This general knowledge practice test will examine your knowledge of general trucking, safe transportation of cargo, safe driving, and the correct way to perform a pre-trip vehicle inspection. In order to receive your CDL, it is required that you pass the state’s official CDL General Knowledge exam.

General Knowledges Test 04

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The vast majority of truck skids are caused by...?

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The best thing to do if you lose your brake power on a downhill is to...?

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Which of these has priority at a railroad crossing which has neither gates nor lights?

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Which of these is a sign that you have lost hydraulic brake pressure?

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When going downhill, brakes will start to fade if...?

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If you have been forced to leave the road and have to return to it before you can stop, you should...?

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If you are returning to the road after being forced off, as soon as the front tires are on the pavement, you should...?

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The best lights to use in foggy conditions are...?

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In slippery conditions, you should aim to be...?

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It is safe to remove the radiator cap for checks in hot conditions...?

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You should not move a severely injured person at a crash scene unless...?

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A yellow cross on the pavement marked with the letters RR means...?

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Your 'safe' speed on a downgrade is...?

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If you have ABS brakes, your braking should be...?

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If your ABS system fails, you should...?

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If an oncoming driver has drifted to your lane, the best thing to do is...?

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If you stop to help others at a crash in which you were not involved, you should park...?

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In very hot weather, you should inspect your tire pressures every...?

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If you have no alternative but to drive through standing water, you should do so...?

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When crossing a railroad track, you should never...?

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On older brake systems, the ABS lamp may stay on until you reach a speed in excess of...?

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If you are forced to leave the pavement completely, you should avoid using your brakes until your speed has dropped to around...?

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When traveling at your 'safe' speed, you should be able to reduce your speed by 5 mph by applying the brakes for...?

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ABS systems will be present on all commercial vehicles built after March 1...?

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A typical tractor-trailer unit takes at least how long to clear a double track railroad crossing?

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Brakes are more likely to experience fade if...?

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If you suspect a front tire failure, you should...?

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You're driving a rig on which only the trailer, not the tractor, has ABS. What should you do?

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ABS systems only operate when...?

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Which of these is not an essential at the scene of a crash?

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Steps to Get A CDL

Now that you know that you are eligible to receive a CDL and you know the requirements, let’s learn more about the steps on how to get it. These steps will help guide you in the right direction. Below are five steps to get your CDL.

Obtain a study guide: Once you have decided that you want to obtain a CDL and you feel that you meet all the requirements above, you will need to do your homework. Obtain a free CDL study guide from your local DMV and familiarize yourself with its contents, also, take our general knowledge practice test here.

There are three types of CDL classes that determine the type of vehicle you may drive and how much you may tow. A Class A CDL class allows you to operate a vehicle with a GCWR of 26,001 if the vehicle you tow weighs more than 10,000 and a Class B CDL allows you to operate a vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds or operate any vehicle towing another vehicle that weighs less than 10,000 GVWR. With a Class C CDL, you can operate a Class C vehicle that transports hazardous materials.