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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. When the load on a vehicle extends more than 4 feet beyond the rear of the body, a _______ must be placed at the end of the load.
warning sign
red flag
yellow sign
2. What factors can cause brakes to fade?
Slippery surfaces and shaded areas.
Excessive heat and brakes out of adjustment.
Dirt roads and in unpaved yards.
3. When parked on the side of the road, you should:
use the 4-way emergency flashers.
turn off all lights.
flash your brake lights.
4. When you're going uphill and a heavy load is slowing you down, you should:
shift into a lower gear.
stay in the left lane if you can.
pass another slow vehicle to gain speed.
5. You should not use your horn unnecessarily. Why?
The horn can startle other drivers, which could be dangerous.
On vehicles possessing air brakes, it uses up air pressure you may need to be able to stop
All of the above.
6. Which of the following is a key steering system part?
Leaf spring
Tie rod
Anchor plate
7. Road surfaces where water collects can create conditions that cause a vehicle to hydroplane. Which of the following is an indication of standing water?
Tire splashes
Clear reflections
All of the above.
8. Driving while talking on a hands-free device:
is not distracting to the driver.
can be distracting to the driver.
only distracts the driver if the driver is listening.
9. You must use ________ as the principal way of controlling your speedĀ on downgrades.
the braking effect of the engine
controlled braking
the brake pedal
10. Checking the automatic transmission fluid level may require:
the engine to be running.
the 4-way emergency flashers to be activated.
the vehicle to be parked downhill.
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RI CDL Knowledge Test

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