What can you do to make your motorcycle’s brake light more noticeable?

ATTENTION: Are you getting your motorcycle endorsement? Make sure you satisfy your state's insurance requirements. Click below for a free quote.

Please enter your zip to get started:

Use this motorcycle practice test question to prepare for the real written exam at the DMV or during your motorcycle safety course

What can you do to make your motorcycle’s brake light more noticeable?

  1. Wear reflective clothing.
  2. Install a secondary brake light. 
  3. Use your horn at the same time. 
  4. Flash your brake light.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

Become a Zombie! Insider tips & tricks you don't want to miss.

* indicates required


This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: D. Flash your brake light.

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

Explanation: Motorcycle 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 much smaller and much less noticeable than a passenger car. 

One thing you can do to help other drivers notice your brake light is by flashing it as you begin to slow down. 

The flashing of the brake light can often work to better grab the attention of drivers behind you so that they can adjust their own driving accordingly. 

Flashing your brake light to alert other drivers is a good idea when:

  • You need to slow down more quickly than may be expected. 
  • You need to slow down somewhere that is not expected. 
  • You are stopped at an intersection and there is traffic approaching from behind you. 
  • You are being followed too closely. 

Anything you can do to alert other drivers of your intentions can help reduce the risk of a collision. 

However, you shouldn’t count on other drivers seeing you. While you should always communicate what you’re doing, you should also have a plan to stay out of trouble regardless of the actions of other drivers. 

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

Check out more motorcycle permit test questions and answers here.

Find in-depth articles for new riders in our section dedicated to learning how to ride a motorcycle.

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