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California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test Answers – Model 1
Q. In addition to checking for spare electrical fuses, three red reflective triangles, and a properly charged and rated fire extinguisher, school bus drivers must also inspect the following emergency equipment
Ans: Three red burning flares, a nine-item first-aid kit.
Q. A school bus driver must also check the alternately flashing amber lights indicator, if equipped, the alternately flashing red lights indicator, and the strobe light indicator if equipped.
Q. School bus drivers must also check the following external lights and reflectors:
– Strobe light, if equipped, stop arm light, if equipped.
– Alternately flashing amber lights, if equipped.
– Alternately flashing red lights.
Q. If equipped, check the stop arm to see that it is mounted securely to the left front window of the school bus.
Q. Check that the entry door is not damaged and:
Ans: Operates smoothly and closes securely from the inside.
Q. Should the handrails and stop light be checked during a pre-trip inspection?
Q. On a pre-trip inspection for a bus, the passenger/entry should be checked for:
Ans: Door operation, handrails, entry step condition and handicap lift if equipped
Q. When checking a handicapped lift the things that you should look for are:
Ans: Leaking, damaged, or missing parts and explain how the lift should be checked for correct operation. The lift must be fully retracted and latched.
Q. Make sure that all emergency exits are not damaged, operate smoothly, and close securely from the outside.
Q. Check all emergency exits and show that:
Ans: They are not damaged, operate smoothly, and close securely from the inside and the warning devices are working.
Q. During the pre-trip inspection, you should check for broken seat frames and check that seat frames are firmly attached to the floor
Q. Should you check passenger exit mirrors?
Q. During the external inspection of a Coach or Transit Bus a check should be made to see that:
Ans: The vehicle is sitting level (front and rear) and if air-equipped, check for audible air leaks from the suspension system.
Q. A compartment check includes:
Ans: Checking that baggage and all other exterior compartment doors are not damaged, operate properly, and latch securely
Q. A battery/box check is important. The battery must be secure, connections must be tight and cell caps must be present. In addition, these items should be checked:
Ans: Battery connections should not show signs of excessive corrosion and the battery box and cover or door should not be damaged and should be secure.
Q. You should activate your alternating flashing amber warning lights
Ans: 100 to 300 feet before the school bus stop
Q. The battery connections should not show signs of excessive corrosion, and the battery box and cover or door should not be damaged and should be secure.
Q. Who is the person in charge and must accept responsibility for supervising and controlling students while on the bus route?
Ans: The bus driver
Q. It is vital to properly adjust and use all mirrors for safe
operations of the school bus
Ans: In order to observe the danger zone around the bus and look for students, traffic, and other objects in this area
Q. The blind spot behind the bus could extend to how many feet?
Q. The percentage of parents in which the school bus driver is the only person for whom the parents have contact with out of the entire school system can be as high as:
Q. By law, the bus warning lights must only be used when:
Ans: Stopping to unload students.
Q. The safest way to stop unruly behavior on the bus is:
Ans: Pull off the road in a safe location, secure the bus, stand up and tell the students what behavior you expect of them.
Q. Immediately after stopping you should:
Ans: Tell the students to stand back until you are ready for them to load.
Q. Which of the following is a reason to evacuate the school bus?
Ans: The bus is stalled on the railroad tracks but there is no train in sight.
Q. The danger zone is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of being struck, which of these statements is true about the danger zone:
– The danger zones may extend as much as 30 feet from the front bumper with the first
10 feet being the most dangerous.
– The danger zones may extend 10 feet from the left and right sides of the bus, in
addition, the area to the left of the bus is always considered dangerous because of
– The danger zones may extend 10 feet from the rear of the bus.
Q. What would you do if you cannot account for all of the
students you have picked up on your school route?
Ans: Secure the bus, take the key, step outside the bus to check around and underneath the bus.
Q. When stopping on a railroad crossing, the driver must stop no closer than:
Ans: 15 feet.
Q. If a child misses his designated unload site/bus stop and continues riding the bus you should:
Ans: Radio the dispatcher for direction and follow local procedure.
Q. What is the most important reason for doing a school bus inspection?
Ans: For safety as required by Federal, State, and local laws.
Q. Which of the following statements about the bus evacuation procedure is true?
Ans: If time allows, notify the dispatcher of the evacuation location, conditions, and type of
Q. The most dangerous time during the school bus trip is:
Ans: When students are loading and unloading.
Q. Anti-lock brakes:
Ans: Keep your tires from locking-off during hard brake application.
Q. You should adjust all of the outside left and right side FLAT mirrors to see:
Ans: 200 feet behind the bus or 4 bus lengths behind the bus, along the sides of the bus, them rear tires touching the ground.
Q. When checking the handicap lift the things you should look for are:
Ans: Leaking, damaged, or missing parts, and make sure that the lift is fully retracted and latched.
California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test Answers – Model 2
Q. What color are all school buses painted?
Ans: National school bus yellow.
Q. Most states require a school bus driver to take a physical examination:
Q. If your school bus stalls on the tracks at a railroad crossing you should:
Ans: Evacuate the bus and move students away from the tracks on the angle toward the oncoming train.
Q. If a student must cross the street when they get off the bus which of these statements is true?
Ans: Bus driver should make eye contact with the student and the student should wait for the driver’s signal that it is safe to proceed.
Q. A school bus must have at a minimum how many emergency exits?
Q. The outside left and right CONVEX mirrors should be adjusted so you can see:
Ans: The entire area to the rear of the mirror along the side of the bus.
Q. When you conduct a post-trip inspection:
Ans: You should walk both through and around the bus.
Q. Before crossing any highway railroad crossing in a school bus be sure that the bus has enough containment to completely clear the railroad tracks. As a general rule, how much space is considered to be an acceptable amount of containment for a school bus?
Ans: The length of the bus plus 15 feet
Q. What is a passive railroad crossing?
Ans: A railroad crossing that does not have any type of traffic control device.
Q. Which of the following is recommended procedure when unloading students?
Ans: Tell the students to remain seated until they are told to exit
Q. You should position the OUTSIDE RIGHT AND LEFT CONVEX MIRRORS to see:
Ans: The entire side of the bus up to the mirror mounts, the front of the rear tires touching the ground, at least one traffic lane on either side of the bus.
Q. The last step you should perform before picking up students at a bus stop is:
Ans: Make a final check to confirm all traffic stops before opening the bus door and signaling students to approach.
Q. Make a final check to confirm all traffic stops before opening the bus door and signaling students to approach.
Ans: No closer than 15 feet and no farther than 50 feet from the nearest rail, where you have
the best view of the tracks.
Q. The OVERHEAD INSIDE REARVIEW MIRROR should be positioned so that you can see:
Ans: The top of the rear window in the top of the mirror, all of the students, including the heads of the students right behind you.
Q. The OUTSIDE LEFT AND RIGHT CROSSOVER MIRRORS should be adjusted so that you can see:
– The area from the front of the bus to the service door.
– The right and left front tires touching the ground.
– The entire area in front of the bus from the front bumper at ground level to a point
where direct vision is possible, direct vision and mirror view vision should overlap.
Q. As a general rule, student safety and control is best maintained by keeping students on the bus during an emergency and/or impending crisis situation, however, the bus driver must evacuate the bus during mandatory evacuation situations. Which of the following would qualify as a mandatory evacuation situation?
– The bus is on fire or there is a threat of fire.
– The bus is stalled on or adjacent to a railroad-highway crossing.
– There is an imminent danger of a collision.
– There is a need to quickly evacuate because of a hazardous materials spill.
– The position of the bus may change and increase the danger.
Q. Which of the following statements about special dangers of loading and unloading students is true?
Ans: Students should be told to leave any dropped objects and move to the point of safety out of danger and get the driver’s attention before retrieving the object
Q. The golden rule for school buses when approaching and crossing railroad tracks is:
Ans: Stop, Look, and Listen.
Q. When approaching a school bus stop you should activate your alternating flashing amber warning lights at least __ feet before the bus stop:
Q. Which school bus accidents should be reported?
Ans: All accidents have to be reported.
Q. During an evacuation situation, after you determine which type of evacuation is best the next step you must take is:
Ans: Securing the bus.
Q. Which of the following will confirm that you are driving a vehicle with anti-lock brakes?
Ans: Your bus will have a yellow ABS malfunction lamp on the instrument panel which lights
up when you start the engine
Q. School buses are required by law to be equipped with __ overhead warning lights as a method of controlling traffic at a school bus stop.
Q. Which two factors contribute to school buses being one of the safest means of transportation?
Ans: Vehicles and drivers
Q. In addition to checking for spare electrical fuses, three red reflective triangles, and a properly charged and rated fire extinguisher, the school bus driver must also inspect the following emergency equipment:
Ans: Three burning red flares and a nine-item first-aid kit
Q. How should you brake when driving a bus with ABS brakes?
Ans: Apply the brakes as you always have, using only braking force necessary to stop safely and stay in control.
Q. When unloading students, how should you tell the students to exit the bus?
Ans: Walk at least 10 feet away from the side of the bus to a position where the driver can plainly see all students
Q. What should you do if you have lost ABS control at one or more wheels?
Ans: Drive and brake as you normally would because you still have regular brakes but get the system serviced soon.
Q. You must pass the following written tests in order to be a school bus driver:
Ans: CDL General Knowledge, Passenger Endorsement, and School Bus Endorsement.
Q. You should do which of the following when driving a school bus in high wind conditions?
– Keep a strong grip on the steering wheel and try to anticipate gusts.
– Slow down to lessen the effect of the wind, or pull off the roadway and wait.
– Contact your dispatcher to get more information on how to proceed.
Q. The OVERHEAD INSIDE REARVIEW MIRROR is mounted directly above the windshield on the driver’s side area of the bus and is used to monitor:
Ans: Passenger activity inside the bus.
Q. At bus stops where more than one student is unloading which procedure is most likely to prevent an unloading obstacle?
Ans: The driver counts the number of students while unloading to confirm the location of all students before pulling away from the stop.
Q. Why are loading and unloading procedures so critical?
Ans: More students are killed while getting on or off a school bus each year than are killed as passengers inside of a school bus.
Q. All mirrors should be viewed in what manner?
Ans: In a logical sequence to ensure that a child, object, or traffic are not in any of the
Q. When handling an unruly student the NEXT step after securing the bus and taking the ignition key with you if you leave your seat is:
Ans: Stand up and speak respectfully to the offender in a courteous manner with a firm voice reminding him of expected behavior, showing him that you mean business. If a change of seating is needed, request that the offender move to a seat near you.
California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test Answers – Model 3
Q. You should activate your hazard lights approximately __ feet before the railroad crossing making sure that your intentions are known.
Q. During unloading and loading of students you should check your mirrors:
Q. If the gate comes down as you start to cross the railroad-highway crossing you should:
Ans: Drive through it even if it means you will break the gate
Q. When exiting a school bus and crossing the street in front of the bus which procedure should students follow before reaching the edge of the roadway:
– Walk approximately 10 feet away from the side of the school bus to a position where
you can see them.
– Walk to a location at least 10 feet in front of the right corner of the bumper, but still
remaining away from the front of the school bus
– Stop at the right edge of the roadway, you should be able to see the students’ feet.
Q. What is the proper procedure for backing a school bus if no lookout is available?
Ans: Set the parking brake. Turn off the motor and take the keys with you. Walk to the rear of the bus to determine whether the way is clear
Q. A school bus can have up to a _ tail swing.
Ans: 3 ft.
Q. Which of these statements about OUTSIDE RIGHT AND LEFT FLAT MIRRORS are true?
– These mirrors are mounted at the left and right front corners of the bus at the side or
front of the windshield.
– They are used to monitor traffic, check clearances and students on the sides and to the
rear of the bus.
– There is a blind spot immediately below and in front of each mirror and directly in back
of the rear bumper which extends 50-150 feet and may extend up to 400 feet.
Q. If you believe a railroad crossing signal is malfunctioning what should you do?
Ans: Call your dispatcher to report the situation and ask for instructions on how to respond.
Q. Which of these statements is true about backing a school bus?
– Backing a school bus is strongly discouraged and should be only performed if you have
no other safe way to move the vehicle
– You should never back a school bus when students are outside of the bus.
– Backing is dangerous and increases the risk of collision.
Q. Which of these statements is true about ABS?
– ABS only comes into play when a wheel would normally have locked up because of
– ABS will help maintain vehicle control, but not always shorten the stopping distance.
– ABS won’t prevent power or turning skids-ABS should prevent brake-induced skids but
not those caused by spinning the drive wheels or going too fast in a turn
Q. OUTSIDE LEFT AND RIGHT CONVEX MIRRORS provide a view of:
Ans: Traffic, clearances, and students at the side of the bus; but do not accurately reflect their size or distance from the bus.
Q. When approaching the stop, bring the bus to a full stop with the front bumper at least _ feet away from students at the designated stop.
Q. When approaching the stop you should turn on your right turn signal indicator about _ feet before pulling over:
Q. What should you be looking for when conducting your post-trip inspection?
Ans: Articles left on the bus, sleeping students, open windows and doors, mechanical/operational problems with special attention to items unique to school buses, and damage or vandalism.
Q. When approaching the stop you should:
Ans: Place the transmission in Park, or if there is no Park shift point, in Neutral and set the parking brake at each stop.
Q. The OUTSIDE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE CROSSOVER MIRRORS are used to see:
Ans: The front bumper “danger zone,” the “danger zone” to the left and right side of the bus including the service door and the front wheel area.
Q. You should deal with on-bus problems such as unruly students while stopped to load or unload?
Ans: False. Loading and unloading requires all your concentration. Don’t take your eyes off of what is happening outside the bus. Wait until the students unloading are safely off the bus and have moved away.
Q. At a multiple-track railroad crossing you should stop:
Ans: Only before the first sets of tracks.
Q. When stopping at the railroad crossing you should:
Ans: Place the transmission in Park, turn off all radios and silence all passengers, open the service door and driver’s window. Look, and listen for an approaching train.
Q. How far should you stop from the draw of a drawbridge that has no signal light or control attendant?
Ans: 50 feet
Q. How can you tell when you have a tire blow out?
Ans: Sound, vibration, and feel.
Q. How far can you see with your high beams on?
Ans: 350 to 500 feet.
Q. How far can you see with your low beams on?
Ans: 250 feet.
Q. What is the area between you and other cars on the road?
Ans: Space cushion.
Q. What is the distance it takes to stop once the brakes are applied?
Ans: The braking distance.
Q. What is the distance traveled when your brain tells your foot to move from the accelerator and is actually applying the brakes?
Ans: Reaction time.
Q. Why a driver reacts to certain driving conditions based on habits or past experiences?
Ans: Conditioned response.
Q. When are you required to pull over and allow other vehicles to pass?
Ans: 5 or more.
Q. What are the two factors that can prevent a driver and vehicle from becoming involved in a collision?
Ans: Reaction time and braking distance.
Q. What is the ability to understand and become aware of
something that is going to happen or is happening?
Ans: ) Perception.
Q. What is the reaction time from the time a problem is seen to the time the brakes are applied?
Ans: 3/4 three quarters of a second.
Q. What are the zones of a safety circle?
Ans: Zone of recognition, action, and accident.
Q. What is the proper hand placement on the steering wheel of a bus?
Ans: 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock on opposite side of the steering wheel.
Q. What fluids do to you check prior to starting your bus?
Ans: Oil, transmission, power steering, and water
Q. What holds the drive-shaft in place if it breaks?
Ans: Drive-shaft Guard.
California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test Answers – Model 4
Q. What do you hear when you check your ABS system?
Ans: 8 pops.
Q. What tires can only be used on the rear axle of a school bus?
Ans: Recaps or retreads.
Q. What is the check for unusual items dangling under the bus or excessive fluid leaks?
Ans: The approach.
Q. How much air pressure can you lose on the applied pressure test?
Ans: 3 psi
Q. How much air can you lose on the static test?
Ans: 2 psi
Q. What is the distance your vehicle moves from the time your eyes see a hazard until your brain knows it?
Ans: Perception Distance
Q. At what psi must the low air warning devices activate in the basic air brake system?
Ans: 55-75 psi.
Q. What are the governor cut in and cut out pressures?
Ans: 85 and 130 psi.
Q. When does the low air pressure warning devices in the DAS brake system activate by?
Ans: 60 psi.
Q. What tires should not be used on a school bus?
Ans: Exposed or damaged cords.
Q. The wet tank is the first of three air reservoirs (tanks) in the school bus.
Q. What do you check your tires for?
Ans: Abrasions, Bulges, and Cuts (ABC).
Q. What is used for ventilation and as emergency exits?
Ans: Roof Hatches
Q. Which gauge should you watch as you start your bus?
Ans: Oil gauge.
Q. What is the name of the device that removes moisture and contaminants from the air system?
Ans: Air dryer
Q. When does the safety valve release pressure?
Ans: 150 psi.
Q. How much air pressure can you lose in the initial application during the brake test?
Q. When should a driver not operate a school bus?
Ans: Fatigue, Illness, or any other cause. You should not take medications and operate a school bus.
Q. What is required of the bus driver before departing with their group on a field trip?
Ans: Safety speech
Q. When can a driver on an activity trip discontinue operation?
Ans: Reduced visibility.
Q. How soon can you restart your bus prior to departing from a school location?
Ans: 30 seconds
Q. What are the additional hours that a driver can be permitted to drive after encountering adverse weather conditions?
Ans: Not more than two hours.
Q. How many hours can you drive within a work period and when you must stop working?
Ans: 10 and 16
Q. When can the interior lights of a school bus be turned on?
Ans: Whenever deemed necessary
Q. When do the students become the driver’s responsibility?
Ans: As soon as you can recognize them.
Q. Which passenger stops are prohibited for a school bus?
Ans: Left-hand side of any highway and multiple-lane highways where pupils must cross.
Q. School bus stops are prohibited from being located how close to a railroad crossing?
Ans: 200 feet
Q. What should you use to escort pupils across the roadway?
Ans: A handheld stop sign.
Q. When shall the DMV revoke, or suspend a school bus certificate?
Ans: If a driver is convicted of any sex offense.
Q. Prior to driving, what are some of the items you should check the interior of the bus for?
– Students or other passengers.
– Trash or clothing.
– School books and student belongings
Q. You must stop at least 25 feet from the draw of a draw bridge.
Q. You do not have to stop at drawbridges if there is no attendant on duty.
Q. You do not need to stop, but must slow down and make sure it’s safe at drawbridges when there is a traffic light showing green or there is a traffic attendant/officer that controls traffic
Q. A driver who misses a child’s unloading stop along the route should
Ans: Radio the dispatcher for directions and follow local procedures
Q. Which of the following statements about bus evacuation procedure is true?
Ans: If time allows, notify the dispatch office of evacuation location, conditions, and type of assistance needed
California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test Answers – Model 5
Q. Which of the following is a recommended procedure when unloading students at school?
Ans: Have the students remain seated until they are told to exit
Q. The most dangerous times during a school bus ride are
Ans: When loading and unloading students
Q. When stopping at a railroad-highway crossing, drivers must stop no closer than
Ans: 15 feet from the track (Anywhere from 15-50 feet)
Q. If students must cross the street when they get off the bus, which statement is true?
Ans: Before crossing, students should make eye contact with the bus driver and wait for the driver’s signal that its safe to proceed
Q. You should adjust the outside of the left and right side flat mirrors to see
Ans: 200 feet behind the bus
Q. If the gate comes down as you are starting across a railroad-highway crossing, you should
Ans: Drive through the gate
Q. Which of the following procedures should be followed when driving a school bus in high winds?
Ans: Keep a strong grip on the steering wheel and try to anticipate
Q. During loading and unloading students you should check your mirrors
Q. The CDL manual indicates the last step in picking up students at the bus stop is to
Ans: Make a final check to confirm all traffic has stopped before opening the bus door and signaling to students to approach
Q. Which of the following statements about special dangers of loading and unloading is true?
Ans: Students should b told to leave any dropped object and move to a point of safety out of the danger zones and get the driver’s attention to retrieve the object
Q. After deciding the type of evacuation that is necessary, the next step you must take is
Ans: Securing the bus
Q. What is the safest way to handle unruly behavior on the bus?
Ans: Pull of the road in a safe direction, secure the bus, stand up and firmly tell the students what behavior you expect of them
Q. Which of the following information will confirm you are driving a vehicle with anti-lock brakes
Ans: A yellow ABS malfunction lamp on the instrument panel will light when you start the engine
Q. Anti-lock braking systems
Ans: Keep your wheels from locking up during hard brake applications
Q. At bus stops where more than one child is unloaded, which is procedure is most likely to prevent an unloading accident?
Ans: Driver counts sts before students as they disembark, and recount before moving bus
Q. Which of the following is a reason to evacuate a school bus?
Ans: The bus is stalled on railroad tracks and there is no train in sight
Q. The blind spot behind the bus could extend up to __ feet behind the bus
Q. Which of the following statements best explains what to do when a school bus stalls on tracks at the railroad-highway crossing?
Ans: Driver should evacuate bus and move students away from the tracks on an angle toward the oncoming train
Q. You should never change the location of a bus stop without written approval from your school district?
Q. How many feet around the entire bus are considered the danger zone?
Ans: 10 feet
Q. What is the last step you should do, to load the bus safely?
Ans: Monitor all mirrors
Q. How does ABS help?
Ans: Helps avoid wheel lock-up and maintain control
Q. When approaching a bus stop, how many feet before the students should you stop?
Ans: 10 feet
Q. If the ABS malfunction, you still have regular brakes. You may drive the bus but get serviced soon.
Q. You should consider evacuating the bus if
Ans: Fire or danger of fire, smell of leaking fuel, bus could be hit by other vehicles
Q. What endorsement does a CDL driver not need to drive a school bus?
Ans: H endorsement
Q. If you miss a student’s bus stop, what should you do?
Ans: Radio dispatch ask for directions or local procedures
Q. How many feet should you activate your hazard lights when approaching crossing
Ans: 200 feet
Q. When you intend to turn, you should activate the appropriate turn signal at least
Ans: 100 ft advance of the turn
Q. The blind spot behind the bus could extend to how many feet of space
Ans: 400 ft
Q. The area to the left and right of the corner of the bus which may no be seen by the driver in the rearview mirrors is called
Ans: Blind spot
Q. If convex mirrors are properly adjusted, you should be able to see
Ans: at least on traffic lane on either side
Q. When stopping at a railroad crossing, you should
Ans: Stop no closer than 15 ft
Q. Students have been injured or killed during unloading when
Ans: Their clothing, accessories, and even body parts get hung up in the handrail
Q. ABS will compensate for bad brakes or poor brake maintenance
California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test Answers – Model 6
Q. Where are the danger zones around the bus
Ans: Front, back, both sides
Q. What are left and ride side crossover mirrors used for
Ans: To see the entire area in front of the bus
Q. Where are the convex mirrors located
Ans: On the bottom of the flat mirrors on both sides of the bus
Q. When approaching a bus stop, you should?
Ans: Activate school bus lights 300 ft before stop, continuously check mirrors, stop 10 ft before the stop
Q. If there is a serious behavior problem on the bus, you should
Ans: Call for assistance if necessary
Q. Outside flat mirrors are used for
Ans: To monitor traffic, check clearances and students on the sides and to the rear of the bus
Q. When loading or unloading students at a school campus you should?
Ans: Have the bus turned off with key out of the ignition switch
Q. You should put your vehicle in Park or Neutral and set your parking brake at each stop
Q. The area to the left side is considered more dangerous than the right side because
Ans: Passing vehicles
Q. A passive railroad crossing does not have any type of traffic control device
Q. When students are crossing at a bus stop they should walk approximately__ feet in front of the right-hand corner of the bumper
Ans: 10 feet
Q. Unloading students on your bus route, you should?
Ans: Count heads as they are exiting
Q. ABS will add-on to your normal brakes and increase or decrease your ultimate stopping power
Q. When stopping the vehicle DO NOT PUMP the brake pedal on a bus with ABS brakes
Q. To load students safely and return the bus to the road you should
Ans: Check mirrors for traffic and late students running behind the bus, All school bus lights are turned off, Make sure service door is closed
Q. A post-trip inspection is
Ans: inspecting the bus after bus run
Q. The overhead inside rearview mirror is used for?
Ans: To monitor passenger activity
Q. More students are killed while getting on or off a school bus than are killed as passengers inside the bus
Q. It is mandatory to evacuate the bus if stalled on or adjacent to a railroad crossing
Q. To ensure you have proper mirror adjustment, you should
Ans: Check each mirror before operating a bus, be able to see 200 ft or 4 bus lengths behind the bus, See rear tires touching the ground
Q. When doing a post-trip inspection, you should check for
Ans: Articles left on the bus, Sleeping children, Mechanical problems or vandalism
Q. ABS only comes into play when a wheel would lock up because of over braking
Q. If you drive a vehicle with ABS you should
Ans: Drive and brake as you always have
Q. A safe place to unload students in an emergency is?
Ans: At least 100 ft off the road
Q. An ACTIVE railroad crossing has traffic control devices, which can include
Ans: Flashing red lights, flashing red lights with bell, flashing red lights with bells and gates
Q. If the gate comes down at a railroad crossing after you have started across
Ans: Continue through, even if it means you will break the gate
Q. If there is a behavior problem on the bus while unloading
Ans: Pull the bus over to handle the problem, Wait until the students unloading are safely off the bus and have moved away, Don’t take your eyes of what is happening outside the bus
Q. If you believe the control devices at a railroad crossing are malfunctioning
Ans: Call your dispatch to report the situation and ask for instructions on how to proceed
Q. A school bus can have up to _ foot tail swing
Q. Strong winds can push a school bus sideways, even off the road. In extreme conditions, tip ove
Q. A school bus driver is required to carry at all times
Ans: Valid CDL, Current DOT physical card, current certification card
Q. What endorsement must you have to drive a school bus?
– School bus endorsement,
– Passenger endorsement, CDL “b”
Q. When merging back into traffic from bus stop you should
Ans: Disengage parking brake, turn on left signal, and check all mirrors
Q. If you miss a student’s bus stop, should you back up?
Q. Additional procedures for students that must crossover roadway
Ans: Walk 10 ft out of danger zone, Have students wait for your signal to cross, and look both ways for added safety
California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test Answers – Model 7
Q. When approaching a railroad crossing
Ans: Activate hazard lights 200 ft before railroad, SLow down to a safe speed or downshift, stay to the right of the road
Q. When stopping at railroad, you should
Ans: Stop no closer than 15 ft, put the bus in neutral or park, open service door and driver’s window
Q. Maximum time in transit. No pupil shall be allowed to remain in transit to and from school for
Ans: More than three hours on round trip
Q. Inspection of buses are made one or more times a year to determine whether the school bus can be used to safely transport school children
Q. Each state board of education is charged with primary responsbility of rules and regulations regarding pupil transportation
Q. When must you stop before crossing a drawbridge?
Ans: Stop at least 50 feet before the draw of the bridge
Q. Urban mass transit coaches may have a brake and accelerator interlock system. The rear door of a transit bus has to be open to put the parking brake
Q. If you work as an interstate carrier, you must complete written inspection for each bus driver
Q. Are recapped or regrooved tires allowed on buses?
Ans: Yes, on all wheels except the front wheels
Q. What is the shape of hazardous material labels?
Q. When student loading, how many feet before stopping should you be if you are going 35+ MPH
Ans: 300 Feet
Q. When student loading, how many feet before stopping should you be if you are going less than 35 MPH
Ans: 100 Feet
Q. When should your strobe lights be used?
Ans: if weather conditions or terrain effect visibility
Q. What should all school buses be equipped with
Ans: First aid kit and body fluids cleanup kit
Q. How many years do you renew your driver’s license?
Ans: 4 Years
Q. How many years do you renew a physical?
Ans: 2 years
Q. How many days is a temporary school bus endorsement effective?
Ans: 180 days
Q. Define school bus
Ans: Motor vehicle used to transport pupils to or from school or school-related activities
Q. What is a disqualifying offense?
Ans: any felony offense, drug violation, 5th-degree criminal conduct, interference with privacy, indecent exposure, or a violation of DWI laws
Q. What is a reportable offense?
Ans: misbehavior causing an immediate and substantial danger to self or surrounding people or property
Q. What is a gross vehicle rating?
Ans: the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a single vehicle
Q. How many years will a person lose their privileges to drive a commercial motor vehicle if convicted of consumption of alcohol?
Ans: One Year
Q. True or False: A second conviction will result in loss of commercial driving privileges for life?
Q. Who can waive a permanent cancellation requirement of someone convicted of a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or non-felony violation?
Ans: A commissioner
Q. How many feet should a student be when walking in front of a bus?
Ans: 10 Feet
Q. How many feet should a bus stop when approaching a RR crossing?
Ans: 15 Feet back
Q. Which hazard lights should you use when crossing a railroad?
Ans: 4 ways
Q. How many feet should a driver turn on the four way hazard lights when approaching a railroad crossing?
Ans: 100 feet
Q. What must a driver do when at a railroad crossing?
Ans: Stop, Look, Listen
Q. What are flashing Amber lights (8ways) used for?
Ans: To warn other drivers that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload
Q. Before loading students, How many feet should you signal right before stopping?
Ans: 100 Feet
Q. How many feet should you stop before reaching the students?
Ans: 6-8 Feet
Q. True/False. A bus should never operate in reverse on school grounds
Q. True/False Students should always walk towards the bus when unloading
Ans: False; Students should always walk away from the bus
Q. When unloading/ loading at a school which hazard lights should be on?
California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test Answers – Model 8
Q. How many feet away should a driver stop for an extended stop arm?
Ans: 20 feet
Q. A person who violates a stop arm is guilty of what offense?
Ans: A misdemeanor
Q. What punishment could a person receive if passing an extended stop arm?
Ans: A $300 fine, also driving privileges suspended
Q. If a person passes an extended stop arm two or more times within five years what could happen?
Ans: Their driving privileges could be revoked
Q. When should you evacuate a bus?
Ans: Fire, Unsafe position, or Danger of drowning
Q. Under what two circumstances are you able to transport students after an accident occurs?
Ans: It has been inspected by the Minnesota State Patrol, or it has been granted a waiver by the state trooper
Q. True/False. A bus driver who gives care, advice, or assistance at the scene of an emergency is NOT liable for any civil damage
Q. True/ False. When backing up a bus driver should activate their 4-ways
Ans: True, you should be able to see any moving vehicles within 500 feet in either direction
Q. How many feet following distance should you allow on a highway?
Ans: 500 Feet
Q. What is the proper way to determine the right following distance?
Ans: Count off the seconds it takes from the time the back of the vehicle ahead passes the reference point until the front of your vehicle passes
Q. What is the correct following distance with an interval of 8 seconds?
Ans: 500 feet at 45 MPH
Q. How many seconds will it take to pass another vehicle?
Ans: 10-20 seconds
Q. Define danger zone
Ans: Area on all sides where children are in most danger of being hit
Q. How far may the danger zones extend from the front bumper?
Ans: 30 geet
Q. How far may the danger zones extend from the left and right sides of the bus?
Ans: 10 feet
Q. How far may the danger zones extend from behind the rear bumper?
Ans: 10 feet
Q. How far may the blind spots extend behind the bus?
Ans: 400 feet
Q. What are round yellow warning signs used for?
Ans: Notify the driver to slow down, look and listen for a train and be prepared to stop at the tracks
Q. What do pavement marks consist of?
Ans: An “X” with the letters “RR” and no passing marking on two land roads
Q. The danger zones may extend as much as feet from the bumper
Ans: 30, front
Q. The first __ feet of the danger zone is the most dangerous.
Q. The area to the _ of the bus is always considered dangerous because of passing cars.
Q. How often should you check each mirror?
Ans: every time you operate the bus
Q. There is a blind spot immediately below and in front of each outside left and right side flat mirror and directly in _ of the _ bumper.
Q. The blind spot behind the bus could extend up to __ feet
Q. Ensure that the outside left and right side flat mirrors are properly adjusted so that you can see _ bus lengths behind the bus.
Q. True or False: You should ensure that the mirrors are properly adjusted so that you can see the front tires touching the ground.
Q. True or False: Convex mirrors present a view of people and objects that accurately reflect their size and distance from the bus.
Q. The convex mirrors are used to monitor the sides at an angle.
Ans: left and right, wide
Q. The outside left and right side crossover mirrors are mounted on the _ corners of the bus.
Q. Ensure that the outside left and right side crossover mirrors are properly adjusted so that you can see:
Ans: the area from the front of the bus to the service door
Q. The overhead inside rearview mirror is mounted directly _ the windshield on the ___ side area of the bus.
Ans: above, driver’s
Q. The overhead inside rearview mirror is mainly for monitoring:
Ans: passenger activity inside of the bus
Q. The overhead inside rearview mirror has blind spots directly behind the driver’s seat and:
Ans: behind the rear bumper
Q. You should position the overhead inside rearview mirror so that you can see:
Ans: the top of the rear window in the top of the mirror
California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test Answers – Model 9
Q. When should you change the location of a bus stop?
Ans: Only when you have written approval from the appropriate school district official
Q. Before approaching a stop, if the school bus is so equipped, activate alternating flashing amber warning lights at least _ seconds before the school bus stop or in accordance with state law.
Ans: 5 to 10
Q. When approaching a stop, turn on right turn signal indicator about 100-300 feet or approximately _ seconds before pulling over.
Ans: 3 to 5
Q. When approaching a stop, bring the school bus to a full stop with the front bumper at least __ feet away from students at the designated stop.
Q. True or False: It is acceptable to place the transmission in neutral if there is no park shift point.
Q. When students are entering the bus, if you notice that there is a student missing, you should first:
Ans: ask the other students where the student is
Q. When students have entered the bus, if you cannot account for a student outside, secure the bus, take the key, and:
Ans: check around and underneath the bus
Q. When all students are accounted for, prepare to leave by __ alternating flashing red lights and __ the left turn signal.
Ans: turning off, turning on
Q. True or False: If you have missed a student’s unloading stop, it is acceptable to back up.
Q. When unloading students, if students must cross the roadway, you should walk to a location at least _ feet in front of the _ corner of the bumper
Ans: 10, right
Q. For students that must cross the roadway, after they reach the roadway, the students should stop at the __ edge of the school bus before proceeding.
Q. When unloading students at a school, the first step is to:
Ans: secure the bus
Q. In total, how many times should you check your mirrors throughout the process of unloading students at a school?
Q. When loading or unloading students, if a student drops an object near the bus:
Ans: tell the student who dropped it or attempt to get the parent’s attention
Q. When conducting a post-trip inspection, any problems or special situations should be reported to:
Ans: your supervisor or school authorities
Q. If there is an emergency situation, the first and most important consideration is to:
Ans: recognize the hazard
Q. Bus evacuation is always mandatory in all of the following situations EXCEPT:
Ans: if there is a dangerous individual in the area
Q. Whenever possible, assign ___________ to each emergency exit for evacuations.
Ans: 2 student assistants
Q. When determining evacuation procedures, a safe place will be at least _ feet off the road in the direction of oncoming traffic.
Q. During evacuation from the bus, lead students upwind of the bus at least ___ feet if there is a risk from spilled hazardous materials
Q. If the bus is in the direct path of a sighted tornado and evacuation is ordered, the first thing you should do is:
Ans: escort students to a nearby ditch or culvert if shelter in a building is not readily available
Q. During evacuation from the bus, if no radio is available or operable, first __ to call for help.
Ans: dispatch a passing motorist or area resident
Q. When should you move a student you believe may have suffered a neck or spinal injury?
Ans: When the student’s life is in immediate dange
Q. Crossings that have yellow circular advance warning signs, pavement markings and crossbucks to assist you in recognizing a crossing are known as __ crossings.
Q. ______ crossings include flashing red lights, with or without bells and flashing red lights with bells and gates.
Q. With _______ crossings, the decision to proceed rests entirely in your hands.
Q. The round, black-on-yellow warning sign is placed ahead of:
Ans: public railroad-highway crossings
Q. True or False: Pavement markings mean the same as the advance warning sign.
Q. If there is no white line painted on the pavement before a railroad crossing, you must stop the bus before:
Ans: the crossbuck sign
Q. When the road crosses over more than one set of railroad tracks, the sign below the crossbuck sign indicates:
Ans: the number of tracks
Q. _____ indicate(s) that you must stop.
Ans: The flashing red lights of a crossbuck sign
Q. If a railroad-highway crossing gate stays down after a train passes, you should
Ans: call your dispatcher
Q. Activate hazard lights approximately _ feet before a railroad crossing.
Q. When approaching a railroad crossing, stay ___ the roadway if possible.
Ans: to the right of
Q. When approaching a railroad crossing, stop no closer than _ feet and no farther than _ feet from the nearest rail.
Ans: 15, 50
California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test Answers – Model 10
Q. At a multiple-track railroad crossing:
Ans: stop before the first set of tracks
Q. True or False: If the gate comes down after you have started across a railroad crossing, you should drive through it even if it means you will break the gate.
Q. When crossing railroad tracks, as a general rule, add __ feet to the length of the school bus to determine an acceptable amount of containment or storage area.
Q. If you must stop the bus to handle a serious problem, an acceptable place would be:
Ans: a driveway
Q. The best tone of voice when speaking with an offender on the bus is:
Ans: firm, courteous
Q. True or False: It is acceptable to ask a student to leave the bus for misbehavior at the school or at the student’s designated bus stop.
Q. If your bus has an antilock braking system, it will have a yellow __ on the instrument panel.
Q. Having an antilock braking system on your bus helps you because:
Ans: it allows you to steer around obstacles while braking
Q. With ABS in non-emergency situations, you should brake __ with non-ABS braking.
Ans: the same as
Q. When should you pump the brakes on a bus with ABS?
Q. On newer vehicles, you may have lost ABS control at one or more wheels if the malfunction lamp __ after the bulb check.
Ans: stays on
Q. If your ABS malfunctions:
Ans: you still have brakes
Q. What will ABS do?
Ans: Help maintain vehicle control
Q. The overhead strobe light should be used:
Ans: when you have limited visibility
Q. If you are caught in strong winds, you should do any of the following EXCEPT:
Ans: relax your grip on the steering wheel
Q. Backing up a school bus is:
Q. Prior to backing up a bus:
Ans: post a lookout, but not to give directions on backing up the bus
Q. If no lookout is available:
Ans: walk to the rear of the bus yourself
Q. If you must back up at a student pick-up point, be sure to pick up the students __ backing up.
Q. A school bus can have up to a _-foot tail swing.
Q. You need to check your mirrors and any turning movements to monitor the tail swing
Ans: before, during
Q. To drive a school bus, your vision must be at least
Ans: 20/40 in both eyes
Q. To drive a school bus, you must be at least _ years of age
Q. To drive a school bus, the greatest number of DWI (Driving While Impaired) convictions you can ever have is:
Q. A CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) is required to drive any vehicle designed to transport more than _ people (including the driver).
Q. What is the greatest number of Commercial Driver’s Licenses that one person is allowed to have?
Q. School bus drivers must notify their employer within ___ calendar days of a conviction for any traffic violation.
Q. For a bus driver not carrying hazardous materials, DWI (Driving While Impaired) is punishable by a loss of driving privileges for _____ upon the first conviction.
Ans: one year
Q. For a bus driver not carrying hazardous materials, DWI (Driving While Impaired) is punishable by a loss of driving privileges for _____ upon the second conviction.
Q. Any commercial driver who intentionally refuses chemical analysis will lose driving privileges immediately for a minimum period of:
Ans: 30 days
Q. When applying for a commercial driving job, you must provide the prospective employer with a history of all driving jobs you have held during:
Ans: the past 10 years
Q. School bus drivers may use _____________ while operating the bus.
Ans: neither cellular phones nor two-way radios
Q. School bus drivers should have physical contact with students:
Ans: when administering first aid or evacuating the bus
Q. For bus drivers, stopping on the way home for personal reasons is:
California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test Answers – Model 11
Q. If passengers must stand on a moving school bus, they must stand:
Ans: behind the back of the driver’s seat
Q. Who has the authority to appoint a substitute bus driver?
Ans: The school principal only
Q. Who is responsible for keeping a school bus clean on a daily basis?
Ans: The driver
Q. True or False: A school principal may suspend a pupil from riding a school bus for delaying the bus schedule.
Q. When may a school bus driver take the bus off of its regular route?
Ans: With the school principal’s permission or direction
Q. If a school bus passenger misbehaves:
Ans: the school principal should be notified
Q. The _____ has charge of the operations of the school bus garage and responsible for seeing that each school bus is safe and in sound mechanical condition.
Ans: transportation director
Q. The ______ trains and certifies school bus drivers.
Ans: driver education specialist
Q. True or False: For the purposes of school bus driver certification, a PJC (Prayer for Judgement Continued) is considered by the Division of Motor Vehicles to be the same as a conviction.
Q. School bus drivers should perform a bus inspection:
Ans: before each trip
Q. When inspecting the front of a school bus, the wording should be clean and at least ___ in height.
Ans: 8 inches
Q. When inspecting the right rear brakes on a school bus, the slack adjuster angle between the push rod and adjuster’s arm should be a little over _ degrees when the brakes are released and not less than _ degrees when the brakes are applied.
Ans: 90, 90
Q. When inspecting the tires on a school bus, the right front tire should have at least ___-inch depth.
Q. A first-aid kit is ________ for school buses.
Q. A school bus horn should be audible for at least _____ feet.
Q. While driving a school bus, emergency exits should be:
Ans: closed but not locked
Q. The steering wheel on a school bus should have _______ of play on a power steering bus.
Ans: less than two inches
Q. When checking air brakes in a school bus, you should conduct the LAB test, which stands for Leaks, _______, and Button pop-out.
Q. When conducting air brake checks on a school bus, let the air pressure build to the governed cut-out pressure, which is _ pounds per square inch (psi).
Q. School bus parking brakes and service brakes should both have air pressure in the range of _______ pounds per square inch (psi).
Ans: 90 to 120
Q. When performing a hydraulic brake check for a school bus, the first step is to:
Ans: pump the brake pedal three times
Q. When inspecting under a school bus, check for the frame, exhaust, and _____.
Ans: drive shaft
Q. To move the school bus, the first thing you should do is:
Ans: depress the brake pedal firmly
Q. True or False: To keep from rolling backward on an uphill grade, it is permissible to use your left foot to press the brake while you begin to accelerate with your right foot.
Q. To stop a school bus smoothly:
Ans: feather the brake
Q. In normal weather and road conditions, the minimum following distance for a school bus is:
Ans: 5 seconds
Q. In hazardous weather or road conditions, the minimum following distance for a school bus is:
Ans: 10 seconds
Q. When following two school buses, maintain at least _____ of distance between your bus and the pair ahead.
Ans: one city block
Q. Which one of the following is NOT a component of total stopping distance?
Ans: expectation distance
Q. The distance your vehicle travels between the moment when your eyes physically see a driving hazard and the instant when your brain recognizes the hazard is called the:
Ans: perception distance
Q. The average perception and reaction time for an alert driver is about:
Ans: 3/4 second
Q. For vehicles with air brakes, there is approximately a _____ delay in brake response time from the moment when you press the brake pedal to the point when the brakes engage.
Ans: 1/2 second
Q. A heavy vehicle moving at 55 miles per hour will need a minimum stopping distance of about the length of a:
Ans: football field
Q. When a vehicle’s speed of travel is doubled, the braking distance and destructive power in a crash are increased by ____ time(s).
Q. More collisions occur at ______ than at any other place.
California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test Answers – Model 12
Q. When two vehicles arrive at an unregulated intersection at the same time:
Ans: the vehicle on the left always yields right of way to the vehicle on the right
Q. For school buses, turning right on red:
Ans: is not acceptable
Q. A flashing red traffic light is to be treated the same as a:
Ans: stop sign
Q. With a school bus, before entering or crossing any road, look first:
Ans: to the left
Q. The slogan for a school bus driver must be:
Ans: The school bus driver never has the right of way.
Q. Before making a turn with a school bus, engage the turn signal __ feet in advance
Q. Before making a turn with a school bus, slow gradually to __ mph or less at least 50 feet before the turn
Q. Backing up a school bus is:
Ans: only to be done when absolutely necessary
Q. Backing up a bus should be done:
Ans: with no acceleration
Q. A safe place for turning around should have at least __ feet of unobstructed visibility in both directions.
Q. All of the following are methods of turning a bus around EXCEPT:
Ans: the three-point turn-around
Q. The safest method of turning a school bus around is:
Ans: the forward turn-around
Q. True or False: If you are unloading passengers at the turn-around point, back the bus after they are unloaded.
Q. When unloading students at a bus stop, when students are crossing in front of the bus, always check to make sure no one is in front of the bus by:
Ans: counting the passengers
Q. When making a passenger stop in a school bus, stop the bus on the main portion of the road in the extreme ____ lane and be certain to stop _ reaching the waiting passengers.
Ans: right-hand, before
Q. If a parent at a school bus stop attempts to argue with a school bus driver, the school bus driver should:
Ans: ask the parent to contact the principal
Q. If a bus driver passes by a student at a passenger stop, the driver should:
Ans: let the student come to the bus
Q. School bus drivers should always check the __ just before leaving a passenger stop.
Ans: passenger mirrors
Q. Assigning seats to the students on a school bus:
Ans: is recommended
Q. School bus drivers should stop at least _ feet, but not more than _ feet from the track.
Ans: 15, 50
Q. True or False: When turning near a track, a turn signal should be used instead of the hazard lights.
Q. When parking a school bus, the driver should report equipment defects:
Ans: to the principal
Q. When a school bus driver wishes to increase visibility because of rain or snow, the driver should turn on the:
Ans: low beam headlights
Q. A school bus driver should use high beams when the bus is not within _ feet of an approaching vehicle.
Q. When driving a school bus on wet roads reduce speed by about _, and on packed snow reduce speed to about _.
Ans: one-third, one-half
Q. To correct a drive wheel braking skid in a school bus, do all of the following EXCEPT:
Q. At drawbridges that do not have a signal light or traffic control attendant, school buses should stop at least ___ feet before the draw before crossing.
Q. Safe drivers look to seconds ahead when driving.
Ans: 12, 15
Q. When driving a school bus, if your speed is above 20 miles per hour and you have to drive off of the road to avoid a collision:
Ans: avoid braking
Q. If you experience brake failure with air brakes in a school bus, you should:
Ans: use the parking brake
About California CDL SCHOOL BUS Test
California CDL School Bus test is an endorsement test which is a mandatory for individuals who wish to drive a school bus across CA.
Please keep in mind that, before you take CDL School Bus test first you must pass CDL and Passenger test. You can check Q&A for those topics by simply visiting following link: https://www.californiatomorrow.org/california-cdl-test-questions-and-answers/
This test format includes:
- Total 20 questions
- Multiple-choice format
- The passing score should be 80% or higher
- Only written exams allowed
To your knowledge, school bus operations are regulated by state and local laws & regulation. The test may slightly vary depending on your state.
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