Passing your PA motorcycle knowledge test is just one step in your evolution and education as a motorcycle rider.
Besides the fact that acing this exam is a legal requirement before you can get your Class M motorcycle license, preparing for and taking the test will make you a better, more knowledgeable rider.
In addition to being a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer, I’m a long-time rider who had to – once upon a time – take the PA motorcycle knowledge test myself. So I’m personally aware of both sides of the spectrum on this test, not only how much of a pain it can be, but of how much it improved my own knowledge.
What’s so valuable about the PA motorcycle knowledge test?
- Riding a motorcycle requires a completely different set of skills than driving a car. That’s why you have to get a different license to do it. The written exam starts to lay the foundation for these unique skills.
- Because we’re on two wheels rather than four, bikers face special hazards that drivers don’t have to worry about, such as loose gravel on the roadway. We’re especially vulnerable to wet weather, pavement damage, potholes and slippery surfaces as well. I’ve covered some of these hazards before on my blog in the course of writing about advanced motorcycle training in Pennsylvania. This part of your licensing process alerts you to the unique challenges of two-wheeled excitement.
- If the unthinkable does happen and we go down, less knowledgeable riders are more likely to have severe injuries requiring the expensive services of a motorcycle injury lawyer to recover medical bills and other expenses.
- If you’re caught riding without a license, you could be forced to leave your bike at the scene or to have it towed.
- When it comes right down to it, riders who take and pass the PA motorcycle knowledge test are simply safer than those who don’t, thanks to the information they have to master in order to pass.
Preparing for the PA motorcycle knowledge test
The test is designed to be challenging, and to teach you about the special rules of the road for bikers. A lot of the information comes from the PennDot Motorcycle Operator Manual. There are even sample tests available online so you can practice beforehand.
Be sure to have proper identification when you arrive for the test. Proper ID includes a valid, non-laminated Social Security card and one of the following:
- Birth Certificate with raised seal (U.S. issued by an authorized government agency, including U.S. territories or Puerto Rico)
- Certificate of U.S. Citizenship (BCIS/INS Form N-560)
- Certificate of Naturalization (BCIS/INS Form N-550 or N-570)
- Valid U.S. Passport (Only valid U.S. Passports and original documents will be accepted)
- If you have an Out-of-State Driver’s License, you should present it along with your Social Security Card and one of the above forms
Remember, as much of a hassle as taking the knowledge test is, the ultimate goal of the test is a good one: to ensure that motorcyclists have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to safely operate their bike.
As always, we urge you to ride safely, and to call Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorney Lee D. Gaber right now at 1-888-292-5352 if you have further questions regarding the PA motorcycle knowledge test. Consultations in PA or NJ are always free.