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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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What constitutes excessive speeding?
  • Any speed of 10 mph or more above the posted speed limit
  • Any speed of 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit
  • Any speed of 25 mph or more above the posted speed limit
  • Any speed of 15 mph or more above the posted speed limit
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Quote From Page 8 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

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

The following may also result in excessive speeding:

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

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Excessive speeding is considered a "serious traffic violation." 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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Which vehicle is not required to pass a safety inspection?
  • Farm tractors, machinery and other implements.
  • Vehicles with a gross weight of 8,000 pounds or less.
  • Vehicles owned or operated by the federal government, which display proof of ownership.
  • None of these vehicles need to pass a safety inspection
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Quote From Page 12 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Garages or service stations licensed by the Department of Transportation may make safety inspections. Second division vehicles not required to pass safety inspections include:

- Vehicles with a gross weight of 8,000 pounds or less.
- Farm tractors, machinery and other implements.
- Vehicles owned or operated by the city of Chicago, which display proof of ownership.
- Vehicles owned or operated by the federal government, which display proof of ownership.
- Vehicles registered as recreational vehicles, which display proper plates.
- Properly licensed antique vehicles.
- Specialized vehicles as defined by statute.
- Vehicles properly registered in another state.

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The operator of a commercial motor vehicle can be criminally charged with driving under the influence of alcohol with a BAC of:
  • .04
  • .08
  • .02
  • .05
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Quote From Page 8 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

A CDL holder may not operate a commercial vehicle with a BAC of .04 or more or a noncommercial vehicle with a BAC of .08 or more.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

It is important to note that any CDL holder found operating a commercial vehicle with any level of alcohol in his or her system will be placed out of service for a minimum of 24hrs. Drivers will not be criminally charged unless their BAC is .04 or higher, but commercial drivers are not allowed to operate commercial vehicles with even a trace amount of alcohol in their system.

And don't even think about having any alcohol anywhere in the cab of the truck at anytime - not even in the side box. If you get caught with it, it will likely be the end of your job, and possibly worse.

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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 9 months
  • A minimum of 1 year
  • A minimum of 6 months
  • A minimum of 3 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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Which of the following requires a CDL?
  • Driving a vehicle weighing more than 26,001 for commercial purposes across state lines
  • A recreational vehicle longer than 35 feet in length
  • Military personnel transporting hazardous materials in a combination vehicle weighing more than 50,001 pounds
  • A farmer driving a combination vehicle equipped with air brakes
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Quote From Page 3 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

The following vehicle operators are not required to obtain a CDL:

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.

  • Firefighting Equipment Operators - Because most firefighting organizations have extensive initial training and retraining requirements for their equipment operators, Illinois waives CDL requirements for operators of firefighting equipment owned or operated by or for a government agency, when responding to or returning from an emergency.
  • Military Vehicle Operators - Operators of military vehicles for military purposes are exempt from obtaining a CDL.
  • Recreational Vehicle Operators - Recreational vehicle operators, when using the vehicle primarily for personal use, do not need a CDL.

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.
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Which of the following requires a CDL?
  • 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
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport up to 14 persons, including the driver
  • 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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Operators of commercial vehicles must possess which of the following vehicle specific documents?
  • Vehicle Title
  • Vehicle Mileage Records
  • Vehicle Maintenance Records
  • Vehicle Registration ID Cards
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Quote From Page 11 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Vehicle Registration (required forms):

  • Registration ID Cards
  • Motor Fuel Tax ID Card
  • License Plates
  • Apportioned Plates (if required)
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Drivers attempting to obtain a Class-A CDL must also take which of the following exams:
  • Pre-Trip Inspection Exam
  • Driving Exam
  • Basic Control Skills Exam
  • All of these exams must be taken
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Quote From Page 5 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

After passing the written exam, some drivers are required to pass a skills and driving exam. The exam is divided into three parts:

  • 1) The pre-trip inspection is conducted to determine whether the applicant knows how to inspect the vehicle to see if it is safe to drive. Drivers are asked to conduct a pre-trip inspection. The driver must explain to the examiner what is being inspected and why.
  • 2) The basic control skills exam evaluates a driverʼs ability to use basic skills to control the vehicle. Applicants complete exercises on a course marked by lines, traffic cones or similar boundaries. The exercises test the driverʼs ability to move the vehicle forward, backward and through turning movements. Drivers are scored on how well they stay within the boundaries.
  • 3) The driving exam tests the driverʼs ability to drive safely in a variety of on-road situations. The road test route may include left and right turns, intersections, railway crossings, curves, upgrades, downgrades, rural or semi-rural routes, multi-lane city streets and/or expressway driving.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

To obtain a CDL driving permit, all written exams must be passed. At that point, permit holders are able to drive commercial vehicles with the aid of a licensed CDL instructor who will help coach the student to pass the pre-trip, basic control, and driving exams at a later date.

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