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CDL Practice Test: Transporting Cargo Safely

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CDL Practice Test: Transporting Cargo Safely

Transporting Cargo Safely Questions

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Which of the following is true about cargo tiedowns?
  • On flat bed trailers or trailers without sides, no matter how small the cargo is, it should have at least two tiedowns holding it
  • The combined strength of all cargo tiedowns must be strong enough to lift three times the weight of the piece of cargo tied down
  • On flat bed trailers or trailers without sides, cargo that weighs more than 10,000 pounds does not require a tie down
  • Cargo should have at least one tiedown for each 25 feet of cargo
This is a question from page 35 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 53 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Cargo Tiedown - On flat bed trailers or trailers without sides, cargo must be secured to keep it from shifting and falling off. In closed vans, tiedowns can also be important to prevent cargo shifting that may affect the handling of the vehicle. Tiedowns must be of the proper type and proper strength. The combined strength of all cargo tiedowns must be strong enough to lift one and one-half times the weight of the piece of cargo tied down. Proper tiedown equipment must be used, including ropes, straps, chains, and tensioning devices (winches, ratchets, clinching components). Tiedowns must be attached to the vehicle correctly (hook, bolt, rails, rings).

Cargo should have at least one tiedown for each 10 feet of cargo. Make sure you have enough tiedowns to meet this need. No matter how small the cargo is, it should have at least two tiedowns holding it.


There are special requirements for securing various heavy pieces of metal. Find out what they are if you are to carry such loads.

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What is Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)?
  • Total weight of a powered unit plus trailer(s) plus the cargo.
  • Total weight of a single vehicle plus its load.
  • Weight transmitted to the ground by one axle or one set of axles.
  • Maximum GCW specified by the manufacturer for a specific combination of vehicles plus its load.
This is a question from page 34 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 52 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

You are responsible for not being overloaded. Following are definitions of weights:

  • Gross vehicle weight (GVW): Total weight of a single vehicle plus its load.
  • Gross combination weight (GCW): Total weight of a powered unit plus trailer(s) plus the cargo.
  • Gross combination weight rating (GCWR): Maximum GCW specified by the manufacturer for a specific combination of vehicles plus its load.
  • Axle weight: Weight transmitted to the ground by one axle or one set of axles.
  • Tire load: Maximum safe weight a tire can carry at a specified pressure. This rating is stated on the side of each tire.
  • Suspension systems: Suspension systems have a manufacturer's weight capacity rating.
  • Coupling device capacity: Coupling devices are rated for the maximum weight they can pull and/or carry.
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Drivers are responsible for the following, except:
  • Inspecting the cargo
  • Knowing the exact product count inside the trailer
  • Recognizing overloads and poorly balanced weight
  • Knowing cargo is properly secured
This is a question from page 34 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 52 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Whether or not you load and secure the cargo yourself, you are responsible for:

  • Inspecting your cargo.
  • Recognizing overloads and poorly balanced weight.
  • Knowing your cargo is properly secured.
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What is gross combination weight (GCW)?
  • Total weight of a single vehicle plus its load.
  • Weight transmitted to the ground by one axle or one set of axles.
  • Maximum safe weight a tire can carry at a specified pressure. This rating is stated on the side of each tire.
  • Total weight of a powered unit plus trailer(s) plus the cargo.
This is a question from page 34 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 52 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

You are responsible for not being overloaded. Following are definitions of weights:

  • Gross vehicle weight (GVW): Total weight of a single vehicle plus its load.
  • Gross combination weight (GCW): Total weight of a powered unit plus trailer(s) plus the cargo.
  • Gross combination weight rating (GCWR): Maximum GCW specified by the manufacturer for a specific combination of vehicles plus its load.
  • Axle weight: Weight transmitted to the ground by one axle or one set of axles.
  • Tire load: Maximum safe weight a tire can carry at a specified pressure. This rating is stated on the side of each tire.
  • Suspension systems: Suspension systems have a manufacturer's weight capacity rating.
  • Coupling device capacity: Coupling devices are rated for the maximum weight they can pull and/or carry.
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What is gross combination weight rating (GCWR)?
  • Total weight of a powered unit
  • Maximum GCW specified by the manufacturer for a specific combination of vehicles plus its load
  • Weight transmitted to the ground by one axle or one set of axles
  • Total weight of a single vehicle plus its load
This is a question from page 34 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 52 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

You are responsible for not being overloaded. Following are definitions of weights:

  • Gross vehicle weight (GVW): Total weight of a single vehicle plus its load.
  • Gross combination weight (GCW): Total weight of a powered unit plus trailer(s) plus the cargo.
  • Gross combination weight rating (GCWR): Maximum GCW specified by the manufacturer for a specific combination of vehicles plus its load.
  • Axle weight: Weight transmitted to the ground by one axle or one set of axles.
  • Tire load: Maximum safe weight a tire can carry at a specified pressure. This rating is stated on the side of each tire.
  • Suspension systems: Suspension systems have a manufacturer's weight capacity rating.
  • Coupling device capacity: Coupling devices are rated for the maximum weight they can pull and/or carry.
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Which of the following statements about weight balance is TRUE:
  • Too much weight on the steering axle can cause "hard steering"
  • Underloaded front axles can make the steering axle weight too light to steer safely
  • All of these answers are true
  • Too little weight on the driving axles can cause poor traction
This is a question from page 34 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 52 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Poor weight balance can make vehicle handling unsafe. Too much weight on the steering axle can cause hard steering and damage the steering axle and tires. Under loaded front axles (caused by shifting weight too far to the rear) can make the steering axle weight too light to steer safely. Too little weight on the driving axles can cause poor traction. The drive wheels may spin easily. During bad weather, the truck may not be able to keep going. Weight that is loaded so there is a high center of gravity causes greater chance of rollover. On flat bed vehicles, there is also a greater chance that the load will shift to the side or fall off.

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What is a situation where legal maximum weights may not be safe?
  • Driving in poor weather conditions
  • All of these are situations where legal maximum weights may not be safe
  • Driving through mountains
  • Unique roadway conditions such as driving on gravel or sand
This is a question from page 34 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 52 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

During bad weather, in mountains, or unique roadway conditions such as driving on gravel or sand may not be safe to operate at legal maximum weights. Take this into account before driving.

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Whether or not you load and secure cargo yourself, you are responsible for all except the following:
  • Inspecting your cargo
  • Drivers are responsible for all of these
  • Recognizing overloads and poorly balanced weight
  • Knowing your cargo is properly secured
This is a question from page 34 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 52 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Whether or not you load and secure the cargo yourself, you are responsible for:

  • Inspecting your cargo.
  • Recognizing overloads and poorly balanced weight.
  • Knowing your cargo is properly secured.
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