CDL Practice Tests: School Bus Endorsement

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Question #456 (1 of 10)

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The blind spot behind the bus extends how far depending on the length and width of the bus?

  • 150 to 350 feet and could extend up to 500 feet
  • 200 to 400 feet and could extend up to 600 feet
  • 300 to 500 feet and could extend up to 1000 feet
  • 50 to 150 feet and could extend up to 400 feet
The blind spot behind the bus extends 50 to 150 feet and could extend up to 400 feet depending on the length and width of the bus
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Question #485 (2 of 10)

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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?

  • Active sign
  • Setback sign
  • Passive sign
  • Crossbuck 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
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Question #459 (3 of 10)

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Which of the following DOES NOT describe the left and right side crossover mirrors on a bus?

  • They are used to view the “danger zone” area behind the bus, including the rear door
  • The mirror presents a view of people and objects that does not accurately reflect their size and distance from 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.
  • These mirrors are mounted on both left and right front corners of the bus

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.

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Question #476 (4 of 10)

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As a general rule, what is the best thing to do as a school bus driver for student safety and control during an emergency and/or impending crisis?

  • Always keep the students on the bus until help arrives
  • None of these are correct
  • Always get the students off the bus immediately
  • Keeping students on the bus if doing so does not expose them to unnecessary risk or injury
As a general rule, student safety and control are best maintained by keeping students on the bus during an emergency and/or impending crisis, if so doing does not expose them to unnecessary risk or injury
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Question #474 (5 of 10)

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If a student drops an object near the school bus, what should you instruct the student to do?

  • Leave any dropped object and move to a point of safety out of the danger zones and then attempt to get the driver’s attention to retrieve the object
  • None of these are correct
  • Grab the object quickly and get out of danger
  • Leave the object there and let the bus driver get it

Students should be told to leave any dropped object and move to a point of safety out of the danger zones and then attempt to get the driver’s attention to retrieve the object.

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Question #466 (6 of 10)

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When loading students onto a bus, which of the following is NOT the procedure to follow?

  • Monitor all mirrors continuously
  • Students should board the bus only when signaled to do so by the driver.
  • Students should wait in a designated location for the school bus, facing the bus as it approaches.
  • Begin to move the bus while the students are getting seated
  • Perform a safe stop as described in Subsection 10.2.1.
  • Students should wait in a designated location for the school bus, facing the bus as it approaches.
  • Students should board the bus only when signaled to do so by the driver.
  • Monitor all mirrors continuously.
  • Wait until students are seated and facing forward before moving the bus.
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Question #470 (7 of 10)

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

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

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.
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Question #472 (8 of 10)

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When students have gotten off the bus and reach the edge of the roadway to cross the street, which of the following is NOT the correct procedure for them to follow?

  • Look for traffic in both directions, making sure the roadway is clear.
  • Walk to the left edge of the school bus, stop and look again for your signal to continue to cross the roadway.
  • Stay very close to the front of the bus as they cross to make sure they are protected
  • Cross far enough in front of the school bus to be in your view.

Upon your signal, the students should:

  • Cross far enough in front of the school bus to be in your view.
  • Walk to the left edge of the school bus, stop and look again for your signal to continue to cross the roadway.
  • Look for traffic in both directions, making sure roadway is clear.
  • Proceed across the roadway, continuing to look in all directions.
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Question #499 (9 of 10)

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If you are caught in strong winds in a school bus you should:

  • You should slow down to lessen the effect of the wind or pull off the roadway and wait.
  • Contact your dispatcher to get more information on how to proceed.
  • Keep a strong grip on the steering wheel. Try to anticipate gusts.
  • All these are correct

If you are caught in strong winds:

  • Keep a strong grip on the steering wheel. Try to anticipate gusts.
  • You should slow down to lessen the effect of the wind or pull off the roadway and wait.
  • Contact your dispatcher to get more information on how to proceed.
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Question #488 (10 of 10)

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Which of the following is the proper procedure when at a railroad crossing in a school bus?

  • Turn off all radios and noisy equipment and silence the passengers.
  • All these are correct
  • Open the service door and driver’s window. Look and listen for an approaching train.
  • Place the transmission in “Park” (if there is no “Park” shift point, use “Neutral”) and set the parking brake.

At the crossing:

  • Stop no closer than 15 feet and no farther than 50 feet from the nearest rail, where you have the best view of the tracks.
  • Place the transmission in “Park” (if there is no “Park” shift point, use “Neutral”) and set the parking brake.
  • Turn off all radios and noisy equipment and silence the passengers.
  • Open the service door and driver’s window. Look and listen for an approaching train.
  • After you have determined that no train is approaching, close the service door and proceed with caution.
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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?

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