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CDL Practice Test: Driving Rules & Regulations

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CDL Practice Test: Driving Rules & Regulations

Driving Rules & Regulations Questions

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Reckless driving is considered a serious traffic violation. All of the following are grounds for reckless driving except:
  • Passing a vehicle stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
  • Performing an illegal U-Turn
  • Passing a school bus receiving or discharging passengers or displaying a warning not to pass
  • Driving on a sidewalk
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Quote From Page 9 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Reckless Driving Operating a CMV or non-CMV in a manner that exhibits a willful, wanton or reckless disregard of the safety of persons or property.

  • Passing a vehicle stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
  • Driving on a sidewalk.
  • Passing a school bus receiving or discharging passengers or displaying a warning not to pass.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Reckless driving is a serious traffic violation which carries additional consequences. Two serious traffic violations within a three-year period results in a two-month disqualification. Three serious traffic violations in the same period results in a four-month disqualification.

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What is the maximum height for all vehicles on all highways?
  • 13 feet, 6 inches
  • 12 feet, 9 inches
  • 13 feet
  • 14 feet, 6 inches
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Quote From Page 10 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Height

The maximum height for all vehicles on all designated state and federal highways is 13 feet, 6 inches, including load from the underside of the tire to the top of the vehicle. This includes the US Interstate system. Individual states may set their own maximum height limits, but those limits must be equal to or greater than 13 feet, 6 inches.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Any vehicles exceeding 13 feet, 6 inches in height must obtain proper permits.

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What is the maximum allowable weight on a tandem axle?
  • 20,000 pounds
  • 40,000 pounds
  • 34,000 pounds
  • 80,000 pounds
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Quote From Page 10 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Weight

The maximum weight limits on both designated and non-designated streets and highways are:

  • 20,000 pounds on a single axle.
  • 34,000 pounds on a tandem, and
  • Up to 80,000 pounds of total weight on a 5-axle combination, depending upon axle spacing.
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If you are caught violating a DOT out of service order, you will receive a driving disqualification for:
  • A minimum of 1 year
  • A minimum of 3 months
  • A minimum of 9 months
  • A minimum of 6 months
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Quote From Page 8 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

A conviction for violation of an out-of-service order results in disqualification for a minimum six months

TruckingTruth's Advice:

The department of transportation may put drivers out-of-service for several reasons, including equipment problems, hours of service violations, alcohol violations, and any other reason they deem fit. Do not violate the out-of-service order as that is a very serious offense and could ruin your career.

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Excessive speeding is considered a serious traffic violation. All of the following are grounds for excessive speeding except:
  • Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Exceeding the speed limit in a school zone
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 10 mph
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Quote From Page 8 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Excessive Speeding Excessive speeding involving any single offense for any speed of 15 mph or more above the posted speed limit.

  • Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
  • Driving too fast for conditions.
  • Exceeding the speed limit in a school zone.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

As a serious traffic violation, excessive speeding carries additional consequences. Two serious traffic violations within a three-year period results in a two-month disqualification. Three serious traffic violations in the same period results in a four-month disqualification.

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Special lighting for commercial vehicles are required between what times?
  • Sunset to sunrise
  • Special lighting is recommended, but not legally required
  • One hour before sunset to one hour after sunrise
  • Special lighting must always be present on commercial vehicles
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Quote From Page 10 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Lighting equipment is required on vehicles operated outside the limits of cities, towns or villages between sunset and sunrise.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Any burnt out lights or improperly displayed lights is one way law enforcement officers decide which trucks to inspect. So it is very important you always check your lights and have extra bulbs available in case any of them burn out.

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A Farm Equipment Operator must obtain a CDL if...
  • The farmer is transporting farm goods to a local market for commercial purposes
  • The operator is the spouse of the farm owner
  • Farm equipment operators are always exempt from obtaining a CDL provided they are transporting farm products, equipment or supplies to or from a farm
  • The farm equipment operator will be traveling further than 150 miles from his or her farm
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Quote From Page 3 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Farm Equipment Operators - This exemption covers legitimate farm-to-market operations by farmers, not commercial grain haulers. CDLs are not required to operate vehicles:

  • Controlled and operated by a farmer, a member of the farmer's family or an employee;
  • Used to transport farm products, equipment or supplies to or from a farm (including nurseries and aquacultures);
  • Used within 150 air miles of the farm; and
  • Not used in the operations of a common or contract carrier; and
  • Used in nursery or agricultural operations.

NOTE: For the drivers of truck-tractor semitrailers, the farmer, his or her spouse and their children, parents on both sides, brothers and sisters on both sides and their spouses operating a truck-tractor semitrailer and meeting the above criteria also are exempted from the CDL Program. These drivers must be at least age 21, and the vehicle must have Farm plates. These drivers are still required to take the appropriate CDL written, skills and road tests to be licensed.

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Which of the following requires a CDL?
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport up to 14 persons, including the driver
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more pounds
  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 20,001 pounds
  • Recreational vehicles exceeding 22,001 pounds.
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Quote From Page 3 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

A CDL must be obtained by the driver of any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR)** of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)* of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Recreational Vehicles do not require a CDL

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