Connecticut DMV Commercial Drivers License Cheat Sheet (CT)

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NAME SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD CHECK ON THE FRONT OF YOUR VEHICLE DURING THE WALK AROUND INSPECTION?

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While you are at the front of the vehicle, check the following items: headlight, low and high beam; windshield wiper arms for proper spring tension; wiper blades for damage; reflectors.

WHEN INSPECTING BRAKES COMPONENTS YOU SHOULD PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO:

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During the pre-trip inspection, look out for cracked drums; shoes or pads with oil, grease or brake fluid on them;shoes worn dangerously thin, missing or broken.

DOUBLING YOUR SPEED HAS WHAT EFFECT ON BRAKING DISTANCE?

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The faster you drive, the greater the impact or striking power of your vehicle. When you double your speed from 20 to 40 mph the impact is 4 times greater. The braking distance is also 4 times longer.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SHIFT GEARS PROPERLY?

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Correct shifting of gears is important. If you can't get your vehicle into the right gear while driving, you will have less control.

HOW FAR AHEAD SHOULD A DRIVER BE LOOKING WHILE DRIVING A VEHICLE ON A HIGHWAY?

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Most good drivers look at least 12 to 15 seconds ahead. That means looking ahead the distance you will travel in 12 to 15 seconds. At lower speeds, that's about one block. At highway speeds it's about a quarter of a mile.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN CONFRONTED WITH AN AGGRESSIVE DRIVER?

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Do not challenge an aggressive driver by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane. Avoid eye contact. Ignore gestures and refuse to react to them. Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location and, if possible, direction of travel. If you have a cell phone, and can do it safely, call the police.

COFFEE AND A LITTLE FRESH AIR WILL HELP A DRINKER SOBER UP.

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Only time, not black coffee or a cold shower, will sober you up. If you have drinks faster than your body can get rid of them, you will have more alcohol in your body, and your driving will be more affected.

HOW MANY WARNING TRIANGLES ARE YOU REQUIRED TO CARRY IN YOUR VEHICLE?

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You must carry three red reflective triangles, 6 fusees or 3 liquid burning flares as part of your emergency equipment package.

WHICH OF THESE STATEMENTS IS TRUE ABOUT TIRE PRESSURE?

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Check the tire mounting and air pressure. Inspect the tires every two hours or every 100 miles when driving in very hot weather. Air pressure increases with temperature. Do not let air out or the pressure will be too low when the tires cool off. If a tire is too hot to touch, remain stopped until the tire cools off. Otherwise the tire may blow out or catch fire.

WHAT IS ONE THING TO DO AT AN ACCIDENT SCENE TO PREVENT ANOTHER ACCIDENT?

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To protect the accident area, put on your flashers, set out reflective triangles and flares to warn other traffic. Make sure other drivers can see them in time to avoid the accident.

WHICH OF THESE STATEMENTS ABOUT TIRES AND HOT WEATHER DRIVING ARE TRUE?

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Check the tire mounting and air pressure. Inspect the tires every two hours or every 100 miles when driving in very hot weather. Air pressure increases with temperature. Do not let air out or the pressure will be too low when the tires cool off. If a tire is too hot to touch, remain stopped until the tire cools off.

WHAT IS "BLACK ICE"?

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Black ice is a thin layer that is clear enough that you can see the road underneath. It makes the road look wet. When the temperature is below freezing and the road looks wet, watch for black ice.

WHAT DOES A SOLID YELLOW LINE PAINTED ON YOUR SIDE OF A HIGHWAY CENTER LINE MEAN?

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WHY SHOULD YOU BACK TOWARD THE DRIVER'S SIDE?

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Back to the driver's side so that you can see better. Backing toward the right side is very dangerous because you can't see as well. If you back and turn toward the driver's side, you can watch the rear of your vehicle by looking out the side window.

YOU MAY LEGALLY BLOCK AN INTERSECTION:

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CARGO NEEDING SPECIAL ATTENTION INCLUDES:

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HOW DO YOU RECOGNIZE A DISTRACTED DRIVER?

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To recognize a distracted drive, watch for the following things: vehicles that may drift over the lane divider lines or within their own lane; vehicles traveling at inconsistent speeds; drivers who are preoccupied with maps, food, cigarettes, cell phones, or other objects; drivers who appear to be involved in conversations with their passengers.

WHICH OF THESE STATEMENTS ABOUT DRINKING ALCOHOL IS TRUE?

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It is the alcohol in drinks that affects human performance. It doesn't make any difference whether that alcohol comes from "a couple of beers,” or from two glasses of wine, or two shots of hard liquor.

WHICH OF THESE STATEMENTS ABOUT BACKING A HEAVY VEHICLE IS TRUE?

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Avoid backing whenever you can. When you park, try to park so you will be able to pull forward when you leave.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST IMPORTANT WAY TO SEE THE SIDES AND REAR?

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It's important to know what's going on behind and to the sides. Check your mirrors regularly. Check more often in special situations.

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