The knowledge test measures how well you understand the rules of the road and how to safely operate your trike or a motorcycle with a sidecar. You must pass the knowledge test before you can get:
- An instruction permit to practice riding on public highways.
- A sidecar/trike endorsement, if you didn’t complete a sidecar/trike training course.
How to take the test
- If you take a sidecar/trike safety course, the knowledge test will be included in the course.
- If you don’t take a sidecar/trike safety course, you may take the knowledge test at any sidecar/trike training school.
Sample knowledge test questions
1. More than half of all collisions:
- Occur at speeds greater than 35 mph.
- Happen at night.
- Are caused by worn tires.
- Involve operators who have ridden their motorcycles less than six months.
2. When riding, you should:
- Turn your head and shoulders to look through turns.
- Keep your arms straight.
- Keep your knees away from the gas tank.
- Turn just your head and eyes to look where you are going.
3. Making eye contact with other drivers:
- Is a good sign that they see you.
- Is important when approaching an intersection.
- Doesn’t mean that the driver will yield.
- Decreases your chances of being involved in a collision.
4. To reduce your reaction time, you should:
- Ride slower than the speed limit.
- Cover the clutch and the brakes.
- Shift into neutral when slowing.
- Pull in the clutch when turning.
5. Retroreflective clothing should:
- Be worn at night.
- Be worn during the day.
- Not be worn.
- Be worn day and night.
6. The best way to stop quickly is to:
- Use the front brake only.
- Use the rear brake first.
- Throttle down and use the front brake.
- Use both brakes at the same time.
7. When it starts to rain it is usually best to:
- Ride in the center of the lane.
- Pull off to the side until the rain washes the oil to the side of the road.
- Riding in the rain requires no different riding strategy.
- Increase your speed.
8. If your three-wheeler starts to wobble:
- Accelerate out of the wobble.
- Use the brakes gradually.
- Grip the handlebars firmly and close the throttle gradually.
9. The FRONT brake potential increases as the weight does what?
- Transfers to the rear.
- Settles evenly on the front and rear.
- Transfers to the front.
- The front brake is not affected by weight.
10. When riding in a group, inexperienced riders should position themselves:
- Just behind the leader.
- In front of the group.
- At the tail end of the group.
- Beside the leader.
Answers: 1—D, 2—D, 3—C, 4—B, 5—D, 6—D, 7—B, 8—C, 9—C, 10—A
Riding skills test
The riding skills test measures your ability to operate a 3-wheel motorcycle legally and safely.
- If you take a sidecar/trike safety course, the riding skills test will be included in the course.
- If you don’t take a sidecar/trike safety course, you may take the riding skills test at any sidecar/trike training school after you pass the knowledge test.