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It is especially important to flash your motorcycle’s brake lights before you:


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It is especially important to flash your motorcycle’s brake lights before you:

  1. Slow or stop more quickly than expected.
  2. Slow or stop in an area where other drivers may not expect.
  3. Prepare to come to a stop at an intersection with traffic behind you.
  4. All of these.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


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The answer is: D. All of these.

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Explanation: Flashing your Brake Lights

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. 

A motorcycle’s brake light is typically not as noticeable as a passenger car’s brake lights. However, you can help to make your brake light more noticeable by flashing it when you’re able. 

A flashing light is generally better able to grab the attention of other drivers compared to a steady light. 

The flashing light will warn the drivers behind you that you are about to slow down or stop. 

Some times where flashing your brake light can be especially important include:

  • When you are slowing more quickly than expected. 
  • When you need to slow or stop in an unexpected part of the road. 
  • When you are about to come to a stop at an intersection when traffic is approaching from behind you. 

You can also flash your brake light when you are being tailgated.

Doing this may better alert other drivers to potential hazards ahead and the fact that you are slowing down or stopping. 

This can help prevent being struck from behind. 

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

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