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 two, three or four possible answer choices. Test questions come from the Utah Commercial Driver License Handbook. 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. Joggers who are wearing headsets:
Be careful around pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists who are wearing headphones. They may not be able to clearly hear surrounding traffic and may not be aware that you are there.
2. A cargo of hanging meat:
An operator should drive with care when transporting a cargo of hanging meat. Such a load is unstable, both because it has a high center of gravity and because the swinging of the meat can affect the driver's handling of the vehicle.
3. If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash on the road ahead of you, you should:
If you observe a crash involving an aggressive driver, you should stop a safe distance from the crash scene, wait for police to arrive, and inform them of the aggressive behavior you witnessed.
4. Which of the following is not a sign of tire failure?
If you experience tire failure, you may hear the loud "bang" sound of a blowout or feel a heavy thumping or vibration in your vehicle. If steering begins to feel heavy, or if the rear of your vehicle begins to fishtail, you should stop to check your tires.
5. What happens when a vehicle hydroplanes?
On a wet road, it is possible for a vehicle's tires to lose traction with the road surface and begin to glide along on the layer of water. This is referred to as hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can occur at speeds as low as 30 mph.
6. During a vehicle inspection, ensure that lug nuts are all of the following, except:
During a vehicle inspection test, you must ensure that all lug nuts are present, free of cracks and distortions, and showing no signs of looseness, such as rust trails or shiny threads. Verify that all bolt holes are free of cracks and distortions.
7. In order to receive a hazardous materials endorsement, a person must complete all of the following, except:
To obtain a hazardous materials endorsement, you must pass the HazMat knowledge test; undergo a Federal Security Threat Assessment; provide proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency; and undergo an FBI fingerprint check and federal criminal history background check.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Age: You must be at least 18 years old to obtain a Class A CDL license. However, if you plan to operate a vehicle across state lines or transport hazardous materials, you must be at least 21 years old.
2. Driver's License: You must already have a valid Utah driver's license.
3. Medical Certification: You must pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination and obtain a medical certification.
4. Knowledge Tests: You must pass knowledge tests covering general commercial driving and specific knowledge for the type of vehicle you plan to operate.
5. Skills Test: You must pass a skills test that includes a pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
6. Background Check: You must pass a background check that includes your driving record and criminal history.
7. Fees: You must pay the appropriate fees for your CDL license and any endorsements or additional certifications needed.
It is also important to note that additional requirements may apply for specific types of vehicles or endorsements, such as hazardous materials or passenger endorsements.
1. T - Double/Triple Trailers: This endorsement is required to operate a combination of two or three trailers.
2. P - Passenger: This endorsement is required to operate a vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
3. H - Hazardous Materials: This endorsement is required to transport hazardous materials as defined by federal law.
4. N - Tank Vehicles: This endorsement is required to operate a vehicle designed to transport liquid or gaseous materials in a tank or tanks with a capacity of 1,000 gallons or more.
5. X - Combination of Tank Vehicle and Hazardous Materials: This endorsement is required to transport hazardous materials in a tank vehicle.
It is important to note that each endorsement requires passing additional knowledge tests and, in some cases, skills tests.
1. Pre-trip Inspection: In this part of the test, you will be required to demonstrate your knowledge of the vehicle and its safety equipment. You will be asked to do a thorough inspection of the vehicle and identify any defects or safety hazards.
2. Basic Vehicle Control: In this part of the test, you will demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in a variety of situations such as straight backing, offset backing, parallel parking, and alley docking.
3. On-road Driving: In this part of the test, you will demonstrate your ability to safely operate the vehicle on public roads. You will be evaluated on your ability to obey traffic laws, use proper shifting techniques, change lanes safely, and navigate turns and intersections.
Each state may have its own specific requirements and scoring criteria for the skills test. It is important to consult your state's CDL manual for detailed information on what is required in your state.
1. E - Automatic Transmission: This restriction is imposed if the driver has not passed the skills test in a vehicle with a manual transmission. The restriction limits the driver to operating vehicles with an automatic transmission.
2. L - Air Brakes: This restriction is imposed if the driver has not passed the air brake knowledge test or skills test. The restriction limits the driver to operating vehicles without air brakes.
3. Z - No Full Air Brake Equipped CMV: This restriction is imposed if the driver has passed the air brake knowledge test but has not passed the air brake skills test in a vehicle with a full air brake system. The restriction limits the driver to operating vehicles without full air brakes.
4. B - Outside Mirror: This restriction is imposed if the vehicle being operated does not have two outside mirrors, one on each side.
5. K - Intrastate Only: This restriction is imposed if the driver operates only within their home state and does not cross state lines.
It is important to note that some restrictions may require additional testing or training to be removed, so it is important to consult your state's CDL manual for specific requirements and procedures for removing restrictions on your license.
If you prefer to take the test in a language other than English, you should contact your local Driver License Division office to inquire about the availability of tests in your preferred language. It is important to note that if you choose to take the test in a language other than English, you will need to bring someone with you who is fluent in both languages to act as an interpreter during the test. The interpreter must be at least 18 years old and cannot be a licensed CDL holder.
To request accommodations, you should contact the Utah Driver License Division and provide information about your disability and the type of accommodation you need. The division may require documentation from a medical professional to support your request.
Examples of accommodations that may be available include extended time for the test, a separate testing area, or the use of assistive technology. The division will work with you to determine the appropriate accommodations based on your individual needs.
It's important to note that requests for accommodations should be made well in advance of the scheduled test date to allow time for processing and implementation of the requested accommodations.
If you fail the test three times, you will be required to wait at least 30 days before being allowed to retest. If you fail the test six times, you will be required to wait at least 90 days before being allowed to retest.
It's important to note that while there is no limit to the number of times you can take the written test, failing it multiple times can result in significant delays and additional expenses. To increase your chances of passing the test on your first attempt, it's recommended that you study the Utah CDL Manual thoroughly and take practice tests before taking the actual test.