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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
  • To avoid engine damage, put the gear in neutral and coast down the hill
  • Race the engine to improve engine braking
  • Do not change gears while driving down a 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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When making a right turn, you should:
  • Finish the turn in the right most (curb) lane
  • If two lanes are available, straddle both lanes until the trailer is straight, then choose a safe lane
  • Finish the turn in the center lane
  • Finish the turn in the left 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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As you approach an intersection, you should:
  • Depress the clutch and coast through the intersection
  • Speed up in order to clear the intersection quicker
  • Brake smoothly and, if necessary, change gears
  • Never change gears while approaching an 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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When stopping your vehicle, you should:
  • Decelerate quickly without changing gears
  • Place the transmission in neutral before braking
  • 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
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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When approaching a curve, you should:
  • Slow down before entering the curve as to avoid braking or shifting during the curve
  • Depress the clutch pedal and coast through the turn
  • Continue slowing down during the curve, and downshift about half way through the curve
  • Continue to slow down throughout the entire duration of the curve
This is a question from page 89 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 130 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

When approaching a curve:

- Check traffic thoroughly in all directions.
- Before entering the curve, reduce speed so further braking or shifting is not required in the curve.
- Keep vehicle in the lane.
- Continue checking traffic in all directions.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Always slow down and get into the correct gear before the curve and never shift during the curve. It's better to slow down too much than not enough.

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Which of the following is FALSE about making a turn:
  • Change gears half way through the turn
  • Vehicle should not move into oncoming traffic.
  • Check traffic in all directions
  • 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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Which of the following is NOT allowed during your driving exam:
  • None of these are allowed during the driving exam
  • "Floating" the gears (shifting without using the clutch pedal)
  • Shifting in turns
  • 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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When pulling back onto the roadway from the shoulder, you should deactivate your four-way flashers:
  • Before rolling forward to re-enter the traffic flow
  • For approximately 30 seconds after re-entering traffic flow
  • After you have re-entered the traffic lane
  • Once you are in the traffic lane and up to highway speeds
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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