an obstacle, slow down as much as possible before contact and make sure the motorcycle is straight. Rise slightly off the seat and roll the throttle slightly to lighter the front end.

MAKE A SPECIAL POINT TO USE YOUR MIRRORS WHEN:

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Check your mirrors when you are stopped at an intersection. Watch vehicles coming up from behind. If the driver is not paying attention, he could be on top of you before he sees you.

THE ABILITY TO THINK CLEARLY AND RIDE SAFELY IS AFFECTED BY AS LITTLE AS:

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While our bodies can generally eliminate alcohol in the body at the rate of one drink per hour, alcohol may still accumulate and affect your ability and judgement.

WHILE RIDING AN UNFAMILIAR MOTORCYCLE:

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If you borrow a motorcycle, get familiar with it in a controlled area. Regardless of your current skill level, rode extra careful on any motorcycle that's new or unfamiliar to you. It takes time to adjust, so give yourself a greater margin for errors.

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