CDL Practice Tests: Flatbed Cargo Securement

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Question #699 (1 of 10)

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Who is responsible for inspecting securing devices and cargo within the first 50 miles?

  • Your Moms.
  • The shipper.
  • The D.O.T.
  • The driver.

Inspect Cargo and Securing devices:

  • Pre-Trip: Yes
  • Within first 50 mi: Yes
  • When duty status of driver changes: Yes
  • At 3 hour intervals or every 150 mi, whichever is first: Yes

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Question #807 (2 of 10)

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A bulkhead is defined as:

  • A vertical barrier across the front of the deck of a vehicle to prevent forward movement of cargo.
  • A structure, device, or another substantial article placed against or around an article to prevent horizontal movement of the article.
  • A vertical barrier across a vehicle to prevent forward movement of cargo.
  • A vertical barrier placed directly behind the cab of a tractor to protect the cab in the event cargo should shift forward.

Bulkhead:

A vertical barrier across a vehicle to prevent forward movement of cargo.

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Question #726 (3 of 10)

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Option #3 for securing metal coils transported with eyes lengthwise includes all of the following except:

  • Attaching at least one tiedown over the top of the coil near the front of the coil.
  • Using blocking or friction mats to prevent forward movement.
  • Attaching at least two tiedowns through the center of the coil.
  • Attaching at least one tiedown over the top of the coil near the rear of the coil.
Tiedowns, Single Coil Option #3

Option #3 is the same as Options #1 and #2, except that the two tiedowns that attach through the eye of the coil are replaced with two tiedowns that pass over the front and the rear of the coil.

Attach at least one tiedown over the top of the coil near the front of the coil.

Attach at least one tiedown over the top of the coil near the rear of the coil.

Use blocking or friction mats to prevent forward movement.

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Question #682 (4 of 10)

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What types of freight need to be secured properly?

  • Intermodal containers.
  • Equipment used for vehicle operation.
  • Hazardous materials.
  • All freight should always be properly secured while driving.

    Cargo

  • Any cargo and dangerous goods/hazardous materials, including:
    • All general freight.
    • All equipment carried for vehicle operation.
    • Intermodal containers and their contents.
  • Some specific commodities have additional or different securement requirements (see later sections of this Handbook).
  • Additional requirements under separate regulations may also apply for transportation of certain types of dangerous goods or hazardous materials.
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Question #757 (5 of 10)

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When securing an intermodal container on a chassis, what is the maximum allowable vertical travel when secured?

  • 1 inch
  • 1/2 inch
  • 2 1/2 inches
  • 2 inches

Securing devices must restrain the container from moving more than:

  • 1.27 cm (1/2 in) forward.
  • 1.27 cm (1/2 in) rearward.
  • 1.27 cm (1/2 in) to the right.
  • 1.27 cm (1/2 in) to the left.
  • 2.54 cm (1 in) vertically.
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Question #686 (6 of 10)

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How much force is the securement system required to withstand in terms of cargo weight?

  • 50% forward, 20% rearward, 50% sideways, 20% upwards.
  • 80% forward, 50% rearward, 80% sideways, 20% upwards.
  • 80% forward, 50% rearward, 50% sideways, 20% upwards.
  • 50% forward, 50% rearward, 50% sideways, 80% upwards.
How strong must the vehicle structure and anchor points be?

All elements of the vehicle structure and anchor points must be strong enough to withstand the forces described on page 7.

  • Forward force: 0.8 g (80%)
  • Rearward force: 0.5.g (50%)
  • Sideways force: 0.5 g (50%)
  • Upward force: 0.2 g (20%)
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Question #717 (7 of 10)

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When securing building materials, how many tiedowns are required for top tier bundles longer than 5 ft?

  • 1
  • It depends on weight
  • 0
  • 2

Tiedowns over the top tier of bundles with a minimum of 2 tiedowns over each top bundle longer than 1.52 m (5 ft).

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Question #788 (8 of 10)

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If you were instructed to 'tarp' a load, what would you be using?

  • A strip of material that may be used to unitize articles and is tensioned and clamped or crimped back upon itself.
  • A short piece of material, usually wood, nailed to the deck to reinforce blocking.
  • A platform or tray on which cargo is placed so that it can be handled as an article.
  • A waterproof sheet used to cover cargo.

Tarp:

A waterproof sheet used to cover cargo.

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Question #703 (9 of 10)

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What is the minimum WLL of a tiedown used to secure logs?

  • It depends on if you are hauling shortwood or longwood
  • 1,800 lb
  • 50% of cargo weight
  • 4,000 lb
  • Use tiedowns in combination with bunks, stakes, or standards and bolsters to secure the load.
  • All tiedowns must have a working load limit not less than 1,800 kg (4,000 lb.).
  • Tension tiedowns as tightly as possible but not beyond their working load limit.
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Question #690 (10 of 10)

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Which of the following is not a method of securing side-by-side cargo?

  • Use some kind of blocking to prevent shifting.
  • Place them in direct contact with each other.
  • Make sure it is leaning forward.
  • Fill the empty space between with other cargo.
For articles of cargo placed beside each other and secured by side-to-side tiedowns:

Either place them in direct contact with each other,

Or prevent them from shifting towards each other in transit by using blocking or filling the space with other cargo.

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About The Flatbed Cargo Securement CDL Manual

Studying the flatbed cargo securement CDL manual is not a requirement for getting your CDL permit or license. It is required knowledge for flatbed drivers.

Some questions you should be able to answer for flatbed cargo securement:

  • What is the minimum Working Load Limit of a tiedown used to secure logs?
  • What is the minimum weight of a shipment of paper rolls that would require specific securement requirements?
  • When securing concrete pipe over 45 inches loaded crosswise, which direction must the tiedowns on the front half of the load run?
  • What is a cab shield?
  • When securing concrete pipe over 45 inches loaded crosswise, which direction must the tiedowns on the rear half of the load run?
  • What is a dunnage bag?
  • Who is responsible for inspecting securing devices and cargo within the first 50 miles?
  • How many tiedowns are required on a stack of shortwood loaded crosswise?
  • What is the minimum working load limit of each tiedown used to secure crushed or flattened vehicles?
  • Define 'bolster'
  • What is a hook-lift container?
  • When a tiedown is attached directly to the cargo, what is the ideal angle where it attached to the vehicle?

What is a securing device?

Any device specifically manufactured to attach or secure cargo to a vehicle or trailer:

  • Synthetic Webbing
  • Chain
  • Wire rope
  • Manila rope
  • Synthetic rope
  • Steel strapping
  • Clamps and latches
  • Blocking
  • Front-end structure
  • Grab hooks
  • Binders
  • Shackles
  • Winches
  • Stake pockets
  • D-rings
  • Pocket
  • Webbing ratchet
  • Bracing
  • Friction mat

What is a tiedown?

A combination of securing devices that forms an assembly that:

  • Attaches cargo to, or restrains cargo on a vehicle.
  • Is attached to anchor point(s).

Some tiedowns are attached to the cargo and provide direct resistance to restrain the cargo from movement.

Some tie-downs pass over or through the cargo. They create a downward force that increases the effect of friction between the cargo and the deck. This friction restrains the cargo.

Related Cargo Securement Terms That Every Driver Should Know:

  • Tiedown:

    A combination of securing devices which form an assembly that attaches cargo to, or restrains cargo on, a vehicle or trailer, and is attached to anchor point(s).

  • Contained:

    Cargo is contained if it fills a sided vehicle, and every article is in contact with or sufficiently close to a wall or other articles so that it cannot shift or tip if those other articles are also unable to shift or tip.

  • Blocking:

    A structure, device, or another substantial article placed against or around an article to prevent horizontal movement of the article.

How should tiedowns be attached?

Tiedowns can be used in two ways:

  • Attached to the cargo:

    • Tiedowns attached to the vehicle and attached to the cargo.
    • Tiedowns attached to the vehicle, pass through or aroundan article of cargo, and then are attached to the vehicle again.

  • Pass over the cargo:

    • Tiedowns attached to the vehicle, passed over the cargo, and then attached to the vehicle again.

Tiedown placement:

Place the tiedown as close as possible to the spacer.

Position the tiedowns as symetrically as possible over the length of the article.

Position the tiedowns to preserve the integrity of the article.

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