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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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During a turn, when should you change gears?
  • About 3/4 of the way through the turn
  • Only in the first half of the turn
  • About half way through the turn
  • Only after the turn has been completed
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:

While taking your driving exam, remember to never shift gears during a turn. Once your tractor has completed the turn, you may shift up. You do not have to wait for the trailer to completely straighten out.

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When driving through an intersection, where should your hands be?
  • One hand on the steering wheel and one hand on or near the air horn
  • One hand on the steering wheel and one hand on the emergency brake
  • One hand on the steering wheel and one hand on the gear shift
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel
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:

The examiners actively check to see your hand placement. Whenever possible, keep both hands on the wheel. This is especially true while driving through an intersection.

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When stopping your vehicle, you should:
  • Leave the truck in gear, but depress the clutch pedal to avoid stalling while slowing down
  • Bring your vehicle to a full stop without coasting
  • Place the transmission in neutral before braking
  • Decelerate quickly without changing gears
This is a question from page 89 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 129 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

As you prepare for the stop:

- Check traffic.
- Activate your right turn signal.
- Decelerate smoothly, brake evenly, change gears as necessary.
- Bring your vehicle to a full stop without coasting.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Always slow down smoothly and use downshifting to slow the vehicle. You never want to be out of gear or leave the clutch pedal depressed while slowing down.

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Before reaching a railroad crossing, all commercial drivers should:
  • Slow down, look and listen for the presence of trains
  • Speed up to clear the crossing as quickly as possible
  • Downshift while crossing the railroad tracks
  • None of these answers are correct
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 pulling back onto the roadway from the shoulder, you should deactivate your four-way flashers:
  • Once you are in the traffic lane and up to highway speeds
  • For approximately 30 seconds after re-entering traffic flow
  • Before rolling forward to re-enter the traffic flow
  • After you have re-entered the traffic lane
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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When making a right turn, you should:
  • Finish the turn in the center lane
  • Finish the turn in the right most (curb) lane
  • Finish the turn in the left lane
  • If two lanes are available, straddle both lanes until the trailer is straight, then choose a safe lane
This is a question from page 91 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 131 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Lane usage:

- Do not put vehicle over curbs, sidewalks or lane markings.
- Stop behind stop lines, crosswalks or stop signs.
- Complete a turn in the proper lane on a multiple-lane road (vehicle should finish a left turn in the lane directly to the right of the center line).
- Finish a right turn in the right-most (curb) lane.
- Move to or remain in right-most lane unless lane is blocked.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

When making a left turn, finish the turn in the left lane and when making a right turn, finish the turn in the right lane. Be sure no vehicles "squeeze" next to you while making the turn.

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Which of the following will result in an automatic failure of the driving exam?
  • Failure to wear your seat belt
  • Improper downshifting
  • Failure to use your turn signal
  • 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:
  • What the posted clearance or height of the bridge was
  • The weight limit of the bridge
  • What street you drove under
  • The examiner will not ask any questions after driving under a 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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