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This section contains knowledge and safe driving information that all commercial drivers should know. You must pass a test on this information to get a CDL. This section does not have specific information on air brakes, combination vehicles, doubles, or passenger vehicles. When preparing for the Vehicle Inspection Test, you must review the material in Section 11 in addition to the information in this section. This section does have basic information on hazardous materials (HazMat) that all drivers should know. If you need a HazMat endorsement, you should study Section 9.
A Vehicle inspection will help you find problems that could cause a crash or breakdown. Safety is the most important reason you inspect your vehicle, safety for yourself and for other road users.
A vehicle defect found during an inspection could save you problems later. You could have a breakdown on the road that will cost time and dollars, or even worse, a crash caused by the defect.
Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge the vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it "out of service" until it is fixed.
Note: Each pre-trip inspection test is a time-limited test. The maximum time allowed to complete the test is thirty minutes.
During a trip you should:
You should do an after-trip inspection at the end of the trip, the day, or the tour of duty on each vehicle you operated. It may include filling out a vehicle condition report listing any problems you find. The inspection report helps a motor carrier know when the vehicle needs repairs.
What should you do at the end of the trip, the day, or the tour of duty on each vehicle you operated?
What will state or Federal inspectors do if they judge the vehicle to be unsafe?
What is the most important reason you inspect a vehicle?
Which of the below are critical items to check during a pre-trip inspection?
Check critical items when you stop:
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