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When are some good times to use your motorcycle’s horn?

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When are some good times to use your motorcycle’s horn?

  1. A driver next to you looks like they are going to pass the vehicle in front of them. 
  2. You are riding next to a parked car with someone in it. 
  3. Someone is in the street and not paying attention. 
  4. All of these. 

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


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The answer is: D. All of these. 

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Explanation: Using your Motorcycle’s Horn

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. 

Your motorcycle’s horn is one of the options you have to get someone’s attention and prevent a collision. 

However, you shouldn’t rely on your motorcycle’s horn as a last resort. A motorcycle horn is much quieter than a passenger car’s horn. You should always have another strategy to avoid a collision or risky situation. 

That said, your horn can still be useful to get the attention of someone who may not see you. 

Some good times when it would be smart to use your horn include:

  • Riding next to a car that looks like it is going to go into your lane. 
  • Riding next to a parked car when someone may open the door. 
  • Riding near a pedestrian or bicyclist on the street. 

When you do use your horn, be sure to sound it long and long. 

In addition to using your horn, be prepared to take evasive maneuvers, stop, or change your speed. 

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

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