If there are vehicles to each side of your motorcycle, which lane position is usually the best choice?

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If there are vehicles to each side of your motorcycle, which lane position is usually the best choice?

  1. Left.
  2. Center.
  3. Right.
  4. Any lane position.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

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The answer is: B. Center.

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Explanation: Choosing the Best Lane Position

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. 

If you are riding your motorcycle and there are vehicles to either side of you, the center lane position is typically the safest choice. 

You may find yourself in this situation when riding on a multi-lane roadway or riding alongside a row of parked cars. 

The center position in these circumstances will maximize your space cushion between the vehicle on either side of you. 

If you can avoid it, you should not ride alongside other vehicles for too long. Riding in this position will often put you in the driver’s blind spot or in a position where they are less likely to notice you. 

If you are passing a vehicle, do so as quickly and safely as possible. 

Whenever you are riding, it is best to maximize your space cushion all around you. This will give you the best visibility, increase your visibility to other drivers, and provide you with more options for maneuvering and escape routes from hazards. 

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

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