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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 New Mexico 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 taking the road test, you will be evaluated on your use of turn signals. You should do all of the following except:
Use your turn signals properly.
Activate your turn signals when required.
Activate your turn signals upon completion of a turn or lane change.
2. When approaching a vehicle as part of a pre-trip inspection, the driver should look under the vehicle for all of the following except:
Windshield wiper fluid
3. If you find anything unsafe during the pre-trip inspection, you are required to:
write it in your inspection report.
drive cautiously until it is fixed.
get it fixed before driving.
4. Doing a vehicle inspection is very important. Why?
A defect found during an inspection could save you problems later.
Federal and state regulations require that drivers inspect their vehicle.
All of the above.
5. When checking the condition of the visible parts during your pre-trip inspection, make sure that the _________ are secured against rubbing, snagging or wearing.
air lines and electrical wiring
6. When inspecting your vehicle, before checking the engine compartment be sure that:
the fire extinguisher is properly charged and rated.
all lights are working.
the parking brakes are on and/or wheels chocked.
7. During the vehicle inspection test, when asked to check the power steering fluid you should:
check for adequate power steering fluid level.
indicate where power steering fluid dipstick is located.
All of the above.
8. Which of the following are key steering system parts?
Leaf spring, torque rod, front axle hanger
Lug nuts, rims, tire
Tie rod, drag link, spindle
9. If loose or missing, _______ may cause movement between the frame and fifth wheel assembly.
mounting bolts
locking pins
electric connectors
10. Broken suspension parts can be very dangerous. When inspecting your vehicle for suspension system defects, look for:
Spring hangers that allow movement of axle from proper position.
Broken leaves in a multi-leaf spring.
All of the above.
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NM CDL Inspection Test

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