Questions you need to know for a CDL Written
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- You are
required to notify your employer if your license is suspended,
revoked, or cancelled or if you are disqualified from operating
a commercial vehicle. Do this before the
end of the business day following the day you received notice
of the action.
- You must
notify your employer, in writing, of all traffic convictions
within thirty days. This includes
those in your private automobile as well as a commercial vehicle.
- You must
notify the Department of Licensing of all out-of-state
traffic convictions, in writing, within thirty days of the conviction.
- If any
level of alcohol is detected, law enforcement can place a commercial
driver out-of-service for 24 hours. It is
illegal to operate a commercial vehicle with any
alcohol in your system.
- Tire Chains
Between November 1 and April 1, any
vehicle or combination of vehicles over 10,000 pounds are required
to carry sufficient tire chains when traveling state highways
crossing the mountains.
otherwise posted, the maximum allowable speed for trucks and buses
is 60 mph on interstate or State
highways (except autostages is 65),
50 mph on county roads and
25 mph on city and town streets.
Lane Rule When
driving a heavy vehicle or combination, travel in the right
lane except when preparing to turn left
or to pass another vehicle.
Lane Rule No
vehicle or combination over ten thousand pounds may be driven
in the left-hand lane of a limited access roadway having three
or more lanes for traffic moving in one direction except when
preparing for a left turn at an intersection, exit, or into
a private road or driveway when a left turn is legally permitted.
- If you
are driving a slow-moving vehicle on a two-lane highway and
five or more vehicles are backed
up behind you, unable to pass, pull off the roadway at the first
safe, available turnout.
- When traveling
with another truck or bus in a “convoy,” leave
enough space between vehicles in
the convoy so other vehicles can pull back into the lane safely.
- Do not
drive: More than 10 hours.
- No driver
can be on duty: More than 60
hours in any seven consecutive days.
- No driver
can be on duty. More than 70 hours
in any eight consecutive days for carriers operating vehicles
every day of the week.
- federal and state laws require
inspection by the driver.
- Put on the
parking brake whenever necessary
to keep from rolling back.
- Backing toward the right side
dangerous because you can’t see as well.
- If you
back and turn toward the driver’s side, you
can watch the rear of your vehicle by looking out the side
- Use driver-side backing — even
if it means going around the block to put your vehicle in this
position. The added safety is worth it.
Use a Helper.
- When backing, there are blind
spots you can’t see.
- When backing a trailer, make pull-ups
to reposition your vehicle as needed.
- Most heavy vehicles with manual transmissions
require double clutching
to change gears.
- There are three things that add up to total
stopping distance: Perception Distance
+ Reaction Distance + Braking
Distance = Total Stopping Distance
- Whenever you double your speed, it
takes about four times as much distance
to stop and your vehicle will have four
times the destructive power in a collision.
- Empty trucks require greater
stopping distances, because an empty vehicle has
less traction. It can bounce and
lock up its wheels, giving much poorer
braking. (This is not usually the case with buses)
- Black ice is a
thin layer that is clear enough that you can see the road underneath
- Hydroplaning is: the tires
lose their contact with the road and have little or no traction.
- To know how much space you have, wait
until the vehicle ahead passes a shadow
on the road, a pavement marking, or some other clear landmark.
Then count off the seconds like this: “one thousand-and- one,
one thousand-and-two” and so on, until you reach the same spot.
- Dealing with tailgaters:
Increase your following distance. Opening
up room in front of you will help
you to avoid having to make sudden speed or direction changes.
It also makes it easier for the tailgater to get around you.
- If you swing wide to the left before turning
right, another driver may try to pass you on the right.
True or false?
- If you are sleepy, the only safe cure is to
get off the road and get some sleep.
If you don’t, you risk your life and the lives of others.
- Use high beams when you can.
Some drivers make the mistakeof always using low beams.
- Do not let air out or the pressure
will be too low when the tires cool
- If your brakes are wet, you
- In Mountain Driving; Your most important consideration
is to select a speed that is not too fast for the:
- When you see a hazard, think
about the emergencies that could
develop and figure out what you would do.
- A single motor vehicle, except certain municipal
transport buses, is 40 feet.
- A single vehicle or trailer in a combination,
with or without load, is 53
- Double trailer combinations can’t exceed a total
of 61 feet
for the combined length of the trailers.
- No vehicle, with or without its load, may exceed
more than 8 1/2 feet
(102 inches) in width
- No vehicle, including its load, may be more
than 14 feet
- Axles carrying more than 10,000 pounds and equipped
with single tires, are limited to 500 pounds per inch of width
of tires. • 80,000
pounds for any combination of vehicles
- Unless otherwise posted, the maximum allowable
speed for trucks and buses is 60 mph
on interstate or State highways (except autostages is
mph on county roads and 25
mph on city and town streets
- Put your turn signal on before changing lanes
(100 feet minimum).
- Your horn can startle others and could be dangerous
when used unnecessarily.True or false?
- In mountain driving, gravity
plays a major role.
- A cause of fires is: Underinflated
tires and duals that touch. True
- The B:C type fire extinguisher
is designed to work on electrical fires and burning liquids.
- The A:B:C type is designed to work on burning
wood, paper, and cloth. True or false?
- When using the extinguisher, stay
as far away from the
fire as possible.
- The first part of the brain affected by alcohol
controls judgement and self control
- As blood alcohol concentration continues to
build up, muscle control, vision,
and coordination are affected.
- Placards are signs
placed on the outside of a vehicle to show the hazard class(es)
of products on board.