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A properly adjusted motorcycle mirror should:

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Use this motorcycle practice test question to prepare for the real written exam at the DMV or during your motorcycle safety course

A properly adjusted motorcycle mirror should:

  1. Allow you to see yourself. 
  2. Allow you to see the lane behind and beside you. 
  3. Allow you to reduce your following distance. 
  4. Allow you to see the lane beside you.  

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: B. Allow you to see the lane behind and beside you. 

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Explanation: Adjusting your Motorcycle’s Mirrors

In order to pass your motorcycle permit exams and to become a safe rider, it’s important to know why a particular answer on the motorcycle written test is correct. 

Properly adjusted mirrors will help with your normal scanning routine as you ride. 

Your mirrors should be adjusted when you are sitting on your bike in the riding position before you start to ride. 

A properly adjusted mirror should show you the lane behind you and to your sides.

You may see the side of your arm or shoulder, but you want to make sure that you have a clear view of the road around you. 

As you ride, give your mirrors a quick, periodic glance so that you are always aware of what is going on around you.  

However, you also need to turn your head to check for traffic in your blind spots as you scan and before you make any lane changes or maneuvers. 

You can find more information about this topic in the motorcycle rider’s handbook.

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Plus, check out an overview of the requirements to get a motorcycle endorsement in each state.

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