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Table of Contents

PDF Version of the Commercial Driver Handbook

California Driver License Classes

Section 1: Introduction

Who Needs a CDL

How to Get a CLP/CDL

Endorsements

CDL Exceptions

Special Certificates

General

1.1 – CDL Tests

1.2 – Medical Documentation Requirements

1.3 – CDL Disqualifications

1.4 – Other CDL Rules

1.5 – International Registration Plan and International Fuel Tax Agreement

Section 2: Driving Safely

2.1 – Vehicle Inspection

2.2 – Basic Control of Your Vehicle

2.3 – Shifting Gears

2.4 – Seeing

2.5 – Communicating

2.6 – Controlling Your Speed

2.7 – Managing Space

2.8 – Seeing Hazards

2.9 – Distracted Driving .

2.10 – Aggressive Drivers/Road Rage

2.11 – Driving at Night

2.12 – Driving in Fog

2.13 – Driving in Winter

2.14 – Driving in Very Hot Weather

2.15 – Railroad-Highway Crossings

2.16 – Mountain Driving

2.17 – Driving Emergencies

2.18 – Antilock Braking Systems

2.19 – Skid Control and Recovery

2.20 – Accident Procedures

2.21 – Fires

2.22 – Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Driving

2.23 – Hazardous Materials Rules for All Commercial Drivers

Section 3: Transporting Cargo Safely

3.1 – Inspecting Cargo

3.2 – Cargo Weight and Balance

3.3 – Securing Cargo

3.4 – Cargo Needing Special Attention

Section 4: Transporting Passengers Safely

4.1 – Vehicle Inspection

4.2 – Loading and Trip Start

4.3 – On the Road

4.4 – After-Trip Vehicle Inspection

4.5 – Prohibited Practices

4.6 – Use of Brake-Door Interlocks

Section 5: Air Brakes

5.1 – Parts of an Air Brake System

5.2 – Dual Air Brake

5.3 – Inspecting Air Brake Systems

5.4 – Using Air Brakes

Section 6: Combination Vehicles

6.1 – Driving Combination Vehicles Safely

6.2 – Combination Vehicle Air Brakes

6.3 – Antilock Brake Systems

6.4 – Coupling and Uncoupling

6.5 – Inspecting a Combination Vehicle

Section 7: Doubles and Triples

7.1 – Pulling Double/Triple Trailers

7.2 – Coupling and Uncoupling

7.3 – Inspecting Doubles and Triples

7.4 – Doubles/Triples Air Brake Check

Section 8: Tank Vehicles

8.1 – Inspecting Tank Vehicles

8.2 – Driving Tank Vehicles

8.3 – Safe Driving Rules

Section 9: Hazardous Materials

9.1 – Intent of the Regulations

9.2 – Hazardous Materials Transportation— Who Does What

9.3 – Communication Rules

9.4 – Loading and Unloading

9.5 – Bulk Packaging Marking, Loading and Unloading

9.6 – Hazardous Materials — Driving and Parking Rules

9.7 – Hazardous Materials — Emergencies

9.8 – Hazardous Materials — Glossary

Section 10: School Buses

10.1 – Danger Zones and Use of Mirrors

10.2 – Loading and Unloading

10.3 – Emergency Exit and Evacuation

10.4 – Railroad-Highway Grade Crossings

10.5 – Student Management .

10.6 – Antilock Braking Systems

10.7 – Special Safety Considerations

Section 11: Vehicle Inspection Test

11.1 – All Vehicles

11.2 – Internal Inspection (All Vehicles)

11.3 – External Inspection (All Vehicles)

11.4 – School Bus Only

11.5 – Trailer

11.6 – Coach/Transit Bus

11.7 – Taking the CDL Vehicle Inspection Test

Section 12: Basic Control Skills Test

12.1 – Scoring

12.2 – Exercises

Section 13: Road Test

13.1 – How You Will Be Tested

Glossary

Purchase of Reference Materials

Disclaimer

Where to Write

 


This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration under Cooperative Agreement No. DTFH61-97-X-00017. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


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