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How far in advance of a turn should you use your turn signal on your motorcycle?

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How far in advance of a turn should you use your turn signal on your motorcycle?

  1. 50 feet.
  2. 100 feet.
  3. 200 feet.
  4. 500 feet.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


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The answer is: B. 100 feet.

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Explanation: Motorcycle Turn Signal Use

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. 

It is important for both motorcyclists and other drivers to use their turn signals when they intend to turn or change lanes. 

The same rules apply to all types of vehicles. 

Most states require all drivers and motorcycle riders to activate their turn signals at least 100 feet before their turn. 

On a motorcycle, it is extremely important to clearly communicate your intentions with other drivers around you. 

Using your turn signals before you turn and change lanes will communicate what you intend to do, and can decrease the chance of another driver moving in your space. 

Be sure to activate your turn signal before the maneuver and to cancel it when the turn or lane change is complete. 

Since many motorcycles lack self-canceling turn signals, you’ll need to remember to turn them off yourself. 

Keeping your turn signals on after the maneuver may confuse or frustrate other drivers. 

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

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