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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 York 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 lane usage. You should NOT:
drive the vehicle over curbs.
finish a right turn in the right-most lane.
complete a turn in the proper lane on a multiple lane road.
stop behind crosswalks.
2. Pre-trip inspections:
should not be done when a vehicle inspection report is available.
should always be done in the same order.
should not be done unless the vehicle has problems that could cause a breakdown.
are optional when the driver is familiar with the vehicle.
3. Checking the automatic transmission fluid level may require:
the vehicle to be parked downhill.
the engine to be running.
the 4-way emergency flashers to be activated.
you to pump the brake.
4. Which of the following must be inspected on every tire?
Steering box.
Hub oil/grease seals and axle seals.
Brake chambers.
5. During the vehicle inspection, when asked to check the oil level you should:
see that the oil level is within safe operating range.
make sure the engine is off.
indicate where the dipstick is located.
All of the above.
6. When taking the road test, you must do all of the following except:
Tell the examiner where you'd like to drive
Obey all traffic signs
Drive in a safe and responsible manner
Wear your safety belt
7. During the vehicle inspection, you should check your clutch for:
All of the above.
8. As part of the external inspection, check that all _______ are present, free of cracks and distortions, and show no signs of looseness.
axle seals
lug nuts
brake linings
9. Pre-trip inspections are:
required only for trips of more than 50 miles.
required only for trips of more than 100 miles.
required by law
10. When checking the condition of wheels and rims during the pre-trip inspection, make sure that:
no studs, spacers, clamps, or lugs are missing, bent, or broken.
no more than two lug nuts are missing.
the end of the kingpin is even with the top of the fifth wheel.
All of the above.
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NY CDL Inspection Test

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