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 three possible answer choices. Test questions come from the Vermont Commercial Driver’s Manual. 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. Heights posted at bridges:
Never assume that the posted height on a bridge or other overhead object is correct. Even if it was accurate when posted, things may have changed that affect clearance, either permanently (such as a repaving of the road) or temporarily (such as packed snow on the road).
2. What should you do if the braking system cannot build up hydraulic pressure?
If your hydraulic braking system will not build up the pressure needed to slow or stop your vehicle, there are a few possible solutions. Try shifting into a lower gear, pumping the brakes, and/or using the emergency brake.
3. Having weight loaded in a way that creates a high center of gravity:
Transporting cargo that is loaded with a high center of gravity increases the risk that the transporting vehicle will tip over. Cargo should be loaded with a safe weight distribution.
4. To ensure that you do not slow down traffic when driving a large truck, you should:
If a heavy load prevents your vehicle from keeping up with the speed of other traffic, you should stay in the right lane.
5. You may be an aggressive driver if you:
Avoid being an aggressive driver by being realistic about your travel time, making allowance for delays, maintaining reasonable following distances, and not making hand gestures that could anger another driver.
6. Regrooved tires:
Regrooved, recapped, or retreaded tires are prohibited on the front wheels of a bus.
7. Always perform the steps of a pre-trip inspection in the same order each time because:
Completing the steps of a vehicle inspection in the same order before every trip aids in learning what the proper steps are. Additionally, you be less likely to forget a step when going through the checklist in a prescribed order.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the steps to obtain a Class A CDL license in Vermont:
1. Obtain a Vermont CDL manual and study it thoroughly to prepare for the written knowledge test.
2. Obtain a medical certificate from a licensed medical examiner to prove that you are physically fit to operate a commercial vehicle.
3. Schedule an appointment with the Vermont DMV to take the written knowledge test for a CDL permit.
4. Pass the written knowledge test and obtain your CDL permit.
5. Enroll in a Vermont-approved CDL training program or complete on-the-job training with an employer.
6. Practice driving with a commercial vehicle until you feel comfortable and confident.
7. Schedule an appointment with the Vermont DMV to take the road skills test for your CDL license.
8. Pass the road skills test and obtain your Class A CDL license in Vermont.
Remember that there may be additional requirements depending on your specific situation or the endorsements you wish to add to your license. It's important to check with the Vermont DMV for complete and up-to-date information on obtaining a Class A CDL license in Vermont.
1. Tractor-trailers: A combination of a tractor unit pulling a semi-trailer or a trailer.
2. Truck and trailer combinations: A combination of a truck and one or more trailers.
3. Double or triple trailers: These are combinations of two or three trailers attached to the truck.
4. Livestock carriers: These are vehicles used to transport live animals.
5. Tanker vehicles: These are vehicles used to transport liquids or gases in bulk.
6. Flatbeds: These are open trailers with no sides or roof used for hauling large equipment or materials.
7. Other large commercial vehicles that meet the weight and combination requirements.
It's important to remember that operating a commercial vehicle requires specialized training and skills beyond those required for driving a regular passenger vehicle. Always follow all traffic laws and regulations and stay up-to-date on any changes to Vermont CDL requirements.
1. Be at least 18 years of age: You must be at least 18 years old to operate a commercial vehicle within the state of Vermont. However, if you plan to operate a commercial vehicle across state lines or transport hazardous materials, you must be at least 21 years old.
2. Have a valid driver's license: You must have a valid Vermont driver's license.
3. Obtain a medical certificate: You must obtain a medical certificate from a licensed medical examiner to prove that you are physically fit to operate a commercial vehicle.
4. Pass the written knowledge test: You must pass a written knowledge test specific to commercial vehicles and obtain a CDL permit.
5. Complete CDL training or on-the-job training: You must complete a Vermont-approved CDL training program or on-the-job training with an employer.
6. Pass the road skills test: You must pass a road skills test that includes pre-trip inspections, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving.
7. Pay the required fees: There are fees associated with obtaining and renewing your CDL license in Vermont.
In addition to these requirements, there may be additional endorsements required for certain types of commercial vehicles, such as hazardous materials or passenger transport. It's important to check with the Vermont DMV for complete and up-to-date information on obtaining a Class A CDL license in Vermont.
It's important to note that even if you meet the minimum age requirement, you must still meet all other requirements to obtain a CDL, including passing the written knowledge test, completing CDL training or on-the-job training, passing the road skills test, and obtaining a medical certificate to prove that you are physically fit to operate a commercial vehicle.
It's always a good idea to check with the Vermont DMV for complete and up-to-date information on obtaining a CDL license in Vermont.
The following are the endorsements that may be required for a Class A CDL in Vermont:
1. T - Double/Triple Trailers: Required if you plan to tow more than one trailer.
2. P - Passenger: Required if you plan to transport passengers.
3. N - Tank Vehicles: Required if you plan to transport liquids or gases in tanks.
4. H - Hazardous Materials: Required if you plan to transport hazardous materials.
5. X - Combination of Tank Vehicle and Hazardous Materials: Required if you plan to transport both hazardous materials and liquids or gases in tanks.
To obtain these endorsements, you must pass a written test specific to each endorsement and meet additional requirements, such as obtaining a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check for the Hazardous Materials endorsement.
It's important to note that not all CDL holders need endorsements. The specific requirements depend on the type of vehicle being driven and the cargo being transported. You can check with the Vermont DMV for complete and up-to-date information on CDL endorsements in Vermont.
1. Pre-trip Inspection: You will be asked to inspect your vehicle to ensure that it is safe to operate. You will need to show the examiner that you know how to check the brakes, tires, lights, and other important parts of the vehicle.
2. Basic Vehicle Control: You will be asked to demonstrate your ability to control the vehicle in a simulated off-road course. This may include backing up, turning, and parking.
3. On-Road Driving: You will need to demonstrate your ability to safely operate the vehicle on public roads and highways. During this portion of the test, you will need to follow the examiner's instructions and demonstrate your ability to navigate through traffic, change lanes, merge onto highways, and make turns.
To pass the skills test, you must perform all three parts of the test to the satisfaction of the examiner. The examiner will use a scoring system to evaluate your performance on each part of the test. If you make too many mistakes or fail any part of the test, you may be required to retake that portion of the test at a later time.
It's important to note that you must already have a valid commercial learner's permit (CLP) and have completed any required training before taking the CDL skills test in Vermont.
1. Endorsement Restrictions: If you have a Class A CDL with endorsements, you may only operate vehicles that match those endorsements. For example, if you have a Tanker endorsement, you can only drive vehicles that transport liquids or gases in tanks.
2. Intrastate vs Interstate: If you have a Class A CDL, you may be restricted to driving only within Vermont (intrastate) or may be allowed to drive across state lines (interstate). This depends on if you have self-certified as an interstate or intrastate driver.
3. Medical Certificate: You must have a valid medical certificate to operate a commercial vehicle. The certificate must be issued by a licensed medical examiner and must be renewed periodically.
4. Age Restrictions: If you are under 21 years old, you cannot drive a commercial vehicle across state lines or transport hazardous materials.
5. Passenger Restrictions: If you have a Class A CDL with a Passenger endorsement, there may be restrictions on the number of passengers you can transport and the type of vehicle you can drive.
It's important to note that these restrictions and limitations may vary depending on the specific circumstances of the driver and their license. You can check with the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles for more information on restrictions and limitations for Class A CDL drivers in Vermont.
However, you may be able to use an interpreter during the test if you have difficulty understanding English. The interpreter must be fluent in both English and your native language and must not be a family member or friend. In addition, you may need to provide your own interpreter and obtain approval from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles before taking the test with an interpreter.
It's important to note that even if you're able to use an interpreter during the written test, you will still need to demonstrate your ability to speak and understand English during the CDL skills test and on-road driving test.
To request accommodations, you will need to complete the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form and submit it to the DMV along with documentation of your disability. The DMV will then review your request and work with you to determine what accommodations are appropriate based on your specific needs.
Some examples of accommodations that may be provided include extended time for taking the test, a separate testing area, or a reader or scribe. The DMV will make every effort to provide accommodations that are reasonable and effective while maintaining the integrity of the testing process.
It's important to note that you must request accommodations in advance of taking the test, as it may take some time for the DMV to review your request and make arrangements for any necessary accommodations.
It's important to use your time between attempts to review the material you missed and study any areas where you struggled. There are a variety of study resources available, including practice tests and study guides, that can help you prepare for the test.
If you fail the written test three times, you will need to wait at least 30 days before taking it again. This waiting period is designed to give you adequate time to review the material and prepare for another attempt.
Keep in mind that passing the written test is just one step in obtaining your CDL. You will also need to pass a skills test and an on-road driving test in order to obtain your license. If you struggle with any of these tests, it's important to work with a qualified instructor or trainer who can help you improve your skills and increase your chances of passing on subsequent attempts.