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Driving too fast is a major cause of fatal collisions. You must adjust your speed depending on several conditions which include: traction, curves, visibility, traffic, and hills.
In this section, we list some important safety factors that apply specifically to combination vehicles.
Drivers cannot see hazards as soon as in daylight, so they have less time to respond. Drivers caught by surprise are less able to avoid a collision.
There are many parts to an air brake system. You should know about the parts discussed here
The CDL instructions will inform you of the skill objective and the parameters for the skill.
To drive a vehicle safely, you must be able to control its speed and direction. Safely operating a commercial vehicle requires skill in:
Other drivers do not know what you are going to do until you tell them. Signaling what you intend to do is important for everyone's safety. Here are some general rules for signaling.
Special certificates may sometimes be required in addition to a CDL, depending on the type of vehicle or load you carry.
There are federal and state rules that affect drivers operating CMV's in all states. Among them are:
You may not drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) if you are disqualified for any reason.
When you are in a collision and not seriously hurt, you need to act to prevent further damage or injury. The basic steps to be taken at any collision are:
Make sure your vehicle is ready for driving in winter weather. During the pre-trip inspection, pay extra attention to the following items.
During this part of the test, you are expected to make regular traffic checks and maintain a safe following distance.
The guidebook tells them what to do first to protect themselves and the public from hazardous materials or wastes.
Following the safety practices in this handbook can help prevent emergencies
Vehicle fires can cause damage and injury. Learn the causes of fires and how to prevent them. Know what to do to extinguish fires.
You must display the ID number of the contents of portable tanks, cargo tanks, and other bulk packagings.
Inspect the cargo and its securing devices again within 25 miles after beginning a trip. Make any adjustments needed.
Do all you can to protect hazardous materials containers. Don't use any tools which might damage containers or other packaging during loading. Don't use hooks.
The steeper the grade, the longer the grade, and/or the heavier the load, the more you will have to use lower gears to climb hills or mountains.
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