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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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Which of the following is true about downgrades:
  • Lightly ride the clutch during the grade
  • Race the engine to improve engine braking
  • Do not change gears while driving down a grade
  • To avoid engine damage, put the gear in neutral and coast down the hill
This is a question from page 90 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 130 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

When operating any commercial vehicle, do not ride the clutch, race the engine, change gears or coast while driving down the grade. At the bottom of the grade, be sure to cancel the 4-way flashers.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Always slow down and be in proper gear before a downgrade and never change gears or coast during the downgrade.

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When driving through an intersection, where should your hands be?
  • One hand on the steering wheel and one hand on the emergency brake
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel
  • 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 gear shift
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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If stopping behind another vehicle, where should you stop?
  • Where you can see the rear license plate of the vehicle ahead of you
  • Where you can see the rear tires on the vehicle ahead of you
  • As close as possible so no vehicles will cut in front of you
  • At least 5 car lengths back
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:
  • Keep the front wheels aimed straight ahead until you start moving again
  • None of these answers are correct
  • Turn the wheels to the left before you begin moving, then turn them to the right after gaining forward momentum
  • 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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When making a right turn, you should:
  • If two lanes are available, straddle both lanes until the trailer is straight, then choose a safe lane
  • Finish the turn in the left lane
  • Finish the turn in the right most (curb) lane
  • Finish the turn in the center 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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When stopping your vehicle, you should:
  • Place the transmission in neutral before braking
  • Bring your vehicle to a full stop without coasting
  • Decelerate quickly without changing gears
  • Leave the truck in gear, but depress the clutch pedal to avoid stalling while slowing down
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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As you approach a turn, you should:
  • Slow down by downshifting to avoid coasting
  • Keep the truck in gear and depress the clutch pedal before slowing down
  • Put the truck in neutral before using the brake pedal to slow down
  • Put the truck in the highest possible gear before slowing down
This is a question from page 88 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 128 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

As you approach the turn:

- Use turn signals to warn others of your turn.

- Slow down smoothly, change gears as needed to keep power, but do not coast unsafely. Unsafe coasting occurs when your vehicle is out of gear (clutch depressed or gearshift in neutral) for more than the length of your vehicle.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

The examiners will check to make sure you're able to keep the truck in gear by using proper downshifting. Avoid taking the truck out of gear until absolutely necessary.

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As you approach an upgrade:
  • Check traffic thoroughly in all directions and move to the right-most or curb lane
  • All of these answers are correct
  • If legal to do so, use the 4-way flashers if traveling too slowly for the flow of traffic
  • 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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