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What’s Covered on the CDL Exam?

Earning a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is an important step for anyone wanting to get into the trucking industry. But what exactly do you need to know in order to pass the CDL exam?

The topics that are covered on the CDL exam vary from state to state, but typically include:

  • General Knowledge: This section tests your knowledge of road rules and regulations, vehicle operation, and safety information.
  • Air Brakes: This section covers air brake systems and how they operate. It also includes questions related to brake maintenance, troubleshooting, and adjustment.
  • Combination Vehicles: The combination vehicles portion of the exam tests your familiarity with operating vehicles with multiple trailers or special attachments such as double/triple trailers, tankers, flatbeds, auto transport trailers, etc.
  • Pre-trip Inspection: Here you’ll be tested on your ability to inspect a commercial motor vehicle before starting any trip. This involves checking components such as brakes and other safety equipment for defects or malfunctions.
  • Basic Vehicle Control: This section assesses your skills at operating a commercial motor vehicle in different scenarios such as changing lanes safely, reversing maneuvers and turning techniques.

Before taking your CDL exam it’s important to study the material thoroughly so that you can become a safe driver and confidently pass the test!

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