Connecticut DMV Motorcycle Test Cheat Sheet

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YOUR REAR WHEEL LOCKS WHILE YOU ARE TRYING TO STOP QUICKLY. IT IS USUALLY BEST TO:

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If you accidentally lock the rear brake on a good traction surface, keep it locked until you have completely stopped. Even with a locked rear wheel, you can control the motorcycle on a straightaway if it is upright and going in a straight line.

WEARING A HELMET CAN REDUCE THE CHANCE OF A FATAL HEAD INJURY IN:

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While helmets do have their protection limits, your chances of surviving an accident are usually better with a helmet on, regardless of speed.

NOT TURNING OFF A TURN SIGNAL:

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Once you turn, make sure your signal is off or a driver may pull directly into your path, thinking you plan to turn again. Use your signals at every turn so drivers can react accordingly. Don’t make them guess what you intend to do.

UPSHIFTING OR DOWNSHIFTING IN A CURVE:

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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.

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.

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.

TO CREATE MORE SPACE AND MINIMIZE HARM FROM ANY HAZARD:

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WHILE IN A TURN, IT IS BEST TO:

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Braking while turning will unload the rear wheel, reducing traction and possibly causing a skid. Reduce your speed before the turn, maintain constant speed or accelerate slightly through the turn to improve traction and control.

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.

WHEN TURNING, IT IS IMPORTANT TO:

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

ON A PAVED TWO-LANE ROAD, SAND AND GRAVEL ARE MOST LIKELY TO COLLECT:

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Dirt and gravel collect along the sides of the road — especially on curves and ramps leading to and from highways. Be aware of what’s on the edge of the road, particularly when making sharp turns and getting on or off freeways at high speeds.

BRIGHTLY COLORED, REFLECTIVE HELMETS AND CLOTHING:

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Wear bright colored clothing to increase your chances of being seen. Remember, your body is half of the visible surface area of the rider/motorcycle unit. Bright orange, red, yellow or green jackets or vests are your best bets for being seen, by day and night.

TO MAKE A NORMAL STOP, USE:

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When making a normal, non-emergency stop, use both brakes at the same time and downshift. Using both brakes for normal stops helps you develop the proper habit and skill of using both brakes correctly, which you may need in an emergency.

THE BEST LANE POSITION FOR A MOTORCYCLE:

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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.

WEARING A DOT-CERTIFIED HELMET WILL:

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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.

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 AVOID CAUSING A REAR-END COLLISION WHEN FOLLOWING ANOTHER VEHICLE:

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In traffic, motorcycles need as much distance to stop as cars. Normally, a minimum of two seconds distance should be maintained behind the vehicle ahead.

THE THREE-STEP PROCESS USED TO MAKE APPROPRIATE JUDGMENTS, AND APPLY THEM CORRECTLY IN DIFFERENT TRAFFIC SITUATIONS IS CALLED:

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YOUR MOTORCYCLE HAS TWO BRAKES. USE BOTH BRAKES:

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Use both brakes every time you slow or stop. Using both brakes for “normal” stops helps you develop the proper habit and skill of using both brakes correctly, which you may need in an emergency.

WHEN TRAVELING WHERE SAND AND GRAVEL HAVE COLLECTED ON PAVED ROADS, YOU SHOULD:

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Dirt and gravel collect along the sides of the road — especially on curves and ramps leading to and from highways. Be aware of what’s on the edge of the road, particularly when making sharp turns and getting on or off freeways at high speeds.

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