Maryland MVA Motorcycle Permit Practice Test 2024

There are 25 questions on the Maryland MVA motorcycle test, and you will need to answer at least 21 correctly to get a passing score (84%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official MD MC test.

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Why should you avoid following closely behind any vehicles towing or hauling items?

Any time you follow too close to the vehicle in front, you may not be able to react in time if they have to brake suddenly. But you are also susceptible to pebbles kicked up by the tires of the vehicle in front, or debris/loose items that fall off and that can place you in unavoidable dangerous situtations. For those reasons, following too closely is extra dangerous for a motorcyclist.

What does extra weight on a motorcycle change?

Any time you carry a passenger or large loads, you will change the way your motorcycle behaves. Practice on empty streets before you ride with a passenger or heavy load for the first time.

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.

You should always reduce your speed when traveling in fog. Why?

As visibility is reduced, you'll need to reduce your speed so you have time to react and avoid hazards. If you can, delay your journey until the fog has cleared.

The rate of alcohol consumption:

If you consume multiple drinks in an hour, more alcohol will have accumulated in your body than if you just had a single drink. Your body will not metabolize alcohol faster because you have had more to drink.

The only thing that will sober you up is time. Exercising, eating, drinking water, or sleeping doesn’t increase the rate at which your body metabolizes alcohol. It may take more than 18 hours to get back to 0 BAC after a heavy night of drinking (many are arrested for drink driving the day after).

A police car behind you signals you to pull over. What should you do?

Pull over on the right as soon as it’s safe to do so.

You've notified the emergency services about a crash scene where there's a badly wounded motorcyclist. What should you do next?

Breathing is the first thing you need to check if you notice that a person is unconscious. Look and listen for breathing, look for chest movements, and feel for breath on your cheek.

How much is the stopping distance affected when driving in heavy rain?

In wet weather, the tire grip will be reduced and the stopping distance will be doubled.

You arrive at a traffic light intersection. A law enforcement officer signals for you to proceed through the intersection against a red light. What should you do?

When a law enforcement officer is directing traffic, you must obey the officer irrespective of other signs/signals.

What is meant by "dragging the rear brake?

Dragging the rear brake is done to control the speed of the bike and to maintain stability, especially in corners or turns. Do not use the front brake in this way as it could tip the bike over.

You’re approaching a curve with poor visibility. Which statement is true?

Your view will be limited when approaching the curve. Maintain a safe speed and keep to the right to avoid a crash with an oncoming vehicle that suddenly “appears”.

Always be extra careful and adapt your driving at any place where your view is limited such as crests and curves.

You’re driving in slow-moving traffic and you will be forced to pass the railroad track at a very low speed. What should you do?

Only proceed if you are certain that you can cross the tracks completely. If you’re driving in slow-moving traffic, or the exit is blocked, stay on the approach side until there’s space on the other side.

Remember that trains are fast, need long distances to stop, and will be unable to stop in time for a vehicle on the crossing.

What does the three-step process "SEE" stand for?

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.

How often should you check the following items; cables, fasteners, fluid levels, wheels.

Riders have to do certain checks before every drip and other checks once a week. The items mentioned can be checked once a week or as often as recommended by the manufacturer.

How can you signal to drivers behind to let them know that you will be slowing down or stopping?

Drivers behind may not expect you to slow down, so you want to give some sort of warning before coming to a stop. By gently tapping the brakes a few times you will activate the brake lights and give a queue to drivers behind that you intend to slow down. Do not forcefully slow down as that will only increase the risk of an accident.

In which lane should riders be positioned at a blind intersection?

When approacing a blind intersection, the danger lies in not being seen by others. Riders should position themselves in the lane that brings them into the driver's field of vision in the earliest moment.

Which of the following may affect your riding strategy?

Thes are all examples of road and surface characteristics that will influence your riding strategy and escape routes. As you need to have a plan to reduce risks and an escape route in mind any time you spot a hazard, all of these things will impact your riding strategy as you move toward the hazard. For example; Guardrails mean you may not be able to swerve quickly to avoid an accident.

What is ‘tailgating’?

‘Tailgating’ is the term used to describe when a vehicle is following too closely behind the vehicle in front. Tailgating is dangerous as you’ll have less time to respond to hazards, your view of the road will be limited, and you won’t have a sufficient safety margin. For all of these reasons, you should never tailgate another vehicle!

Which of the following do you normally NOT have to look out for in the middle of the road?

You always have to be alert for potholes or bad road conditions. The center portion of a lane can have an oily strip as a result of leaks and exhaust emissions settling down. Avoid riding on oil and grease buildups - it's usually enough to move just a feet or two to the side to avoid it.

You are riding at night. What should you do?

At night, you need to reduce your speed until you have enough time to react and swerve if you notice objects on the road.

Is the Maryland Written Motorcycle Test Hard?

With the operator manual as your only study tool, the written test might be harder than it needs to be. However, with Zutobi, you can learn material in a way that makes information easy to understand and easy to remember. So, on test day, you’ll be confident you used your time productively and will be able to easily recall what you’ve learned.

Pass Your 2024 Maryland Motorcycle Permit Test with Zutobi

Whether you’re getting behind the wheel of a car for the first time, or are in the beginning stages of earning you Maryland motorcycle license, Zutobi can help you pass your permit test with these features:

  • Our Maryland motorcycle permit practice tests simulate the real written test so there won’t be any surprises on test day.
  • Our fun learning levels will keep you engaged in what you’re learning with the opportunity to earn points and level-up.
  • Our material is test-relevant and useful. From traffic laws to road signs, learn all you need to know to stay safe on the roadways and pass your permit test.
  • We provide answers and explanations to all of the multiple choice questions so you can check your work and learn from your mistakes.

How Can I Get My Motorcycle License in Maryland?

Once you’ve taken and passed your motorcycle permit test, here are your next steps to get your motorcycle license:

  • You can apply for a motorcycle endorsement on an already valid Maryland driver’s license, or you can apply for a Class M license which is a stand alone motorcycle license.
  • Keep in mind, a Class M license only allows you to operate a motorcycle, not any other kind of vehicle.
  • If you are under 18, you must take the Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program’s Basic Rider course.
  • If you’re 18 or older and you’ve completed a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program course, you will not have to obtain a learner’s permit, take a written test or driving skills test.
  • You will have to pass a vision screening upon your application whether your exams have been waived or not.

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