Riding in the left or right portion of the lane when following behind another vehicle:

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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

Riding in the left or right portion of the lane when following behind another vehicle:

  1. Will put you in the sideview mirror of the driver ahead of you, and will be your best chance of being seen.
  2. Will put you in the rearview mirror of the driver ahead of you, and will be your best chance of being seen.
  3. Will put you in the sideview mirror of the driver ahead of you, but they may not see you. 
  4. Will put you in the rearview mirror of the driver ahead of you, but they may not see you.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

Answer

This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: C. Will put you in the sideview mirror of the driver ahead of you, but they may not see you. 

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Explanation: Following other Vehicles

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. 

When following behind another vehicle, you should ride in the center portion of your lane so that the driver can see you inside their rearview mirror. 

Riding in the left or right portion of the lane may place you in the view of the driver’s sideview mirrors, but many drivers do not check their sideview mirrors frequently and they may not see you. 

If the situation allows for it, the center portion is typically the best place for you to be seen when following other vehicles. 

Be sure to maintain a safe following distance of at least 2 seconds in normal conditions. In poor riding conditions, increase your following distance to at least 3 seconds. 

Additionally, you should keep a space cushion around your vehicle so that you’ll have plenty of options to react to hazards ahead, behind, and around you as you ride. 

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

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