New Mexico MVD Motorcycle Permit Practice Test 2022

There are 25 questions on the New Mexico MVD motorcycle test, and you will need to answer at least 20 correctly to get a passing score (80%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official NM MC test.

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What should you do before stopping?

Use your mirrors
BFlash your emergency flashers
CFlash your headlights

Before stopping on any road, use your mirrors to see what's happening behind you. If a vehicle is coming at a high speed behind you, coming to a quick stop may be unwise.

Which of the following is TRUE?

AMotorcyclists may exceed the speed limit when passing, but only when passing
BMotorcyclists may exceed the speed limit on any road
Motorcyclists may not exceed the speed limit, even when passing

You have to follow traffic rules even when riding a motorcycle, which includes not exceeding the speed limit. Passing must be completed within posted speed limits.

You are about ______ as likely to survive a head injury in a collision if wearing a U.S. Dot compliant motorcycle safety helmet than a non-compliant helmet.

A2 times
3 times
C4 times
D5 times

Do not buy or use a motorcycle safety helmet that is not U.S. DOT compliant. They will not protect you as well in case of an accident since they typically lack the strength, size, and build quality to withstand a collision. Non-U.S. DOT compliant helmets are often referred to as novelty helmets, lids, loophole lids, or brain buckets.

What should you always do before leaving your motorcycle parked?

AActivate the parking lights
Activate the steering lock
CCheck the lights

While there are situations when you should activate the parking lights and/or check the lights, you don't have to do it each time. However, you should always use the steering lock! Consider using additional locking devices to prevent theft.

Which of the following are early signs of fatigue?

ABlurry vision
BInconsistent or unpredictable braking
CInconsistent speed
All of the above

If you experience any of these symptoms, pull off the road for a while!

Slower reaction time and microsleeping (falling asleep for a very short time) are also signs that you’re too tired to drive.

While stopped, you should remain in:

1st gear
B2nd gear
C3rd gear
DAny gear

Remain in 1st gear when you are stopped so you can quickly move out quickly if needed.

At highway speeds, motorcycle riders should signal at least _____ before changing lanes or turning.

A2 seconds
B3 seconds
5 seconds
D8 seconds

SIgnal well ahead of your turn or lane change. At highway speeds, you should signal at least 5 seconds before changing lanes to give other drivers time to adjust. Signal even when there is no one else around.

Any time you approach an intersection:

ASlow down to at least 20 mph below the speed limit
BDecrease the following distance to the vehicle in front
Cover the clutch and both brake levers

To reduce your reaction time, you can cover the clutch and both brake levers in high-risk areas where you may have to act quickly. These areas include schools, construction zones, parking lots, and intersections. Increasing the following distance and slowing down is also a good idea, but they will only give you more time to react, not reduce your reaction time.

You can reduce your speed as you approach an intersection as well, but nothing says it has to be 20 mph. However, do not slow down a lot or change position when you are within the intersection as other drivers may think you are preparing to turn.

In which of the following situatons should you avoid driving near the edge of the road because of potential gravel and dirt?

AOn a highway
BOn any urban road
On curves and ramps leading to and from highways
DAll of the above

Any time you can specifically see dirt or gravel on the edge of the road, stay away from it! Dirt and gravel will collect along the sides of the road at certain places - especially places such as curves and ramps leading to and from the highway.

What should motorcycle passengers do?

AHelp balance the motorcycle by putting down their feet at each stop
BHold on only when specifically asked to by the rider
Sit as far forward as possible without crowding the rider

Passengers must hold on at all times, not just when asked to by the rider, and should keep their feet firmly placed on the foot rests even when stopped. They should be positioned as far forward as possible without crowding the rider.

You should warn your passenger of which special condition(s)?

AStarting & stopping quickly
BTurning sharply
CRiding over bumps
All of the above

All of these special conditions may require the passenger to hold on so they don't fall off. Explain them before you start the trip.

You're driving on a divided highway - what color is the left-most edge line?


A solid yellow line indicates the left-most edge of the road on divided highways and some one-way streets.

Which statement is true regarding the stopping distance?

AThe stopping distance doesn’t increase on wet roads
BThe stopping distance isn’t affected by defective brakes
The stopping distance is the total reaction distance + braking distance
DThe stopping distance isn’t affected by your speed

The stopping distance is the distance it takes for your vehicle to come to a complete stop from the moment you spot a hazard. This means that the stopping distance is affected by both the reaction distance AND the braking distance.

The stopping distance is affected by many different factors - e.g. the road and weather conditions, the condition of your brakes/tires, and your speed.

About half of all motorcycle-car collisions are caused by?

AThe motorcycle rider incorrectly assuming he/she has right-of-way
Vehicles entering a rider's right-of-way
CNone of the above

Vehicles entering a rider's right-of-way stand for just over half of all motorcycle-car accidents. The simple truth is that many drivers just don't spot the motorcycle at all before the accident takes place. Do not count on other drivers seeing you - look for potential hazards using the Search, Evaluate, Execute (SEE) technique.

Traffic calming objects (speed bumps etc) are there to:

AHelp prevent fatigue
BMake riding/driving more fun
Make drivers and riders slow down
DTest air pressure in tires

Speed bumps/humps are common traffic calming objects placed on the road in order to make riders and drivers slow down and proceed more cautiously. They are generally placed in urban areas where there are many people going about, such as near schools and in residential areas.

What should you do if either tire goes flat while riding?

AKeep a firm grip on the handlegrips, hit the brakes, steer straight
Keep a firm grip on the handlegrips, ease off the throttle, steer straight
CKeep a firm grip on the handlegrips, ease off the throttle, steer to the side of the road

In case of tire failure, your motorcycle will immediately begin to handle differently, Hold the handlegrips tightly, ease off the throttle, and steer straight. You want to steer straight until your motorcycle has decelerated on its own. Do NOT hit the brakes as it may cause you to lose control completely, but if braking is required you can gradually apply the brake of the tire that is not flat.

Riders in a staggered formation should pass _____.

AAll at once
BTwo at a time
One at a time

If you are group riding in a staggered formation, pass one at a time. Each rider has to decide when it is safe to pass and when the space cushion in front of the passed vehicle is large enough. Do not pass many at a time as it will greatly increase the risk of an accident when passing, and will require far more time to make a complete pass.

If you are group riding, the lead and tail rider should be:

AThe most inexperienced riders as the lead and tail have more space to maneuver
Experienced riders
CIt doesn't matter if the lead and tail are experienced or inexperienced

Assign an experience lead and tail rider with plenty of experience with group riding. They will keep the group together, so don't assign someone inexperienced as lead or tail. However, inexperiened riders should be placed up front behind the leader so they can be monitored by the more experienced riders at the back.

What is the "friction zone" of a motorcycle?

AThe area between your wheels and the ground
The area of the clutch that is between completely engaged and completely released
CThe area on the road where you should drive for maximum friction

Riding within the friction zone can give you additional control through turns, such as when making a U-turn.

Use hand-signals:

AAt sunrise and sunset
If your vehicle’s signals stop working
COnly if your vehicle is so old that it doesn’t have turn signals

You must, in all situations, warn other drivers of your intentions. Use hand signals if your vehicle’s signals stop working or if it’s difficult to see your turn signals.

Is the New Mexico Motorcycle Written Test Hard?

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How Can I Get My Motorcycle License in New Mexico?

Once you’ve passed your motorcycle permit test, here is how to go about getting your license:

  • There are three different types of motorcycle licenses you can receive in New Mexico based on your age. They all require applicants to pass an initial written knowledge test.
  • The Class M 13+ license allows those 13-15 with parental consent to ride a motorcycle 100cc or less. Applicants must first pass a Basic Rider Course, and no passengers are allowed at any time.
  • The Class M 15+ allows anyone 15-17 to ride any motor vehicle. A rider safety course is not required, although if taken and passed, the skills test can be waived at the time of application. Parental consent is required.
  • The Class M 18+ license allows anyone 18 or older to operate a motorcycle. Again, a rider course is only required if you wish to waive your DMV skills test.
  • All applicants will also be required to pass a vision test.

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