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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. During the pre-trip inspection, when starting the engine you should:
check the coolant level in the radiator.
press the brake pedal.
listen for unusual noises.
fasten your safety belt.
2. Key suspension system parts include:
Tie rod
Lock rings
Bearing plates
All of the above.
3. When starting your vehicle, oil pressure should come up to normal:
in about a minute.
within 5 minutes of driving.
in about two minutes.
within seconds.
4. A battery/box check is important. Wherever located, see that battery(ies) are secure, connections are tight, and cell caps are present. Also, make sure that:
the battery box and cover or door is open.
battery connections do not show signs of excessive corrosion, and battery box and cover or door is not damaged and is secure.
battery connections show signs of corrosion.
None of the above.
5. All CDL vehicle inspection tests include:
an in-cab inspection and background check.
an engine start and an inspection of the entire vehicle.
an engine inspection and tire check.
an engine start and in-cab inspection.
6. Which of the following is NOT checked in a pre-trip inspection?
Safety equipment
Cargo securement
Brake controls
The amount of fuel in the vehicle
7. 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 clear.
check that the vehicle is parked properly.
8. Which gauge show that the alternator and/or generator is charging?
Oil pressure
Engine oil temperature
All of the above
9. When taking the skills test:
stopping without changing direction counts as a pull-up.
an excessive number of pull-ups will count as errors.
you will be penalized for initial pull-ups.
None of the above.
10. When taking the road test, if asked to make a turn you should:
only use the turn signal if other vehicles are present.
gradually increase your speed.
check traffic in all directions.
All of the above.
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