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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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If stopping behind another vehicle, where should you stop?
  • Where you can see the rear tires on the vehicle ahead of you
  • Where you can see the rear license plate of the vehicle ahead of you
  • At least 5 car lengths back
  • As close as possible so no vehicles will cut in front of you
This is a question from page 88 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 128 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

If stopping behind another vehicle, stop where you can see the rear tires on the vehicle ahead of you (safe gap).

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Examiners do check your "safe gap" when stopped behind other vehicles. Be certain you can see the rear tires of the vehicle in front of you.

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If you stop at an intersection and need to make a right turn, you should:
  • Turn the wheels to the left before you begin moving, then turn them to the right after gaining forward momentum
  • Keep the front wheels aimed straight ahead until you start moving again
  • None of these answers are correct
  • Turn the wheels to the right before you begin moving
This is a question from page 88 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 128 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

If you must stop before making the turn:

- Come to a smooth stop without skidding.
- Come to a complete stop behind the stop line, crosswalk or stop sign.
- If stopping behind another vehicle, stop where you can see the rear tires on the vehicle ahead of you (safe gap).
- Do not let your vehicle roll.
- Keep the front wheels aimed straight ahead.

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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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After driving under an overpass, the examiner may ask you:
  • The examiner will not ask any questions after driving under a bridge
  • What the posted clearance or height of the bridge was
  • What street you drove under
  • The weight limit of the bridge
This is a question from page 91 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 131 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

After driving under an overpass, you may be asked to tell the examiner what the posted clearance or height was. After going over a bridge, you may be asked to tell the examiner what the posted weight limit was. If your test route does not have a bridge or overpass, you may be asked about another traffic sign. When asked, be prepared to identify and explain to the examiner any traffic sign that may appear on the route.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

It is extremely important that you real all your signs during the driving exam. It is very likely that an examiner will ask about height clearance when driving under a bridge, and bridge weight ratings when driving over a bridge.

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A vehicle displaying placards must stop at all railroad crossings except:
  • Crossings with no lights or gates
  • Crossings marked as exempt
  • Crossings within industrial facilities
  • Tracks used only for freight purposes (no passenger trains)
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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Which of the following is NOT allowed during your driving exam:
  • Shifting in turns
  • None of these are allowed during the driving exam
  • "Floating" the gears (shifting without using the clutch pedal)
  • Resting your foot on the clutch pedal (riding the clutch)
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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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 30 and 60 feet
  • Between 10 and 20 feet
  • Between 5 and 10 feet
  • Between 15 and 50 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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As you approach an upgrade:
  • Check traffic thoroughly in all directions and move to the right-most or curb lane
  • If legal to do so, use the 4-way flashers if traveling too slowly for the flow of traffic
  • All of these answers are correct
  • Select the proper gear to maintain speed an not lug the engine
This is a question from page 90 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 130 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

As you approach an upgrade:

- Select the proper gear to maintain speed and not lug the engine.
- Check traffic thoroughly in all directions and move to the right-most or curb lane.
- If legal to do so, use the 4-way flashers if traveling too slowly for the flow of traffic.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Check your local and state laws regarding the use of 4-way flashers while driving slowly. Some states require it, while other states prohibit the practice.

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