CDL Practice Tests: Safe Driving

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When performing the Alley Dock maneuver on your skills test, you must back into the alley bringing the rear of your vehicle within how many feet of the rear of the alley without touching boundary lines or cones?

  • 3 ft
  • 5 ft
  • 10 ft
  • 8 ft

Alley Dock - You may be asked to sight-side back your vehicle into an alley. You will drive past the alley and position your vehicle parallel to the outer boundary. From that position, back into the alley bringing the rear of your vehicle within 3 feet of the rear of the alley without touching boundary lines or cones. Your vehicle must be straight within the alley/lane when you have completed the maneuver.

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During the CDL exam, when a driver stops and reverses direction to get a better position, it is scored as a:

  • Reversal
  • Pull-up
  • Crossover
  • Insurgent
When a driver stops and reverses direction to get a better position, it is scored as a “pull-up.”
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About The Driving Portion Of The CDL Exam

Passing the Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Road Test can be a stressful but rewarding experience. Before taking the test, it’s important to be aware of the different tests you will have to take, the steps you need to do to pass, and the tips to help you get the best possible result.

The CDL Road Test consists of 3 parts: a pre-trip inspection, a yard skills test, and an on-road driving test. The pre-trip inspection requires you to carefully inspect the vehicle to make sure it is safe to drive.

The yard skills test includes a variety of backing maneuvers, such as straight backing, offset backing, alley dock, and parallel parking.

Lastly, the on-road driving test is designed to show your ability to handle the operation of a motor vehicle in a public setting. All parts of the test are graded and you must pass all 3 exams to get your CDL.

What To Expect During The Driving Exam

You will drive over a test route that has a variety of traffic situations. At all times during the test, you must drive in a safe and responsible manner. You must wear your safety belt, obey all traffic signs, signals and laws and complete the test without an accident or violation. No radios, electronic devices or phones may be on during the test.

During the driving test, the examiner will be scoring you on specific driving maneuvers as well as on your general driving behavior. You will follow the directions of the examiner. Directions will be given to you so you will have plenty of time to do what the examiner has asked. You will not be asked to drive in an unsafe manner.

If your test route does not have certain traffic situations, you may be asked to simulate a traffic situation. You will do this by telling the examiner what you are or would be doing if you were in that traffic situation.

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