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Motorcycle M1 Quiz – Rules 6

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Question 1
When driving a motorcycle in the passing lane, which tire track should you be in?
A
One should not be driving in the passing lane at any time.
B
The left tire track.
C
In the centre tire track.
D
The right tire track.
Question 1 Explanation: 
One should use the right tire track as it ensures other drivers on the road can see you clearly and hence it keeps them from entering the lane in which you are driving at that time.
Question 2
A flashing green light at the intersection where turns to the left and right are permitted indicates what? (Choose 3)
A
You may proceed straight through if the way is clear.
B
You may turn to the right if the way is clear.
C
You may turn to the left if the way is clear.
D
You must stop.
Question 3
When riding with a group of motorcyclists, a staggered formation…
A
Should be used when riding on curves
B
Is never recommended
C
Should not be used on curves, during turns, or when entering or exiting a highway
D
Is recommended at all times
Question 3 Explanation: 
For a staggered formation, the first driver should be in the left tire track and followed by the second driver at a distance of 1 second in the right tire track. The third driver should be in the left tire track and at a distance of 2 seconds from the second driver and so on.
Question 4
Checking the mirrors is especially needed when…
A
One is about to start the motorcycle.
B
One is going to embark on a long trip.
C
One is planning to change lanes, make a turn, stop, or slow down.
D
One is going to halt at an intersection.
Question 4 Explanation: 
When slowing down use the brake lights to alert the other drivers. Keep in mind that when you are downshifting, the brake lights will not switch on.
Question 5
When you have your M2, preferably M license, what are the necessary instructions that you are going to give to the passengers in case they have to ride with you?
A
After the motorcycle has started, get on and sit as close to you as possible, and cling to the handlebars.
B
After the motorcycle has started, get on and sit towards the rear end of the motorcycle, and hold your waist firmly.
C
After the motorcycle has started, get on and sit towards the rear end of the motorcycle and cling to the handlebars.
D
After the motorcycle has started, get on and sit as close to you as possible, and hold your waist firmly.
Question 5 Explanation: 
The passengers should be instructed to keep their feet on the footrests and to bend when you do while riding the motorcycle. They should also be asked to refrain from any sudden movement and avoid talking to you.
Question 6
To keep control over the motorcycle, one should…
A
Not put on the headlights.
B
Try to downshift when stopping.
C
Stay away from shifting lanes.
D
Try not to apply brakes when making a turn.
Question 6 Explanation: 
One should reduce speed when nearing a turn. If you have to brake, do so before you enter the turning position.
Question 7
When accelerating or applying the brakes, one should do the following to maintain strong control and grip over the motorcycle…
A
Move one’s weight as far back as one can.
B
Angle the motorcycle towards the right.
C
Angle the motorcycle towards the left.
D
Maintain as upright and vertical a position as possible.
Question 7 Explanation: 
Maintain your control over the motorcycle by firmly gripping the gas tank with your knees. Hold onto the handlebars properly in case the motorcycle bounces, so that you do not lose control over it.
Question 8
In the unlikely event of being chased by a dog, what should you do? (Choose 2)
A
All of the above
B
Continue riding and avoid the dog as it shall be outrun by the motorcycle anyway.
C
Avoid kicking the dog and maintaining the control and balance of the bike.
D
Get the dog out of the way by kicking it gently and then focus on driving.
Question 8 Explanation: 
You should try altering the speed of the motorcycle to confuse the dog. Do not lose your focus while driving.
Question 9
Weaving in and out of heavy traffic is:
A
A sign of inexperienced or aggressive riders.
B
A common practice of experienced riders.
C
The best way to pass stopped vehicles at an intersection.
D
The best way to get to your destination fast.
Question 9 Explanation: 
Weaving in and out of heavy traffic is a sure sign of a careless rider
Question 10
In case of taking a turn too fast, what are the possible outcomes? (Choose 2)
A
The body of the rider will lean more than what is necessary.
B
The motorcycle can slide off the road and crash.
C
None of the above
D
The rider may panic and brake too hard and thus lock the wheels, slide, and then crash.
Question 10 Explanation: 
It is important to slow down before turns as a motorcycle is prone to sliding and crashing in case it is made to take a turn too fast.
Question 11
A solid line at the left of your lane means:
A
Pass at your discretion.
B
Overtake and pass with caution.
C
It is unsafe to pass.
D
Pass only when no traffic is sight.
Question 12
What are the ways by which motorcyclists can make themselves more visible during the nighttime?
A
By wearing protective gear.
B
By keeping the four-way flashers switched on the whole time.
C
By wearing dark clothing in deep colours.
D
By switching the headlight and tail-lights on and by wearing brightly-coloured clothing and helmet.
Question 12 Explanation: 
Bright colours like red and yellow are recommended. Reflective vests and reflective stripes on the helmet help a lot.
Question 13
What are the things that should be checked on a motorcycle weekly, apart from the specific routine checks?
A
Tire tread, shockers, paint, stereo, seat cover, and all other software should be checked weekly.
B
The rims and wheels, shock absorbers, brakes, chain, tire tread, and all other hardware should be checked weekly.
C
The rims and wheels, shockers, brakes, chain, stereo, and all other hardware should be checked weekly.
D
Tire tread, shockers, brakes, stereo, seat cover, and all other hardware should be checked weekly.
Question 13 Explanation: 
You should also check the coolant and the battery of your motorcycle, depending upon the make of your motorcycle.
Question 14
Why is it deemed dangerous to slow down your motorcycle by reducing the throttle or simply downshifting? (Choose 2)
A
The brake lights will not turn on, thereby, making it dangerous to slow down.
B
The other drivers will not know you are slowing down.
C
This way of slowing down is appropriate and is not dangerous at all.
D
All of the above
Question 14 Explanation: 
You should always turn the brake lights on in order to alert the other driver behind you that you are slowing down.
Question 15
Driving on the paved shoulder on the right side of the road is acceptable if one is…
A
Experiencing an emergency of some sort.
B
Driving in front of a large vehicle.
C
Passing a vehicle that is turning to the left.
D
Driving past a vehicle that is turning to the right.
Question 15 Explanation: 
One cannot drive on the right shoulder if it has not been paved. The left shoulder, paved or not, cannot be driven upon under any circumstance.
Question 16
When driving a motorcycle in the right curb lane, which tire track should you be in?
A
You should not be driving in the curb lane.
B
You should drive in the left tire track.
C
You should drive in the right tire track.
D
You should drive in the centre tire track.
Question 16 Explanation: 
One should use the left tire track as it ensures other drivers on the road can see you clearly and hence will keep them from entering the lane in which you are driving at the time.
Question 17
When two vehicles approach a four-way stop sign intersection at right angles to each other and at the same time:
A
The one moving faster.
B
Neither one is correct.
C
The vehicle approaching from the right should have the courtesy to proceed first.
D
The vehicle approaching from the left should have the courtesy to proceed first.
Question 18
How is a motorcycle to be started?
A
One has to turn on the ignition, make sure the kill switch is off, change the gear to neutral, apply choke (if needed), pull in clutch, and press the starter button.
B
Turning the ignition switch ON, and making sure the engine kill switch in not in the “OFF” position., change the gear to neutral, apply choke (if needed), pull in the clutch and press the starter button.
C
None of the above
D
One has to turn on the ignition, make sure the kill switch is off, change the gear to reverse, apply choke (if needed), press in the clutch, and push the starter button.
Question 18 Explanation: 
Once the engine starts you should slowly move into first gear while keeping your feet on the ground. Release the clutch slowly as you begin to move forward. Put your feet on the footrests and continue to release the clutch. Release fuel to the engine by pressing the throttle.
Question 19
Which lanes should be avoided on a freeway with three or more lanes?
A
It is important to be careful. The lanes do not matter.
B
The passing lane.
C
All of the above
D
The centre lane.
Question 19 Explanation: 
The centre lane should be avoided by the motorcyclists as they will not have a blocking position. They should prefer outer lanes, where they can see the entrance ramps and mergers from a good distance.
Question 20
Where should you place the helmet if you are pulled off the road and you need help?
A
The helmet should be fastened to the back of the motorcycle.
B
The helmet should be kept on so that you do not have to put it on again.
C
The helmet should be hung on the handlebars.
D
The helmet should be placed on the road near your motorcycle.
Question 20 Explanation: 
Placing the helmet on the road next to the bike is an effective signal to alert the other drivers that you are in the need of help.
Question 21
In case you are pulling off the road, what steps should you take?
A
Make sure that the surface of the road is hard and good to drive on.
B
Check the mirrors and signal before pulling off.
C
All the mentioned steps should be followed.
D
Make sure that the spot you choose is away from the moving traffic to avoid any accidents.
Question 21 Explanation: 
You should pull off the road in case you feel tired or need to check something out. You should make sure that you choose a spot away from the main road in order to keep other vehicles from driving into you.
Question 22
In case the back tire blows out, where should you shift your weight?
A
The weight should be alternated between the front and the back.
B
The weight should be shifted to the front.
C
The weight should not be shifted.
D
The weight should be shifted to the back.
Question 22 Explanation: 
In case the back tire blows out, the weight should not be shifted and you should stay where you are to maintain your balance.
Question 23
Which lanes should be avoided when changing lanes on a freeway and why?
A
One should steer clear of freeway lanes that are difficult to merge into. You should do this even if you have the signal on early.
B
The lane next to an exit ramp. Other vehicles may not see you and might cut you off in front as they exit.
C
All answers are correct.
D
The lane next to the entrance ramp from where all the traffic will be merging.
Question 23 Explanation: 
While changing lanes on the freeway it is a priority to ensure that other vehicles on the road can see you properly and also that you will not be blocked by anybody or be a block to anybody.
Question 24
What should you get from the seller when you are buying a privately used motorcycle?
A
The permit and the license plates.
B
Used Vehicle Information package.
C
A receipt for the purchase.
D
The driving license of the seller.
Question 24 Explanation: 
The newly-owned vehicle has to be registered within 6 days at a Driver and License Issuing Office. The vehicle should be accompanied by an information package that shall include the details of the vehicle.
Question 25
What should one do in a blind curve when the view of the path ahead is restricted?
A
Switch the four-way flashers on so others will be able to see you.
B
Drive near the boundaries of the road.
C
Put yourself in a position where you can see as much as possible of the road ahead
D
Drive in the centre of the road.
Question 25 Explanation: 
Keep an eye out for slick spots, broken road bits, and bumps on the curve ahead.
Question 26
What are the leading factors of motorcycle collision at intersections?
A
Driving out from a side street or because of another vehicle turning left into the motorcyclist’s way.
B
Neglecting to use both the front and back brakes.
C
Not keeping the headlights on all the time.
D
Vehicles driving forward at the intersection.
Question 26 Explanation: 
Many drivers are unable to see a motorcycle making its way towards them. To avoid risks, drive towards an intersection slowly and keep your distance from vehicles that can block others’ views of you.
Question 27
When should the headlights of the motorcycle be turned on?
A
The need to be turned on only between sunrise and sunset.
B
They should be on all the time, even in the daytime.
C
The headlights should be switched on only at night.
D
They should be switched on only during the day.
Question 27 Explanation: 
Headlights are important because they make you more visible to other drivers on the road and prevent collisions.
Question 28
Wearing protective clothing helps to…
A
Minimize and prevent hurt or damage caused by collisions and the impact of debris, wind and rain.
B
Protect the rider from insects.
C
Prevent sunburns on bright summer days.
D
Protect the motorcyclist from mosquitoes.
Question 28 Explanation: 
Protective clothing also helps motorcyclists to remain impervious to the effects of bad weather. Try to wear brightly colored and reflective clothing as this increases your visibility to other drivers.
Question 29
In case a large animal is one the road, what should you do?
A
Try to swerve around it.
B
Ride into the animal in order to avoid skidding.
C
Get off the moving motorcycle.
D
None of the mentioned steps should be followed.
Question 29 Explanation: 
The first priority should be to try to brake but if it is not possible, try maneuvering around it.
Question 30
Upshifting or downshifting on a curve:
A
Is the best way to control your speed
B
Is never an appropriate option
C
Should only be done if it can be done smoothly
D
Is better than shifting before the curve
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Motorcycle Knowledge Test - Top Exam Preparation Tips

Zooming through streets on your motorbike in beautiful sunny weather is one of the most fantastic ways to get around. Not only is it fast, but it gives your muscles a workout and lets you enjoy the beautiful scenery while at it.

But to ride a motorcycle, you need an M Class license, which means you have to take some tests. In Ontario, this usually requires success in Motorcycle Knowledge Test, after which you’ve got to take a Motorcycle Skills Test and then take a Class 6 and or 8 Road Test for a full motorcycle license.

About the Motorcycle Knowledge Test

Motorcycle Knowledge TestThe motorcycle Knowledge test is a written test. It’s also called an M1 test and usually comprises 40 multiple choice questions covering practical riding tips and the road rules. The test is available in English, Russian, Farsi, French, Mandarin, etc.

The test is usually taken via a touchscreen kiosk at the office in charge of driving licenses. It’s just a 30-minutes test but feel free to take as long as you want to get it right. If you don’t get it right, you can always take it again after a week. Here we talk about preparation for the written motorcycle driving test, background to the test, and what next after acing the test.

Background to the M1 Test

Ontario motorists must possess an M Class license. It can be M1 or M2 for riders of full-speed motorbikes. It can also be M with condition L for riders of limited speed motorbikes, including moped and motorized scooters. Furthermore, the license can be M with condition M for riders of three-wheeled motorcycles.

To apply for the M Class license, one must meet the following qualifications.

  •  They must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Canadian citizens must possess a passport, Ontario Photo Card, Canadian Citizenship Card with accompanying photo, or Secure Certificate of Indian Card Status.
  • Permanent citizens must show the record of landing, Ontario Photo Card, Permanent resident card, or just a confirmation of the status.
  • Temporary residents will need a study permit, work permit, temporary resident permit, or refugee status claim.

Getting Ready for the Ontario Motorcycle License

Like any other test, preparation matters. In most cases, the test is harder than one expects. Even experienced drivers become nervous sometimes when it comes to the M1 test. Indeed, statistics show that 50% of Canadians flop their driving knowledge test in their first attempt. It’s a wise idea to acquaint oneself with the relevant info before sitting down for the test.

1.   Pick a motorcycle driver’s handbook from your local DMV office and familiarize yourself with Canadian traffic laws.

Don’t arrive at the exam office like the kid whose dog ate their homework. You can put your mind at ease by going through the information in your local driving handbooks beforehand. Familiarize yourself with local traffic laws, road signs, and what to do if you encounter one. That way, you’ll have an idea of what the exam is going to look like.

Take notes while you study, and highlight areas you think may require extra focus. The local driving handbook might be large, but don’t despair. Once you get the hang of it, you can browse through like a breeze. You can also find a version of the handbook online.

2.   Take a practice run

Nothing informs on progress other than taking a practice test. Try out the ICanDrive.ca practice tests to gauge your knowledge of concepts. The tests usually involve questions on road rules and signs. The areas that you perform poorly are the ones you need to practice more.

3.   Study

There’s nothing like over-preparing for a test. After all, if you flop it the first time, you will have to pay to take it again, and that is an expense. So put in the effort and grasp the concepts. Focus on areas you find difficult, as reflected by the test run in step 2.

4.   Re-take practice tests to see if you improved

Re-take the practice test to see your progress. This will inform you of any last-minute items you need to commit to memory. It will also give you confidence, so you don’t tense during exam day.

5.   Relax

Most people get nervous when it comes to taking tests. There’s no need to pretend you aren’t. Instead, do things to help you relax and focus:

  • Get good sleep, minimum 8 hours of sleep the night before the exam
  • Eat proper breakfast
  • Arrive early
  • Stretch, take deep breaths or have a walk just before sitting for the test

Furthermore, carry all the required documents. The last thing you want is your mind going on a frenzy, thinking if you really put your ID in the bag or forgot it on the table back at home.

6.   Read all questions carefully and if you are not sure, pick the best answer.

The test is 30-minute long, but you can take longer. The last thing you want is missing a question or putting the wrong answer because you were in a rush. Motorcycle knowledge test questions can be tricky; it’s best you take your time and ensure you know what each question wants. And where you are not sure, pick what you think is best; it’s what the practice sessions prepared you for, after all.

Above all, stay positive. Evidence shows that believing in positive outcomes boosts confidence. If you’ve studied hard and followed good advice, then relax and hope for good results.

Some of the stuff you’ll need for the test include:

  • ID
  • Test fee payment
  • Parent consent for those under 19 years

The test will be administered at your local driving license office. You will be required to book an appointment. Before the test, they’ll inquire about your medical condition and examine your vision. Once you pass the eye test, you can sit for the Ontario Motorcycle License exam.

Wrap-up

The M1 test ensures only the best motorists take on the roads for their own safety and that of other people on the road. Please don’t take it lightly. While riding through the streets in warm sunny weather is almost everyone’s favorite activity, motorcycles are dangerous, knowledge of traffic laws and the use of protective gear is a must. Stay safe on the road!

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