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Safe riding requires knowledge and skill. To earn your motorcycle license in District of Columbia, you must pass both a knowledge test and an on-cycle skill test. The knowledge test includes questions on driving laws, rules of the road and safe riding practices, as well as information specific to two-wheeled vehicles. Knowledge test questions are based on information and ideas from the District of Columbia Motorcycle Operator Manual. The test consists of 25 questions, and a passing score consists of at least 20 correct answers (80%).
1. To keep other vehicles from sharing your lane:
sound your horn.
flash your brake light.
ride closer to the center portion of the lane.
change lanes often.
2. If you need to get off the road, make sure:
you are in a designated parking area.
the surface of the roadside is firm enough to ride on.
your rear brake is working.
someone else pulling off at the same place you are.
3. Before changing lanes:
Look over your shoulder.
Check your blind spots.
Check your mirrors.
All of the above.
4. To ride safely on slippery surfaces, you should:
using both brakes.
riding in the right lane position.
always ride in the center lane position.
avoid sudden moves.
5. While riding your motorcycle, you approach a crosswalk that a pedestrian has just entered. What should you do?
Proceed if the pedestrian is not in your lane.
Stop and wait for the pedestrian to cross the road.
Stop inside the crosswalk.
Proceed as long as you will not hit the pedestrian.
6. The best lane position to ride in is:
the one where you are most likely to be seen.
the right lane position.
the left lane position.
the center lane position.
7. ______ can affect your ability to ride a motorcycle.
Illegal drugs
Prescription medication
All of the above.
8. If you take curves or turns too fast, you may end up:
tipping over.
shifting gears.
twisting the throttle.
crossing into another lane of traffic.
9. Which brake control should you use when you need to stop?
Both front and rear brake
The front brake
The rear brake
The emergency brake
10. Surfaces that provide poor traction include:
All the other answers are correct.
Wet pavement
Gravel roads
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DC Motorcycle Test

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:20
Passing score:80%
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