To be seen in the rearview mirror of the car in front of you, you should ride in the:

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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

To be seen in the rearview mirror of the car in front of you, you should ride in the:

  1. Left portion of the lane.
  2. Center portion of the lane.
  3. Right portion of the lane.
  4. Any lane position.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

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The answer is: B. Center portion of the lane.

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Explanation: Lane Positioning When Following a Car

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 riding behind another vehicle, it is important to not only keep a safe following distance, but to also stay visible to the driver in front of you. 

The safest lane position to ride in will depend on a variety of factors, but in order to give the driver ahead of you the best view of you in their rearview mirror, the center portion of your lane is the best choice. 

The left and right portions of the lane will generally allow the driver ahead of you to see you in their sideview mirrors, but many drivers do not check these as often as they check their rearview mirror. 

In many instances, the center lane position is the safest for both space to maneuver and visibility. 

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

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Plus, check out an overview of the requirements to get a motorcycle endorsement in each state.