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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 Rhode Island 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 vehicle inspection, when approaching the vehicle you should:
check that the vehicle is clear.
check that the parking brakes are not set.
look under the vehicle for fresh oil, fuel leaks or coolant.
2. During the basic control skills test you may be asked to perform any of the following, except:
Offset back/right
Trailer jackknife
Straight line backing
3. When you inspect the front of your vehicle as part of the walk around inspection, you check all of the following EXCEPT:
the air pressure gauge.
the condition of your front axle.
the condition of the steering system.
4. When inspecting brakes, you should look for:
shoes worn dangerously thin.
cracked drums.
All of the above.
5. Which of these is NOT something you should check during the pre-trip inspection of the engine compartment?
Brake controls
Engine oil level
Coolant level in radiator
6. During the vehicle inspection test, after checking the area around the vehicle for hazards, and before opening the engine compartment door, you should:
remove the battery.
check the level of brake fluid in the reservoir.
check that the parking brakes are set and/or the wheels are chocked.
7. Name some things you should check on the FRONT of your vehicle during your pre-trip inspection.
Oil, transmission, air compressor, and radiator
Low beams, high beams, four-way flashers, and turn signals
U-Bolts, anchor plate and bellows
8. You pump the brake pedal three times, then hold it down for five seconds, making sure that the pedal does not move. You are checking:
the air brakes.
the hydraulic brakes.
the service brake.
9. All CDL vehicle inspection tests include:
an engine inspection and tire check.
an engine start and in-cab inspection.
an engine start and an inspection of the entire vehicle.
10. When approaching a vehicle for a pre-trip inspection, you should:
make sure the parking brake is on.
look under the vehicle for fuel leaks, fresh oil, coolant or grease.
look under the vehicle for hazards to vehicle movement.
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RI CDL Inspection Test

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