CDL Practice Tests: School Bus Endorsement

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Question #494 (1 of 10)

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When you drive a vehicle with ABS, which of the following is NOT the proper procedure?

  • As you slow down, monitor your bus and back off the brakes (if it is safe to do so) to stay in control.
  • Pump the brakes if you are in an emergency braking situation
  • Use only the braking force necessary to stop safely and stay in control
  • Brake the same way, regardless of whether you have ABS on the bus. However, in emergency braking, do not pump the brakes on a bus with ABS.

When you drive a vehicle with ABS, you should brake as you always have. In other words:

  • Use only the braking force necessary to stop safely and stay in control.
  • Brake the same way, regardless of whether you have ABS on the bus. However, in emergency braking, do not pump the brakes on a bus with ABS.
  • As you slow down, monitor your bus and back off the brakes (if it is safe to do so) to stay in control.
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Question #483 (2 of 10)

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What type of railroad crossing has a traffic control device installed at the crossing to regulate traffic?

  • Crossbuck crossing
  • Semi-automatic crossing
  • Active crossing
  • Passive crossing
Active Crossings. This type of crossing has a traffic control device installed at the crossing to regulate traffic at the crossing
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Question #455 (3 of 10)

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When you have adjusted the flat side mirrors on the bus properly, you will see all the following EXCEPT:

  • Along the sides of the bus
  • 200 feet or 4 bus lengths behind the bus
  • The rear tires touching the ground
  • The area directly beneath the mirror

Ensure that the mirrors are properly adjusted so you can see:

  • 200 feet or 4 bus lengths behind the bus.
  • Along the sides of the bus.
  • The rear tires touching the ground.

There is a blind spot immediately below and in front of each mirror and directly behind the rear bumper.

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Question #471 (4 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?

  • Stay very close to the front of the bus as they cross to make sure they are protected
  • Stop and look in all directions, making sure the roadway is clear and is safe.
  • Check to see if the red flashing lights on the bus are still flashing.
  • Wait for your signal before crossing the roadway.

When students reach the edge of the roadway, they should:

  • Stop and look in all directions, making sure the roadway is clear and is safe.
  • Check to see if the red flashing lights on the bus are still flashing.
  • Wait for your signal before crossing the roadway.
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Question #501 (5 of 10)

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

  • 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.
  • Never post a lookout at the back of the bus to watch for people or obstacles
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Question #493 (6 of 10)

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

  • 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
  • A yellow ABS malfunction light on the back of the bus below the brake lights
Your school bus will have a yellow ABS malfunction lamp on the instrument panel if it is equipped with ABS.
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Question #499 (7 of 10)

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

  • All these are correct
  • Contact your dispatcher to get more information on how to proceed.
  • 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.

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 #481 (8 of 10)

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If you have an injured student with a possible head or neck injury, what should you do?

  • None of these are correct
  • Never move the student, no matter what. Let emergency responders do that
  • Do not move a student you believe may have suffered a neck or spinal injury unless his or her life is in immediate danger.
  • Always get the student off the bus immediately
Do not move a student you believe may have suffered a neck or spinal injury unless his or her life is in immediate danger.
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Question #492 (9 of 10)

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If there is a serious behavior problem on the bus, which of the following is NOT the proper way to handle it?

  • If a change of seating is needed, request that the student move to a seat near you.
  • Stop the bus. Park in a safe location off the road, perhaps a parking lot or a driveway.
  • Stand up and speak respectfully to the offender or offenders. Speak in a courteous manner with a firm voice. Remind the offender of the expected behavior. Do not show anger but do show that you mean business.
  • Put the student off the bus immediately, regardless of location along the route.

Tips for handling serious problems:

  • Follow your school’s procedures for discipline or refusal of rights to ride the bus.
  • Stop the bus. Park in a safe location off the road, perhaps a parking lot or a driveway.
  • Secure the bus. Take the ignition key with you if you leave your seat.
  • Stand up and speak respectfully to the offender or offenders. Speak in a courteous manner with a firm voice. Remind the offender of the expected behavior. Do not show anger but do show that you mean business.
  • If a change of seating is needed, request that the student move to a seat near you.
  • Never put a student off the bus except at school or at his or her designated school bus stop. If you believe that the offense is serious enough that you cannot safely drive the bus, call for a school administrator or the police to come and remove the student. Always follow your state or local procedures for requesting assistance.
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Question #490 (10 of 10)

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If your school bus stalls on the tracks, what should get the students off the bus and move them where?

  • Far from the bus at an angle, both away from the tracks and away from the train
  • Far from the bus and perpendicular to the bus, both along the tracks and away the train
  • Far from the bus at an angle, both away from the tracks and toward the train
  • Far from the bus and perpendicular to the tracks, both toward the tracks and toward the train

Bus Stalls or Trapped on Tracks. If your bus stalls or is trapped on the tracks, get everyone out of the bus and off the tracks immediately. Move everyone far from the bus at an angle, both away from the tracks and toward the train.

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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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