Illinois Air Brake Test, Questions For Those That Took It.

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Class B.'s Comment
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Do they start off with the air brake test? What exactly did the examiner ask you to do for the air brake test?

Is it just the 3 steps in section 12 of the study guide? Air leak test, emergency fan down test, then service brake test?

They use tablets for the pre trip test, so would mentioning and doing 3 points of contact, seatbelt, safe start, abs light, other dash warning lights and buzzers, steering wheel play, then a parking brake check, help, hurt or make no difference before I start the leak, emergency and service brake test?

Study guide says use wheel chocks for air leak test if parked on an incline. Did you use wheel chocks? Elk grove parking lot seems flat and level.


Errol V.'s Comment
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Your first question: the air brake in-cab usually happens after the pre-trip walk around and before you start the skills (backing) part.

It's kind of hidden in plain sight, but just under the Trucking Truth title is a search box. I put in "air brake pretrip" and got several answers, including this one: Pre Trip In Cab Air Brake Test.

Our Standard pretrip resides here: Pre-Trip Inspection - My Way! A Must See!

You might also take a look at the Table of Contents menu: top left "three bar menu". Maybe check in the Trucking Wiki. (look on that ToC list).

The other in-cab stuff isn't just "mentioned", you do/check the things as you say them. As you click on your seatbelt, you are saying "I'm putting in my seatbelt. It's securely attached to the floor (on the right end) and to the door post." You release the buckle then re clip and say "The buckle releases easily and it's adjusted for me." And keep talking and doing the inspection.

Lastly, your test truck should have chocks in the storage. Even if you're on a level area for the test (chances are very good that you are) you can mention them as you point out the required safety items in the compartment.

The inspector has the tablet and she probably is simply checking off each item you inspect. Don't go overboard on inspecting "everything", but remember, it's part of your blanket that hangs off the bed that keeps you warm.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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You will sit in the cab for both the pretrip and then brakes test. He or she should ask you about a certain break test, if you know what you are talking about they may only ask you about 1 or 2 of the tests. I had to tell him about in cab inspection then we transitioned into the brake tests and how they work.

Only tell them about what they ask for if he asks about lights only talk about lights, if they ask about in cab only mention the stuff for the in cab.

Also do not offer to do any of the tests if he asks do it but do not volunteer.

I took my test 2.5 years about but they came to my school in Bensenville it might be a bit different for you at the facility.

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