Knowledge Test Class A
This license is required for driving any legal combination of vehicles, with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the GVWR of a trailer exceeds 10,000 pounds To receive this license, applicants must pass a 50-question test. To pass, applicants must answer 40 questions correctly. Each question has three or four possible answer choices. Test questions come from the Alabama Commercial Driver License Manual. Questions come from chapters covering: Introduction, Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo Safely, Air Brakes (if applicable), Combination, Doubles and Hazardous Materials. Endorsements that may be used with a Class A CDL are: Hazardous materials, Tank, Passenger, HazMat and Tank, Air Brakes and School bus.
1. Your horn should be used to:
Your vehicle's horn is a tool to warn others of your presence. Because the horn may create danger by startling other drivers, you should use it only if necessary.
2. When driving on a long downhill slope, you should brake by:
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.
3. When starting your vehicle, the coolant temperature should:
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.
4. Over-the-counter medication:
Prescription and over-the-counter medications may have side effects that can impair a person's ability to drive safely. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance, including some over-the-counter medications.
5. When stopping a manual transmission vehicle, you should:
When stopping, apply gradual pressure to the brake pedal and stop smoothly. If stopping a manual transmission vehicle, push the clutch in when the engine is close to idle.
6. Before beginning downhill, you should:
On a steep downgrade, you must use the engine's braking effect as your primary method of speed control. Be sure to decelerate and downshift appropriately before beginning to drive down the hill. Relying too heavily on the brakes may cause them to overheat and fade, becoming less effective.
7. Which of the following vehicles is not exempted in requiring the driver to hold a CDL?
Subject to certain conditions, a CDL is not required to operate military vehicles, authorized emergency vehicles, farm equipment, or recreational vehicles. It is also not required for operating a straight truck that contains only your personal property that you are not selling.
Frequently Asked Questions
To obtain a Class A CDL license in Alabama, you must follow these steps:
1. Obtain and study the Alabama CDL Handbook: The handbook contains all the information you need to know about the requirements, rules and regulations, and testing procedures for obtaining a Class A CDL license in Alabama.
2. Meet the eligibility requirements: You must be at least 18 years old (21 years old for interstate driving), have a valid Alabama driver's license, and pass a medical examination.
3. Obtain a learner's permit: You need to pass a written test on general knowledge and air brakes to get your learner's permit.
4. Practice driving: You must practice driving with a licensed CDL driver in the passenger seat.
5. Pass the skills test: The skills test consists of three parts - pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
6. Pay the fees: You will need to pay the fees for obtaining your Class A CDL license in Alabama.
Once you have completed all these steps successfully, you will be issued your Class A CDL license in Alabama.
1. Tractor-trailers: These are vehicles consisting of a semi-truck or tractor unit and one or more trailers.
2. Tanker trucks: These are vehicles designed to transport liquid or gaseous materials in tanks.
3. Livestock carriers: These are vehicles designed to transport live animals, such as cows, pigs, and horses.
4. Flatbeds: These are vehicles with an open platform for transporting materials and equipment.
5. Refrigerated trucks: These are vehicles designed to transport temperature-sensitive goods, such as food and pharmaceuticals.
6. Double/Triple trailers: These are combination vehicles consisting of two or three trailers connected to a single tractor unit.
It's important to note that operating any of these types of vehicles requires specialized knowledge and training beyond a regular driver's license.
1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old to drive within the state and 21 years old to drive interstate.
2. Alabama driver's license: You must have a valid Alabama driver's license.
3. Medical certification: You must pass a medical examination and obtain a medical certificate indicating that you are physically fit to operate a commercial vehicle.
4. Knowledge test: You must pass a written knowledge test on general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicles.
5. Learner's permit: You must obtain a learner's permit by passing the knowledge test.
6. Training: You must complete a training program approved by the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS).
7. Skills test: You must pass a skills test that includes pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving tests.
8. Fees: You must pay the fees for obtaining your Class A CDL license in Alabama.
It's important to note that obtaining a Class A CDL license requires specialized training beyond what is required for a regular driver's license, and it is important to take the process seriously and prepare thoroughly for each step of the process.
1. Hazmat (H): This endorsement is required if you will be transporting hazardous materials.
2. Tanker (N): This endorsement is required if you will be operating a vehicle that transports liquid or gaseous materials in a tank.
3. Doubles/Triples (T): This endorsement is required if you will be operating a vehicle that has double or triple trailers.
4. Passenger (P): This endorsement is required if you will be transporting passengers, such as a bus or van.
To obtain an endorsement, you must pass a written test specific to that endorsement and pay any associated fees. It's important to note that some endorsements may require additional background checks, such as the Hazmat endorsement which requires a TSA background check.
1. Pre-Trip Inspection: You will be asked to inspect your vehicle and explain to the examiner what you are checking and why. This includes checking things like the brakes, tires, lights, and other safety features.
2. Basic Vehicle Control Test: You will be asked to demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in a controlled environment. This includes tasks like backing up, turning around, and parking.
3. On-Road Driving Test: You will be asked to drive on public roads while following the examiner's instructions. The examiner will be looking for your ability to safely operate the vehicle in various driving situations, such as changing lanes, turning, merging onto the highway, and stopping at traffic lights or stop signs.
It's important to note that you must pass each part of the skills test in order to obtain your Class A CDL license in Alabama. Additionally, you must have a valid medical certificate and pass a written knowledge test before you can take the skills test.
1. Air Brake Restriction: If you take the skills test in a vehicle without air brakes, you will receive an air brake restriction on your license. This means that you are not authorized to operate a commercial vehicle that has air brakes.
2. Automatic Transmission Restriction: If you take the skills test in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, you will receive an automatic transmission restriction on your license. This means that you are not authorized to operate a commercial vehicle with a manual transmission.
3. Intrastate-Only Restriction: If you only plan to drive within the state of Alabama, you may receive an intrastate-only restriction on your license. This means that you are not authorized to operate a commercial vehicle outside of the state of Alabama.
4. Hazmat Endorsement Restriction: If you have a Hazmat endorsement on your license, there may be additional restrictions related to transporting hazardous materials. For example, you may be required to follow certain routes or have additional safety equipment on your vehicle.
It's important to note that these restrictions and limitations can vary depending on your specific situation and endorsements. It's always best to check with your local DMV or licensing agency for the most up-to-date information.
However, if you need assistance with reading or understanding English, you may be able to bring a translator with you to the DMV to assist you during the written test. But keep in mind that the translator must be approved by the DMV or DPS. You should contact your local DMV or DPS office for more information on their specific language assistance policies.
Some examples of accommodations that may be available include:
1. Extended testing time
2. A separate testing area
3. Large print or Braille test materials
4. Assistance from a reader or scribe
However, keep in mind that you must provide documentation of your disability and your need for accommodations. The DMV or DPS may require a letter from your doctor or other medical professional to verify your disability and the necessary accommodations.
It's important to request accommodations as early as possible to ensure that they can be provided in a timely manner.
If you fail the test for the first time, you can retake it the next business day. If you fail it a second time, you must wait at least seven days before retaking it. If you fail it a third or subsequent time, you must wait at least 14 days before retaking it.
Keep in mind that each time you retake the written test, you will need to pay the testing fee again. Therefore, it's important to study and prepare properly before taking the exam to increase your chances of passing on the first try.
In addition, if you fail the test three times, you may be required to complete additional training or education before being allowed to retake the test again. This is to ensure that you have a better understanding of the material and are better prepared for the exam.