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The greatest risk of an accident between a motorcycle and a car occurs at:

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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

The greatest risk of an accident between a motorcycle and a car occurs at: 

  1. Two-lane highways. 
  2. Parking lots. 
  3. Freeway entrances. 
  4. Intersections.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: D. Intersections.

How’d you do? Learn more about this motorcycle topic below. 

Explanation: Motorcycle & Automobile Collisions

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. 

Intersections are the place where the greatest risk for a collision between a motorcycle and other traffic occurs. 

Over ½ of motorcycle collisions with a car are the result of the other driver violating the rider’s right-of-way. 

Intersections can be found in busy urban areas, residential districts, and anywhere traffic moving in different directions crosses paths. 

Examples of causes of collisions between a motorcycle and a car include:

  • Cars turning left in front of a motorcycle. 
  • Cars turning left into your from the right lane. 
  • Cars turning into the road from side streets. 
  • Cars disobeying traffic signals because they didn’t see the motorcyclist.

Unfortunately, many drivers do not see and are not looking for motorcycles. 

That is why it is important to exercise extreme caution when approaching an intersection, and to pretend that you are invisible. 

Even if you make eye contact with another driver, do not assume they see you. 

Assume that drivers will not respect the right of way and that they will hit you. Scan for potential hazards before they become a problem, and choose the safest path. 

You can help increase your visibility at intersections by:

  • Using your headlight. 
  • Wearing bright-colors and reflective gear. 
  • Ride in a lane position that gives you the best view of traffic. 

Additionally, you can help reduce your risk of a collision in an intersection by:

  • Covering your clutch and brake levers. 
  • Use a constant position and speed. 
  • Be prepared to brake hard if a vehicle turns in front of you. 

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

Check out more motorcycle permit test questions and answers here.

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