Know your road signs from the Rules of the Road Page 178 to 191

1. When can you overtake on the left/ inside?
(a) When the vehicle in front is turning right
(b) when the lane on the right is moving slower.
(c) When turning left and you have indicated to do so.

2. When would you dip your lights from high beam?
(a) Oncoming traffic
(b) following behind traffic
(c) when riding in an area with street lighting
(d) When approaching cyclists and pedestrians
(e) in foggy or snowy conditions.

3. How would you react to being dazzled by the high beam of oncoming traffic?
Slow down and look to the verge

4. Box junctions; how would you treat them?
Only enter if your exit is clear and you can only stop and wait in one when turning right.

5. When can you use a bus lane?
Outside the hours displayed on the time plate.

6. Continuous white line in the centre of the road; what does it mean?
You cannot cross over it unless in an emergency or to avoid an obstruction and to make a right turn.

7. When can you use a hard shoulder?
If you breakdown.

8. Continuous yellow line in an urban area; the meaning of (a) single (b) double?
(a) Parking restrictions apply
(b) no parking at any time.

9. Motorways; what is not allowed to use them?
(a) Learner drivers
(b) vehicles under 50cc
(c) vehicles less than 50kph
(d) pedestrians
(e) cyclists
(f) animals
(g) Invalid carriages (disabled wheelchairs)

10. Traffic lights; (a) green (b) amber (c) flashing amber; their meanings?
(a) Go if it’s safe to do so
(b) stop if it’s safe to do so
(c) give way to traffic or pedestrians.

11. Zebra crossing; how would you know your approaching one (road markings and features)?
(a) Flashing amber lights on black & white poles
(b) zigzag white lines (no parking or overtaking)
(c) painted black and white stripes.

12. What is the speed limit for (a) motorway (b) national route (c) on a regional road (R road) (d) built up area?
(a) 120kph
(b) 100kph
(c) 80kph
(d) 50kph unless otherwise indicated.

13. What would wet weather normally do to your braking distances?
It would double the distance.

14. What brake would you apply first?
Front first then rear.

15. Which has the most stopping power on your bike?
The front brake.

16. Which brake would you rely on more in wet or slippery conditions?
The back brake.

17. What types of road surfaces could cause you to skid or slide?
Road paint, manhole covers, metal plates, LUAS lines, tar banding, cobblestones and leaves are all slippery especially when wet.
Also, loose gravel, mud, diesel, oil deposits, road kills, potholes, cat’s eyes, icy and snowy conditions should also be avoided.

18. Shoulder checks; when or where should they be considered?
Moving off from a parked position, pulling into park, before doing a U-turn, before turning either left or right, before changing lanes, before overtaking a moving or stopped vehicle/ obstruction, before merging onto a dual carriageway or motorway from a slip road, before leaving a roundabout, dual carriageway or motorway.

19. How would you go about turning right/left at a junction?
Check mirrors, then indicate, then change position to centre/left of junction. Then stop, check left then right, when it is safe to move off do a safety glance to your blind side, then turn.

20. Who would have the right of way on a crossroads of equal importance?
Traffic from your right.

21. Whose responsibility is it to ensure the pillions helmet is fastened?
The rider’s responsibility.


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