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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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Before reaching a railroad crossing, all commercial drivers should:
  • None of these answers are correct
  • Slow down, look and listen for the presence of trains
  • Downshift while crossing the railroad tracks
  • 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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While stopped on the side of the road, you should:
  • Be sure you're not blocking any road signs
  • Keep the right turn signal activated
  • Place the truck into a low gear before releasing the clutch
  • Set the trailer brakes only
This is a question from page 89 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 129 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Once stopped:

- Vehicle must be parallel to the curb or shoulder of the road and safely out of the traffic flow.
- Vehicle should not be blocking driveways, fire hydrants, intersections, signs, etc.
- Cancel the turn signal.
- Activate the four-way emergency flashers.
- Apply the parking brake.
- Move the gear shift to neutral or park.
- Remove your feet from the brake and clutch pedals.

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When can you shift gears during a railroad crossing?
  • Once the tractor has cleared the crossing
  • Once both the tractor and trailer have cleared the crossing
  • You should always downshift during a railroad crossing
  • You should always shift up during a railroad 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 is NOT allowed during your driving exam:
  • "Floating" the gears (shifting without using the clutch pedal)
  • Resting your foot on the clutch pedal (riding the clutch)
  • Shifting in turns
  • None of these are allowed during the driving exam
This is a question from page 91 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 131 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Clutch usage (for manual transmission):

- Always use the clutch to shift.
- Double-clutch if vehicle is equipped with non-synchronized transmission.
- Do not rev or lug the engine.
- Do not ride the clutch to control speed, coast with the clutch depressed, or "pop the clutch."

Gear usage (for manual transmission):

- Do not grind or clash gears.
- Select a gear that does not rev or lug engine.
- Do not shift in turns and intersections.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

You are not expected to shift perfectly. You only need to prove you are safe and will not pose a hazard to the general public. However, there are some basic rules you must follow.

- Do not stall the truck! This may result in an immediate failure.
- You must shift the transmission using the clutch (they will check for this).

Grinding or clashing gears will NOT result in an automatic failure. But it's important for you to learn how to recover when missing a gear. If you lose too much speed or stall the truck, you may be forced to retest.

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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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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 5 and 10 feet
  • Between 10 and 20 feet
  • Between 15 and 50 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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Which of the following is FALSE about making a turn:
  • Vehicle should not move into oncoming traffic.
  • Keep checking your mirror to make sure the vehicle does not hit anything on the inside of the turn
  • Check traffic in all directions
  • Change gears half way through the turn
This is a question from page 88 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 128 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

When ready to turn:

- Check traffic in all directions.
- Keep both hands on the steering wheel during the turn.
- Do not change gears during the turn.
- Keep checking your mirror to make sure the vehicle does not hit anything on the inside of the turn.
- Vehicle should not move into oncoming traffic.
- Vehicle should finish turn in correct lane.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

During your driving exam, never change gears during a turn. However, only the tractor needs to complete the turn before you are allowed to shift. You do not have to wait for the trailer to straighten out.

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Which of the following will result in an automatic failure of the driving exam?
  • Failure to wear your seat belt
  • Driving too slow
  • Improper downshifting
  • Failure to use your turn signal
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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