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CDL Practice Test: Driving Exam

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CDL Practice Test: Driving Exam

Driving Exam Questions

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When approaching a curve, you should:
  • Depress the clutch pedal and coast through the turn
  • Continue to slow down throughout the entire duration of the curve
  • Slow down before entering the curve as to avoid braking or shifting during the curve
  • Continue slowing down during the curve, and downshift about half way through the curve
This is a question from page 89 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 130 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

When approaching a curve:

- Check traffic thoroughly in all directions.
- Before entering the curve, reduce speed so further braking or shifting is not required in the curve.
- Keep vehicle in the lane.
- Continue checking traffic in all directions.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Always slow down and get into the correct gear before the curve and never shift during the curve. It's better to slow down too much than not enough.

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Traffic in an intersection has the right of way, except:
  • Traffic in the intersection never have the right of way
  • When you have a green light
  • After their light turns red
  • Traffic in the intersection always has the right of way
This is a question from page 88 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 128 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

When driving through an intersection:

- Check traffic thoroughly in all directions.
- Decelerate and yield to any pedestrians and traffic in the intersection.
- Do not change lanes or shift gears while proceeding through the Intersection.
- Keep your hands on the wheel.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Regardless of what color a traffic light is, you must always yield to pedestrians and traffic in the intersection.

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A vehicle displaying placards must stop at all railroad crossings except:
  • Tracks used only for freight purposes (no passenger trains)
  • Crossings within industrial facilities
  • Crossings with no lights or gates
  • Crossings marked as exempt
This is a question from page 91 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 130 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

If you are driving a bus, a school bus or a vehicle displaying placards, be prepared to observe the following procedures at every railroad crossing (unless the crossing is exempt):

- As the vehicle approaches a railroad crossing, activate the four-way flashers.
- Stop the vehicle within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail and set parking brake.
- Listen and look in both directions along the track for an approaching train and for signals indicating the approach of a train. If operating a bus, you must open the window and door prior to crossing tracks.
- Keep hands on the steering wheel as the vehicle crosses the tracks.
- Do not stop, change gears or change lanes while any part of your vehicle is proceeding across the tracks.
- The 4-way flashers should be deactivated after the vehicle crosses the tracks.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Tracks with signage that says "exempt" or "abandoned" are the only exceptions for placarded vehicles.

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Before reaching a railroad crossing, all commercial drivers should:
  • Slow down, look and listen for the presence of trains
  • Downshift while crossing the railroad tracks
  • None of these answers are correct
  • Speed up to clear the crossing as quickly as possible
This is a question from page 91 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 130 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Before reaching the crossing, all commercial drivers should:

- Decelerate, brake smoothly, and shift gears as necessary.
- Look and listen for the presence of trains.
- Check traffic in all directions.
- Do not stop, change gears, pass another vehicle or change lanes while any part of your vehicle is in the crossing.

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When can you shift gears during a railroad crossing?
  • You should always downshift during a railroad crossing
  • Once both the tractor and trailer have cleared the crossing
  • You should always shift up during a railroad crossing
  • Once the tractor has cleared the crossing
This is a question from page 91 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 130 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Do not stop, change gears, pass another vehicle or change lanes while any part of your vehicle is in the crossing.

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Which of the following will result in an automatic failure of the driving exam?
  • Improper downshifting
  • Failure to use your turn signal
  • Failure to wear your seat belt
  • Driving too slow
This is a question from page 91 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 131 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

During the driving exam you must:

- Wear your safety belt.
- Obey all traffic signs, signals, and laws.
- Complete the test without an accident or moving violation.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Be sure you put your seat belt on before releasing the parking brakes. Failure to properly wear your seat belt is an automatic failure!

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When pulling back onto the roadway from the shoulder, you should deactivate your four-way flashers:
  • Before rolling forward to re-enter the traffic flow
  • For approximately 30 seconds after re-entering traffic flow
  • After you have re-entered the traffic lane
  • Once you are in the traffic lane and up to highway speeds
This is a question from page 89 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 129 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

When instructed to resume:

- Check traffic and mirrors thoroughly in all directions.
- Turn off the four-way flashers.
- Activate the left turn signal.
- When traffic permits, release the parking brake and pull straight ahead.
- Do not turn the wheel before your vehicle moves.
- Check traffic from all directions, especially to the left.
- Steer and accelerate smoothly into the proper lane when safe to do so.
- Once your vehicle is back into the flow of traffic, cancel the left turn signal.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Before you begin moving forward, you should activate the left turn signal so other motorists know you're getting ready to re-enter the traffic lane.

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If you are driving a bus, a school bus or a vehicle displaying placards, you must stop within how many feet from the nearest rail?
  • Between 15 and 50 feet
  • Between 5 and 10 feet
  • Between 10 and 20 feet
  • Between 30 and 60 feet
This is a question from page 91 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 130 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

If you are driving a bus, a school bus or a vehicle displaying placards, be prepared to observe the following procedures at every railroad crossing (unless the crossing is exempt):

- As the vehicle approaches a railroad crossing, activate the four-way flashers.
- Stop the vehicle within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail and set parking brake.
- Listen and look in both directions along the track for an approaching train and for signals indicating the approach of a train. If operating a bus, you must open the window and door prior to crossing tracks.
- Keep hands on the steering wheel as the vehicle crosses the tracks.
- Do not stop, change gears or change lanes while any part of your vehicle is proceeding across the tracks.
- The 4-way flashers should be deactivated after the vehicle crosses the tracks.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Take the time to memorize the distance you must be from the nearest rail even if you don't plan on obtaining a passenger or Hazardous Material endorsement.

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