Section 12: Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test

This section will assist drivers taking the skills test

Three of the six following CDL skills tests are required. All directions for the skills tests will be given in the English language. This is pursuant to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations §§391.11 (b) (2) and 383.133 (c) (5). If you are unable to understand the instructions given in the English language after three times, the test will be counted as a failure.

  • Straight line backing.
  • Off-set backing right.
  • Off-set backing left.
  • Alley dock (driver side).
  • Parallel park (conventional).
  • Parallel park (sight side).

These exercises are shown on the following page.


Scoring

Your performance on the Basic Vehicle Controls Skills tests is scored by the Examiner.

Errors occur anytime:

  • You pull-up to prevent crossing over a boundary for the skill.
  • You actually cross over a boundary line with any portion of the vehicle (except the mirrors.)
  • You leave the vehicle to check your progress.
  • The final position of the vehicle is not within the prescribed boundaries upon completion of the skill.

Exercises

The examiner will give you specific instructions before each skill is attempted. The instructions will inform you of the skill objective and the parameters for the skill. You are expected to inform the examiner that your attempt at any skill is complete by sounding the vehicle horn and setting the parking brake.

Straight line backing — You will back your vehicle 100 feet in a straight line between two rows of cones without touching or crossing over the exercise boundaries.

Offset backing right — You will be asked to pull forward from a lane and stop at a barrier of cones. You will then back up so your vehicle is positioned in the lane to the right of the lane you pulled from. You must continue backing until the vehicle has cleared the forward set of cones with the front of the vehicle.

Offset backing left — You will be asked to pull forward from a lane and stop at the barrier of cones. You will then back up so your vehicle is positioned in the lane to the left of the lane you pulled from. You must continue backing until the vehicle has cleared the forward set of cones with the front of the vehicle.

Alley dock — You will be asked to back your vehicle from the sight side into an alley, bringing the rear of your vehicle or trailer within three feet of the rear of the alley without going beyond the exercise boundary. The final position of the vehicle must be within the exercise boundaries and within three feet of the rear boundary.

Parallel park (sight side) — You will be asked to park in a parallel parking space that is on your left. You will drive past the space and back into the space getting the entire vehicle (tractor and trailer for Class A) completely into the space. The vehicle's final position must be entirely within the exercise boundaries.

Parallel park (conventional) — You will be asked to park in a parallel parking space that is on your right. You will drive past the space and back the entire vehicle (tractor and trailer for Class A) completely into the space. The vehicles final position must be entirely within the exercise boundaries.

a diagram depicting forward stop/straight line backing

 



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