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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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When stopping your vehicle, you should:
  • Place the transmission in neutral before braking
  • Decelerate quickly without changing gears
  • Bring your vehicle to a full stop without coasting
  • 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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While stopped on the side of the road, you should:
  • Keep the right turn signal activated
  • Place the truck into a low gear before releasing the clutch
  • Set the trailer brakes only
  • Be sure you're not blocking any road signs
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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If stopping behind another vehicle, where should you stop?
  • At least 5 car lengths back
  • 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
  • Where you can see the rear license plate of the vehicle ahead 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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During a turn, when should you change gears?
  • Only after the turn has been completed
  • About half way through the turn
  • Only in the first half of the turn
  • About 3/4 of the 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:

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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Which of the following is true about downgrades:
  • Race the engine to improve engine braking
  • To avoid engine damage, put the gear in neutral and coast down the hill
  • Do not change gears while driving down a grade
  • Lightly ride the clutch during the grade
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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A vehicle displaying placards must stop at all railroad crossings except:
  • Crossings marked as exempt
  • Tracks used only for freight purposes (no passenger trains)
  • Crossings within industrial facilities
  • Crossings with no lights or gates
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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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
  • The weight limit of the bridge
  • What street you drove under
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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As you approach an intersection, you should:
  • Brake smoothly and, if necessary, change gears
  • Never change gears while approaching an intersection
  • Speed up in order to clear the intersection quicker
  • Depress the clutch and coast through the intersection
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 an intersection:

- Check traffic thoroughly in all directions.
- Decelerate gently.
- Brake smoothly and, if necessary, change gears.
- If necessary, come to a complete stop (no coasting behind any stop signs, signals, sidewalks or stop lines, maintaining a safe gap behind any vehicle in front of you.
- Your vehicle must not roll forward or backward.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

While approaching an intersection, if you must slow down, do not coast. Downshift if necessary.

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