Getting a Motorcycle License Must have a valid motorcycle license or a motorcycle endorsement on an existing NJ basic or commercial license Qualify for the motorcycle knowledge and driver’s test GDL license holders do not qualify
How To Add a Motorcycle Endorsement to Your Driver’s License Step One Take Basic Ridercourse Test Register with approved motorcycle training provider Take motorcycle training course Step Two Get Course Completion Documents 100% participation, must pass course Will receive a stamped waiver form and completion card Step Three Pass the 6 point ID verification Apply for motorcycle permit At least 17 years old Pass vision test Pay Fee
Practice Riding and Road Test The MVC recommends that all applicants practice all riding skills. However, emphasis is placed on the following skills: 1. Turning & Stopping: Examiner will evaluate an applicant’s ability to stay within the path of the turn without putting a foot down Examiner will evaluate stopping safely in a painted stop box without putting a foot down or skidding the vehicle
Skills 2. Cone Weave (U-Turn): Tests an applicant’s ability to control the motorcycle at low speed while weaving through cones and making a U-Turn in a designated area. The examiner will evaluate an applicant’s ability to stay within the path of travel without touching lines or cones and without putting a foot down. Cones are 12 feet apart with a two-foot offset.
Skills 3. Braking: Tests an applicant’s ability to safely brake quickly. An applicant will be evaluated on stopping distance in relation to speed of travel. 4. Obstacle Swerve: Tests an applicant’s ability to swerve the motorcycle quickly to avoid an obstacle. An applicant will be evaluated on the ability to stay within the path of travel and turn quickly without touching a boundary line.
An approved U.S. Department of Transportation helmet. Helmets are 37% effective at preventing deaths 67% effective in preventing brain damage
Motorcycle Check Tires. Keep tires in good condition. Check the tire pressure using a gauge. A tire may be underinflated without a noticeable change in appearance. Motorcycles do not handle properly if the air pressure is too low or too high. Check the owner’s manual for the right amount of air. Tire Tread. Worn or uneven tread can make the motorcycle hard to handle, particularly on wet pavement. Rims/Spokes. Check for bent, loose or damaged rims and spokes. Damage. Check for cuts or objects stuck to the tread. Also, check the sidewalls for cracks. A blowout on a motorcycle can be extremely dangerous.
Controls Cables- Check for kinks or broken strands. If a cable breaks while riding, the motorcycle could become difficult to control and a crash could result. Lights Turn Signal Tail and Brake Light. Horn Chain- Make sure the drive chain is properly adjusted and lubricated. Check the motorcycle owner’s manual for information regarding chain adjustment. Mirrors- Clean and adjust both mirrors before riding. It is difficult and dangerous to adjust a mirror while riding. Swing both mirrors far enough outward to show about half the lane behind and as much as possible of the lane to the side. Gas and Oil- Check gas and oil levels before riding. Running out of gas is inconvenient. It can also be dangerous as it makes leaving the road difficult. Lack of oil can seize an engine, causing the rear wheel to lock and loss of control.
Angle Parking 5-6 feet away from parked cars Signal towards desired spot Continue driving forward until you can see the center of the parking space you wish to enter See center of space, turn the wheel sharply, about half a turn, and proceed slowly into the space When parked, straighten wheels out.
K-Turn (3 point turnabout) Signal right/Pull over Signal left/Check traffic Turn left/Off brake Stop before curb Pre-Cut the wheel Signal right/Check traffic In reverse Signal left/2 cuts to the left In drive Check traffic/Turn
Parallel Parking Definition: parking the vehicle parallel to the curb Check your blind spots Select a space with ample room Flash brake lights and signal right turn Use caution Back slowly as you turn right Aim towards the right rear of the car
Perpendicular Parking Definition: Parking vehicle at a right angle to the curb Position vehicle as left as possible Signal a right turn before parking Use caution Check all blind spots, continue braking Front bumper passes the rear tail light Straighten wheels once you’ve entered
Leaving a Perpendicular Space Look to the rear and sides Back slowly with foot on the brakes Use caution Back into the nearest lane and turn right Shift to forward gear and drive off
What is the signs’ shape and meaning? Octagon Stop Triangle Yield Vertical Rectangle Regulatory Round Railroad Crossing Horizontal Rectangle Guide Pennant No Passing Diamond Warning Pentagon School Zone
What does the signs’ color mean? Stop, yield, or prohibited Warning Regulatory Motorist service Guide Red Orange Yellow Black Green Blue Construction or detour
Regulatory Signs Signs that set limits or give commands These signs: Control traffic Tell you about a law Included are: Stop signs Yield signs Speed limit signs Others: direct traffic, control parking and passing
Warning Signs Alerts you to hazards or changes in the condition of the road ahead Be prepared to slow down or stop
Warning Signs Continued Pedestrian or School-Zone Signs School-Zone sign with only two figures is posted within a block of a school School-crossing sign has lines that represent a sidewalk is posted near intersections or crossings Railroad Advance Warning Sign Slow down and be prepared to stop; check for trains and flashing red lights or crossing gates Construction Signs Be ready to slow, stop or drive around workers and equipment; follow directions from any worker Slow-Moving-Vehicle Signs Warns drivers when vehicle is traveling slower than other traffic
Guide Signs Guide Signs Mark routes, intersections, service areas and other points of interest Route Signs: county, state, U.S. and interstate Others: information on destinations and miles ahead, highway services and recreation areas
International Signs Convey information by symbols instead of words Drivers can travel from country to country and understand the meaning of these signs