Passenger

To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a test consisting of 20 multiple choice questions. Each question has three or four answer choices. To pass, the applicant must answer at least 16 questions.. Read More

To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a test consisting of 20 multiple choice questions. Each question has three or four answer choices. To pass, the applicant must answer at least 16 questions correctly. Test questions come from the Maryland Commercial Driver Guide. Questions come from chapters covering: Driving Safely, Transporting Passengers Safely, Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test and On-Road Driving. The Passenger endorsement can be used with the Class A, B or C CDL.

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1. Roof hatches on buses:

Explanation
On a bus, it is acceptable to lock some roof hatches in a partially-opened position to provide fresh air, but this should not be made a regular practice. Remember that opening these hatches will slightly increase a bus's clearance.

2. A thin layer of ice that forms on road surfaces is called:

Explanation
Black ice is a thin layer of ice that is clear enough for the road surface to be seen through it. A road covered in black ice may look like it is merely wet. You should be very careful when temperatures are below freezing and the road looks wet.

3. How should you check your hydraulic brakes?

Explanation
To test hydraulic brakes, you should pump the brake pedal three times, then apply firm pressure to the brake pedal and hold for five seconds. The pedal should not move. If it does, there may be a leak.

4. When a vehicle is started, the coolant temperature should:

Explanation
After an engine is started, the coolant temperature should begin a gradual rise toward the normal operating range.

5. Distracted driving:

Explanation
To reduce the risk of distraction, do not engage in complex or emotionally intense conversations while driving. Pre-programming radio stations before your trip and avoiding eating, drinking, or smoking while at the wheel can also help you avoid becoming distracted while driving. Remember that mental distractions that take your attention away from the task of driving can be just as dangerous as physical distractions.

6. If you are being tailgated, you should:

Explanation
If you are being tailgated, it is advisable to open up the space in front of your vehicle, making it easier for the tailgater to get around you. Speeding up may be counterproductive because the driver may continue to tailgate you at the higher speed, only increasing the danger.

7. If your coolant level is found to be low, you should:

Explanation
When inspecting the engine compartment, you should check the oil level, coolant level, and windshield washer fluid level, among other things. In both cold and hot weather, it is important that the engine have enough coolant.
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