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Rhode Island CDL DMV Knowledge Test Class A 1

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1. ABS brakes:
Help you avoid wheel lockup.
Lock up your vehicle's wheels.
Prevent your vehicle from accelerating when going uphill.

The purpose of an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is to prevent a vehicle's wheels from locking up when the driver brakes hard on a slippery surface.

2. An after-trip inspection should be done:
Once a week.
Once a month.
After every trip.

You should always complete an after-trip inspection of your vehicle at the end of a trip, day, or tour of duty. Complete a vehicle inspection report, if required.

3. A pre-trip inspection:
Should be done in the same way every time.
Should be done differently every time.
Does not always need to include all items of concern.

A pre-trip vehicle inspection should be done in the same way every time. Consistency will help a driver learn all of the proper steps and decrease the possibility of the driver forgetting to inspect something.

4. If a load is 10 feet long, it should be secured by a minimum of:
One tie-down.
Two tie-downs.
Three tie-downs.

Cargo should be restrained by at least one tie-down for every 10 feet of cargo. However, all cargo should have at least two tie-downs, no matter the size of the cargo.

5. An Individual Vehicle Distance Record (IVDR) does not need to include which of the following?
The dates of a trip
The total distance traveled
The number of vehicles passed

An Individual Vehicle Distance Record (IVDR) must include information about the distance traveled by a vehicle and the amount of fuel purchased. The required distance information includes the dates of a trip and the total distance traveled by the vehicle.

6. Hanging meat in a refrigerated truck:
Is a good way for inexperienced drivers to gain experience.
Requires a skilled driver.
Is illegal in most states.

An operator should drive with care when transporting a cargo of hanging meat. Such a load is unstable, both because it has a high center of gravity and because the swinging of the meat can affect the driver's handling of the vehicle.

7. Unsafely reaching for a phone is:
Acceptable if you are driving without a passenger.
Acceptable if you plan to use a hands-free feature.
Unacceptable even if you plan to use a hands-free feature.

If you must use a mobile phone while driving, it must be in close proximity to you and easily reachable while you are securely fastened into your seat. It is dangerous and non-compliant to unsafely reach for a mobile phone, even if you plan to use a hands-free feature when speaking on the phone.

8. Dual tires should:
Always come into contact with one another.
Come into contact with one another fairly regularly.
Not come into contact with one another.

When inspecting a vehicle, you should verify that your dual tires do not come into contact with one another, or with any other part of the vehicle.

9. Wheels with welding repairs are:
Safe to be used if the repairs were done by a professional.
Safe to be used if the repair seems solid.
Not safe to be used.

Wheels or rims that have had welding repairs are not safe for use. They should be replaced before the vehicle is taken on the road.

10. Shortly after a tire has been changed, you should:
Stop to make sure the lug nuts are still tight.
Repair the brakes.
Deflate the tire to 10 psi.

After a tire has been changed, you should stop a short while later to recheck the tightness of the lug nuts.

11. Blocking is used to:
Keep cargo in a large box.
Prevent cargo from sliding in a trailer.
Prevent cargo from falling out of a trailer.

Blocking may be used on all sides of a piece of cargo to keep it from sliding while the vehicle is in motion.

12. Of the following, which is the most slippery surface?
Ice that is dry
Ice that is wet
Wet pavement

Ice becomes wet when the weather is just warm enough to melt the ice slightly. Wet ice is much more slippery than ice that is not wet.

13. When driving a truck requiring a CDL:
You do not need to wear a seat belt.
You are required to wear a seat belt, but only if transporting more than 500 pounds of cargo.
You must always wear a seat belt.

You must be properly restrained by a safety belt at all times when driving a commercial motor vehicle.

14. When taking the basic vehicle control skills test, failing to exit your vehicle properly during any exercise will result in:
Failure of only that exercise.
An extra point against your final score.
Automatic failure of the basic vehicle control skills test.

When exiting your vehicle during the basic vehicle control skills test, you must face the vehicle and maintain three points of contact at all times. If your testing vehicle is a bus, you must maintain contact with the handrail. Exiting the vehicle incorrectly may result in automatic failure of the basic control skills test.

15. When alley docking, you should first:
Position your vehicle directly in front of the alley.
Back up directly in front of the alley.
Stop parallel to the outer boundary of the alley.

If you are asked to alley dock, you should first pull past the alley and stop your vehicle in a position that is parallel to the outer boundary. From there, you should back your vehicle entirely into the alley parking area. Your vehicle should be parked in a straight position within the boundaries of the parking space.

16. When driving on a long downhill slope, you should brake by:
Only using the brakes.
Mostly using the brakes and occasionally downshifting.
Downshifting and then using the brakes.

When approaching a long downgrade, you should shift into a lower gear then use proper braking techniques. Using the brakes alone could cause them to overheat and fail. The braking power of the engine, which is maximized by being in a lower gear, will be the principal way of controlling your speed on a downgrade.

17. Dry bulk tanks:
Usually have a low center of gravity.
Usually have a high center of gravity.
Are usually not allowed to cross railroad tracks.

Driving with dry bulk tanks requires special care because they usually have high centers of gravity. It is also important for drivers to be prepared for the contents to shift in transit.

18. When starting your vehicle, the coolant temperature should:
Not change.
Increase gradually.
Quickly jump from low to high.

Watch the gauges in your vehicle before starting a trip. After starting your vehicle's engine, the coolant temperature should begin a gradual rise to the normal operating range.

19. To avoid a hazard, you:
Should always come to a complete stop.
May need to swerve your vehicle out of the way.
Should change lanes without looking.

Stopping is not always the best way to avoid a hazard. If there is not enough space for you to stop to avoid coming into contact with the hazard, swerving out of the way may be your safest option.

20. If the safety relief valve in the air brake system releases air:
The compressor needs more air.
The air pressure has become too high.
The brakes are fully operational.

An air brake system has a safety relief valve, which releases air from the tanks if the pressure gets too high. If the valve must operate, something in the system is wrong and should be addressed by a mechanic.

21. Which of the following is not a good rule when using turn signals?
Signal early. Signal well before a turn or lane change.
Signal continuously. Do not cancel a signal until the turn is completed.
Don’t over-signal. If no one is near you, there is no need to signal.

When using your turn signals, you should signal well before the turn or lane change, signal continuously throughout the turn or lane change, and cancel the signal after you have completed your move.

22. If your brakes fail on a downgrade, your best hope to stop is to:
Use an escape ramp.
Use the shoulder.
Drift to a stop.

If your brakes fail on a downgrade, you will have to look outside your vehicle for a way to stop. Using an escape ramp is the safest way to stop your vehicle.

23. Compared to talking on a cell phone while driving, texting while driving is:
Much safer.
Just as safe.
More dangerous.

Texting while driving is even more dangerous than speaking on a phone while driving. In addition to being mentally distracting, texting is also physically distracting.

24. Who is responsible for the safe operation of a vehicle?
The driver
The mechanic
The owner

The person driving a vehicle is responsible for its safe operation. Be sure to perform routine vehicle inspections before operating a commercial motor vehicle.

25. In a dual air brake system:
Air tanks are shared between both systems.
Each system has its own air tanks.
You must designate which system you are using.

There are two air brake systems in a dual air brake system. The systems share a set of brake controls, but each system has its own tanks, hoses, and lines.

26. Rust around wheel nuts may mean:
It rained recently.
The nuts are loose.
The nuts are too tight.

It is important to inspect your tires before every drive. Rust around wheel nuts may indicate that they are loose.

27. Do not base your decision to shift gears on:
The speed of your engine (rpm).
The speed of the road (mph).
The actions of the vehicle next to you.

One way to know when it is time to shift gears is to learn your vehicle's operating rpm range. You should shift up when your engine reaches the top of that range. You can also learn which speeds each gear is good for and shift up based on your speedometer.

28. A person driving with an open window in cold weather may be:
A distracted driver.
A person who is dressed inappropriately.
A person who likes fresh air.

It is important to observe other drivers' actions and identify clues that a person could be driving impaired. Drivers who have had too much to drink, are sleepy, are on drugs, or are ill can present hazards to other drivers. One sign that a driver may be impaired is that they have their windows rolled down in cold weather.

29. One way to prevent hydroplaning on wet road surfaces is to:
Ensure that your tires have good tread depth.
Under-inflate your tires.
Drive faster than usual.

When driving on a wet road surface, the risk of hydroplaning is increased if your tire pressure is too low or your tire tread is too worn. If you begin to hydroplane, release the accelerator and push in the clutch to slow down.

30. Bridges usually freeze:
Only once temperatures drop significantly below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
After all other surfaces.
Before other surfaces.

Bridges tend to freeze before other parts of the roadway. Be particularly careful on bridges when temperatures are close to the freezing point.

31. Which of the following is not a reason to cover cargo?
To protect people from spilled cargo
To protect the cargo from weather
To protect the cargo from animals

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

32. What should you do if the braking system cannot build up hydraulic pressure?
Hold the brake pedal down as far as it will go.

If your hydraulic braking system will not build up the pressure needed to slow or stop your vehicle, there are a few possible solutions. Try shifting into a lower gear, pumping the brakes, and/or using the emergency brake.

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

34. When taking the on-road driving skills test:
You do not have to take the test with the type of vehicle for which you want to be licensed.
You must take the test with the type of vehicle for which you want to be licensed.
It does not matter which type of vehicle you use to take the test.

CDL skills tests, including the on-road test, must be taken with the type of vehicle for which you want to be licensed.

35. To prevent your vehicle from rolling backward when beginning to move, you can:
Partly engage the clutch before taking your foot off the brake pedal.
Place the vehicle in second gear.
Use the parking brake when stopping.

To ensure that your vehicle does not roll backward when beginning to move after a stop, you should partly engage the clutch before removing your right foot from the brake pedal.

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