M1 Practice Test – Rules 6

Our Practice Testing area is designed to help you learn the information that will be covered on your actual written test and to give you the opportunity to become familiar with the testing format. All testing material is covered in Ontario’s official motorcycle handbook.

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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?
After the motorcycle has started, get on and sit as close to you as possible, and hold your waist firmly.
After the motorcycle has started, get on and sit towards the rear end of the motorcycle, and hold your waist firmly.
After the motorcycle has started, get on and sit as close to you as possible, and cling to the handlebars.
After the motorcycle has started, get on and sit towards the rear end of the motorcycle and cling to the handlebars.

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What are the ways by which motorcyclists can make themselves more visible during the nighttime?
By switching the headlight and tail-lights on and by wearing brightly-coloured clothing and helmet.
By wearing protective gear.
By keeping the four-way flashers switched on the whole time.
By wearing dark clothing in deep colours.

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Wearing protective clothing helps to…
Minimize and prevent hurt or damage caused by collisions and the impact of debris, wind and rain.
Prevent sunburns on bright summer days.
Protect the rider from insects.
Protect the motorcyclist from mosquitoes.

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A flashing green light at the intersection where turns to the left and right are permitted indicates what?
All of these
You may turn to the left if the way is clear.
You may turn to the right if the way is clear.
You may proceed straight through if the way is clear.

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Why is it deemed dangerous to slow down your motorcycle by reducing the throttle or simply downshifting?
All of these
The other drivers will not know you are slowing down.
The brake lights will not turn on, making it dangerous to slow down.

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What are the leading factors of motorcycle collisions at intersections?
Driving out from a side street or because of another vehicle turning left into the motorcyclist’s way.
Neglecting to use both the front and back brakes.
Not keeping the headlights on all the time.
Vehicles driving forward at the intersection.

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When driving a motorcycle in the passing lane, which tire track should you be in?
The right tire track.
The left tire track.
In the centre tire track.
One should not be driving in the passing lane at any time.

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In the unlikely event of being chased by a dog, what should you do?
All of these
Continue riding and avoid the dog as it shall be outrun by the motorcycle anyway.
Avoid kicking the dog and maintaining the control and balance of the bike.

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When should the headlights of the motorcycle be turned on?
They should be on all the time, even in the daytime.
The headlights should be switched on only at night.
They should be switched on only during the day.
The need to be turned on only between sunrise and sunset.

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Upshifting or downshifting on a curve:
Should only be done if it can be done smoothly
Is never an appropriate option
Is better than shifting before the curve
Is the best way to control your speed

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Which lanes should be avoided on a freeway with three or more lanes?
The centre lane.
It is important to be careful. The lanes do not matter.
The passing lane.
All of these

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In case of taking a turn too fast, what are the possible outcomes?
All of these
The rider may panic and brake too hard and thus lock the wheels, slide, and then crash.
The motorcycle can slide off the road and crash.

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To keep control over the motorcycle, one should…
Try not to apply brakes when making a turn.
Not put on the headlights.
Try to downshift when stopping.
Stay away from shifting lanes.

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A solid line at the left of your lane means:
It is unsafe to pass.
Overtake and pass with caution.
Pass only when no traffic is sight.
Pass at your discretion.

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In case the back tire blows out, where should you shift your weight?
The weight should not be shifted.
The weight should be shifted to the front.
The weight should be shifted to the back.
The weight should be alternated between the front and the back.

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When two vehicles approach a four-way stop sign intersection at right angles to each other and at the same time:
The vehicle approaching from the right should have the courtesy to proceed first.
The vehicle approaching from the left should have the courtesy to proceed first.
Neither one is correct.
The one moving faster.

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How is a motorcycle to be started?
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.
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.
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.
None of these

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When accelerating or applying the brakes, one should do the following to maintain strong control and grip over the motorcycle…
Maintain as upright and vertical a position as possible.
Angle the motorcycle towards the left.
Angle the motorcycle towards the right.
Move one’s weight as far back as one can.

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Driving on the paved shoulder on the right side of the road is acceptable if one is…
Passing a vehicle that is turning to the left.
Driving past a vehicle that is turning to the right.
Driving in front of a large vehicle.
Experiencing an emergency of some sort.

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In case a large animal is one the road, what should you do?
Try to swerve around it.
Ride into the animal in order to avoid skidding.
Get off the moving motorcycle.
None of the mentioned steps should be followed.

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What are the things that should be checked on a motorcycle weekly, apart from the specific routine checks?
The rims and wheels, shock absorbers, brakes, chain, tire tread, and all other hardware should be checked weekly.
The rims and wheels, shockers, brakes, chain, stereo, and all other hardware should be checked weekly.
Tire tread, shockers, brakes, stereo, seat cover, and all other hardware should be checked weekly.
Tire tread, shockers, paint, stereo, seat cover, and all other software should be checked weekly.

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Weaving in and out of heavy traffic is:
A sign of inexperienced or aggressive riders.
The best way to pass stopped vehicles at an intersection.
The best way to get to your destination fast.
A common practice of experienced riders.

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What should you get from the seller when you are buying a privately used motorcycle?
Used Vehicle Information package.
The permit and the license plates.
The driving license of the seller.
A receipt for the purchase.

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Where should you place the helmet if you are pulled off the road and need help?
The helmet should be placed on the road near your motorcycle.
The helmet should be hung on the handlebars.
The helmet should be fastened to the back of the motorcycle.
The helmet should be kept on so that you do not have to put it on again.

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In case you are pulling off the road, what steps should you take?
All the mentioned steps should be followed.
Make sure that the spot you choose is away from the moving traffic to avoid any accidents.
Check the mirrors and signal before pulling off.
Make sure that the surface of the road is hard and good to drive on.

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Checking the mirrors is especially needed when…
One is planning to change lanes, make a turn, stop, or slow down.
One is going to halt at an intersection.
One is about to start the motorcycle.
One is going to embark on a long trip.

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What should one do in a blind curve when the view of the path ahead is restricted?
Put yourself in a position where you can see as much as possible of the road ahead
Switch the four-way flashers on so others will be able to see you.
Drive in the centre of the road.
Drive near the boundaries of the road.

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Which lanes should be avoided when changing lanes on a freeway and why?
All answers are correct.
The lane next to the entrance ramp from where all the traffic will be merging.
The lane next to an exit ramp. Other vehicles may not see you and might cut you off in front as they exit.
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.

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When driving a motorcycle in the right curb lane, which tire track should you be in?
You should drive in the left tire track.
You should drive in the right tire track.
You should drive in the centre tire track.
You should not be driving in the curb lane.

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When riding with a group of motorcyclists, a staggered formation...
Should not be used on curves, during turns, or when entering or exiting a highway
Should be used when riding on curves
Is never recommended
Is recommended at all times

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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!