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Free CDL - Section 2 - General Knowledge Driving Safely Sample Practice Test

You are about to take the CDL - Section 2 - General Knowledge Driving Safely. This sample test consists of 11 multiple choice questions and answers.

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1. Why is it important that you use a helper when backing?
a.
To lessen insurance liability.
b.
There are blind spots that you cannot see.
c.
To prevent your vehicle from jackknifing.
2. When backing a trailer, how can a pull-up help you?
a.
Pull-ups, or moving your vehicle forward, help you to re-align the vehicle and trailer so you can continue backing.
b.
Pull-ups, or turning the top of the steering wheel in the direction of a drift, can help you to get the trailer onto the proper path.
c.
Pull-ups, or side mirrors, can help you see whether the trailer is drifting to one side or the other.
3. How far ahead should you look?
a.
Good drivers look 12 to 20 seconds ahead. At lower speeds, that's about 3 cars ahead and at highway speeds, that's about 10 cars ahead.
b.
Good drivers look 12 to 15 seconds ahead. At lower speeds, that's about one block. At highway speeds, that's about a quarter of a mile.
c.
Good drivers watch about half a mile ahead.
d.
All of the above
4. If you stop on a two-lane road carrying traffic in both directions or on an undivided highway, where should you place the emergency warning devices?
a.
You should place warning devices within 20 feet of the front and rear corners and 50 feet behind and ahead of the vehicle.
b.
You should place warning devices within 10 feet of the front or rear corners to mark the location of the vehicle and 100 feet behind and ahead of the vehicle, on the shoulder or in the lane you stopped in.
c.
Within 250 feet of any hill, curve or other obstruction that prevents other drivers from seeing the vehicle.
5. When are you at risk of hydroplaning?
a.
When driving through puddles.
b.
If tire pressure if low or the tread is worn and you are driving on wet roads.
c.
At speeds as low as 30 mph if there is a lot of water.
d.
All of the above
6. When driving in winter, what are some things that you should be sure to check?
a.
Make sure the cooling system is full and there is enough anti-freeze in the system to protect against freezing.
b.
Make sure the defrosters and any heaters you will need work.
c.
Make sure the wiper blades press against the windshield properly. Otherwise, they may not be able to wipe away snow.
d.
Make sure your lights and reflectors are clean.
e.
All of the above
7. How frequently should you inspect the tires when driving in very hot weather?
a.
Inspect the tires every hour or every 50 miles when driving in very hot weather.
b.
Inspect the tires every two hours or every 100 miles when driving in very hot weather.
c.
Inspect the tires every three hours or every 150 miles when driving in very hot weather.
d.
Inspect the tires every four hours or every 200 miles when driving in very hot weather.
8. When is the braking effect of the engine the greatest?
a.
When the engine is below the governed rpms and the transmission is in the lower gears.
b.
When the engine is near the governed rpms and the transmission is in the lower gears.
c.
When the engine is above the governed rpms and the transmission is in the higher gears.
9. What are the major signs of tire failure?
a.
The loud "bang" of a blowout.
b.
Vehicle thumping or vibrating heavily.
c.
Steering wheel feels "heavy".
d.
All of the above
10. What is the most common skid?
a.
One in which the rear wheels lose traction through excessive braking or acceleration.
b.
One in which the wheels lose traction by turning the wheels more sharply than they can turn.
c.
One in which the wheels lose traction because drivers are driving too fast for road conditions.
11. Empty trucks have the best braking. True or False?
a.
True.
b.
False. Empty trucks require greater stopping distances, because an empty vehicle has less traction. It can bounce and lock up its wheels, giving much poorer braking.

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