Rhode Island DMV Motorcycle Permit Practice Test 2022

There are 25 questions on the Rhode Island DMV 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 RI MC test.

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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?

Stop before the tracks and wait for a large enough gap on the other side
BCross the tracks as fast as possible
CContinue driving as normal

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.

Motorcyclists often refer to _____ as the 'lifesaver'?

AThe motorcycle tool kit
BThe extra-fitted rear mirror
The final shoulder check before changing direction

By doing a final shoulder check before changing direction, you will be aware of what's happening behind and alongside you. Time the shoulder check so you have time to postpone the maneuver if it isn't safe.

Which lane(s) should you use to turn right at an intersection?

AThe left-most lane or from any lane permitting right turns
BThe middle lane
The right-most lane or from any lane permitting right turns

It’s important that you plan ahead and position your vehicle correctly when turning.

You see a hazard ahead. What should you use your mirrors?

To determine how actions you take will affect other traffic
BTo see if you should alert others by doing a few taps on the brake to activate the brake lights
CTo determine if you should speed up or slow down

Anytime you see a hazard ahead, you need to know how traffic behind you is acting so you can determine a proper response to the hazard. For example; if traffic behind you is coming at full speed and driving close to you it may be safer to swerve around the hazard rather than to use your brakes to come to a full stop.

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.

What is the first thing affected by alcohol?

Your judgment
BYour eyesight
CYour balance and coordination
DYour concentration

Alcohol is a depressant that will negatively affect your riding skills even if you only drink a single alcoholic beverage. Your judgment will often be affected before you feel other effects of intoxication.

What’s true if you’re approaching an intersection with flashing yellow traffic lights?

ASlow down and come to a complete stop
BProceed as normal - the yellow lights indicate you have the right-of-way
Slow down and proceed with caution

Flashing yellow traffic lights are found at dangerous intersections. You don’t have to stop, but you must slow down and proceed with caution.

What can happen if you are too low on oil?

AYour engine may stop working in cold weather
Your engine may seize
CYour engine will break and stop working

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.

How should you park at hte roadside? At a:

45 to 90 degree angle to the curb with one wheel/fender touching the curb
B0 to 45 degree angle to the curb with one wheel/fender touching the curb
C45 to 90 degree angle to the curb but without a wheel or fender touching the curb
D0 to 45 degree angle to the curb but without a wheel or fender touching the curb

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.

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.

You’re driving towards a curve at a fairly high speed. What should you do?

AMaintain speed unless you spot oncoming traffic
BSlow down 30 mph below the speed limit
Evaluate whether your speed is safe
DSlow down when halfway through the curve

Evaluate and adjust your speed before reaching the curve. You want to be at a speed that a speed at which you won’t have to brake further, as braking in a curve may cause your vehicle to skid.

Which of the following is true?

Riding much slower than other traffic can be just as dangerous as speeding
BRiding much slower than other traffic is more dangerous than speeding

While riding much slower than other traffic doesn’t sound dangerous, it can, in fact, be just as dangerous as speeding. You may cause other vehicles to have to suddenly swerve to avoid your motorcycle, cause a rear-end collision, or block traffic.

Which of the following items will you NOT be required to identify on your motorcycle as part of the pre-trip inspection test?

AHeadlight dimmer switch
BKill switch
Exhaust pipe
DGear selector

During the motorcycle skills test, you will do a pre-trip inspection of your motorcycle together with the examiner. You will be asked to identify the following items on your motorcycle; Headlight dimmer switch, kill switch, gear selector, starter, clutch, throttle, brakes, turn signals, and horn.

What is ‘tailgating’?

AIncreasing and decreasing speed unexpectedly
Following too closely behind a vehicle
CAnother word for defensive driving
DReversing around a corner

‘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!

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

AThe brakes won’t work as well due to the moist air
BYou may be blinded by other road users’ headlights
It's harder to see what's ahead

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.

What does it mean that alcohol is a depressant?

AAlcohol sharpens your senses
BAlcohol doesn’t affect your reaction time
Alcohol makes you tired, overconfident, slows your brain function etc.
DAlcohol increases your hazard perception skills

Alcohol makes you tired and slower in general, hence the name depressant. It negatively affects your riding abilities in many different ways. For example, alcohol reduces your ability to cope with several things simultaneously such as responding to traffic signals or avoiding pedestrians on the road. As little as one alcoholic drink can significantly affect your performance.

Should your horn only be used in an emergency?


Use your motorcycle's horn anytime you need to get the attention of someone else on the road. Don't be afraid to use it if you have to. In an emergency, press the horn long and loud.

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

AMaintain a safe speed and keep to the left
BDrive near the middle of the road to see more of the road ahead
Maintain a safe speed and keep to the right

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.

What does it mean to ‘over drive’ your headlights?

ADriving with your headlights on for too long, which makes them overheat
Driving so fast that you can’t stop within the distance lit up by your headlights
CDriving with your high-beam headlights when there is oncoming traffic

To ‘over drive’ your headlights means that you won’t be able to stop within the area lighted up by your headlights. This is a problem for all drivers, but motorcyclists may be more susceptible to objects on the road etc.

For example, if you’re driving faster than 25 mph with low-beam headlights at night, it may be too late to stop without hitting an object by the time you see it.

The term ‘blind spot’ refers to an area:

AThat’s covered by your right side mirror
BThat isn’t covered by your headlights
That isn’t visible to the driver

No matter how you adjust your mirrors, you can’t see every angle around your vehicle or motorcycle. This is why you must know when and how to check your blind spots so that you can detect potential hazards not visible in your mirrors.

Is the Rhode Island Motorcycle Written Test Hard?

If you aren’t fully prepared, it might be harder than you think. But our goal at Zutobi is to avoid this outcome by giving you all of the tools you need to earn a passing score. Our bite-sized pieces of information are broken up by useful visuals to give you context and to make all of our lessons easy to understand and, ultimately, easy to remember.

Pass Your 2022 Rhode Island DMV Motorcycle Permit Test with Zutobi

We can help you learn everything you need to know in order to pass your motorcycle permit test on your first try and, most importantly, operate a motorcycle safely. Here’s how we can help:

  • We offer Rhode Island motorcycle practice tests that allow you to test yourself before the real written exam.
  • Answers and explanations to all of our 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 Rhode Island?

Once you’ve passed the written test and have your motorcycle permit, here is how to get your license:

  • You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a motorcycle license in Rhode Island, and you must already have a valid Rhode Island driver’s license.
  • Once you pass this course and earn your permit, you will not need to take an additional course or skills test in order to receive your license.
  • Riders must hold their motorcycle permit for at least 30 days before they are allowed to return to the DMV and apply for a license.
  • During this 30-day period, the permit holder cannot receive any tickets or violations or get in any accidents.
  • In order to receive a motorcycle permit, you must enroll in and pass a motorcycle rider safety course.

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