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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. Suspension system defects include:
steering wheel play of more than 10 degrees.
cracked or broken spring hangers.
rust around wheel nuts.
2. When approaching a vehicle as part of a pre-trip inspection, which of the following could be a sign of trouble?
Inflated tires
Fresh oil under the vehicle
Parking brake is on
3. Which of the following is not a braking system on a truck?
Parking brake
Steering brake
Service brake
4. Brake drums (or discs) must not have cracks longer than:
twice the width of the friction area.
the width of the friction area.
one half the width of the friction area.
5. During the vehicle inspection, when checking the tires you should:
check for the minimum tread depth (4/32 on all tires).
ensure that the tread is evenly worn.
ensure that valve caps are missing.
6. During the pre-trip inspection, belts should:
checked for oil pressure.
be checked for tightness and excessive wear.
not be inspected.
7. Which of the following is NOT a key part of the steering system?
Drag link
Steering shaft
8. During the driving test, when asked to make a lane change you should:
make the necessary traffic checks first and use proper signals before changing lanes.
make the lane change before using proper signals.
make the change immediately without looking.
9. When taking the road test, you will be expected to make regular traffic checks. You should do all of the following except:
checking engine oil level.
checking mirrors regularly.
checking for traffic regularly.
10. Pre-trip inspections:
should not be done unless the vehicle has problems that could cause a breakdown.
should always be done in the same order.
should not be done when a vehicle inspection report is available.
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