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 New York State Commercial Driver's 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.
Number of Question
1. If unsure if a trailer is equipped with ABS, you can:
Trailers and converter dollies built on or after March 1, 1998 are required to have Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS). This will be indicated by the presence of a yellow malfunction lamp. You can determine if older trailers have ABS by checking under the trailers for ECU and wheel speed sensor wires coming from the back of the brakes.
2. Before backing your tractor under the trailer, make sure your trailer brakes are:
Correctly following the steps to couple and uncouple trailers is vital to safely operating a combination vehicle. Before backing your tractor under the trailer while coupling, make sure your trailer brakes are locked.
3. When uncoupling a trailer, landing gear should be:
Landing gear, or trailer supports, should always be completely raised before a vehicle is driven. When uncoupling, landing gear should be lowered to make firm contact with the ground. If a trailer is loaded when it is being uncoupled, you should lower the landing gear and turn the crank a few additional times to remove some weight from the trailer.
4. What does the trailer air supply control look like?
On newer vehicles, the trailer air supply control is an eight-sided red knob. It's used to control the tractor protection valve.
5. The trailer hand valve:
The trailer hand valve should not be used for parking. This could cause all of the air to leak out of the braking system, resulting in the brakes releasing. Instead, use the parking brake.
6. One way to prevent a rollover is to:
A rollover is more likely if cargo is unevenly loaded in a rig. To help prevent a dangerous rollover, it is important to keep a load as centered on the rig as possible.
7. Compared to other commercial motor vehicles, combination vehicles need more space on the road because they are longer and they: