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To obtain a CDL, you will be required to pass a vehicle inspection test. The vehicle inspection test, formerly known as pre-trip, is a skills test to see if you identify which features and equipment on the test vehicle should be inspected before driving. During the test, you will be asked to do an inspection of your vehicle. You will be expected to show your knowledge of the inspection process and you will be tested to see if you know whether your vehicle is safe to drive. During the CDL inspection test, DMV does not allow the use of testing aids, other than the vehicle inspection guide in the Massachusetts CDL Manual. To prepare for the test, study the following sections of the CDL manual: Driving Safely and the Vehicle Inspection Test. If you do not pass the CDL inspection test, the other skills tests will be postponed.
1. When performing the stop/start maneuver during the skills test, you should:
apply the brakes as hard as you can without locking the wheels.
not use your turn signals.
decelerate smoothly.
activate your left turn signal.
2. What should be clean with no obstructions, illegal stickers, or damages to the glass?
The windshield.
The headlights.
The lighting indicators.
None of the above.
3. During the vehicle inspection, when approaching the vehicle you should:
look under the vehicle for fresh oil, fuel leaks or coolant.
check that the parking brakes are not set.
check that the vehicle is parked properly.
check that the vehicle is clear.
4. When approaching a vehicle for a pre-trip inspection, you should:
start the engine and listen for unusual noises.
look under the vehicle for fuel leaks, fresh oil, coolant or grease.
look under the vehicle for hazards to vehicle movement.
make sure the parking brake is on.
5. Brake drums (or discs) must not have cracks longer than:
one half the width of the friction area.
one third the width of the friction area.
the width of the friction area.
twice the width of the friction area.
6. If loose or missing, _______ may cause movement between the frame and fifth wheel assembly.
electric connectors
safety chains
locking pins
mounting bolts
7. Which of the following is checked in a pre-trip inspection?
Mirrors and windshield
Steering wheel
Wiper blades
All of the above.
8. How can you tell if your vehicle is equipped with ABS?
Trailers will have yellow ABS malfunction lamps on the left side.
Look for yellow ABS malfunction lamps on the instrument panel.
Look under the vehicle for the wheel speed sensor wires coming from the back of the brakes.
All of the above.
9. Which of the following is NOT part of a standard vehicle inspection?
Seating defects.
Bad brake drums or shoes.
Tire problems.
Wheel and rim problems.
10. During the driving test, when approaching a railroad crossing, you should _________ while your vehicle is in the crossing.
change lanes
not change gears
pass slow moving vehicles
None of the above.
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