North Carolina DMV Motorcycle Permit Practice Test 2024

There are 37 questions on the North Carolina DMV motorcycle test, and you will need to answer at least 29 correctly to get a passing score (78%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official NC MC test.

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Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) will _____ the more you drink.

The more alcohol in your blood, the higher the BAC will be. Alcohol can, in general, be reduced by almost 1 standard drink per hour - but this will depend on whether you have taken medicines, drugs, eaten food, your size, gender etc.

When you carry a load on a motorcycle, should the load be placed in front of or behind the rear axle?

Mounting loads behind the rear axle will affect handling, especially when how the motorcycle brakes and turns. Any loads should be placed over or in front of the rear axle.

What should you do if your motorcycle starts to weave slightly when riding over bridge gratings?

Your motorcycle may weave slightly when riding over rain grooves or bridge gratings, but this "weave" is generally not hazardous. It is more dangerous to drive over at an angle in a zigzag pattern as you may fall over or move into another lane of traffic.

When you are being passed from behind by another vehicle:

You should remain in the center portion of your lane when being passed from behind by an oncoming vehicle. If you ride to the left, you will get too close to the vehicle, and riding too far to the right can invite the other drive to move back into your lane too early.

On wet and cold days:

Bridges and shaded areas tend to hide spots of ice as they freeze first on very cold and wet days. Overpasses and bridges aren’t warmed up by the earth (like the rest of the road). Shaded areas will also remain slippery for longer as the shade keeps ice from melting and moisture from evaporating.

Which of the following is the best approach to an emergency?

Motorcyclists must know when to stop and when to swerve. You won't be able always stop quickly, or always swerve to avoid an obstacle (you may end up in an even more dangerours situation if you swerve into oncoming traffic). A combination of the two, depending on the circumstances, is ideal. Learn when it is appropriate to stop and when to swerve.

Passing is ____ across a broken yellow center line.

Yellow center lines separate traffic traveling in opposite directions. You’re permitted to pass across broken yellow lines if you can safely do so.

You're turning right at an intersection. What should you especially watch out for?

When turning at an intersection, be aware that you may cross paths with pedestrians on the road you're turning into.

When approaching the intersection, check if there are pedestrians nearby and check once more before turning. Remember to yield to them if needed.

How can you avoid the problem of opening doors and people stepping out from between vehicles?

By moving to the left portion of your lane you can avoid car doors opening & people moving out from between cars.

Before entering a tunnel you should:

if you're wearing sunglasses, remove them as your vision will be significantly reduced if you're wearing sunglasses when riding in a tunnel.

A windshield ____ a substitute for a face shield or goggles.

Do not wear a windshield as a substitute for a face shield or goggles; they all do their intended job well but not much else. For example; face shields protect your face, goggle protect the eyes only, a windshield protects part of your body from wind/rain but will not protect your eyes from wind or rain.

The BAC limit for motorcyclists is:

The BAC limit also applies to motorcyclist riders. The BAC limit is 0.08 for drivers 21 years old or older, but you may be affected at a much lower BAC and be an unsafe rider after as little as one alcoholic beverage.

Just before passing another vehicle, should you ride closely behind the vehicle?

When riding closely behind another vehicle, you won’t be able to see as much of the road ahead and you won’t have as much time to react in case the other vehicle suddenly brakes.

In a rear-view or side mirror, small vehicles appear _____ and appear to be traveling _____ than they really are.

A small object appears farther away and will appear to be traveling slower than they actually are. A common cause of motorcycle accidents is when drivers pull out in front of the motorcyclist, expecting to have plenty of time but misjudging the distance to the motorcyclist.

How should you handle a tailgater?

There are good and bad ways to handle tailgaters. If you speed up, it's possible the tailgater will speed up as well which means you will just have someone tailgating you but at a higher speed. Flashing your emergency lights or slowing down does not usually help, instead the best way to handle the situation is to allow the tailgater to pass you. You can also slow down gently to open up a larger space ahead of you - this will give you more space to stop if an emergency develops and encourage the tailgater to pass you.

You notice a cut in the sidewall of a tire. What should you do?

A cut in the sidewall of a tire is very dangerous as it can result in a tire blowout. Do not ride a motorcycle that has a tire in this condition - have it fixed immediately.

When riding on an interstate highway:

Interstate highway speeds are fast. As you’re riding fast, you need to look further ahead to give yourself more time to react and respond to potential hazards.

How should you park at hte roadside? At a:

Parking at the roadside should be done at an angle of 45 to 90 degrees to the curb and with a wheel/fender touching the curb.

Does your weight affect your BAC level?

Different persons will reach different BAC even though they drink the same amount. There are a number of factors will affect your BAC including the type of alcohol you consume, how long since you’ve had your last meal, your body size and your gender.

You are short on cash and want to buy a second-hand helmet. Why should you be careful about buying it?

You should be very careful about buying a second-hand helmet from someone you don't know. The reason being that the helmet may have been involved in an accident and be damaged - while still looking OK. A damaged helmet will severely affect your chances of survival in a crash.

Is the North Carolina Motorcycle Written Test Hard?

Like any exam, it will only be hard if you aren’t fully prepared. Zutobi can help with our bite-sized pieces of information that are broken up by useful visuals. Our material is specifically designed to be easy to learn and easy to remember so, come test day, you’ll be prepared with test-relevant knowledge that is easy to recall.

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How Can I Get My Motorcycle License in North Carolina?

Once you have passed the written exam and earned your permit, here is how you can receive your motorcycle license:

  • To receive your motorcycle endorsement in North Carolina, you must already have a valid North Carolina driver’s or commercial license.
  • All applicants must be at least 16 years of age, and those between the ages of 16-18 must have a parent or guardian sign a consent form.
  • If you are under 18, you must complete a motorcycle safety course offered by either the Motorcycle Safety Foundation or the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program before you apply for your endorsement.
  • In order to receive your motorcycle endorsement, you must pass a general written knowledge test and an off-street skills test.
  • You can schedule your skills test online through the North Carolina DMV, and, once you pass, the endorsement will be added to your current license.

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