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1. Commercial Drivers License
2. A Any combination of vehicles with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of 26,001or more pounds provided the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the vehicle(s)being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds. (Holders of a Class A license may also, withany appropriate endorsements, operate all vehicles within Class B and C.)Examples include but are not limited to
4. B Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR. (Holders of a Class B license may also, with any appropriate endorsements, operate all vehicles within Class C.)
Examples include but are not limited to:
6. C Any single vehicle less than 26,001 pounds GVWR or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR. This group applies only to vehicles which are placarded for hazardous materials or are designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the operator. A holder of a Class A, B or C license may drive all vehicles which may be driven by a holder of a Class E or Class F license.
Examples include but are not limited to:
8. You Must Have a CDL If A single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of
more than 26,000 pounds.
A trailer with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds if the gross
combination weight rating is more than 26,000 pounds.
A vehicle designed to transport more than 15 persons
(including the driver).
Any size vehicle which requires hazardous materials placards
9. How Do I Get A CDL ? KNOWLEDGE TEST
General Knowledge—All Applicants
Air Brakes—If your vehicle has them
Combination—If you want to drive Combinations
Hazardous Materials—If you need it
Tanker—If you haul liquids in Bulk (1000 gal or more)
Doubles/Triples—If you pull double or triple trailers
10. SKILLS TEST Pre trip
Basic Vehicle Control
11. Responsibilities of the CDL Driver Vehicle Inspections
Speed and Distance
12. Types of Inspections Pre-Trip
13. PRE-TRIP Helps to find problems that could cause a crash or breakdown.
14. DURING-TRIP Watch gauges
Look, Listen, Smell, Feel
Check Critical Items When You Stop
Tires, Wheels, and Rims
15. POST-TRIP This helps locate any problems or repair needs.
16. WHAT TO LOOK FOR Tires
Wear (4/32 inch on front; 2/32 Inch on others)
Damaged Valve Stems
Any Other Issues
17. Wheels and Rims
Rust on lugs or nuts
Missing clamps, spacers, or lugs
Mismatched, bent, cracked
Brake Drums and Shoes
Shoes or pads with oil, grease, or brake fluid on them.
Shoes worn dangerously thin, missing, or broken
18. Steering System Defects
Missing nuts, bolts, cotter keys, or other parts.
Bent, loose, or broken parts, such as steering column, steering
gear box, or tie rods.
If power steering equipped--hoses, pumps, and fluid level; check for leaks.
Steering wheel play of more than 10 degrees (approximately two inches movement at the rim of a 20-inch steering wheel) can make it hard to steer
Cracked or Broken Hangers
Missing or Broken leaves
Cracked, Damaged, or Missing parts
Any Loose, Broken, or Missing Frame Members
Loose, broken, or missing exhaust pipes, mufflers, tailpipes, or vertical stacks.
Loose, broken, or missing mounting brackets, clamps, bolts, or nuts.
Exhaust system parts rubbing against fuel system parts, tires, or other moving parts of vehicle.
Exhaust system parts that are leaking.
23. Emergency Equipment
Warning Devices ( 3 Reflective Triangles)
24. Key Locations of Inspections Refer to
25. Controlling Your Vehicle Accelerating
26. Backing Your Vehicle Look at Your Path
Back and Turn Towards Driver’s Side
Use a Helper
27. Traffic Always look Ahead—12 to 15 sec.
Watch for Traffic
Watch Road Conditions
Check Mirrors Frequently
Always Signal when changing lanes, merging, and Turning
29. Speed and Stopping Perception Distance
+ Reaction Distance
+ Braking Distance
= Total Stopping Distance
Perception @ 55MPH ¾ sec=60FT
Reaction @ 55MPH ¾ sec=60FT
Braking @ 55MPH 4 1/2 sec=170FT
Total Stopping = 6 seconds and 290 Feet
30. Managing Space Ahead—Following Distance (1sec/10ft of vehicle Length under 40 mph)
Sides—Stay centered in your lane
Overhead—Don’t assume bridge heights are right
Below—Railroad Tracks, Dirt Roads, etc.
Turns—Figures 2-11 and 2-12 pg. 2-30
31. Hazards Work Zones
Slow or Fast Drivers
32. Emergencies ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN
If an Accident Occurs:
Protect the area
Care for the injured
34. CARGO Inspecting
Recognize overloads and unbalanced loads
Knowing it is secure
35. INSPECTION Pre Trip
Every 3 Hours or 150 miles
After Every Break
36. DEFINITIONS Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)
Gross Combination Weight (GCW)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR)
Coupling Device Capacity
37. LOAD SECUREMENT
39. SECURING CARGO Blocking and Bracing
Sealed and Containerized Loads
Dry Bulk Tanks
40. Specific Sections Section 5 – Air Brakes
Section 6 – Combinations
Section 8 –Tank Vehicles
Section 10 – Pre Trip Inspection Test
Section 11 – Basic Vehicle Control Test
Section 12 – On The Road Driving Test