When preparing to pass a vehicle on the left, you should increase your line of sight by:

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When preparing to pass a vehicle on the left, you should increase your line of sight by:

  1. Riding in the right portion of the lane.
  2. Riding in the left portion of the lane.
  3. Riding in the center portion of the lane. 
  4. Turning your head to check your blind spot. 

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. Riding in the left portion of the lane.

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Explanation: Passing Other Vehicles

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. 

To prepare to pass another vehicle on its left, you should first move into the left portion of your lane in order to increase your line of sight. 

When passing on a two-lane roadway with lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions, this will give you a better view of oncoming vehicles. 

On a multi-lane highway with multiple lanes of traffic moving in the same direction, you’ll have a better view of what’s ahead as well. 

Additionally, this will make you more visible to vehicles in the passing lane and the vehicle you are passing. 

To pass safely on the left, you should:

  • Move into the left position of your lane.
  • Turn on your left turn signal.
  • Check your mirror and turn your head to check your blind spot. 
  • Move into the left lane and accelerate ahead of the vehicle when it is clear.
  • Turn on your right turn signal. 
  • Check your mirror and turn your head to check your blind spot. 
  • Return to your original lane ahead of the vehicle you passed when safe to do so.  

Be sure that you give yourself enough of a space cushion when completing the pass and when returning to your lane. 

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

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