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 four possible answer choices. Test questions come from the Kansas 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. Steering wheel play should be no more than:
Steering wheel play of more than 10 degrees (about two inches of movement at the rim of a 20-inch steering wheel) can make it difficult to steer.
2. When a construction worker is close to the road, you should:
In construction zones, do not exceed the posted safe sped limit. Slow down even more when workers are near the roadway.
3. When driving through a work zone, you should:
In work zones, you should observe posted speed limits. Slow down if road or weather conditions are poor, and slow down even further if workers are near the roadway.
4. Extremely hot temperatures can cause:
Because air expands when hot, tire pressure increases as temperatures increase. This can sometimes result in tire failure. Consistently check your tire pressure when making a trip in hot weather.
5. The suspension system:
The suspension system holds up the vehicle and its load while keeping the axles in place. Damage to a suspension system can be very dangerous.
6. An air compressor governor will stop the compressor from pumping air once the air tanks have an air pressure level of:
An air compressor governor will stop the compressor from pumping air once the air tanks are at an air pressure level of 125 psi. This air pressure level is referred to as the "cut-out" level.
7. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the steps to obtain a Class A CDL license in Kansas:
1. Obtain a commercial learner's permit (CLP) by passing a written knowledge test and a vision test. You must be at least 18 years old to obtain a CLP.
2. Hold the CLP for at least 14 days before taking the skills test.
3. Pass a skills test in a Class A vehicle, which includes pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving tests.
4. Provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the United States.
5. Submit to a medical examination and provide a medical examiner's certificate.
6. Provide proof of your social security number.
7. Pay the required fees.
Once you have obtained your Class A CDL license, you must comply with all Kansas traffic laws and regulations related to commercial driving.
1. Tractor-trailers: A combination of a truck tractor (also known as a cab) and one or more trailers.
2. Tanker trucks: Vehicles designed to transport liquids or gases, such as gasoline, oil, or chemicals.
3. Livestock carriers: Vehicles designed to transport live animals, such as cows, pigs, or horses.
4. Flatbed trucks: Vehicles with an open flat platform for transporting large items such as machinery or building materials.
5. Refrigerated trucks: Vehicles with refrigeration units for transporting perishable goods such as food or pharmaceuticals.
6. Double and triple trailers: A combination of two or three trailers attached to a truck tractor.
It is important to note that you may need additional endorsements on your CDL license to operate certain types of vehicles, such as hazardous materials (HazMat) or passenger vehicles.
1. Be at least 18 years old to drive within Kansas and at least 21 years old to drive interstate.
2. Hold a valid driver's license.
3. Provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the United States.
4. Obtain a commercial learner's permit (CLP) by passing a written knowledge test and a vision test.
5. Hold the CLP for at least 14 days before taking the skills test.
6. Pass a skills test in a Class A vehicle, which includes pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving tests.
7. Provide proof of your social security number.
8. Submit to a medical examination and provide a medical examiner's certificate.
9. Pay the required fees.
It is important to note that you must also have a clean driving record and not have any disqualifying offenses such as DUI or leaving the scene of an accident. Additionally, you may need to obtain additional endorsements on your CDL license to operate certain types of vehicles or transport hazardous materials (HazMat).
If you want to drive a commercial vehicle across state lines, you must be at least 21 years old. Additionally, some trucking companies may have their own age requirements that are higher than the minimum legal age. It is important to check with your employer or potential employer to determine any additional age requirements.
1. HazMat: This endorsement is required to transport hazardous materials. To obtain this endorsement, you must pass a background check and a written test.
2. Tanker: This endorsement is required to haul liquids or gases in bulk containers. To obtain this endorsement, you must pass a written test.
3. Doubles/Triples: This endorsement is required to pull double or triple trailers. To obtain this endorsement, you must pass a written test.
4. Passenger: This endorsement is required to drive vehicles designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver. To obtain this endorsement, you must pass a written test and a skills test in a passenger vehicle.
It is important to note that some endorsements may have additional requirements, such as passing a skills test in addition to the written test. Additionally, there may be additional fees associated with obtaining endorsements.
1. Pre-Trip Inspection: You will be asked to inspect your vehicle and identify any potential safety hazards. You will need to show the examiner that you know how to check basic components like brakes, tires, lights, and mirrors.
2. Basic Vehicle Control Skills: You will be asked to demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in a variety of situations. This includes backing up, turning, and parking.
3. On-Road Driving: You will need to demonstrate your ability to safely operate the vehicle on public roads. This includes merging onto highways, changing lanes, and navigating intersections.
The skills test is conducted in a vehicle that is representative of the type of commercial vehicle you will be driving. You must pass all three parts of the skills test to obtain your Class A CDL. It is important to note that the skills test is rigorous and requires a lot of practice and preparation. It is recommended that you enroll in a reputable truck driving school or training program to ensure that you are adequately prepared for the skills test.
1. Age Restrictions: To obtain a Class A CDL in Kansas, you must be at least 18 years old. However, if you plan to operate a commercial vehicle across state lines, you must be at least 21 years old.
2. Endorsement Restrictions: As I mentioned earlier, if you want to transport certain types of cargo or operate certain types of vehicles, you may need to obtain additional endorsements on your Class A CDL.
3. Medical Certification: You must pass a medical examination and obtain a medical certificate in order to operate a commercial vehicle.
4. Time Restrictions: There are federal regulations that limit the amount of time a driver can spend on the road each day and each week. These regulations are designed to prevent driver fatigue and ensure safety on the road.
5. Alcohol and Drug Use: If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) or using drugs while operating a commercial vehicle, your CDL will be suspended or revoked.
It is important to follow these restrictions and limitations as failure to do so can result in fines, license suspension or revocation, or even criminal charges.
If you are not a native English speaker or do not feel comfortable taking the written test in English, you may request to take the test in one of the available languages. To do this, you will need to contact your local Kansas Department of Revenue (DOR) office and request an interpretation service. The interpretation service will provide a translator who will assist you in taking the written test in your preferred language.
It is important to note that if you choose to take the test in a language other than English, you may not have access to all of the same study materials and resources that are available to English-speaking test takers. Therefore, it is recommended that you prepare for the test using a variety of resources, including study guides and practice tests, to ensure that you are adequately prepared for the exam.
To request accommodations, you will need to complete and submit a Request for Accommodations form, which is available on the DOR's website. The form will ask you to provide information about your disability and the accommodations that you need in order to take the test. You may also need to provide documentation from a healthcare provider that verifies your disability and the need for accommodations.
The DOR will review your request and determine what accommodations are necessary and appropriate based on your individual needs. Some examples of accommodations that may be provided include extra time to complete the test, a separate testing room, or assistive technology such as screen readers or magnifiers.
It is recommended that you submit your request for accommodations as early as possible, as it may take some time for the DOR to review and approve your request. Additionally, it is important to note that the DOR may deny requests for accommodations if they determine that the requested accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of the test or would result in an undue burden on their resources.
In Kansas, you must wait at least one day before retaking the written test. If you fail the test three times, you must wait at least 30 days before taking it again. If you fail the test six times, you must wait at least 180 days before taking it again.
It is important to note that there may be additional fees associated with retaking the test, depending on the policies of your testing location. Additionally, if you fail the skills (driving) test, you will need to complete additional training and practice before retaking the test.
To improve your chances of passing the written test on your next attempt, it is recommended that you review the relevant study materials and practice questions and seek out additional resources if necessary. Additionally, consider working with a licensed driving instructor or taking a commercial driving course to improve your knowledge and skills.