How to Prepare for the CDL: Commercial Driver's License Truck Driver's Test

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This updated manual prepares professional and prospective truck and trailer drivers for the tests required by the U.S. Department of Transportation in all 50 states. Thorough coverage of both the written and driving tests is presented with specific answers and explanations. Detailed diagrams demonstrate the proper procedures drivers need to master for their behind-the-wheel tests. This manual is heavily illustrated with diagrams and line art.

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This updated manual prepares professional and prospective truck and trailer drivers for the tests required by the U.S. Department of Transportation in all 50 states. Thorough coverage of both the written and driving tests is presented with specific answers and explanations. Detailed diagrams demonstrate the proper procedures drivers need to master for their behind-the-wheel tests. This manual is heavily illustrated with diagrams and line art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764123351
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication v
Acknowledgments v
Preface vii
A Brief Introduction to the CDL viii
Part 11
Chapter 1. Introduction 3
Using PASS 3
PASS Is Personal 3
Diagnostic CDL Test 4
PASS Is Action 10
PASS Is a System 10
PASS Is Success 13
Chapter 2. Using SEX to Prepare for the CDL Tests 15
Be Relaxed and Alert 15
Be Systematic 18
Tools for Success 19
PASS Billboards 21
Chapter 3. About Tests 23
Types of Tests 23
Types of Test Questions 25
Types of Test Answer Choices 25
Scoring Knowledge Tests 27
Skills Tests 27
Scoring Skills Tests 28
Test-taking Tips 29
Tips for Different Test Question Types 31
PASS Practice Tests 32
Part 233
Chapter 4. Commercial Driver Licensing 35
PASS Pre-trip 35
CDL Background 35
FMCSR Part 383: Commercial Driver's License Standards 36
PASS Post-trip 53
Chapter 5. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations 57
PASS Pre-trip 57
FMCSR Part 391 58
FMCSR Part 392 64
FMCSR Part 393 70
FMCSR Part 395 90
FMCSR part 396 96
FMCSR Part 397 98
PASS Post-trip 102
Chapter 6. Safety Control Systems 107
PASS Pre-trip 107
Safety Control Systems 107
Troubleshooting 127
Emergencies 146
PASS Post-trip 146
Chapter 7. Basic Vehicle Control 149
PASS Pre-trip 149
Safe Vehicle Control 150
Visual Alertness 154
Communicating with Other Drivers 156
Speed Management 157
Space Management 161
Night Driving 163
Driving in Adverse Conditions 166
Driving in Winter 167
Driving in the Rain 168
Driving in Hot Weather 169
Mountain Driving 170
Road Hazards 172
Emergency Maneuvers 175
Skid Control and Recovery 178
Coupling and Uncoupling 178
PASS Post-trip 179
Chapter 8. Loading, Securing, and Hauling Loads 183
PASS Pre-trip 183
Forces of Nature 185
Size and Balance 186
Loading Cargo 189
Securing Loads 191
Cargo Inspection 193
Driving With a Load 195
PASS Post-trip 196
Chapter 9. Vehicle Inspection 201
PASS Pre-trip 201
Why Inspect 202
Who Inspects 202
When to Inspect 202
What to Inspect 203
State and Local Requirements 209
Inspection Routines 210
PASS Post-trip 217
Chapter 10. Air Brakes 221
PASS Pre-trip 221
Braking With Compressed Air 221
The Brake Chamber 222
The Brake System 225
Air Brake System Operation 229
Compressed Air in the Spring Brake 229
Operational Control Valves 231
Gauges and Warning Devices 232
Air Brakes in Tractor-Trailer Combinations 232
Brake System Problems 234
Maintaining and Inspecting Air Brakes 235
Air Brake System Inspection 237
Seven-step Pre-trip Inspection 238
Driving With Air Brakes 244
PASS Post-trip 245
Chapter 11. Vehicle Combinations 249
PASS Pre-trip 249
Coupling a Single Semitrailer 250
Uncoupling a Single Semitrailer 252
Coupling Doubles 254
Uncoupling Doubles 256
Coupling Triples 256
Uncoupling Triples 256
Inspecting Vehicle Combinations 256
Seven-step Vehicle Combination Inspection 259
Pulling Trailers Safely 263
PASS Post-trip 268
Chapter 12. Tank Vehicle Endorsement 273
PASS Pre-trip 273
Effects of Liquid Loads on Vehicle Handling 273
Braking Response of Tanks 274
Baffles and Compartments 274
Types of Tanks 277
Liquid Density and Cargo Surge 277
Driving Tanks 277
Emergency Systems 279
Retest and Marking Requirement 280
PASS Post-trip 284
Chapter 13. Hazardous Materials Endorsement 289
PASS Pre-trip 289
Hazardous Materials Regulations 290
FMCSR Part 397 291
Title 49 CFR Part 171 293
Title 49 CFR Part 172 298
Title 49 CFR Part 173 311
Title 49 CFR Part 177 318
Title 49 CFR Part 178 326
Other Hazardous Materials Regulations 327
Hazardous Materials Handling 328
Emergency Equipment 330
Emergency Response Procedures 331
PASS Post-trip 334
Part 3339
Chapter 14. Review 341
How to Review 341
Sample Test 1 347
Sample Test 2 355
Endorsement Test Reviews 360
Chapter 15. CDL Skills Tests 381
Pre-Trip Inspection 382
Coupling and Uncoupling 388
Basic Controls Skills Test 389
Safe Driving Skills Test 397
Chapter 16. Final Tips for the Test 405
Prepare Your Vehicle 405
Arranging for the CDL Tests 406
Taking the Test 407
Retaking the Test 408
Appendix A Answer Keys 409
Appendix B Motor Vehicle Office Addresses 413
Appendix C Motor Transport Associations 415
Appendix D Transportation Agencies 419
Glossary 421
Index 431
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