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Prepare For The Pre-Trip Inspection Portion Of Your CDL Written Exams

Pre-Trip Inspection Questions

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Additional emergency equipment that school buses are required to carry are first aid emergency kits and:
  • Stretcher
  • Defibrillator
  • Body fluid cleanup kit
  • Hazmat suits
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From The CDL Manual

School Bus Only

Emergency Equipment:

In addition to checking for spare electrical fuses (if equipped), three red reflective triangles and a properly charged and rated fire extinguisher, school bus drivers must also inspect the following emergency equipment:

First Aid Emergency Kit

Body Fluid Cleanup Kit

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To inspect the Apron/Kingpin/Gap area, all of the following apply except:
  • The apron should not be bent, broken, or cracked
  • There should be no gap between the trailer and the fifth wheel
  • These should all be part of the pre-trip inspection
  • Make sure the kingpin is not bent
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Kingpin/Apron/Gap:

  • Check that the kingpin is not bent.
  • Make sure the visible part of the apron is not bent, cracked or broken.
  • Check that the trailer is laying flat on the fifth wheel skid plate (no gap).
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Additional dash indicators specific to school buses include flashing amber lights indicator, strobe light indicator, and:
  • Front bumper sensor
  • Radio malfunction sensor
  • Alternately flashing red lights indicator
  • Overhead light indicator
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Lighting Indicators:

In addition to checking the lighting indicators listed in Section 10.2 of this manual, school bus drivers must also check the following lighting indicators (internal panel lights):

  • Alternately flashing amber lights indicator, if equipped.
  • Alternately flashing red lights indicator.
  • Strobe light indicator, if equipped.
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External lights specific to school buses that drivers must inspect could include all of the following except:
  • Stop arm light
  • Driver's spot light
  • Strobe light
  • Alternately flashing red lights
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Lights/Reflectors:

In addition to checking the lights and reflective devices listed in Section 10.2 of this manual, school bus drivers must also check the following (external) lights and reflectors:

  • Strobe light, if equipped.
  • Stop arm light, if equipped.
  • Alternately flashing amber lights, if equipped.
  • Alternately flashing red lights.
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The handicap lift on a school bus should be checked:
  • That it is fully retracted and latched securely
  • For proper operation
  • For damaged, leaking, or missing parts
  • For all of these things specific to school buses
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From The CDL Manual

Passenger Entry/Lift:

  • Check that the entry door is not damaged, operates smoothly and closes securely from the inside.
  • Check that entry door glass is clean, not cracked or missing.
  • Hand rails are secure and the step light is working, if equipped.
  • The entry steps must be clear of debris/snow-ice and the treads cannot be loose or worn excessively.
  • If equipped with a handicap lift, look for leaking, damaged or missing parts and explain how lift should be checked for correct operation. Lift must be fully retracted and latched securely.
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On school buses specifically, which of the following should be checked?
  • Emergency exits, stop arm, and kingpin
  • Entry door, hand rails, lug nuts
  • Entry door glass, pintle hook, flashing lights
  • Entry door, hand rails, stop arm, and emergency exits
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From The CDL Manual

School Bus Only -

Stop Arm:

If equipped, check the stop arm to see that it is mounted securely to the frame of the vehicle. Also, check for loose fittings and damage.

Passenger Entry/Lift:

  • Check that the entry door is not damaged, operates smoothly and closes securely from the inside.
  • Check that entry door glass is clean, not cracked or missing.
  • Hand rails are secure and the step light is working, if equipped.
  • The entry steps must be clear of debris/snow-ice and the treads cannot be loose or worn excessively.
  • If equipped with a handicap lift, look for leaking, damaged or missing parts and explain how lift should be checked for correct operation. Lift must be fully retracted and latched securely.

Items such as kingpin and pintle hook do not apply to school buses

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In addition to inspecting regular external driving mirrors, school buses are equipped with mirrors specifically for:
  • Reflecting light
  • Observing students
  • Observing bears
  • Seeing underneath the bus
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From The CDL Manual

Student Mirrors:

In addition to checking the external mirrors, school bus drivers must also check the internal and external mirrors used for observing students:

  • Check for proper adjustment.
  • Checks that all internal and external mirrors and mirror brackets are not damaged and are mounted securely with no loose fittings.
  • Checks that visibility is not impaired due to dirty mirrors.
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Landing gear must be secure and:
  • Fully raised
  • Fully lowered
  • Swinging freely
  • Partially lowered
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From The CDL Manual

Landing Gear:

Check that the landing gear is fully raised, has no missing parts, crank handle is secure and the support frame is not damaged.

If power operated, check for air or hydraulic leaks.

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The trailer frame should be free of:
  • Holes or damage to the floor
  • Broken welds on the frame itself
  • Cracking of the cross members
  • You should be looking for all of these things on the trailer frame
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Frame:

Look for cracks, broken welds, holes or other damage to the frame, cross members, box and floor.

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If a trailer is equipped with a cargo lift, drivers should do all of the following except:
  • Check for damage to the lift
  • Explain how to check for proper operation
  • Have the inspector ride up and down on it to prove it is working
  • Inspect for leaks
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Doors/Ties/Lifts:

  • If equipped, check that doors are not damaged. Check that doors open, close and latch properly from the outside.
  • Check that ties, straps, chains and binders are secure.
  • If equipped with a cargo lift, look for leaking, damaged or missing parts and explain how it should be checked for correct operation.
  • Lift should be fully retracted and latched securely.
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When inspecting buses, passenger seat frames should be free from damage and:
  • Firmly attached to the floor, with cushions easily removed
  • Attached to floor enough that they won't fly around
  • All facing forward
  • Firmly attached to the floor, with cushions securely attached
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From The CDL Manual

Passenger Seating:

Look for broken seat frames and check that seat frames are firmly attached to the floor.

Check that seat cushions are attached securely to the seat frames.

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Drivers applying for Class A licenses must perform the pre-trip exam on a:
  • Combination vehicle
  • Tractor only
  • Tow truck
  • Straight truck or bus
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From The CDL Manual

Class A Pre-trip Inspection Test

If you are applying for a Class A CDL, you will be required to perform a pre-trip inspection in the vehicle you have brought with you for testing.

The vehicle must be a combination vehicle, representative of the unit you will be driving and must meet the class weight requirements. If the vehicle is an air brake vehicle, you must first pass the air brake knowledge test.

You also must have passed all applicable endorsement knowledge tests that pertain to the vehicle you bring in for testing. Your test will require an inspection of the areas of the vehicle as instructed by your CDL examiner.

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Before doing the pre-trip examination, drivers must have passed all applicable endorsement exams, as well as:
  • The driving skills exam
  • The backing-up test
  • Combination hazmat/tank exam
  • The air brake knowledge test, if so equipped
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From The CDL Manual

Class A Pre-trip Inspection Test

If you are applying for a Class A CDL, you will be required to perform a pre-trip inspection in the vehicle you have brought with you for testing.

The vehicle must be a combination vehicle, representative of the unit you will be driving and must meet the class weight requirements. If the vehicle is an air brake vehicle, you must first pass the air brake knowledge test.

You also must have passed all applicable endorsement knowledge tests that pertain to the vehicle you bring in for testing. Your test will require an inspection of the areas of the vehicle as instructed by your CDL examiner.

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