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Arkansas CDL DMV Knowledge Test Class A 2

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1. A thin layer of ice that forms on road surfaces is called:
White ice.
Black ice.
Green ice.
Blue ice.

Black ice is a thin layer of ice that is clear enough for the road surface to be seen through it. A road covered in black ice may look like it is merely wet. You should be very careful when temperatures are below freezing and the road looks wet.

2. Which of the following is an indication of standing water on the roadway?
Tire splashes
Portions of the pavement that are dry
Leaves on the road

Hydroplaning can occur in places where water collects on the road. Clear reflections, tire splashes, or rain drops on the road can indicate the presence of standing water.

3. If you plan to transport hazardous materials, you must pass which endorsement test?
Hazardous materials

You must have a hazardous materials endorsement to drive a vehicle of any size that is used to transport defined classes of hazardous materials.

4. You should cover cargo:
To protect the cargo from thieves.
To protect the cargo from weather.
To prevent other drivers from looking at what is being transported.
To keep the cargo a secret.

You should cover your cargo to protect people from the cargo if it spills, as well as to protect the cargo from the weather.

5. When turning, when should the turn signal be canceled?
Before entering the turn
During the turn
After the turn is completed

Always signal continuously through a turn. Do not cancel a signal until the turn is finished.

6. The air storage tanks:
Hold only enough air for one braking cycle.
Hold enough air for the brakes to be used several times if the compressor stops working.
Do not hold air unless there is an emergency.

The air storage tanks in an air brake system store compressed air to be used for braking. They hold enough air for the brakes to still be used several times if the compressor stops working.

7. When passing another vehicle, you should:
Make eye contact with the driver.
Assume the other driver doesn't see you.
Honk your horn.
Not use a turn signal.

When passing a pedestrian or another vehicle, you should assume that they don't see you.

8. Rough acceleration:
Can damage a vehicle.
Is common if a vehicle is warmed up.
Is encouraged to improve gas mileage.

When accelerating, speed up smoothly and gradually so the vehicle does not jerk. Rough acceleration can cause mechanical damage.

9. Distracted driving:
Can only be caused by physical distractions.
Can only be caused by mental distractions.
Can be caused by physical and/or mental distractions.
Can only be caused by cell phone use.

Distractions while driving can be physical (such as reaching for an object), mental (such as making conversation with a passenger), or both (such as holding a phone to send texts).

10. Regardless the size of the cargo, it should be secured by at least ____ tie-down(s).

Cargo that is required to be tied down should be secured by at least one tie-down for every 10 feet of cargo length. However, at least two tie-downs should be used no matter how small the cargo is.

11. Of the following, which is not a way to prevent drowsiness during a trip?
Getting an adequate amount of sleep before driving
Traveling with a passenger
Scheduling trips during hours when you would not normally be awake
Avoiding medications that may cause drowsiness

Driving while fatigued can be extremely dangerous. Strategies for preventing drowsiness while driving include getting a full night's sleep before a trip; having someone ride with you so you can take turns driving; scheduling trips for times during which you are normally awake; and avoiding medications that may cause drowsiness.

12. Texting while driving is worrisome:
Because it creates both mental and physical distractions.
Because a message may be upsetting to the driver.
Because the texts may be more interesting than the task of driving.
Because it is less efficient than a phone call.

When driving, texting is a particularly dangerous distraction because it distracts a driver both mentally and physically.

13. The use of a hand-held mobile device while driving is:
Acceptable if weather conditions are clear.
Permitted if use is work-related.

Using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a CMV is both illegal and dangerous.

14. When you are driving while drowsy, you should:
Press on and try to finish the trip.
Take drugs to keep awake.
Stop and take a nap.
Stop for a coffee break.

The only effective way to deal with drowsiness while driving is to stop and sleep. Caffeine or other stimulant drugs may help you stay awake, but they will not keep you alert. You will likely end up being even more tired when the artificial stimulants begin to wear off.

15. Which of the following is required emergency equipment?
Red reflective triangles
A flashlight
An electric sign

All commercial motor vehicles are required to be equipped with the proper emergency equipment. This may include spare electrical fuses; three red reflective triangles, six fuses, or three liquid burning flares; and at least one properly charged and rated fire extinguisher.

16. If transporting 30 feet of cargo on a flatbed trailer, you should use a minimum of ____ to restrain the cargo.
One tie-down
Two tie-downs
Three tie-downs
Four tie-downs

When transporting cargo on a flatbed trailer, you should use at least one tie-down for every 10 feet of cargo. Any cargo, no matter how small, should be restrained by a minimum of two tie-downs.

17. When backing up, follow a turning trailer by:
Changing nothing. The vehicle will naturally follow the trailer.
Changing the direction of the steering wheel.
Turning the steering wheel even harder in the direction that it is already turning.

When backing with a trailer, begin by turning the steering wheel in the direction opposite of the turn. Once the trailer starts to turn, reverse the direction of the steering wheel to follow the trailer.

18. After starting a trip while transporting cargo:
You will not need to inspect the cargo.
The cargo should only be inspected if it is making noise.
The cargo should only be inspected if there is an obvious concern.
The cargo should be inspected after 50 miles on the road to ensure it is still properly secured.

The securement of cargo must be checked before beginning a trip, within the first 50 miles of a trip, and then again every three hours or 150 miles.

19. If a five-foot-long item is placed on a flatbed trailer, it must be secured by at least:
One tie-down.
Two tie-downs.
Three tie-downs.

Cargo that is required to be tied down should be secured by at least one tie-down for every 10 feet of cargo length. However, at least two tie-downs should be used no matter how small the cargo is.

20. If using a helper while backing a vehicle, where should they stand?
In front of the passenger side
In front of the driver side
On the wide of the truck
Near the back of the truck

If you use a helper while backing your vehicle, they should stand near the back of the vehicle in a place where they are visible to you. Before backing, work out a set of hand signals that both you and your helper understand. Agree on a signal for "stop."

21. When loading a trailer, the heaviest cargo should be placed:
On top of the lightest parts of the cargo.
Under the lightest parts of the cargo.
At the rear of the trailer.

It is important that vehicles are not top-heavy, if at all possible. A top-heavy vehicle is at an increased risk of rollover. Place the heaviest pieces of cargo underneath lighter pieces of cargo.

22. If you identify a large box in your lane on the road ahead, you should:
Slow down.
Speed up.
Not be worried because another vehicle will likely hit it before your vehicle.
Swerve into another lane of traffic.

Slow down and be very careful if you see foreign objects in your lane. Remember that even something that seems relatively light and harmless, like a cardboard box, could contain harder or heavier items that could cause damage to your vehicle.

23. During a basic vehicle control skills test, you may be asked to:
Alley dock.
Parallel park to your right.
Parallel park to your left.
All of the above.

Maneuvers that may be included in the basic vehicle control skills test include straight line backing, offset back/right parking, offset back/left parking, driver side parallel parking, conventional parallel parking, and alley docking.

24. When turning quickly to avoid an object in the roadway, you should:
Apply your brakes as you steer.
Give yourself extra clearance by turning more than needed to miss the object.
Turn just enough to miss the object and avoid turning more.
Steer and accelerate at the same time.

When turning quickly to avoid an object, turn only as much as is necessary to clear it. Do not apply the brakes while turning.

25. What color light indicates a vehicle's ABS is not working?

On vehicles with Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS), yellow malfunction lamps alert the driver to ABS malfunction.

26. When encountering a railroad crossing during the driving test, you should:
Pass another vehicle on the tracks if the other vehicle is moving too slowly.
Change lanes while on the tracks.
Not change gears while on the tracks.

During the on-road driving test, you must not stop, change gears, pass another vehicle, or change lanes while any part of your vehicle is in a railroad crossing.

27. When backing, it is best to:
Rely only on the passenger’s side mirror.
Try to back up quickly.
Turn toward the passenger’s side whenever possible.
Use a helper, if possible.

If you must drive in reverse, you should back up slowly and use the mirrors on both sides of your vehicle. Use a helper to monitor your blind spots whenever possible. You and the helper should agree on a signal for "stop."

28. What is another name for front-end header boards?
Headache racks
Cargo stoppers
Head braces

Front-end header boards, also known as "headache racks," protect the driver from cargo moving in the event of a crash or emergency stop.

29. What is aggressive driving?
Operating a vehicle in a selfish or pushy manner
Operating a vehicle with some regard for other motorists’ safety
Operating a vehicle in the left lane
Operating a loud vehicle

Aggressive driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold, or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of others.

30. What is the number one cause of death and injury in work zones?
Speeding drivers
Careless behavior by construction workers
Drivers driving too slowly
Equipment placed in the roadway

Speeding traffic is the main cause of death and injury in work zones. Drive with special caution when traveling near road workers.

31. A distracted driver:
Usually reacts well to hazards.
Usually has slowed perception.
Is usually aware of what is happening around them.
Is a good person to follow.

Driving while distracted may result in slowed perception, delayed decision-making, and improper actions. Watch for distracted drivers and avoid them, when possible.

32. When a vehicle is started, the coolant temperature should:
Rise slowly.
Hold steady.

After an engine is started, the coolant temperature should begin a gradual rise toward the normal operating range.

33. While still below the legal limit, a driver operating a CMV with a detectable amount of alcohol in their system will:
Result in an out-of-service order for two hours.
Result in an out-of-service order for 10 hours.
Result in an out-of-service order for 24 hours.

If you are found to have any detectable amount of alcohol in your system while operating a CMV but your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is still below the legal limit of 0.04 percent, you will be put out-of-service for 24 hours. It is both illegal and dangerous to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

34. When checking your vehicle's lights before driving:
The vehicle should be running and in gear.
The engine should be turned off.
The check can be done from inside the vehicle.
The check can be done by looking at a reflection from a shiny surface.

To check your vehicle's lights before a trip, you should set the parking brake, turn off the engine, remove the key from the ignition, and take the key with you. Turn on your low beam headlights and four-way flashers. Get out of the vehicle to make sure the lights are working properly.

35. When changing lanes, you should:
Move quickly before other vehicles get into the lane you wish to occupy.
Move slowly, in case another vehicle is in the lane you wish to occupy.
Not use your turn signal.
Never use the right lane.

Always change lanes slowly and smoothly. If you did not see drivers who are already using the lane you wish to occupy, this will give them a chance to get out of your way or honk their horns to alert you. Always signal before changing lanes.

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