Free North Carolina CDL Practice Test Questions

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by Joshua on May 27, 2014
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In order to operate any type of large commercial vehicle in the state of North Carolina, you will most likely need to acquire some type of commercial driver’s license. This is a driver’s license that goes above and beyond the knowledge and training needed for a standard drivers license. This article will help you get started with attempting to obtain your North Carolina CDL by giving you a basic overview of how to get the license and by providing some sample questions and answers that are similar to ones that may be on the actual CDL test.

How and Where do I apply for my North Carolina CDL?

In order to apply for a CDL you will need to go into one of your local North Carolina driver’s license offices. Once there, you will need to provide 4 documents in total. They are:

  • Proof of your identity and that you are old enough to obtain a CDL.
  • Either your social security card, or an acceptable document proving your social security number.
  • A document proving that you have acceptable liability insurance.
  • A document proving your North Carolina residence. If you are not a legal citizen, you can instead bring a document proving your legal presence in the United States

Examples of acceptable documents for each of these categories can be found by visiting the CDL information page on the official website of the North Carolina Department of Transportation
In addition to providing these four documents, you will need to take two different tests. One is a skill test, and the other is a written knowledge tests. You must pass both tests in order to obtain a North Carolina CDL.

What classification of CDL do I need?

A commercial Drivers license is normally required for anyone operating a vehicle over 2600 pounds. Additionally, a CDL is required by anyone who is driving a vehicle designed to carry more than 15 passengers. There are three classifications of CDL which will determine what specific vehicles you may operate.

  • Commercial class http://www.dmvcheatsheets.com/exams/commercial-drivers-license-written-test/products/cdl-class-a-license-test-bundle – This classification of license is required if you are operating a vehicle with a combined gross vehicle weight rating of over 26000 pounds and pulling a vehicle or trailer weighing over 10,000 pounds.
  • Commercial class B – This classification of license is required if you are operating a vehicle with a combined gross vehicle weight rating of over 26000 pounds, but you are hauling a vehicle or trailer under that is under 10,000 pounds.
  • Commercial class C – This classification of license is required to operate any vehicle, regardless of weight, designed for transporting hazardous waste or more then 15 passengers (including the driver)

What can I expect on the North Carolina CDL knowledge test?

The Knowledge portion of the North Carolina CDL test will check your understanding of information found in the North Carolina Commercial Drivers Manuel, which can be found here

Practice Test

The following is a sample of questions you might be likely to find on the written portion of the North Carolina CDL test. Try answering them and checking your answers in the answer key to see if you are ready to attempt to get your NC commercial drivers license. You can also practice on free practice tests found “here”: http://www.dmvcheatsheets.com/exams/commercial-drivers-license-written-test/products/cdl-class-a-license-test-bundle/free_practice_tests/new

1) If you are involved in an accident, what steps can you take to help prevent additional incidents?

a. Turn on your hazard lights
b. Position your reflective triangles to warn others of the hazard ahead
c. Attempt to move your vehicle to the side of the road, out of the flow of traffic
d. All of the above

2) What are the two major things you should always be looking ahead for while operating your vehicle?

a. Changes in the conditions of traffic and the road
b. Smoke or fire
c. Other large vehicles
d. Parked emergency vehicles and wildlife

3) Why are placards required on commercial vehicles?

a. It’s required by law
b. To prevent incompatible cargo from being mixed
c. To make known the risks of a particular cargo
d. None of the above

4) What are the three pieces of emergency equipment that are required to be carried at all times?

a. Extra electrical fuses, flares, first aid kit
b. Extra electrical fuses, fire extinguisher, signaling devices
c. First aid kit, survival blanket, fire extinguisher
d. First aid kit, fire extinguisher, extra electrical fuses

5) Before starting down a hill in a large vehicle, it is important to make sure you are in the right gear before beginning because:

a. It is considered a sign of a skilled driver
b. It is required by law
c. You will not be able to downshift once you are traveling downhill
d. It is not important to do this

  1. Answer Key

1) d. All of the above
2) a. Changes in the conditions of traffic and of the road
3) c. To make known the risks of a particular cargo
4) b. Extra electrical fuses, fire extinguisher, signaling devices
5) c. You will not be able to downshift once you are traveling downhill

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