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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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After making a turn, you should:
  • Straddle both lanes until you're up to speed in order to prevent vehicles from passing
  • Make sure the turn signal is off
  • Accelerate as slowly as possible
  • Move into the left-most lane
This is a question from page 88 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 128 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

After the turn:

- Make sure turn signal is off.
- Get up to speed of traffic, use turn signal, and move into right-most lane when safe to do so (if not already there).

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Semi-trucks do not come with self-cancelling turn signals. You must cancel turn signals manually. Therefor, it is extremely important to remember to cancel your turn signal after making a turn. Driving with your turn signal on is not only very dangerous, it will cost you points during the driving exam.

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Which of the following is NOT allowed during your driving exam:
  • Resting your foot on the clutch pedal (riding the clutch)
  • "Floating" the gears (shifting without using the clutch pedal)
  • None of these are allowed during the driving exam
  • Shifting in turns
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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Which of the following is FALSE about making a turn:
  • Check traffic in all directions
  • Vehicle should not move into oncoming traffic.
  • Change gears half way through the turn
  • Keep checking your mirror to make sure the vehicle does not hit anything on the inside of 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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While on a downgrade, how far below your "safe" speed should you go until you release the brakes?
  • 5mph
  • 15mph
  • 10mph
  • 20mph
This is a question from page 90 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 130 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Select a safe speed, one that is not too fast for the weight of the vehicle, length and steepness of the grade, weather and road conditions. Once a safe speed has been reached, apply the brake hard enough to feel a definite slowdown.
- When speed has been reduced to 5 mph below the safe speed, release the brakes. (This application should last for about 3 seconds.)
Once speed has increased to the safe speed, repeat the procedure.

Example: If your “safe” speed is 40 mph, you should apply the brakes once your vehicle speed reaches 40 mph. Your brakes should be applied hard enough to reduce your speed to 35 mph. Once your vehicle speed reaches 35 mph, release the brakes. Repeat this procedure as often as necessary until you have reached the end of the downgrade. This braking technique is called "snubbing."

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Avoid riding the brakes during steep downgrades and choose your correct gear before descending the hill.

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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
  • As close as possible so no vehicles will cut in front of you
  • Where you can see the rear tires on the vehicle ahead 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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When the examiner asks you to make a lane change, you should:
  • Change lanes when it is safe to do so
  • Make necessary traffic checks
  • Use proper signals
  • All of these answers are true
This is a question from page 89 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 129 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

You will be instructed to change lanes:

- Make necessary traffic checks.
- Use proper signals.
- Change lanes smoothly when it is safe to do so.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

The examiner will ask you to make a lane change, but you're expected to perform the lane change safely. The examiner will not check for traffic before asking you to make the lane change.

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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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Unless told otherwise by the examiner, which lane should you be in?
  • The left-most lane
  • The center lane
  • The right-most lane
  • It doesn't matter which lane you choose
This is a question from page 88 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 129 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Urban/Rural Straight

During this part of the exam, you are expected to make regular traffic checks and maintain a safe following distance. Your vehicle should be centered in the proper lane (right-most lane), and you should keep up with the flow of traffic but not exceed the posted speed limit.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

During the driving exam, if there is more than one lane, always try to be in the right lane. You may or may not continue this practice after passing your exams, but for the purpose of the CDL driving exam, you should always attempt to be in the right most-lane.

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