TruckingTruth logo

Driving Rules & Regulations Free CDL Practice Tests
Page 1

Prepare For The Driving Rules & Regulations Portion Of Your CDL Written Exams

Driving Rules & Regulations Questions

Click On The Picture To Begin

Good Luck!

Commercial drivers are allowed to hold CDL's in how many states at the same time?
  • As many as they want.
  • 1
  • 3
  • 2
Click here to look up the answer

From The CDL Manual

The CMVSA was designed to stop these abuses by prohibiting drivers from holding more than one license. A nationwide information system prevents the issuance of multiple licenses.

Next
Drivers must have a CDL to legally drive:
  • All of these require a CDL.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • 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 vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Click here to look up the answer

From The 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.
Prev
Next
All of the following are exempt from needing a CDL except:
  • School bus drivers.
  • Military vehicle operators.
  • Farm equipment operators.
  • Emergency equipment operators.
Click here to look up the answer

From The 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, and employees of a farm 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 a Farm registration. These drivers are still required to take the appropriate CDL written, skills and road tests to be licensed.

  • Emergency Equipment Operators — Because most emergency organizations have extensive initial training and retraining requirements for their equipment operators, Illinois waives CDL requirements for operators of emergency 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.
Prev
Next
Which of the following require an additional CDL endorsement to drive?
  • Tanker vehicles.
  • Double/Triple trailers.
  • Hazardous materials.
  • All of these vehicles require additional endorsements.
Click here to look up the answer

From The CDL Manual

There are seven special CDL endorsements and one restriction that require testing, which are summarized below. In addition, drivers who do not pass the air brake portion of the exams are restricted to driving vehicles without air brakes.

  • Charter Bus Endorsement (C)
  • Combination Tank and Hazardous Materials (X)
  • Double/Triple Trailers (T)
  • Passenger Vehicles (P)
  • School Bus Endorsement (S)
  • Tank Vehicles (N)
  • Vehicles Carrying Hazardous Materials (H)
Prev
Next
Drivers are generally only allowed to use cell phones or text in all of the following situations except:
  • Reporting an emergency situation.
  • Using the device hands-free or in voice-activated mode.
  • Stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the vehicle is in neutral or park.
  • Traveling under 10 mph in a city.
Click here to look up the answer

From The CDL Manual

Effective January 1, 2014, Illinois law prohibits the use of hand-held cellphones, texting or using other communication devices while operating a motor vehicle. Hands-free devices or Blue Tooth technology is allowed for persons over age 18. Even using hands-free technology is considered a distraction while driving and can be dangerous. If you must make a phone call, even with hands-free technology, it is recommended that you pull off to the side of the road before making the call. Illinois drivers are exempt from using a cellphone or text messaging while driving only when:

  • Reporting an emergency situation.
  • Using the device hands-free or in voice-activated mode.
  • Parked on the shoulder of a highway.
  • Stopped due to normal traffic being obstructed and the vehicle is in neutral or park
Prev
Next
A DUI conviction for a CDL-holder will result in disqualification for a minimum of:
  • 12 months
  • 24 hours
  • 3 years
  • 90 days
Click here to look up the answer

From The CDL Manual

Any driver convicted of DUI (regardless of BAC) is disqualified for a minimum 12 months.

Prev
Next
Any CDL holder found to operating a CMV with ANY alcohol in his/her system will be placed out-of-service for a minimum of:
  • 48 hours
  • 4 hours
  • 24 hours
  • 90 days
Click here to look up the answer

From The CDL Manual

A CDL holder operating a CMV who is found to have any alcohol in his/her system is placed out of service for at least 24 hours.

Prev
Next
What is the maximum blood-alcohol concentration allowed for operating a school bus?
  • 0.04
  • 0.00
  • 0.08
  • 0.02
Click here to look up the answer

From The CDL Manual

A school bus driver may not operate a school bus with a BAC of more than .00.

Prev
Next
Any driver convicted of violating an out-of-service order will be disqualified for a minimum of:
  • 12 months
  • 90 days
  • 3 years
  • 6 months
Click here to look up the answer

From The CDL Manual

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

Prev
Next
Under normal circumstances, what is the maximum allowed width for commercial vehicles?
  • 12 feet, 6 inches
  • 9 feet
  • 8 feet, 6 inches
  • There is no limit
Click here to look up the answer

From The CDL Manual

Width — The maximum width for all vehicles is 8 feet, 6 inches.

Prev
Finish
Please select an option
[2,1,1,4,4,1,3,2,4,3]
10

Select A New Page Of Driving Rules & Regulations Practice Questions

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More