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Massachusetts CDL Permit Test - Combination

Number of questions: 20
Passing score: 16
Directions: All applicants who are applying for a Class A CDL should be prepared to take the Combination test. This test covers information found in Section 6 of the Commercial Driver License Manual. Section 6 provides the information needed to safely operate tractor-trailers, doubles, triples, and straight trucks with trailers. The test is made up of 20 multiple-choice questions, and applicants will need to correctly answer a minimum of 16 questions to pass. The Combination test is not a replacement for the Double/Triple endorsement test.
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Driving a combination vehicle ____ than driving a single vehicle.

Is easier
Requires more driving skill
Is better for training
Is safer in inclement weather

Simply changing lanes can cause:

A “crack-the-whip” effect, resulting in a rollover.
A trailer to straighten out.
Confusion over which lane the driver is hoping to use.
Other drivers to reduce their speed.

If a trailer begins to jackknife, you should not:

Release the brakes.
Apply the trailer hand brake.
Allow the wheels to grip the road.
Allow the trailer to straighten out.

How many air lines does a combination vehicle have?


Trailers with low underneath clearance may be difficult to drive:

On interstate highways.
Over railroad crossings.
On dirt roads.
At the posted speed limit.

A lightly-loaded combination vehicle will stop more slowly than a fully-loaded vehicle because:

The stiff suspension springs and strong brakes will have high traction.
The stiff suspension springs and strong brakes will have low traction.
The brakes only operate when a trailer reaches a minimum weight.
The suspension springs only operate when a trailer reaches a minimum weight.

To help prevent a rollover, cargo should be:

Placed as high as possible inside the trailer.
Placed as low as possible inside the trailer.
Placed on the passenger side of the trailer.
Placed on the driver’s side of the trailer.
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