Combination Vehicles CDL Practice Test

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Question 1

What will happen if the service air line comes apart while you are driving a combination vehicle?

A
nothing is likely to happen until you put on your brakes
B
the emergency trailer brakes will come on
C
nothing at all is going to happen
D
the trailer's air tank will exhaust through the open line
Question 2

When uncoupling, it's a good practice to

A
couple the glad hands to dummy couplers
B
couple the glad hands together
C
all of the above are acceptable
D
hang the electrical cable with the plug end down
Question 3

If you cross your air lines on a new trailer with spring brakes...

A
you won't be able to release the tractor brakes
B
you won't be able to release the trailer brakes
C
you won't have any operational brakes
D
you'll have no way of knowing there's a problem
Question 4

When traveling under 40 mph, you should follow other vehicles...

A
With a distance of one second for every ten feet of your vehicle length
B
Only during the day
C
With a distance of one second for every twenty feet of your vehicle length
D
As close as possible so others don't cut in
Question 5

In order to supply air to the trailer, you must first...

A
Cross the air lines to check for leaks
B
Stop engine so you can hear the brakes
C
Push in the tractor protection valve
D
Pull out the "air supply' knob
Question 6

If one of the glad hands on your blue air line is missing a seal...

A
take one off the red air line and use that as a temporary replacement
B
you might end up with a service line air leak
C
it's not a major problem and you should continue coupling
D
you could experience an emergency line air leak
Question 7

When you inspect the coupling, check to ensure that...

A
there's no slack in the air lines
B
the electrical cable is unplugged
C
there's a little slack in the air lines
D
the landing gear handle is hanging free
Question 8

What is the correct setup for shut-off valves?

A
The rear trailers shut-off valves open and the front closed
B
All shut-off valves should be open.
C
All shut-off valves should be closed.
D
The front trailers shut-off valves open and the rear closed
Question 9

If the trailer is too high when you try to couple, what may happen?

A
All of these
B
The trailer may tip and flip over.
C
The king pin may fall off.
D
It may not couple correctly.
Question 10

What is the emergency air line for?

A
It supplies air to the trailer air tanks and controls the emergency brakes on combination vehicles.
B
None of these
C
It supplies air to the tractor air tanks and controls the service brakes on combination vehicles.
D
It supplies air to the trailer air tanks and controls the service brakes on combination vehicles.
E
It supplies air to the tractor air tanks and controls the emergency brakes on combination vehicles.
Question 11

Two things that are important to prevent rollover are _______.

A
....the weight and length of the vehicle
B
...keeping the cargo as close to the ground as possible and driving slowly around turns
C
...keeping an evenly loaded trailer and keeping properly inflated tires
D
...keeping the cargo center of gravity as high as possible and driving slowly around turns
Question 12

The trailer hand valve should be used...

A
Only when parking
B
Both B & C above
C
Only at highway speeds
D
Only to test the trailer brakes
Question 13

Which one of the following statements about tractor protection valves is NOT true?

A
It keeps air in the tractor in the event the trailer air leaks
B
It will close automatically if air pressure is low
C
When it closes it allows air to leak from the tractor line
D
It is controlled by the trailer air supply valve in the cab
Question 14

Which of the following is the definition of "off-tracking"?

A
When the front wheels go one direction and the trailer wheels go in the other direction
B
None of these
C
When the rear wheels go into a skid and the front wheels continue in a straight line
D
When the rear wheels follow a different path than the front wheels
Question 15

After coupling, there should be _____ space between the upper and lower fifth wheel

A
...1/16 inch
B
None of these
C
...1/32 inch
D
...1/8 inch
E
...1/4 inch
Question 16

Which trailer is most likely to turn over when you turn suddenly while pulling double trailers?

A
The front trailer
B
Neither trailer is more likely to turn over.
C
Both trailers
D
The rear trailer
Question 17

Before driving, you need to raise the landing gear only until it just lifts off the pavement.

A
True
B
False
Question 18

You can damage the landing gear if you...

A
back under the trailer in a straight line
B
align the tractor and trailer
C
position the trailer kingpin in the center of the fifth wheel
D
back under the trailer at an angle
Question 19

Which one of the following is controlled by the foot brake?

A
The emergency air line
B
The shut off valve
C
The hose coupler
D
The service air line
Question 20

To straighten out a jackknifing trailer, why should you NOT use the trailer hand brake?

A
The trailer wheels caused the skid in the first place. Once the trailer wheels grip the road again, the trailer will start to follow the tractor and straighten out
B
This is the only time that you should use the trailer hand brake.
C
None of these
D
The tractor wheels caused the skid in the first place. Once the trailer wheels grip the road again, the trailer will start to push the tractor and straighten out.
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About the Combination Vehicles CDL Test

The Combination Vehicles test:

  • 20 questions.
  • You need 16 correct answers (80%).
  • You may be timed. Time limit varies by state. 

For those of you going for the Class A CDL, you will have to pass the written test covering information on combination vehicles. A combination vehicle is defined as any tractor-trailer set up, including a tractor with a single trailer, double trailers, triple trailers, and straight truck with a trailer. 

While this test is separate from the general knowledge test, these are the vehicles that Class A drivers want to drive. The information tested in the Combination Vehicles test will only qualify you for common combination vehicles, not for doubles and triples. There’s a separate test for those!

The fact that most combination vehicles are typically heavier, longer, and require greater driving skill than single vehicles means that you will need specialized knowledge to safely operate one.

Now, don’t get in a rush to just buzz through the exam. Make sure you read and understand each question before selecting your answer because there are a lot of peculiarities with combination vehicles that can make them very dangerous.

Topics covered in the Combination Vehicles Test are as follows:

  • Safe driving
  • Rollover risk
  • Railroad-highway crossings
  • Preventing skids
  • Turning
  • Backing
  • Combination vehicle air brakes
  • Antilock brake systems
  • Coupling and uncoupling
  • Inspecting a combination vehicle

Be ready to answer a variety of questions. Why should you not use the trailer hand brake to straighten out a jack-knifing trailer? What is off-tracking? Why should you use chocks when parking a trailer? How can you test the trailer service brakes?

 

About The Author
Contributor: Luke Nold (Experienced truck driver for 5+ years and published writer for Fleet Magazine).

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