CDL Practice Tests: School Bus Endorsement

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Question #482 (1 of 10)

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If you get into an emergency as a school bus driver and there is no radio to call for help, what should you do?

  • Dispatch a passing motorist or area resident to call for help. As a last resort, dispatch two older, responsible students to go for help.
  • Sit a safe distance from the bus and wait for help. They will come looking for you when they discover you are late.
  • Lead the entire group of students in the direction you feel you can find help the fastest
  • Keep all students on the bus no matter what and wait for help to arrive
If no radio or the radio is inoperable, dispatch a passing motorist or area resident to call for help. As a last resort, dispatch two older, responsible students to go for help.
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Question #478 (2 of 10)

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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.
  • Assign an older student assistant to lead the students to a “safe place” after evacuation.
  • Teach all students how to operate the various emergency exits and the importance of listening to and following all instructions given by you
  • You can do all of these
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.
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Question #471 (3 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?

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

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 #465 (4 of 10)

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When stopping a school bus at a bus stop, what is the last thing you must do before completely opening the door and signaling students to approach?

  • All these are correct
  • Beep the horn to make sure students are paying attention
  • Pump the brakes at least 5 times to reduce air pressure in the parking brakes
  • Make a final check to see that all traffic has stopped

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.
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Question #479 (5 of 10)

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What can you do as a bus driver to ensure students are in a safe place during an emergency?

  • You can do all of these
  • Lead students upwind of the bus if a fire is present.
  • Lead students as far away from railroad tracks as possible and in the direction of any oncoming train.
  • Lead students to a safe place at least 100 feet off the road in the direction of oncoming traffic

Some tips to determine a safe place to lead students during an emergency:

  • A safe place will be at least 100 feet off the road in the direction of oncoming traffic. This will keep the students from being hit by debris if another vehicle collides with the bus.
  • Lead students upwind of the bus if a fire is present.
  • Lead students as far away from railroad tracks as possible and in the direction of any oncoming train.
  • Lead students upwind of the bus at least 300 feet if there is a risk from spilled hazardous materials.
  • If the bus is in the direct path of a sighted tornado and evacuation is ordered, escort students to a nearby ditch or culvert if shelter in a building is not readily available and direct them to lie face down, hands covering their head. They should be far enough away so the bus cannot topple on them. Avoid areas that are subject to flash floods.
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Question #484 (6 of 10)

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What type of railroad crossing does not have any type of traffic control device installed at the crossing to regulate traffic?

  • Active crossing
  • Crossbuck crossing
  • Passive crossing
  • Semi-automatic crossing
Passive Crossings. This type of crossing does not have any type of traffic control device
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Question #486 (7 of 10)

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

  • 200 ft
  • 50 ft
  • 500 ft
  • 1000 ft
Activate hazard lights approximately 200 feet before the crossing. Make sure your intentions are known.
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Question #501 (8 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 pickup point, be sure to pick up students before backing and watch for late comers at all times.
  • 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
  • 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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The blind spot behind the bus extends how far depending on the length and width of the bus?

  • 200 to 400 feet and could extend up to 600 feet
  • 50 to 150 feet and could extend up to 400 feet
  • 150 to 350 feet and could extend up to 500 feet
  • 300 to 500 feet and could extend up to 1000 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 #476 (10 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
  • Keeping students on the bus if doing so does not expose them to unnecessary risk or injury
  • Always get the students off the bus immediately
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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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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