CDL License Test – Ex: Questions & Answers

Your CDL general knowledge test will have questions covering the spectrum of safe trucking concepts. Some will be true or false, some will be fill in the blank type questions and others will be straightforward where you simply choose the correct answer. See the following examples to get an idea of what you’ll encounter on the general knowledge test.

Examples

Question: Which of the following is the most important reason for doing a pre trip inspection?

Answer: Safety for yourself and other road users.

Question: What are some of the important parts in the steering system?

Answer: tie rod, spindle, pitman arm

Question: What is the correct number of red reflective triangles that you should carry?

Answer: 3

Question: For what reason do you keep the starter switch key in your pocket during the pre-trip inspection?

Answer: So no one moves the vehicle while you are inspecting underneath it.

Question: When stopped on a hill, what is the proper procedure to start moving without rolling back?

Answer: Partly engage the clutch before you take your right foot off the brake.

Question: When the road is slippery, retarders will help keep you from skidding.

Answer: False

Question: The manual says you should look _____ ahead while driving?

Answer: 12 to 15 seconds, at highway speeds it is about a quarter of a mile.

Take a short online: CDL practice test (on this website)

Another practice quiz with different questions: CDL general knowledge practice test (on top trade.school)