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This endorsement is required for driving a school bus. To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a test. The test consists of 20 multiple choice.. Read More

This endorsement is required for driving a school bus. To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a test. The test consists of 20 multiple choice questions. To pass, the applicant must answer at least 16 questions correctly. Each question has three or four possible answer choices. Test questions come from the South Dakota Commercial Driver License Manual. Questions come from chapters covering School Buses, Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test, Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test and On-Road Driving. The School Bus endorsement can be used with the Class A, B or C CDL.

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8. If a driver needs to exit a school bus to ensure all waiting students have boarded, the driver should:

Explanation
While students are boarding a school bus, if the driver cannot account for a student outside, they should secure the bus, take the key with them, and check around and underneath the bus for the missing student.

9. When taking the driving test and asked to make a turn, you should:

Explanation
When asked to make a turn during the on-road driving test, you must check traffic in all directions and use your turn signal.

10. Before leaving a bus stop, a driver should:

Explanation
Before pulling away from a bus stop, a driver should make sure that there are no students running to catch the bus.

11. When should you inspect the mirrors on a bus?

Explanation
The mirrors of a bus should always be inspected before a trip. Adjust them as necessary before beginning to drive.

12. Where are danger zones of a school bus located?

Explanation
The danger zones of a school bus are areas in which children are most likely to be hit, either by another vehicle or by the bus itself. Such areas are located to the front, sides, and rear of a bus.

13. If the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is malfunctioning:

Explanation
An Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is in place as an addition to a braking system. It intervenes to prevent brakes from locking up during hard braking. If ABS is not working, the basic braking functions on a vehicle will still remain, so the driver can continue to drive and brake normally.

14. If a bus must be evacuated, the driver should:

Explanation
If a school bus must be evacuated, students should be led, in the direction of oncoming traffic, to a safe place that is at least 100 feet off of the road. They should be upwind of the bus if a fire is present, and as far as possible from any railroad tracks.
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