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Tips For Passing Your Motorcycle Driving Test

Short of owning your own torpedo, riding a motorcycle can be the most exhilarating way to get from point A to point B. If you’re reading this, you may have already passed your written test, but before you take to the openroad with the wind ripping at your new leather pants and flame helmet, you must pass a driving test. Failing your driving test means more paperwork, standing in lines, and going home with your tailpipe between your legs, so make sure you study upon these tips to prevent this trio of pain from happening. Make sure the only conundrum you’ll have is which biker gang to join once you pass.

Select a smaller motorcycle for the test

Unless you have a lot of practice on a large bike, a smaller motorcycle is going to help with your comfort level. The test will often have you weave through cones or have some sort of challenge requiring tricky maneuvering. The smaller the bike, the easier time you’ll have with that part of the test.

Study up on Road Signs

This one may be a no-brainer, but let’s not forget the basics. You don’t want to add another item of mass confusion during your test. Nerves can cloud your memory so make sure to take the road sign test to brush up on the basics before your test date.

Study your state’s motorcycle handbook

Just because you’ve already passed your written test, doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods when it comes to the rules of the road. The last thing you want to do on your test is to perform a maneuver you weren’t aware was illegal.

Test your motorcycle

It’s tough to pass the part of the test that requires you to signal, then turn left if your signal light is out. Make sure to test your turn signal lights, brake lights and headlights at least a week before your test. That will give you enough time to make repairs if needed, so you’ll be ready for your test.

Practice

You may think you are ready for anything, however unless you are an expert rider, even basic things can elude you when nervous especially when faced with unexpected traffic situations.  Parallel parking and three-point turns are two things that may be on the test, so make a point in becoming an expert on both. Confidence is invaluable come test day.

Be on time and arrive with a licensed driver

You don’t want to give the DMV another reason to put off administrating your test. They have a building full of other people that need assistance, so show up at least 15 minutes early, and with a licensed driver. Also don’t forget to bring your permit!

Turn off cell phone

Answering a phone call during your driving test is not only illegal, but it is a sure-fire way to fail your test. Turn off your phone or leave it at home so you aren’t distracted or tempted to answer.

Relax

It’s impossible to anticipate how your nerves will handle the test, but if you are calm, you are less likely to make mistakes. Try your best to take a deep breath and relax if you find yourself getting nervous.

Be friendly

Your test administrator is just a person, and is going to enjoy the experience much more if you are courteous to him or her. Remember, they will be driving with you, so treat them with respect. Since they don’t know your level of expertise, you might find them just as nervous as you!

Listen

The examiner will let you know what maneuvers you have to do, so focus on listening so you have a full understanding before attempting yourself. If you’ve practiced, then chances are you won’t be shocked at any of the maneuvers you’re asked to perform, so try to keep those butterflies at bay. If there is something you don’t quite understand, don’t be afraid to ask as well.

Keep your eyes on road

It’s always good to briefly check your mirrors and speedometer, however mostly try to keep your eyes darting ahead and around you to show that you are ready to react to your surroundings.

Best Practices

Jerky motions and abrupt braking can result in poor scoring on your test, so be sure to brake evenly, use your turn signals and turn safely, or act with caution if you encounter a precarious situation.

Overall, all you can do is your best out there. The test is mostly passed and failed during your preparation, so make sure you do everything you can to give yourself the best chance once the real test starts. And most of all, be safe, but don’t forget to have fun.