CDL Practice Tests: School Bus Endorsement

Choose A Section:

Go!
Question #485 (1 of 10)

Give a brief explanation of the problem:

Optional: Leave your email address if you would like a reply:

Report Cancel

There is a sign that marks the railroad crossing. It requires you to yield the right of way to the train. If there is no white line painted on the pavement, you must stop the bus before this sign. What is it called?

  • Setback sign
  • Crossbuck sign
  • Passive sign
  • Active sign
Crossbuck Signs. This sign marks the crossing. It requires you to yield the right of way to the train. If there is no white line painted on the pavement, you must stop the bus before the crossbuck sign
Previous Next
Question #500 (2 of 10)

Give a brief explanation of the problem:

Optional: Leave your email address if you would like a reply:

Report Cancel

Which of the following are true about backing a school bus?

  • You should back your bus only when you have no other safe way to move the vehicle.
  • You should never back a school bus when students are outside of the bus
  • All these are true
  • Backing a school bus is strongly discouraged
Backing a school bus is strongly discouraged. You should back your bus only when you have no other safe way to move the vehicle. You should never back a school bus when students are outside of the bus. Backing is dangerous and increases your risk of a collision.
Previous Next
Question #501 (3 of 10)

Give a brief explanation of the problem:

Optional: Leave your email address if you would like a reply:

Report Cancel

Which of the following are NOT true about backing a school bus?

  • If you must back up at a student drop-off point, be sure to unload students after backing.
  • Be sure that all students are in the bus before backing.
  • If you must back up at a student pickup point, be sure to pick up students before backing and watch for late comers at all times.
  • Never post a lookout at the back of the bus to watch for people or obstacles
  • Post a lookout. The purpose of the lookout is to warn you about obstacles, approaching persons and other vehicles. The lookout should not give directions on how to back bus.
  • Signal for quiet on the bus.
  • Constantly check all mirrors and rear windows.
  • Back slowly and smoothly.
  • If no lookout is available:
    • Set the parking brake.
    • Turn off the motor and take the keys with you.
    • Walk to the rear of the bus to determine if the way is clear.
  • If you must back up at a student pickup point, be sure to pick up students before backing and watch for late comers at all times.
  • Be sure that all students are in the bus before backing.
  • If you must back up at a student drop-off point, be sure to unload students after backing.
Previous Next
Question #460 (4 of 10)

Give a brief explanation of the problem:

Optional: Leave your email address if you would like a reply:

Report Cancel

Which mirrors on a bus are mounted on the left and right front corners of the bus and are used to see the front bumper “danger zone” area directly in front of the bus that is not visible by direct vision?

  • All are used for this purpose
  • Outside Left and Right Side Crossover Mirrors
  • Outside Left and Right Side Convex Mirrors
  • Outside Left and Right Side Flat Mirrors

10.1.5 – Outside Left and Right Side Crossover Mirrors

These mirrors are mounted on both left and right front corners of the bus. They are used to see the front bumper “danger zone” area directly in front of the bus that is not visible by direct vision, and to view the “danger zone” area to the left side and right side of the bus, including the service door and front wheel area. The mirror presents a view of people and objects that does not accurately reflect their size and distance from the bus. The driver must ensure that these mirrors are properly adjusted.

Previous Next
Question #478 (5 of 10)

Give a brief explanation of the problem:

Optional: Leave your email address if you would like a reply:

Report Cancel

What can you do as a bus driver to ensure safety in case of an emergency?

  • When possible, assign two responsible, older student assistants to each emergency exit. Teach them how to assist the other students off the bus.
  • You can do all of these
  • Teach all students how to operate the various emergency exits and the importance of listening to and following all instructions given by you
  • Assign an older student assistant to lead the students to a “safe place” after evacuation.
Be Prepared and Plan Ahead. When possible, assign two responsible, older student assistants to each emergency exit. Teach them how to assist the other students off the bus. Assign another student assistant to lead the students to a “safe place” after evacuation. However, you must recognize that there may not be older, responsible students on the bus at the time of the emergency. Therefore, emergency evacuation procedures must be explained to all students. This includes knowing how to operate the various emergency exits and the importance of listening to and following all instructions given by you.
Previous Next
Question #464 (6 of 10)

Give a brief explanation of the problem:

Optional: Leave your email address if you would like a reply:

Report Cancel

When stopping a school bus at a bus stop, what two things must you do?

  • Swing the nose of the bus toward traffic a few feet and reach your arm out the window to signal your intentions to traffic
  • Release the parking brake and activate the warning buzzer
  • Put the transmission in "park" or "neutral" and set the parking brake
  • All these are correct

When stopping, you should:

  • Bring the school bus to a full stop with the front bumper at least 10 feet away from students at the designated stop. This forces the students to walk to the bus so you have a better view of their movements.
  • Place transmission in “Park” (if there is no “Park” shift point, place in “Neutral” and set the parking brake at each stop.
  • Activate alternating red lights when traffic is a safe distance from the school bus and ensure stop arm is extended.
  • Make a final check to see that all traffic has stopped before completely opening the door and signaling students to approach.
Previous Next
Question #486 (7 of 10)

Give a brief explanation of the problem:

Optional: Leave your email address if you would like a reply:

Report Cancel

Approximately how far before a railroad crossing should you activate the school bus hazard lights to warn people you are stopping?

  • 50 ft
  • 500 ft
  • 200 ft
  • 1000 ft
Activate hazard lights approximately 200 feet before the crossing. Make sure your intentions are known.
Previous Next
Question #495 (8 of 10)

Give a brief explanation of the problem:

Optional: Leave your email address if you would like a reply:

Report Cancel

If your ABS system malfunctions:

  • Your wheels will easily lock up, even under relatively minor braking forces. Brake gently.
  • You have reduced braking force. Slow your speeds and brake sooner
  • You still have normal brake functions. Drive and brake as you always have
  • Stop driving immediately. Do not move the vehicle until repairs are made
Without ABS, you still have normal brake functions. Drive and brake as you always have
Previous Next
Question #493 (9 of 10)

Give a brief explanation of the problem:

Optional: Leave your email address if you would like a reply:

Report Cancel

How will you know if your school bus is equipped with ABS?

  • A yellow ABS malfunction light on the back of the bus below the brake lights
  • Red ABS malfunction lamp on the instrument panel
  • Yellow ABS malfunction lamp on the instrument panel
  • A yellow ABS sticker near the back emergency door
Your school bus will have a yellow ABS malfunction lamp on the instrument panel if it is equipped with ABS.
Previous Next
Question #470 (10 of 10)

Give a brief explanation of the problem:

Optional: Leave your email address if you would like a reply:

Report Cancel

If students must cross the roadway after getting off the bus, which of the following is NOT the correct procedure for them to follow?

  • Walk approximately 10 feet away from the side of the school bus to a position where you can see them.
  • Stand within 3 feet of the bus near the convex mirror so you can see them
  • Stop at the right edge of the roadway. You should be able to see the student’s feet.
  • Walk to a location at least 10 feet in front of the right corner of the bumper, but still remaining away from the front of the school bus.

If a student or students must cross the roadway, they should follow these procedures:

  • Walk approximately 10 feet away from the side of the school bus to a position where you can see them.
  • Walk to a location at least 10 feet in front of the right corner of the bumper, but still remaining away from the front of the school bus.
  • Stop at the right edge of the roadway. You should be able to see the student’s feet.
Previous Next
Complete!

Choose your next section:

Go!

About The School Bus CDL Exam

The School Bus CDL Exam is required if you want to get a school bus or charter bus endorsement. It is not required for getting a Class A CDL to drive a big rig. Bus drivers must have a commercial driver's license if they drive a vehicle designed to seat 16 or more persons, including the driver.

Bus drivers must have a passenger endorsement on their commercial driver license. To obtain the endorsement, you must pass a knowledge test on the Safe Driving and (this section) portions of the CDL manual. If your bus has air brakes, you must also pass a knowledge test on air brakes. You must also pass the skills/drive tests required for the class and type of passenger vehicle you plan to drive.

This section covers:

  • Vehicle Inspection
  • Loading
  • On the Road
  • After-trip Vehicle Inspection
  • Prohibited Practices
  • Use of Brake-door Interlocks

Vehicle Inspection

Before driving your bus, make sure it is safe. You must review the inspection report made by the previous driver. Only if defects reported earlier have been certified as repaired or not needed to be repaired, should you sign the previous driver's report. This is your certification that the defects reported earlier have been repaired.

Make sure the following are in good working order before driving:

  • Service brakes, including air hose couplings (if your bus has a trailer or semitrailer).
  • Parking brake.
  • Steering mechanism.
  • Lights and reflectors.
  • Tires (front wheels must not have re-capped or re-grooved tires).
  • Horn.
  • Windshield wiper or wipers.
  • Rear-vision mirror or mirrors.
  • Coupling devices (if present).
  • Wheels and rims.
  • Emergency equipment

Loading And Trip Start

Do not allow riders to leave carry-on baggage in a doorway or aisle. There should be nothing in the aisle that might trip other riders. Secure baggage and freight in ways that avoid damage and:

  • Allow the driver to move freely and easily.
  • Allow riders to exit by any window or door in an emergency.
  • Protect riders from injury if carry-ons fall or shift.

Forbidden Hazardous Materials

Buses may carry small-arms ammunition labeled ORM-D, emergency hospital supplies and drugs. You can carry small amounts of some other hazardous materials if the shipper cannot send them any other way. Buses must never carry:

  • Division 2.3 poison gas, liquid Class 6 poison, tear gas, irritating material.
  • More than 100 pounds of solid Class 6 poisons.
  • Explosives in the space occupied by people, except small-arms ammunition.
  • Labeled radioactive materials in the space occupied by people.
  • More than 500 pounds total of allowed hazardous materials and no more than 100 pounds of any one class.

Riders sometimes board a bus with an unlabeled hazardous material. Do not allow riders to carry on common hazards such as car batteries or gasoline. See Section 2 and Section 9 for additional information on hazardous materials.

Common Bus Accidents

Accidents In Intersections:

The Most Common Bus Accidents: Bus accidents often happen at intersections. Use caution, even if a signal or stop sign controls other traffic. School and mass transit buses sometimes scrape off mirrors or hit passing vehicles when pulling out from a bus stop. Remember the clearance your bus needs and watch for poles and tree limbs at stops. Know the size of the gap your bus needs to accelerate and merge with traffic. Wait for the gap to open before leaving the stop. Never assume other drivers will brake to give you room when you signal or start to pull out.

Speed In Curves

Accidents on curves result from excessive speed, often when rain or snow has made the road slippery. Every banked curve has a safe "design speed." In good weather, the posted speed is safe for cars but it may be too high for many buses. With good traction, the bus may roll over; with poor traction, it might slide off the curve. Reduce speed for curves. If your bus leans toward the outside on a banked curve, you are driving too fast.

Railroad Crossings

Bus drivers must stop at railroad crossings:

  • Stop your bus between 15 and 50 feet before railroad crossings.
  • Listen and look in both directions for trains. You should open your forward door if it improves your ability to see or hear an approaching train.
  • Before crossing after a train has passed, make sure there is not another train coming in the other direction on other tracks.
  • If your bus has a manual transmission, never change gears while crossing the tracks.
  • You do not have to stop, but must slow down and carefully check for other vehicles:
    • - At streetcar crossings.
    • - Where a policeman or flagman is directing traffic.
    • - If a traffic signal is green.
    • - At crossings marked as "exempt" or "abandoned.

    Prohibited Practices

    • Avoid fueling your bus with riders on board unless absolutely necessary. Never refuel in a closed building with riders on board.
    • Do not talk with riders or engage in any other distracting activity while driving.
    • Do not tow or push a disabled bus with riders aboard the vehicle, unless getting off would be unsafe. Only tow or push the bus to the nearest safe spot to discharge passengers. Follow your employer's guidelines on towing or pushing disabled buses.

    Questions You Should Know For The Exam

    • 1. Name some things to check in the interior of a bus during a pre-trip inspection.
    • 2. What are some hazardous materials you can transport by bus?
    • 3. What are some hazardous materials you cannot transport by bus?
    • 4. What is a standee line?
    • 5. Does it matter where you make a disruptive passenger get off the bus?
    • 6. How far from a railroad crossing should you stop?
    • 7. When must you stop before crossing a drawbridge?
    • 8. Describe from memory the “prohibited practices” listed in the manual.
    • 9. The rear door of a transit bus has to be open to put on the parking brake. True or False?

    Why Join Trucking Truth?

    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

    Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

    Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

    Apply For Paid CDL Training