What is the motorcycle hand signal for stop?

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What is the motorcycle hand signal for stop?

  1. Right arm extended straight down with the palm flat and facing backwards. 
  2. Left arm extended straight down with the palm flat and facing backwards. 
  3. Left arm extended straight up with the palm flat and facing backwards. 
  4. Right arm extended straight up with the palm flat and facing backwards. 

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

Answer

This topic may show up on your motorcycle permit test. 

The answer is: B. Left arm extended straight down with the palm flat and facing backwards. 

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Explanation: Motorcycle Hand Signals

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. 

Knowing your hand signals when riding a motorcycle can be useful in a number of situations. 

First, they can be used to quickly and clearly communicate with other riders during a group ride. When you’re preparing for a group ride, one of the first things you should do is review the hand signals with all the other riders. 

Additionally, hand signals can help communicate to other drivers that you intend to turn, slow down, or stop. 

Since a motorcycle’s lights and signals are much smaller than a passenger car, it can be difficult for other drivers to see them. This can be especially true when the sun is bright or when visibility is reduced. 

In these situations, or in situations when your signals have malfunctioned, you should use your hand signals to communicate your intentions. 

The motorcycle hand signal for stop is the left arm extended straight down with the palm flat and facing behind you. 

This signal communicates to other riders and other motorists that you intend to slow down and come to a stop. 

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