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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 North Dakota 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 conducting the vehicle inspection test:
you may have to check that the minimum tread depth is 2/32 on steering axle tires.
you may be asked to check that the steering box is not leaking.
applicants will not have to see that the brake chambers are not leaking.
the air ride suspension should not be checked for leaks.
2. Exhaust system parts should be:
rubbing against fuel system parts.
None of the above.
3. During the road test, you will be expected to do all of the following EXCEPT:
temporarily exceed the posted speed limit when passing other vehicles.
wear your safety belt.
maintain a safe following distance.
make regular traffic checks.
4. If you are checking that the air hoses and electrical lines are not spliced, cut, chafed or worn, you are inspecting:
the mounting bolts.
the air / electric lines.
the exhaust system.
the locking jaws.
5. Name some things you should check on the FRONT of your vehicle during your pre-trip inspection.
Low beams, high beams, four-way flashers, and turn signals
U-Bolts, anchor plate and bellows
Oil, transmission, air compressor, and radiator
None of the above.
6. During the driving test, when asked to make a lane change you should:
make the lane change before using proper signals.
make the change immediately without looking.
make the necessary traffic checks first and use proper signals before changing lanes.
None of the above.
7. During the driving test, the examiner will be scoring you on:
how many times you turn.
how fast you drive.
general driving behavior.
your general attitude.
8. When checking tires as part of the pre-trip inspection, you should check for all of the following except:
minimum tread depth.
tread separation.
cracked valve stems.
that all tires come from the same manufacturer.
9. Wheel bearing seals should be checked for:
twisted axles.
10. 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 show signs of corrosion.
battery connections do not show signs of excessive corrosion, and battery box and cover or door is not damaged and is secure.
None of the above.
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