Ten Things You Should Know Before Taking the Illinois Motorcycle Permit Test

IL Bike TestGetting your motorcycle license in Illinois can be an exciting and yet scary experience. Even if you have already obtained your driver’s license, your motorcycle license is going to require different knowledge and different practice. Whether you already have a motorcycle, you are planning to ride a friend’s motorcycle, or you are planning to purchase one in the near future, you will need to pass the  Illinois Motorcycle Permit Test before you can legally ride on the road. Before taking the test, there are at least ten things you should know.

  1. A plastic, shatter-resistant face shield is better than goggles or glasses because it provides better protection against wind and road debris. It also protects your face better if you do crash.
  2. In 20% of motorcycle crashes, the rider receives a head or neck injury.
  3. A properly fitting helmet should never obstruct your view to the side.
  4. The best time and place to adjust your mirrors are on the road before you have taken off on your motorcycle or when your motorcycle is otherwise stopped.
  5. 50% of crashes happen to riders who have had their motorcycle for less than 6 months.
  6. If you are wearing your helmet, no matter the speed of the crash, you are three times more likely to survive a crash than a motorcyclist who is not wearing a helmet.
  7. Your motorcycle properly fits you when you can comfortably place both feet firmly on the ground.
  8. If you are 16 or 17, you must first complete a motorcycle training course approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation before you can take your motorcycle test.
  9. When a large vehicle is passing you, it is best to be in the center of your lane. At other times, it is best to ride in the portion of the lane where you have the best cushion around you.
  10. You will have less traction for braking if you lean your motorcycle in a curve.

Of course, this is not all the information you will need to know to pass the Illinois Motorcycle permit test. We encourage you to obtain your own manual and contact us to learn what other information is essential to know before you get your permit.

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