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The CDL general knowledge test is required to be taken by all CDL applicants. The Rhode Island CDL test consists of 50 questions. To pass, you must correctly answer at least 40 questions (80%). The general knowledge test covers the contents of the Rhode Island CDL Manual. All CDL applicants (Class A, B and C) must study the following sections: Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo Safely, Air Brakes (if you plan to operate vehicles equipped with air brakes), Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Control Skills Test, Road Test. In addition, the Class A CDL test will include questions based on the Combination Vehicles section. Take this CDL practice test now to prepare for the actual RI general knowledge test! To get your CDL, you must pass both the knowledge and skills tests. CDL knowledge tests include: General Knowledge, Passenger Transport, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles, Hazardous Materials, Tanker Vehicles, Doubles/Triples, School Bus, Firefighter. Depending on what class of license (A, B or C) and endorsements you need, you must take one or more knowledge tests. A special endorsement is also required to drive certain types of vehicles. The following endorsements may be used with a Class A, B or C CDL: HazMat (H), Tank Vehicles (N), Tank Vehicles Transporting Hazardous Materials (X) and Passenger Transport (P). The School Bus endorsement (S) is only available for Class A or B CDL, and the Doubles/Triples endorsement (T) is only available for Class A driver's licenses.
1. If you have a manual transmission, when stopping don't _______ until the engine rpm is down close to idle.
shift to second gear
place the transmission in park
push the clutch in
2. Which of these vehicles must come to a complete stop at railroad grade crossings?
School buses
Heavy equipment
All of the above.
3. If you hear a loud loud "bang" and the steering feels "heavy", you should:
brake hard and pull off the road.
pump the brakes until the vehicle has slowed down.
hold the steering wheel firmly and stay off the brake.
4. What should you do if you doubt you have safe space to pass under a low bridge?
If no warnings are posted, assume there is enough clearance under the bridge and proceed slowly.
Increase the weight of your vehicle to clearing under the bridge.
Go slowly, and take another route if you are not sure you can make it.
5. To avoid blinding other drivers, you should dim within ____ of an oncoming vehicle.
500 feet
1000 feet
250 feet
6. When switching gears, if you remain too long in Neutral:
you may have difficulty putting the vehicle into the next gear.
the vehicle will speed up.
the brakes won't work.
7. Driving at night is _______ driving during the day.
safer than
more dangerous than
about the same as
8. Which of the following is NOT correct? An ABS system:
helps you avoid wheel lock up.
is a safety anti-skid braking system.
helps you stop faster.
9. To test your hydraulic brakes for leaks:
apply firm pressure to the brakes for five seconds, then pump them three times.
pump the brake pedal three times, then hold it down for five seconds.
turn off the engine and and listen for leaks.
10. In order for you to be seen easily:
lights should be turned off when driving during the day.
lights should only be used when driving in driving in rainy weather.
lights should be clean and working properly.
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RI CDL Knowledge Test

Number of questions: 50
Correct answers to pass:40
Passing score:80%
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