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When you sight-side back your vehicle into an alley stopping as close as possible to the rear of the alley it is called:
  • Alley docking
  • Alley driving
  • Offset Back/Right backing
  • Parallel parking
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From The CDL Manual

Alley Dock

You may be asked to sight-side back your vehicle into an alley, bringing the rear of your vehicle as close as possible to the rear of the alley without going beyond the exercise boundary marked by a line or row of cones. You are required to get your vehicle completely into the space with your entire vehicle straight with the alley.

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Backing your vehicle in a straight line without crossing over or touching the exercise boundaries is called:
  • Straight edge backing
  • Straight line backing
  • Parallel parking
  • Alley docking
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From The CDL Manual

Straight Line Backing

You may be asked to back your vehicle in a straight line between two rows of cones without touching or crossing over the exercise boundaries.

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When stopping before a turn, do all of the following except:
  • Aim the front wheels straight ahead
  • Stop smoothly without skidding
  • Stop completely behind the stop sign, crosswalk, or stop line
  • Stop on top of the crosswalk if necessary to better see traffic
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If you must stop before making the turn:

  • Come to a smooth stop without skidding.
  • Come to a complete stop behind the stop line, crosswalk or stop sign.
  • If stopping behind another vehicle, stop where you can see the rear tires on the vehicle ahead of you (safe gap).
  • Do not let your vehicle roll.
  • Keep the front wheels aimed straight ahead.
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When your vehicle is out of gear for more than its length, it will be scored as:
  • Safe coasting
  • Acceptable coasting
  • Unsafe coasting
  • Acceptable stopping
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From The CDL Manual

As you approach the turn:

Use turn signals to warn others of your turn.

Slow down smoothly, change gears as needed to keep power, but do not coast unsafely. Unsafe coasting occurs when your vehicle is out of gear (clutch depressed or gearshift in neutral) for more than the length of your vehicle.

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When stopping behind another vehicle, a safe gap to leave is one that:
  • Lets you see the rear tires of the vehicle ahead of you
  • Allows you to see through the windshield of the vehicle ahead of you
  • Equals the length of your vehicle
  • Equals 4 car lengths
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If you must stop before making the turn:

  • Come to a smooth stop without skidding.
  • Come to a complete stop behind the stop line, crosswalk or stop sign.
  • If stopping behind another vehicle, stop where you can see the rear tires on the vehicle ahead of you (safe gap).
  • Do not let your vehicle roll.
  • Keep the front wheels aimed straight ahead.
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While turning, all of the following apply except:
  • You should not move vehicle into oncoming traffic
  • Vehicle must finish the turn in the correct lane
  • Make sure that you do all of these things when ready to turn
  • Both hands should remain on the steering wheel
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From The CDL Manual

When ready to turn:

  • Check traffic in all directions.
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel 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.
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After turning and getting up to speed:
  • Stay in the lane you ended the turn in
  • Flash your headlights repeatedly to warn other drivers to move over
  • Move into the left-most lane as soon as safely possible
  • Move into the right-most lane as soon as safely possible
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From The CDL Manual

After turn:

  • Make sure turn signal is off.
  • Get up to speed of traffic, use turn signal and move into right-most lane when safe to do so (if not already there).
  • Check mirrors and traffic.
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While driving through an intersection, you should:
  • Trust that there is no traffic coming
  • Make pedestrians and other vehicles yield to you
  • Change lanes if necessary
  • Yield to other vehicles and pedestrians
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From The CDL Manual

When driving through an intersection:

  • Check traffic thoroughly in all directions.
  • Decelerate and yield to any pedestrians and traffic in the intersection.
  • Do not change lanes while proceeding through the intersection.
  • Keep your hands on the wheel.
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When entering and exiting an expressway, and also generally any time you drive, you should:
  • Check traffic thoroughly in all directions
  • Accelerate and decelerate smoothly
  • You should do all of these things, as a general rule, and entering/exiting expressways
  • Use proper signaling
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Expressway:

Before entering the expressway:

  • Check traffic.
  • Use proper signals.
  • Merge smoothly into the proper lane of traffic.

Once on the expressway:

  • Maintain proper lane positioning, vehicle spacing and vehicle speed.
  • Continue to check traffic thoroughly in all directions.

When exiting the expressway:

  • Make necessary traffic checks.
  • Use proper signals.
  • Decelerate smoothly in the exit lane.
  • Once on the exit ramp, you must continue to decelerate within the lane markings and maintain adequate spacing between your vehicle and other vehicles.
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During the Stop/Start maneuver, when stopped, your vehicle:
  • Must be parallel to the curb, and out of the flow of traffic
  • Should be parked up on the curb to get out of the way
  • Should be kept in gear
  • May be parked in front of driveways or hydrants, if necessary
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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 your turn signal.
  • Activate your 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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When crossing railroad tracks in a placarded vehicle or a bus:
  • Activate 4-way flashers
  • Keep 4-way flashers on for a few minutes after crossing
  • Change gears as necessary while crossing
  • Stop at least 50 feet from the crossing
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From The CDL Manual

If you are driving a bus, school bus or a vehicle displaying placards, you should 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, place the bus in park/neutral and set the 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 may also be required to 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.
  • Four-way flashers should be deactivated after the vehicle crosses the tracks.
  • Continue to check mirrors and traffic.
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You should be prepared to the examiner:
  • Posted overpass weight limit
  • General traffic signs
  • Posted bridge clearance height
  • The examiner will potentially ask you about any of these things
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From The CDL Manual

Bridge/Overpass/Sign:

fter 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.

A 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 which may appear on the route.

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When shifting you should do all of the following except:
  • Do not shift in intersections or turns
  • Avoid riding the clutch to control speed
  • Double-clutch
  • Coast with the clutch applied, or use clutch to control speed
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From The CDL Manual

Clutch Usage (for Manual Transmission):

  • Always use clutch to shift.
  • Double-clutch when shifting. Do not rev or lug the engine.
  • Do not ride 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 gear that does not rev or lug engine.
  • Do not shift in turns and intersections.
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A left-hand turn should end:
  • In the right-most lane closest to the curb
  • Partially on the shoulder or bike path
  • Briefly headed into oncoming traffic
  • In the left-most lane directly to the right of the center line
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From The 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.
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If traveling slower than traffic flow on a grade, if legal you should:
  • Radio for a police escort
  • Activate your four-way flashers
  • Wave other vehicles around you
  • Stop and wait for traffic to disperse
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From The CDL Manual

Upgrade and Downgrade:

  • Select the proper gear to maintain speed and not lug the engine.
  • Check traffic thoroughly in all directions and move to the right-most or curb lane.
  • If legal to do so, use the four-way flashers if traveling too slowly for the flow of traffic.
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When driving downhill, you should use the service brakes:
  • Constantly, until reaching the bottom of the downgrade
  • Intermittently, until speed falls 5 mph below your safe speed
  • You should never use the service brakes on a downgrade
  • Intermittently, to keep speed at 5 mph
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From The CDL Manual

Before starting down the grade:

Downshift as needed to help control engine speed and test brakes by gently applying the foot brake to ensure they are functioning properly. As your vehicle moves down the grade, continue checking traffic in all directions, stay in the right-most or curb lane and, if legal to do so, use the four-way flashers if your vehicle is moving too slowly for traffic.

Increase following distance and observe the following downhill braking procedures:

  • Select a “safe” speed, one that is not too fast for the weight of the vehicle, length and steepness of the grade, weather and road conditions.
  • Once a “safe” speed has been reached, apply the brake hard enough to feel a definite slowdown.
  • When speed has been reduced to 5 mph below the “safe” speed, release the brakes. (This application should last for about three seconds.)
  • Once speed has increased to the “safe” speed, repeat the procedure.
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Applying the brakes repeatedly on a downgrade to reduce speed 5 mph below your target is called:
  • Snubbing
  • Stabbing
  • Snipping
  • Stubbing
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From The CDL Manual

Example:

If your “safe” speed is 40 mph, you should apply the brakes once your vehicle speed reaches 40 mph. Your brakes should be applied hard enough to reduce your speed to 35 mph.

Once your vehicle speed reaches 35 mph, release the brakes. Repeat this procedure as often as necessary until you have reached the end of the downgrade. This braking technique is called “snubbing.”

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