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. Test questions come from the Indiana Commercial Driver License Manual. To pass, applicants must answer 40 questions correctly. Each question has four possible answer choices. Questions come from chapters covering: Introduction, Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo Safely, Air Brakes (if applicable), Combination Vehicles, Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test and On-Road Driving. Endorsements that may be used with a Class A CDL are: Hazardous materials, Tank, Passenger, Doubles/Triples, HazMat, Tank, Air Brakes and School bus.
1. If driving a truck that requires a CDL for operation:
For safety, you must wear your seat belt at all times while operating a CMV.
2. When approaching your vehicle as part of your pre-trip inspection, you should look for what as a sign of trouble?
When approaching a vehicle for an inspection, you should check underneath it for fresh oil, coolant, grease, or fuel leaked onto the pavement. Any of these could indicate a problem that will need to be repaired before the vehicle is driven.
3. Most heavy vehicles require ____ to change gears.
Most heavy vehicles with manual transmissions require double clutching to change gears. A driver should release the accelerator, push in the clutch, and shift into neutral at the same time. After releasing the clutch and allowing the vehicle to change to the necessary speed, the driver should push in the clutch, shift gears, then simultaneously release the clutch and accelerate.
4. Water on bridges:
Bridges will generally freeze before other parts of the roadway. Be careful on bridges when temperatures are around the freezing point.
5. What does ABS do?
The purpose of an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is to prevent wheels from locking up during hard applications of the brakes, especially on slippery surfaces.
6. About how many drinks does it take for a 200-pound person to reach a 0.02 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC)?
Alcohol impairment begins long before the legal limit is reached. A 200-pound person will reach a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.02 percent after a single drink.
7. Loading cargo:
Regardless of who has loaded cargo onto a vehicle, the driver is responsible for the safety of the cargo.
Frequently Asked Questions
To obtain a Class A CDL in Indiana, you must first pass a written knowledge test and a skills test consisting of a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving. You must also meet certain medical and physical requirements and pass a drug and alcohol screening.
Additionally, if you plan to transport hazardous materials or passengers, you may need to obtain additional endorsements on your CDL.
2. Livestock carriers
3. Tanker vehicles
5. Dump trucks hauling more than 10,000 pounds
6. Large buses with a trailer attached
It is important to note that the Class A CDL license does not allow you to operate vehicles that require a passenger or hazardous materials endorsement. These endorsements must be obtained separately.
1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old to operate a commercial vehicle within the state of Indiana and 21 years old to operate a commercial vehicle outside of Indiana.
2. Residency: You must be a resident of Indiana or have proof of legal presence in the United States.
3. Medical Certificate: You must pass a medical examination and obtain a Medical Examiner's Certificate to show that you are physically qualified to operate a commercial vehicle.
4. Knowledge Tests: You must pass the general knowledge test and the combination vehicle test to obtain your Class A CDL permit.
5. Skills Tests: You must pass the pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and road skills tests in the type of vehicle you plan to operate.
6. Background Check: You must pass a criminal background check and disclose all convictions, including traffic violations, to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
7. Drug and Alcohol Testing: You must pass a drug and alcohol screening before obtaining your CDL license and be subject to random testing while holding a CDL license.
It is also important to note that certain endorsements may be required for specific types of commercial driving, such as hazardous materials or passenger transportation.
1. Hazmat Endorsement: If you plan to transport hazardous materials, you must obtain a Hazmat endorsement. This requires passing a background check, fingerprinting, and passing a written test.
2. Tanker Endorsement: If you will be driving a commercial vehicle with a tank that holds more than 119 gallons of liquid, you must obtain a Tanker endorsement. This requires passing a written test.
3. Double/Triple Trailer Endorsement: If you plan to pull double or triple trailers, you must obtain a Double/Triple Trailer endorsement. This requires passing a written test.
4. Passenger Endorsement: If you will be transporting passengers in a commercial vehicle, such as a bus or shuttle, you must obtain a Passenger endorsement. This requires passing a written test.
5. School Bus Endorsement: If you plan to operate a school bus, you must obtain a School Bus endorsement. This requires passing a written test and completing additional training.
It is important to note that endorsements have their own requirements and fees in addition to the requirements for obtaining your Class A CDL license.
1. Pre-Trip Inspection: You will be required to perform a thorough inspection of your commercial vehicle before beginning the driving portion of the test. You will need to demonstrate your knowledge of the vehicle and its components by pointing out and explaining their function and condition.
2. Basic Vehicle Control: You will be required to demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in a variety of situations, such as backing up, turning, and parking. This portion of the test is typically conducted in a closed course or a large parking lot.
3. On-Road Test: You will be required to demonstrate your ability to safely operate your commercial vehicle on public roads and highways. The examiner will evaluate your ability to drive defensively, follow traffic laws, and safely maneuver the vehicle in traffic.
It is important to note that the skills test must be taken in a vehicle that is representative of the class of license being sought. Additionally, you must have a valid medical certificate, proof of insurance, and all required endorsements before taking the skills test.
1. Age Requirements: Drivers must be at least 18 years old to obtain a Class A CDL license, but they may not engage in interstate commerce until they are at least 21 years old.
2. Endorsements: Drivers must obtain any required endorsements for the type of driving they will be doing, such as Hazmat, Tanker, or Passenger endorsements.
3. Weight Restrictions: Drivers may be limited in the weight of the vehicles they are allowed to operate based on their age and endorsements.
4. Hours of Service: Drivers must comply with federal hours of service regulations, which limit the amount of time they can drive and require rest breaks.
5. Medical Certification: Drivers must maintain a valid medical certification to operate a commercial vehicle.
6. Alcohol and Drug Use: Drivers are subject to strict alcohol and drug use regulations and may face suspension or revocation of their license if found to be in violation.
It is important for drivers with a Class A CDL license to understand and comply with these restrictions and limitations to ensure safe and legal operation of their commercial vehicle.
However, some states may offer a Spanish version of the CDL manual to help non-English speakers prepare for the test. It is always recommended to check with your local Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office to see if any additional resources are available to help prepare for the written test.
To request accommodations, you will need to complete an Application for Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities form and submit it to the BMV. The form requires documentation of your disability and information about the specific accommodations you are requesting.
Once your request is received, the BMV will review it and determine if they can provide the requested accommodations. They may also contact you for additional information or to schedule a meeting to discuss your needs.
It is important to request accommodations as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for the BMV to review your request and make arrangements for your test.
If you fail the Class A CDL written test three times, you will be required to wait at least 30 days before taking it again. If you fail the test a fourth time, you will be required to wait at least 60 days before taking it again.
It's important to prepare thoroughly for the written test and ensure that you have a strong understanding of the rules and regulations related to commercial driving. You can study the Indiana Commercial Driver's License Manual and take practice tests to help prepare for the exam.