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To safely ride over railroad or trolley tracks that run at an angle to your lane, you should:

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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 safely ride over railroad or trolley tracks that run at an angle to your lane, you should:

  1. Keep straight within your lane.
  2. Cross the tracks at a 90 degree angle. 
  3. Cross the tracks at a 45 degree angle.
  4. Stay parallel to the tracks.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: A. Keep straight within your lane.

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Explanation: Crossing Tracks in the Road

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 a set of railroad or trolley tracks intersect your lane at an angle, the safest thing for you to do is to continue riding straight within your lane to cross over the tracks. 

Attempting to cross the tracks at 90 degrees may put you into another lane of traffic or put you in the way of a hazard. 

If you need to cross tracks that run parallel with your lane, you should first move away from the tracks and then cross them at a 45 degree angle. 

Crossing tracks parallel can throw you off balance, reduce traction, and cause you to lose control. 

When crossing tracks, be sure to keep a firm grip on your handlebars and keep the bike upright. Avoid sudden acceleration or braking while your tires are on the tracks. 

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

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