Texas DMV Motorcycle Permit Practice Test 2022

There are 20 questions on the Texas DMV motorcycle test, and you will need to answer at least 16 correctly to get a passing score (80%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official TX MC test.

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Is there a "best lane position" that motorcyclists should always be in?


There is no best lane position that works for all situations. You have to position yourself in the lane position that works best for the conditions you are in and change your lane postion as traffic situations change. Try to maximize your space cusion while being visible to others. For example; the center portion of the lane is usually best to be seen in the rearview mirror of a passenger vehicle, but not when following a truck. A truck driver won't have a rearview mirror so you must place yourself where you can be seen.

Correctly adjusting your mirrors will:

ARemove all blind spots
Help you scan the surroundings properly and minimize the blind spots
CImprove the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle

Make sure your mirrors are correctly adjusted and clean. Otherwise, you won’t be able to scan properly. Adjusting your mirrors will not remove your blind spots, but it will minimize them.

If you need to carry loads on a motorcycle, you should NOT:

ASecure the load
BKeep the load forward
CDistribute the load evenly
Keep the load high

Motorcycles are not designed to carry lots of cargo, but they can carry small loads that are properly positioned and fastened. You want to (1) keep the load low to lower the center of gravity, (2) keep the load forward of the rear axle so you don't affect how the motorcycle turns and brakes, (3) distriute the load evenly to avoid drift to one side, and (4) secure the load so the load does not shift or fall.

To minimize the risk of fatigue while riding a motorcycle, you should:

ARide the entire distance in one go
Take frequent rest breaks
CDrink lots of coffee
DAll of the above

Riding a motorcycle is for most people more tiring than driving a car. To avoid fatigue, you should take frequent rest breaks, limit the distance traveled each day (ride no more than 6 hours per day), and avoid using any stimulants that will lessen your concentration as they wear off.

You are riding at night. Use your high beams:

AAt all times
BOnly if it is especially dark
Whenever you are not following or approaching another vehicle

High beams help light up the road further than low beams. Riders need all the light they can get and should use high beams whenever they are not following or approaching another vehicle.

Is it always important to maintain enough space on all sides of your motorcycle?

ANo, only in bad conditions
BNo, only if you’re a newly licensed rider
Yes, because you will have time to react and respond to potential hazards

It’s important that you maintain a large-enough space cushion around your motorcycle - the space cushion provides valuable time to react and respond to potential dangers. You should have a space cushion regardless of the conditions, weather, and how long you have held your license. However, newly licensed riders may need additional space.

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 does it mean to ‘adapt your speed to the conditions’?

AThat you always ride at the same speed as other cars, regardless of the speed
BThat you always ride at least 10 mph below the speed limit
That your speed will depend on the weather and road conditions
DThat you may ride above the speed limit if in a hurry

Always adapt your speed to conditions, and never ride faster than the speed limit. Even if other vehicles are traveling over the speed limit, that isn’t an excuse for you to make the unsafe choice of riding over the speed limit.

You're sharing the road with a motorcylist when you notice that the rider looks over his/her left shoulder. What's the most likely reason for this?

He/she wants to turn or change lanes to the left
BHe/she is about to stop
CHe/she thinks you are riding too close

The motorcyclist is most likely checking his/her blind spot before turning/changing lanes. By looking for indications like this, you’ll get an early clue of their intention. The same applies to cyclists.

Generally; Left shoulder = manouvre to the left; right shoulder = manovure to the right.

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

AAir pressure
BTire tread depth
Both of the above
DNone of the above

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.

Which of the following road environments offer the greatest chance of an accident?

CParking lots

Intersections are any place traffic may cross your path. For motorycle riders, intersections are especially dangerous as riders are not as easily spotted as others. Over half of all motorcycle/car accidents are caused by drivers that enter the rider's right-of-way - and it's often because they simply did not see the rider.

On wet and cold days:

Bridges often freeze quicker than the rest of the road
BBridges often freeze slower than the rest of the road
CShaded areas often freeze slower than the rest of the road

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.

You have recently changed your motorcycle battery. How should you get rid of the battery?

APlace it in any waste container
BSort the battery as metal waste
CSort the battery as plastic waste
Take it to an appropriate disposal site

Batteries must be disposed of safely as they contain acid that can be harmful to the environment. Take your used battery to an appropriate disposal site.

From the perspective of a car driver, should you be extra cautious when behind a motorcyclist on an uneven road? If so, why?

Yes, they may swerve as the road is uneven
BNo, you should pass the motorcyclist immediately
CYes, but only during severe weather

Maintain a safe following distance when driving near motorcyclists or any other road user. In this case, the motorcyclist has to react and deal with hazards on this uneven road, for example a pothole. Motorcyclists may wobble or swerve to avoid a hazard or changing road condition.

Which of the following motor vehicles are most affected by side winds?

Motorcycles & trucks
BCars and vans
CSchool buses and fire trucks

Large vehicles and motorcycles are more affected by side winds than other vehicles. A strong gust of wind can make a rider swerve, or "lift" a large truck off the road. Be extra careful when driving on viaducts, bridges or open streches of road as they are hot spots for strong winds.

Which statement is true regarding motorcyclists?

AThey are more reckless
They are hard to spot and more easily injured
CThey aren’t at more risk in traffic compared to other drivers

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.

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.

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

CParked cars
DRoad signs

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.

In which situation will your reaction time be slower?

When you're tired
BWhen driving in heavy rain
CWhen driving through road works
DWhen driving with underinflated tires

While some of these alternatives affect the stopping distance, they will not affect your reaction time (how long it takes for you to hit the brakes).

Fatigue can have the same effects as alcohol, and can be just as dangerous. Fatigue slows down your reaction and response time, while also affecting your judgement and vision.

If you try to accelerate out of a wobble:

AYour motorcycle will become more stable
Your motorcycle will become more unstable

Do not try to accelerate out of a wobble as it will only make the motorcycle more unstable. 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.

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How Can I Get My Motorcycle License in Texas?

Once you’ve passed your motorcycle permit test, here is how you can get your license:

  • To apply for a Class M minor license (any applicant age 15-17) you must first take and complete an approved motorcycle safety course.
  • If you are 15, you might be held to certain restrictions in terms of the size of bike and time of day you can ride. These restrictions can be lifted when you turn 16.
  • If you are under 18, the driving skills test portion of your motorcycle license application cannot be waived regardless of completion of a safety course.
  • If you are over 18, you can complete a safety course in order to waive your driving skills test, or you can choose to take both the written knowledge test and skills test at the DMV at the time of your application.
  • You may also waive your driving skills test if you’re transferring a valid motorcycle license from another state.

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