CDL Leasing

     Divison of:
                      Pace Inc.                  
Jefferson Trail W
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077


Phone: 651-775-7934

Email:
office@cdlleasing.com

CDL A and B Test information

CDL Test Information

Test preparation -Pre trip Inspection and Driving Test Overview

STATE OF MINNESOTA
Department of Public Safety
Driver & Vehicle Services Division

What can be expected for your DMV test  (Road Test and Pre-trip Test)


Items needed before we can allow you to drive our vehicles:
1. Class A or B permit
2. Valid Drivers License
3. Payment accepted:   Cash, USPS Certified Check, WellsFargo/TCF Bank Check , Credit Card (3% addd)- refer to pricing page for payment amounts

 MECHANICAL AND EXTERNAL CHECKS:

Air compressor
Trailer air/electrical lines & connectors (Class-A vehicles only)
On each axle:
Slack adjusters
Air brake chambers
Air hoses or brake lines
Brake drums (and linings, if visible)
IN-CAB AIR BRAKES SYSTEM CHECK:
Be prepared to provide an explanation as you inspect each item below:
Parking brake:
Service brake:
One-minute air loss:
Low air warning:
Emergency system engaged:
Note: For all Class-A, apply the trailer brakes and attempt to pull forward to test the trailer
connection (brakes) before leaving the curb.

PS30304-04
   

AIR BRAKE PRE-TRIP INSPECTION

• You are required to check those items that relate to the operation of your vehicle’s air break
system. A checklist of typical components is provided below. If your vehicle has diff erent
components than those listen, point them out ot the examiner and explain how to check them.
• For the test, check one side of the vehicle, including each axle.
• You need to point out the item to be checked and explain how you check that item. Once you
have properly explained the procedure for checking an item, you need only point out the item on
each axle and say that you would check it the same way as previously explained. If there are any
differences to properly check the item, you must explain what the differences are to the examiner.
  
 
The following checklist can be used for your road test. Check off each item after explanation.
MECHANICAL AND EXTERNAL CHECKS:
Air compressor
Trailer air/electrical lines & connectors (Class-A vehicles only)
On each axle:
Slack adjusters
Air brake chambers
Air hoses or brake lines
Brake drums (and linings, if visible)
IN-CAB AIR BRAKES SYSTEM CHECK:
Be prepared to provide an explanation as you inspect each item below:
Parking brake:
Service brake:
One-minute air loss:
Low air warning:
Emergency system engaged:
Note: For all Class-A, apply the trailer brakes and attempt to pull forward to test the trailer
connection before leaving the curb.
 

THINGS TO REMEMBER for "Behind the Wheel - Road Test"

1. DO NOT hit a curb with the trailer during a right
hand turn
2. DO NOT roll at stop signs. Make a complete stop
3. Look both directions at all intersections, both
controlled and uncontrolled intersections.
4. When parking on a hill next to a curb:
UPHILL - TURN steering wheel left
DOWNHILL- TURN steering wheel right
Signal when moving towards curb and when
leaving curb.
5. All roads on the exam station course are considered
4 lanes wide, whether they are marked with
lines or not.
 

CDL PRE-TRIP INSPECTION - Check List:

Just Point to each item
& Explain what to look for.
(Front Truck Axle)
-Air Compressor
-Slack adjuster
- Brake chamber
- Air hoses to chamber
- Brake drums
- Brake pads
(Rear Truck Axle)
- Slack adjuster
- Brake chamber
- Air hoses to chamber
- Brake drums
- Brake pads
(Trailer Axle)
- Brake drums
- Brake pads
- Electric cord
- Hitch locked
(Lights)
- Check turn signal lights
- Check head lights
- Check brake lights
Parking Brake
Engine is running, put into drive, attempt to pull forward
with parking brake applied (yellow valve pulled out).
Truck should not move.
Service Brake
Engine is running, Push in parking brake, put into
drive, let truck roll forward slowly, then press service
brake (brake pedal) to show service brake works
One Minute Air Loss
Put the truck in neutral, turn off engine, leave parking
valve pushed in (released), Turn key to ON position while
engine is OFF. Press and hold brake pedal for one
minutes and watch air pressure gauge for no less than
3 lbs/minutes air loss
Low Air Warning
With key in ON position and engine OFF, pump brake
pedal untill air gauge drops to 60 lbs. Low air alarm will
sounds. Key MUST be in ON position
Emergency System Engaged
Pump brake pedal untill yellow parking valve pops out
(at approximately 30 lbs.) Once parking valve pops the
Emergency System is now fully engaged. Now start the
truck and put it in drive and attempt to pull forward.
The truck should Not move.
Pull ahead and apply trailer brake (brake controller button)before leaving curb- testing electric brakes on trailer
 

Combination (Truck Trailer)Pre-Trip Inspection Test

The Commercial Vehicle Pre-Trip Inspection Test is designed to test your ability to check a variety of commercial vehicle safety equipment and vehicle components. You are required to check the items listed below that relate to the operation of your vehicle.
You will need to point out the item to be checked and explain how you check that item. You may use this
checklist during your pre-trip inspection.
COMBINATION VEHICLE TYPE
Truck
air & electric connectors
Coupling System
mounting bolts
pintle hook
hitch release lever
safety devices
Trailer
air & electric connectors &
lines
tongue storage area
Coupling System
tongue or drawbar
mounting bolts
safety devices
sliding pintle
Tractor
air & electric connectors &
lines
Coupling System
mounting bolts
platform
locking jaws or lever
release arm & safety latch
5th wheel skid plate
slide 5th wheel pins
Semi-Trailer
air & electric connectors
Coupling System
kingpin
apron
gap
ALL VEHICLES
Front of Vehicle
lights & reflectors
mirrors
Engine Compartment
oil level
coolant level
power steering fluid
water pump
alternator
leaks & hoses
*air compressor/master cylinder
automatic transmission fluid
Steering
steering box & hoses
steering linkage
Front Wheel
tires
rims
lug nuts
hub oil seal
Front Suspension
springs & shocks
u-bolts
spring mounts
Front Brake
brake hoses or lines
*brake chamber
*slack adjustor & push-rod
drum & linings or rotor & disk
Driver/Fuel Area
door & mirror
fuel tank & cap & leaks
catwalk & steps
lights & reflectors
Under Vehicle
drive shaft
exhaust system
frame
Rear Axles
tires
rims
lug nuts
hub oil seal
spacers or budd spacing
Rear Suspension
springs & shocks & airbags
u-bolts
spring/air mounts
Rear Brakes
brake hoses or lines
*brake chamber
*slack adjustor & push-rod
drum & linings or rotor & disk
Rear of Vehicle
doors & lift
splash guards
lights & reflectors
Combination Vehicles
Trailer Front
header board or bulkhead
lights & reflectors
Side of Trailer
landing gear
frame & tandem release
doors & ties & lifts
lights & reflectors
Trailer Wheels
tires
rims
lug nuts
hub oil seal
spacers or budd spacing
Trailer Suspension
springs & shocks & airbags
u-bolts
spring/air mounts
Trailer Brakes
brake hoses or lines
*brake chamber
*slack adjustor & push-rod
drum & linings or rotor & disk
Rear of Trailer
doors & lift
splash guards
lights & reflectors
PASSENGER BUS VEHICLES
passenger entry & lift emergency exits seating baggage doors secure
SCHOOL BUSES
8-Lamp system First aid kit Body fluid kit Emergency exit types
INSIDE VEHICLE
safety belt
emergency equipment
safe start
temperature gauge
oil pressure gauge
ammeter or voltmeter gauge
*air gauge
lighting indicators
horn(s)
heater & defroster
windshield & mirrors
wipers & washers
parking brake
service brake/electric assist
*air brake check
hydraulic brake check
* Air brake system only.
All commercial vehicles must display a current inspection sticker to receive a road test.
PS30307-01 (Rev 09/10)

COMBINATION VEHICLE TYPE -Truck and Trailer -

Go through each vehicle part, pointing out the item and what to check for safe operation.

Air & electric connectors: Latched securely to truck, No cuts, tears, exposed wires,
not tangles or dragging on ground

Coupling System:
Mounting bolts: not cracked, broken, or loose, no missing nuts or bolts
Pintle hook: pintle hook is secure, not cracked, broken, or loose, no missing bolts.
Hitch release lever:not bent, cracked, or broken, pins in place
Safety devices:  safety chains are securely fastened to truck; not dragging on ground;
D rings are secure, no cracked or broken welds
emergency break away cable is securely fastened to truck not tangled
or dragging on ground
Trailer
air & electrical connectors & lines: electric cord is securely fastened to trailer; no cracks, tear, or
exposed wires
Tongue storage are: no loose objects; no cracked or broken welds; no rust holes in fl oor
Coupling System
Tongue or drawbar tongue is not bent or twisted; no broken or cracked welds
Mounting bolts not cracked, broken, or loose; no missing nuts or bolts
Safety devices: emergency break away box is securely fastened to trailer;
not cracked or broken; no exposed wires; battery is fully charged
Front of Vehicle
Lights & refl ectors Lights are not cracked, broken or loose; not missing, and clean and proper color.
Refl ectors are not cracker, broken, or loose not missing; are clean, not covered
Mirrors Not cracked, broken or loose; mounted securely
Engine Compartment (you do not have to actually check any fl uid levels)
Oil level Yellow dips stick should be above the add mark
Coolant level Should be above the add mark
Power steering level Should be above the minimum/add mark
Water pump: (Located behind the center pulley with 4 nuts on it) Not cracked, leaking; proper belt
tension (3/4 inches). (You do not have to actually check the belt tension, just say you would)
Alternator Not loose or missing bolts; no cracked or exposed wires; proper belt tension (3/4 inch)
Leaks & hoses Look for leaks or puddles under the engine compartment
Hoses should not be cracked, broken, or loose, not leaking
Air compressor Not cracked, broken, or loose, no missing bolts; not leaking; proper belt tension
Automatic transmission -check level, should be above the add mark (when the engine is running)
Steering
Steering box & hoses (at bottom of the steering column) Steering box is not cracked, broken or loose,
no missing bolts; Not leaking. Hoses are not cracked, broken, or loose not leaking
Steering linkage Not cracked, broken, or loose, no missing bolts. Same for all linkage points
Front Wheel
Tires 4/32 Tread Depth; Not uneven / unevenly worn; No cracks or cuts in sidewall;
Check proper tire pressure -   with an air gauge
Rims Not bent, cracked, or welded
Lug nuts Not cracked, missing, or loose (no gaps, shiny threads, or rust trails)
Hub oil seel Not cracked, or leaking; no loose or missing nuts; proper level about the mark
Front Suspension
Springs & Shocks No cracked, broken, or loose springs; No cracked, bent or loose, no leaking shocks
U-bolts Not cracked, bent, or broken, no loose u-bolts, no missing nuts
Spring mounts Not bent, cracked or broken, no loose mounts, or missing bolts
Front Brake
Brake hoses or lines Not cracked, worn, or leaking air hoses. Fittings are tight.
Lines are not cracked, loose, or rubbing anything.
Brake chamber Not cracked, dented, or loose, no missing bolts
Slack adjuster & Not bent or cracked, no missing pins or cotter keys
Push-rod No more than 1 inch or play, when you pull by hand
Drum & linings No warped, cracked, or welded drums
Leak thru inspection hole - linings are not cracked, no grease or oil on them;
Linings (shoes) are at least 1/4 inch thick
Driver/Fuel Area
Door & mirror Door has no missing seals, no bent or loose hinges; latches securely
Mirror is not cracked, broken or loose; mounted securely
Fuel tank & camp & leaks Not cracked or leaking; no broken or loose straps; no missing cap
Steps Not cracked, broken, or loose; no missing bolts; mounted securely
Lights & refl ectors Not cracked, broken or lose; no missing lights; not covered; proper color
Not torn, loose or covered; no missing refl ectors
Under Vehicle
Drive shaft- Not bent, no cracked, loose or missing bolts; couplings are secure
Exhaust system Not cracked, broker or rusted through; no signs of soot lines (cracks);
no loose mounts
Frame Frame is straight; not bent, twisted, or cracked, not rusted through; not sagging
Rear Axels
Tires 2/32 Tread; no cracks or cuts in side; Not mismatched or unevenly worn;
Tires - properly inflated - check with gauge or mallet
Rims Not bent, cracked or welded
Lug nuts Not cracked, loose, or missing; no gaps, shiny threads, or rust trails
Hub oil seal Not cracked or leaking, no loose bolts
Spacers or budd spacing Check for even spacing between wheels; not rubbing; no foreign objects
Rear Suspension
Springs & Shocks Springs: Not cracked, broken, or loose; no missing springs
& air bags Shocks: Not cracked, bent, or loose; no leaking shocks
Air bags: Not cracked, or leaking air bags
U-bolts Not cracked, bent, or broken, no loose u-bolts, no missing nuts
Springs/air mounts Not bent, cracker, or broken; no loose air mounts: no missing bolts
Not bent, cracked, or broken; no loose spring mounts; no missing bolts
Rear Brakes
Brake hoses or lines Not cracked, worn, or leaking air hoses. Fittngs are tight.
Lines are not cracked, loose, or rubbing anything.
Brake chamber Not cracker, dented, or loose, no missing bolts
Slack adjuster & Explain: “ I would first chock the tires, and release the parking brake,
Push-rod and then check for not more than 1 inch of play, when you pull my hand.
Not bent or cracked; "no missing pins or cotter keys.”
Drum & linings not warped, cracked, or welded drums
Peak thru inspection hole, linings are not cracked, not grease or oil on them;
Linings (shoes) are at least 1/4 inch thick
Rear Vehicle
Splash guards Not cracked, broken, or loose; no missing bolts; mounted securely
Lights & refl ectors Lights are not cracked, broken or loose; not missing, and clean and proper color.
Refl ectors are not cracker, broken, or loose not missing; are clean, not covered

Combination Vehicles - Pre-Trip Trailer Inspection

Trailer Front: Header board Not bent, twisted, or loose; no cracked or broken welds
(strong enough to contain cargo)

Trailer Lights/Reflectors/Reflector Tape: not cracked, broken, or loose; no missing lights; not covered; proper color
Not torn, loose, or covered, no missing reflectors

Trailer Front:
landing gear Fully raised up off ground; no missing or loose bolts; no cracked welds
handle is secure

Frame and cross members:
straight; not bent, twisted, or cracked, not rusted
through; not sagging; no broken welds
Lights & reflectors Not cracked, broken, or loose; no missing lights; not covered; proper color
Not torn, loose, or covered, no missing reflectors

Trailer Wheels

Tires 2/32 Tread; no cracks or cuts in side; Not mismatched or unevenly worn;
Proper inflation with a gauge or mallet
Rims Not bent, cracked or welded
Lug nuts Not cracked, loose, or missing; no gaps, shiny threads, or rust trails
Hub oil seal Not cracked or leaking, no loose bolts

Trailer Suspension

Leaf springs not cracked, broken, or loose, or missing bolts; no broken welds; mounted secure

Trailer Brakes

Electric lines not cracked, loose, or exposed wiring
Drum & lining No warped, cracked or welded drums
Look through inspection hole; linings are not cracked, no grease or oil on them;
linings are at least 1/4 inch thick

Rear of Trailer

Loading ramps - Not cracked, broken, or loose, no missing bolts; mounted secure;
no broken welds, no missing pins
Splash guards - Not cracked, broken, or loose; no missing bolts; mounted securely
Lights & reflectors - Lights are not cracked, broken or loose; not missing, and clean and proper color.
Reflectors - not cracker, broken, or loose not missing; are clean, not covered
(now close the hood, turn the key on, and start checking all your lights)
Right turn - signal Get out and check front & back
Left turn - signal Check front & back
Flashers - Check front & back
Brake Lights - Ask the examiner to help you check the brake lights

Inside Vehicle - Pre trip Check list:


Safety belt - Belt is securely mounted,  not torn or frayed, and latches secure
Emergency equipment - Spare fuses: 3 reflector triangles,  properly charged fire extinguisher
Safe start - Say; “Before I start the truck,  I will make sure the parking brake is on, and the
transmission is in neutral.” Then start the truck and go through gauges -
Temperature gauge - Point to it and say, “The temp. gauge is working, and slowly rising.”
Oil pressure gauge - Point to it and say, “The oil pressure gauge is working, and shows oil pressure.”
Voltmeter gauge - Point to it and say, “The voltmeter gauge is working, reading about 14 and is charging.”
Air gauge - Point to it and say, “The air gauge is working, and reading _______.”
Lighting indicators - Turn on and check both insider turn signal indicators; also flashers
Turn on head lights -  check the high beam indicator
Horn - Toot the horn
Heater & defroster - Turn on the fan and test  the heater/defroster controls, to see if it works
Windshield & mirrors - Windshield is clean, clear an not cracked -  mirrors are clean, clear and adjusted properly
Wipers & washers
- The wiper blades are not cracked or missing and operate smoothly.
Test the washer fluid
Parking brake - Put the truck in drive and gently pull against the parking brake;
truck should not move, “parking brake works.”
Service brake - Release parking brake, put the truck in drive, roll forward and stop with service
brake (brake pedal); “service brake works.”
Electric assist Trailer Brake - Roll forward and apply the electric assist trailer brake until the truck stops“trailer brake works".

Air brake check

Air loss - Put the truck in neutral, turn off the truck, and turn the key to the on position.
Check air loss for 1 min. (3 psi/min. max air loss)
Low air alarm Fan/pump the brake pedal until the low air alarm sounds at about 60 psi.
“alarm works.”
Emergency brake test  - pump pedal untill the yellow valve pops out (between 20-40 psi)
The restart the engine and try to gently pull forward.
The truck should not move. “emergency brake works.”

Walk Through - Check Vehicle Parts

Make sure you point out and give a detailed description/explanation about each & every item listed!
 Try to give a 3-4 point descriptions on all items listed.

Examples: -”not cracked, broken, or loose”
-”no missing bolts, mounted securely”
-”not bent, twisted, or warped; not rusted through.”
-”not leaking” etc....

Follow the list, and explain thoroughly.  Check off items once completed.
 
 
 
Review your pre-trip
Mentally Prepare for your road test:
Proper Turns: Right Lane -right turn/ Double Lane - left turn
Proper Stops
Proper Observation - look both ways and in all mirrors
Proper Hill Park - turn the front tires to curb
Backing Straight Alley Off Set
Proper Highway Driving

CDL Leasing
9110 Rich Valley Boulevard
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
651-775-7934
 
 

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