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#1. What can you wear to make it easier for other road users to see you?
Many incidents and collisions involving motorcyclists occur because other road users don’t see them. Be aware that you’re vulnerable and make yourself as visible as possible by wearing fluorescent clothing and a light or brightly coloured helmet.
#2. You have a faulty oil seal on a shock absorber. Why is this a serious problem?
As well as making your motorcycle difficult to control, the leaking oil could find its way onto your tyres and brakes. This could result in a loss of control, putting you and other road users in danger.
#3. What safeguard could you take against fire risk to your motorcycle?
The fuel in your motorcycle can be a dangerous fire hazard. Don’t use a naked flame if you can smell fuel, and don’t smoke when refuelling.
#4. What can cause excessive or uneven tyre wear?
If you see that parts of the tread on your tyres are wearing before others, it may indicate a brake, steering or suspension fault. Regular servicing will help to detect faults at an early stage and this will avoid the risk of minor faults becoming serious or even dangerous.
#5. Why should you ride with dipped headlights on in the daytime?
Make yourself as visible as possible, from the side as well as from the front and rear. Having your headlights on, even in good daylight, can help make you more conspicuous.
#6. What can cause your tyres to lose their grip on the road surface and skid?
You can cause your motorcycle to skid by heavy braking, as well as excessive acceleration, swerving or changing direction too sharply, and leaning over too far.
#7. In good conditions, what's the typical stopping distance at 70 mph?
Note that this is the typical stopping distance. It will take at least this distance to think, brake and stop in good conditions. In poor conditions, it will take much longer.
#8. You're approaching this cyclist. What should you do?
Keep well back and give the cyclist time and room to turn safely. Don’t intimidate them by getting too close or trying to squeeze past.
#9. A slow-moving lorry showing this sign is travelling in the middle lane of a three-lane motorway. How should you pass it?
This sign is found on slow-moving or stationary works vehicles. If you wish to overtake, do so on the left, as indicated. Be aware that there might be workmen in the area.
#10. Which sign means that there may be people walking along the road towards you?
Always check the road signs. Triangular signs are warning signs: they inform you about hazards ahead and help you to anticipate any problems. There are a number of different signs showing pedestrians. Learn the meaning of each one.
#11. Why will a motorcyclist look round over their right shoulder just before turning right?
When you see a motorcyclist take a glance over their shoulder, they’re probably about to change direction. Recognising a clue like this helps you to anticipate their next action. This can improve road safety for you and others.
#12. You're on a country road. What should you expect to see coming towards you on your side of the road?
On a quiet country road, always be aware that there may be a hazard just around the next bend, such as a slow-moving vehicle or pedestrians. Pedestrians are advised to walk on the right-hand side of the road if there’s no pavement, so they may be walking towards you on your side of the road.
#13. You see a pedestrian with a dog wearing a yellow or burgundy coat. What does this indicate?
Dogs trained to help deaf people have a yellow or burgundy coat. If you see one, you should take extra care, as the pedestrian may not be aware of vehicles approaching.
#14. Before overtaking a large vehicle, you should keep well back. Why is this?
When following a large vehicle, keep well back. If you’re too close, you won’t be able to see the road ahead and the driver of the long vehicle might not be able to see you in their mirrors.
#15. You're travelling behind a bus that pulls up at a bus stop. What should you do?
There might be pedestrians crossing from in front of the bus. Look out for them if you intend to pass. Consider how many people are waiting to get on the bus – check the queue if you can. The bus might move off straight away if no-one is waiting to get on.
#16. When should you wear full protective clothing while riding a motorcycle?
Protective clothing is designed to protect you from the cold and wet. It also gives you some protection from injury, so it’s important that you always wear protective clothing when you ride.
#17. You're on a motorway at night. In which situation may you have your headlights switched off?
Always use your headlights at night on a motorway, unless you’ve had to stop on the hard shoulder. If you have to use the hard shoulder, switch off your headlights but leave your parking lights on, so that your motorcycle can be seen by other road users.
#18. Riding with the side stand down could cause you to crash. When is this most likely to happen?
Cornering with the side stand down could lead to a serious crash. Many motorcycles have a device that stops the engine if you try to ride off with the side stand down, but don’t rely on this.
#19. The road is wet. Why might a motorcyclist steer round drain covers on a bend?
Other drivers or riders may have to change course due to the size or characteristics of their vehicle. Understanding this will help you to anticipate their actions. Motorcyclists and cyclists will be checking the road ahead for uneven or slippery surfaces, especially in wet weather. They may need to move across their lane to avoid surface hazards such as potholes and drain covers.
#20. You've had a breakdown on the hard shoulder of a motorway. When the problem has been fixed, how should you rejoin the main carriageway?
Signal your intention and build up sufficient speed on the hard shoulder so that you can filter into a safe gap in the traffic. Don’t push your way in, causing other traffic to alter speed or direction.
#21. What should you do when driving or riding along a motorway?
Traffic on motorways usually travels faster than on other roads. You need to be looking further ahead to give yourself more time to react to any hazard that may develop.
#22. Why can it be an advantage for traffic speed to stay constant over a longer distance?
When traffic travels at a constant speed over a longer distance, journey times normally improve. You may feel that you could travel faster for short periods, but this generally leads to bunching and increased overall journey time.
#23. When may you stop on a motorway?
You shouldn’t normally stop on a motorway, but there may be occasions when you need to do so. If you’re unfortunate enough to break down, make every effort to pull up on the hard shoulder.
#24. You're on a road with passing places. It's only wide enough for one vehicle. A car is coming towards you. What should you do?
If you meet another vehicle on a narrow road and the passing place is on your left, pull into it. If the passing place is on your right, wait opposite it.
#25. When mustn't you stop on a clearway?
Clearways are in place so that traffic can flow without the obstruction of parked vehicles. Just one parked vehicle can cause an obstruction for all other traffic. You mustn’t stop where a clearway is in force, not even to pick up or set down passengers.
#26. You're turning right at a crossroads. An oncoming driver is also turning right. What's the advantage of turning behind the oncoming vehicle?
When turning right at a crossroads where oncoming traffic is also turning right, it’s generally safer to turn behind the approaching vehicle. This allows you a clear view of approaching traffic and is called ‘turning offside to offside’. However, some junctions, usually controlled by traffic-light filters – are marked for vehicles to turn nearside to nearside.
#27. You're on a two-lane dual carriageway. Why would you use the right-hand lane?
Normally you should travel in the left-hand lane and only use the right-hand lane for overtaking or turning right. Move back into the left lane as soon as it’s safe but don’t cut in across the path of the vehicle you’ve just passed.
#28. You're travelling on a motorway in England. You must stop when signalled to do so by which of these?
You’ll find traffic officers on England’s motorways. They work in partnership with the police, helping to keep traffic moving and helping to make your journey as safe as possible. It’s an offence not to comply with the directions given by a traffic officer.
#29. What does this sign mean?
Where you see this sign, the 20 mph restriction ends. Check all around for possible hazards and only increase your speed if it’s safe to do so.
#30. What does this traffic sign mean?
Priority signs are normally shown where the road is narrow and there isn’t enough room for two vehicles to pass. Examples are narrow bridges, roadworks and where there’s a width restriction.
Make sure you know who has priority; don’t force your way through. Show courtesy and consideration to other road users.
#31. What does this sign mean?
The priority through the junction is shown by the broader line. You need to be aware of the hazard posed by traffic crossing or pulling out onto a major road.
#32. What does this sign mean?
Obey the ‘give way’ signs. Trams are unable to steer around you if you misjudge when it’s safe to enter the junction.
#33. What does this sign mean?
This sign gives you an early warning that the road ahead will slope downhill. Prepare to alter your speed and gear. Looking at the sign from left to right will show you whether the road slopes uphill or downhill.
#34. What does this sign mean?
This sign is found where a shallow stream crosses the road. Heavy rainfall could increase the flow of water. If the water looks too deep or the stream has spread over a large distance, stop and find another route.
#35. These flashing red lights mean that you must stop. Where would you find them?
These signals are found at level crossings, swing or lifting bridges, some airfields and emergency access sites. The flashing red lights mean stop whether or not the way seems to be clear.
#36. You see this amber traffic light ahead. Which light, or lights, will come on next?
At junctions controlled by traffic lights, you must stop behind the white line until the lights change to green. A red light, an amber light, and red and amber lights showing together all mean stop.
#37. What must you do when you see this sign?
‘Stop’ signs are situated at junctions where visibility is restricted or where there’s heavy traffic. They must be obeyed: you must stop.
#38. What does this sign mean?
Buses and cycles can travel in this lane. In this example, they’ll flow in the same direction as other traffic. If it’s busy, they may be passing you on the left, so watch out for them. Times on the sign will show the lane’s hours of operation; if no times are shown, or there’s no sign at all, this means the lane is in operation 24 hours a day. In some areas, other vehicles, such as taxis and motorcycles, are allowed to use bus lanes. The sign will show if this is the case.
#39. Which of these signs means turn left ahead?
Blue circles tell you what you must do and this sign gives a clear instruction to turn left ahead. You should be looking out for signs at all times and know what they mean.
#40. Your motorcycle is insured third-party only. What does this cover?
Third-party insurance is usually cheaper than comprehensive insurance. It covers injuries to other people and damage to their property, but it doesn’t cover any damage to your own motorcycle or property. Nor does it provide cover if your motorcycle is stolen.
#41. What must you have when you apply to renew your vehicle tax?
You can renew your vehicle tax online, at post offices and vehicle registration offices, or by phone. When applying, make sure you have all the relevant valid documents, including a valid MOT test certificate where applicable.
#42. Your motorcycle has broken down on a motorway. How will you know the direction of the nearest emergency telephone?
If you break down on a motorway, pull onto the hard shoulder and stop as far over to the left as you can. Switch on your hazard warning lights (if fitted) and go to the nearest emergency telephone. Marker posts spaced every 100 metres will show you where the nearest telephone is.
#43. When should you use the engine cut-out switch?
Most motorcycles are fitted with an engine cut-out switch. This is designed to stop the engine in an emergency and so reduce the risk of electrical sparks starting a fire.
#44. A casualty isn't breathing normally and needs CPR. At what rate should you press down and release on the centre of their chest?
If a casualty isn’t breathing normally, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may be needed to maintain circulation. Place two hands on the centre of the chest and press down hard and fast – around 5–6 centimetres and about twice a second.
#45. You arrive at the scene of a motorcycle crash. No other vehicle is involved. The rider is unconscious and lying in the middle of the road. What's the first thing you should do at the scene?
The motorcyclist is in an extremely vulnerable position, exposed to further danger from traffic. Approaching vehicles need advance warning in order to slow down and safely take avoiding action or stop. Don’t put yourself or anyone else at risk. Use the hazard warning lights on your vehicle to alert other road users to the danger.
#46. What may you need to adjust when you're carrying a heavy load on your motorcycle?
Carrying extra weight, such as luggage or a pillion passenger, can affect the feel and handling of your motorcycle. If possible, some items may need to be adjusted to help overcome this. These adjustments include the aim of the headlights, the suspension settings, the tyre pressures and the mirrors.
#47. What requirement must you meet if you want to carry a pillion passenger on your motorcycle?
Before you can carry a pillion passenger, the law requires you to have a full licence for the category of motorcycle you’re using.
#48. You're carrying a pillion passenger. What should you do when you're following other traffic?
The extra weight of a passenger may increase your stopping distance. Allow for this when following another vehicle by increasing the separation distance.
#49. Your motorcycle insurance policy has an excess of £100. What does this mean?
This is a method used by insurance companies to keep annual premiums down. Generally, the higher the excess you choose to pay, the lower the annual premium you’ll be charged.
#50. What does the term ‘lifesaver’ mean?
There are areas behind and to either side of you that aren’t visible in your mirrors. These are known as blind spots. Just before turning or changing direction, you should look around to check that there’s nothing hazardous in the blind spot. This check is known as a ‘lifesaver’.