When riding in a staggered formation and passing another vehicle on the left, where should the lead rider go after they pass?

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When riding in a staggered formation and passing another vehicle on the left, where should the lead rider go after they pass?

  1. The center position in the original lane. 
  2. The right position in the original lane. 
  3. The left position in the original lane.
  4. Whichever lane position they want. 

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Answer

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The answer is: C. The left position in the original lane.

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Explanation: Passing in a Staggered Formation

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 riding with a motorcycle group in a staggered formation, the lead rider takes the left position in the lane. The next rider takes the right position about 1 second behind the lead rider. The third rider takes the left position as well, about 2 seconds behind the lead rider. 

When passing another vehicle in a staggered formation on a two-lane highway, the riders should pass one at a time and return to formation after each rider has completed the pass. 

First, the lead rider should pull out and pass the vehicle when it is safe to do so. 

After the pass is complete, the lead rider should return to their original left position in the original lane. 

The next rider should then move into the left position and pass when it is safe to do so. After the pass is complete, they should return to their original right position behind the lead rider. 

If the lead rider were to take the right position after the pass, the second rider may be encouraged to return to the original lane before there is a larger enough space cushion. 

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