CDL Practice Tests: School Bus Endorsement

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Question #483 (1 of 10)

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

  • Semi-automatic crossing
  • Active crossing
  • Crossbuck 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 #500 (2 of 10)

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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.
  • All these are true
  • You should never back a school bus when students are outside of the bus
  • 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.
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Question #493 (3 of 10)

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

  • A yellow ABS sticker near the back emergency door
  • Yellow ABS malfunction lamp on the instrument panel
  • A yellow ABS malfunction light on the back of the bus below the brake lights
  • Red ABS malfunction lamp on the instrument panel
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 #474 (4 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
  • Leave the object there and let the bus driver get it
  • Grab the object quickly and get out of danger

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 #467 (5 of 10)

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

  • Have the students board the school bus slowly, in single file, and use the handrail. The dome light should be on while loading in the dark.
  • Count the number of students at the bus stop and be sure all board the bus. If possible, know names of students at each stop. If there is a student missing, ask the other students where the student is.
  • Wait until students are seated and facing forward before moving the bus.
  • If you cannot account for a student outside, send a student outside to check around and underneath the bus
  • Count the number of students at the bus stop and be sure all board the bus. If possible, know names of students at each stop. If there is a student missing, ask the other students where the student is.
  • Have the students board the school bus slowly, in single file, and use the handrail. The dome light should be on while loading in the dark.
  • Wait until students are seated and facing forward before moving the bus.
  • Check all mirrors. Make certain no one is running to catch the bus.
  • If you cannot account for a student outside, secure the bus, take the key and check around and underneath the bus.
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Question #485 (6 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?

  • Passive sign
  • Setback sign
  • Active 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 #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?

  • Stop at the right edge of the roadway. You should be able to see the student’s feet.
  • 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.
  • Stand within 3 feet of the bus near the convex mirror so you can see them

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 #471 (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?

  • Check to see if the red flashing lights on the bus are still flashing.
  • 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.

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 #490 (9 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 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 away from the train
  • Far from the bus and perpendicular to the tracks, both toward the tracks and toward the train
  • Far from the bus at an angle, both away from 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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Question #489 (10 of 10)

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Which of the following IS NOT the proper procedure when at a railroad crossing in a school bus?

  • At a multiple-track crossing, stop only before the first set of tracks. When you are sure no train is approaching on any track, proceed across all of the tracks until you have completely cleared them.
  • If the gate comes down after you have started across, drive through it even if it means you will break the gate.
  • When crossing a double set of tracks, stop before each set of tracks. Just because you cleared the first set doesn't mean a train isn't coming on the second set
  • Cross the tracks in a low gear. Do not change gears while crossing.
  • Check the crossing signals again before proceeding.
  • At a multiple-track crossing, stop only before the first set of tracks. When you are sure no train is approaching on any track, proceed across all of the tracks until you have completely cleared them.
  • Cross the tracks in a low gear. Do not change gears while crossing.
  • If the gate comes down after you have started across, drive through it even if it means you will break the gate.
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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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