You have already passed the DMV motorcycle written test. You have just purchased a motorcycle and are gearing up to hit the road. Not so fast. There is one more hurdle that you need to get through before you can finally cruise the open highway. Pass the DMV motorcycle driving test first.
While you can retake the test, failing it can be quite a hassle. It means that you’ll have to go through the whole process again. Imagine the time and effort that you’ll have to make to process the paperwork and all that. Make sure that you take the motorcycle driving test so that you won’t have to do a repeat.
If you haven’t passed the motorcycle written test yet, make sure that you work on that first. That’s a prerequisite before you can take the actual driving test. There are educational websites that provide samples for the DMV motorcycle written test. Go through the sample tests and you’ll get a fair idea of the real license test.
Now here are some tips you can follow in order to pass the DMV motorcycle driving test with flying colors.
- Use a motorcycle bike that’s easier to maneuver and control.
If you are a beginner, it is preferred that you use a smaller motorcycle. It’s more comfortable than a larger bike, unless, of course, you are more comfortable riding large bikes. When you use a smaller bike, it will be easier for you to weave through the cones and other parts of the tests that require tricky maneuvering.
- Study and be mindful of road signs.
Your road signs knowledge will come handy during the actual driving test. Make sure that you know them, at least the basic ones, like the back of your hand. Make sure that you review the road signs days ahead of your scheduled actual driving test.
- Don’t disregard what you’ve learned in the motorcycle handbook.
Your state’s motorcycle handbook is your primary source in the DMV written test. This does not, however, mean that you will already disregard everything you’ve learned from it after passing the test. The handbook teaches you the do’s and don’ts of motorcycle riding. Doing illegal maneuvers and unknowingly breaking traffic laws can lead to failure in the driving test.
- Test your motorcycle before the actual test.
Before beginning the driving test, make sure that you check everything. Make sure that the motorcycle you’ll be using is in great shape and that everything works. Check the headlights, the signal lights, the brake lights, the brake, and other vital parts of the motorcycle, Have the motorcycle repaired if there are any defects, at least a week prior to the test.
As in other things, you will get better with practice. Don’t be overconfident. Even if you already know how to ride a motorcycle, you still need to keep practicing. Being an expert driver, in your opinion, doesn’t mean that you already know everything about motorcycle riding. You may commit the riding basics because you have disregarded them. Take time to practice and get comfortable on the road, especially when confronted with unexpected traffic situations.
- Arrive on time and be friendly to the examiner.
Don’t make the simple mistake of arriving late at the exam area. This may put off the administrator. To be safe, be at the exam area at least 15 minutes early. Don’t forget to bring your driving permit and a person with a driver’s license. It’s also important that you remain courteous, respectful, and friendly to the examiner throughout the test.
- Relax, listen to the instructions, and keep your eyes on the road.
These are important during the actual driving test. Get rid of distractions, so you better turn your cellphone off. Remember that the examiner will dictate to you what maneuvers to perform. Be sure to remain calm and focused so you can fully hear and follow the instructions. When driving, always make sure that you are fully alert and your eyes are on the road. Be mindful of your surroundings and stay focused.
- Do the best practices.
This is where all your knowledge about motorcycle riding and the road rules come handy. Make sure that you follow the best practices when driving. Use the signals and brakes properly. Ride safely.
Give it all you’ve got. However, stay calm and relaxed. More importantly, just enjoy the ride.