What is the benefit of keeping a space cushion around your motorcycle?

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What is the benefit of keeping a space cushion around your motorcycle?

  1. It will eliminate the risk of a collision. 
  2. It allows you more space and time to respond to hazards. 
  3. It allows you to take curves at a higher speed. 
  4. There is no benefit to a cushion of space around your bike.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

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The answer is: B. It allows you more space and time to respond to hazards. 

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Explanation: Cushion of Space Around Your Motorcycle

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 you’re riding a motorcycle, adequate space in front, behind, and to the sides of yourself is a good way to help you reduce your risks of a collision. 

While it will not eliminate your risks, a space cushion will give you more time and space to react to potential hazards. 

Additionally, space around yourself will give you a better view of the road around you. 

Another benefit to a space cushion is that you’ll have the option of more “escape routes” to avoid potential collisions when another vehicle or other obstacle enters your space. 

Instead of braking or speeding up, the safest option in a given situation may be for you to move into the empty space around you. 

Be sure to choose a lane position that gives you the best space cushion and the safest riding path. 

Be sure to keep a safe following distance between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you. 

Finally, if someone is driving too closely behind you, find a way to either allow them to pass or find a safer lane. 

More space and time to spot and react to hazards as you ride is key to staying safe. 

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

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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.