Kentucky DMV Motorcycle Permit Practice Test 2024

There are 30 questions on the Kentucky DMV motorcycle test, and you will need to answer at least 24 correctly to get a passing score (80%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official KY MC test.

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Which of the following should you be the most careful of when it's cold outside?

Shaded areas tend to hide spots of ice as they freeze first on very cold and wet days. Shaded areas will also remain slippery for longer as the shade keeps ice from melting and moisture from evaporating. Keep in mind that sunny areas can get extremely slippery as well.

In terms of often or seldom used roads, it really depends on the weather. If it has been snowing a lot, roads with heavy traffic can pack the snow into a tight but slippery layer on the road, but snow plows will visit those roads more often than other roads.

What does the "Search" in Search, Evaluate, Execute (SEE) mean?

SEE is a three-step process that motorcycle riders can use to make appropriate judgments and apply them correcly. It stands for Search, Evaluate, Execute. "Search" is focused on how you can avoid potential hazards by searching ahead, behind, and to the sides. Look for escape routes that you can use if something does happen. You should search for factors like: pedestrians near parked vehicles, hazardous road conditions, oncoming vehicles that may drive over your lane, or traffic that is approaching you.

In which direction should you look first when arriving at an intersection?

The most immediate danger will come from the left, so you should always look to the left first. Afterward, look right and then left again to see if you missed any vehicles on the first glance. In short, this means that you should look left-right-left before proceeding.

You're driving on an icy road and you see a sharp curve ahead. How should you use your brakes to slow down?

The big errors riders and drivers make in snow and on ice are; to over-power, to over-brake, or to over-steer. Use your brakes carefully and keep your speed steady and slow.

How many seconds up your intended path of travel should you look?

Scan your path of travel to identify potentially hazardous situations. Look about 10 to 15 seconds ahead.

Do you have to signal when turning left or right at an intersection?

Always signal when turning, regardless of the direction. If you don’t, you may catch other road users off guard and cause a crash.

How can you calculate the following distance?

Increase the following distance if too close. Maintaining a sufficient following distance is vital to prevent unnecessary accidents as it’ll give you more time to stop if you have to.

The closer you ride to the vehicle in front:

The closer you ride to the vehicle in front, the more it restricts your view of the road ahead. Motorcyclists have to be especially careful about this as they may need to swerve or quickly turn to avoid potholes or hazards on the road.

What should you be aware of when passing a large vehicle?

Due to trucks being much longer than passenger vehicles, they also take much longer to pass. It will also be harder to “fall back” in case you meet oncoming traffic.

Make sure you have more than enough distance to pass safely before passing.

In which of the following situatons should you use hand signals?

You must make your intentions clear before you change lanes or turn, even if your turn signals are not working or malfunctioning. The best way to do that is by using your turn signal lights, but if they can't be seen or are not working you will have to use hand signals instead. 

A motorcycle with its light on is ____ as likely to be noticed.

Keep the headlights and running lights on at all times, even during the day. Studies have shown that a motorcycle with its lights on is two times as likely to be noticed compared to when the lights are off.

What will happen if try to brake out of a wobble?

Don't try to brake or accelerate out of a wobble. It will only make the motorcycle more unstable and make the wobble worse. The best way to handle a wobble is to not fight the wobble. Roll off the throttle gradually to slow down without applying the brakes, move your weight as far forward and down as you can, and grip the handlebars firmly.

Which statement is true regarding motorcyclists?

Motorcyclists are harder to spot compared to cars and relatively unprotected in case of a crash. As a rider, you should keep that in mind as you select clothing.

When should you operate the engine cut-off switch and pull in the clutch?

A stuck throttle is often caused by the throttle cable being stuck. If your throttle is stuck, the first thing you should do is to twist the throttle back and forth several times to free the throttle cable. If the throttle remains stuck, operate the engine cut-off switch and pull in the clutch at the same time to remove power from the rear wheel. After you have regained control of the motorcycle, move it to the side of the road and stop.

Do not slam the brakes - it will be ineffective and may cause you to lose control over your motorcycle.

What should you check on each tire before a long journey?

Tire air pressure and tire tread depth should be checked before any long journey. A proper tire tread depth / air pressure will minimize the risk of a tire blowout or tire failure and increase handling and traction.

You should get into the habit of handling each curve:

All curves are different - some curves may remain constant, some may gradually widen or get tighter, and others may combine multiple curves. Do not treat each curve the same. Instead, ride within your skill leven and change your lane position based on the shape of the curve in combination with the road and traffic conditions.

Who has to wear a helmet on a motorcycle?

All riders and passengers must use a U.S. DOT compliant motorcycle safety helmen when riding a motorcycle. A majority of all serious and fatal motorcyclist injuries are head injuries - and a helmet will greatly reduce head injuries.

What should you do when approaching an intersection with a flashing red traffic light?

When facing a flashing red traffic light, you must come to a complete stop and yield according to the right-of-way rules. Only proceed if safe.

What can happen if you are too low on oil?

Oil reduces the friction in your engine and makes it run smoothly. Without oil, the engine will overheat and freeze / lock up. Check your oil level regularly and add oil if necessary. However, don't add oil when the engine is warm as you may be severely damaged by the heat of the engine.

When traveling behind a vehicle, you should ride:

Always position yourself so you are visible. While you should maintain a proper following distance, you don't have to maintain a minimum following distance of 5-6 seconds.

Is the Kentucky Motorcycle Written Test Hard?

The written test might be harder than it needs to be if you only stick to the operator’s manual as a study tool. Zutobi’s material is presented in bite-sized pieces that are specifically designed to be easy to understand and easy to remember. We can help you learn in a productive, effective way so, come test day, you are fully prepared to pass the first time.

Pass You 2024 Kentucky Permit Test with Zutobi

Zutobi’s unique approach to driver’s ed can help you pass your motorcycle permit test on your first try. Here is how we can help you:

  • We offer Kentucky permit practice tests that allow you to test yourself before the real written exam.
  • Answers and explanations to all of the questions are given to help you learn from your mistakes.
  • Our different learning levels will keep you engaged throughout the entire process by allowing you to earn points and level-up.
  • Learn all you need to know to stay safe and pass your test, from road signs to traffic laws.

How Can I Get My Motorcycle License in Kentucky?

After passing the motorcycle permit test, here are your next steps to get your motorcycle license:

  • You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a motorcycle license without the presence of a parent or guardian.
  • To get your license, you can pass a written test and driving skills test administered by the Kentucky State Police.
  • Otherwise, you can take an approved motorcycle safety course and have the road exam waived. Note, the safety course only allows you to waive the on-road skills test, not the written test.
  • You will be required to pass a vision test in both cases.
  • If you are under the age of 21, you will need to hold your permit for at least 180 days before applying for your license.
  • If you are over 21, you must hold your permit for at least 30 days.

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