More Health Tips for CDL Truck Drivers

Okay, I get it your busy driving a truck all day and you do not have time to be a health nut.  So we make it easy on our CDL Blog for truckers to find interesting ways to eat healthy.  After all we all have to pass the DOT Physical.  There is no way around the blood pressure test, and if you are lucky you can avoid a cpap mask.

When you are driving a commercial truck all day it can get hectic.  A packed 53' foot trailer behind you pushing close to 70 mph for 10 hours can leave you with very few options when it comes time to eat.  Either put up with the same old greasy cheese burger and fries (yes i love them too), or take a few minutes on a day off to prepare a great meal that can last a couple of days on the road with you.

This time for the healthy truck driver we prepared another crock pot recipe that is easy and great to eat.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


  1. 1/2 pound of jimmie dean sausage
  2. 1/2 pound of ground hamburger
  3. 1 sliced onion
  4. Cabbage
  5. Rice
  6. Tomato Sauce
  7. Garlic
  8. Sage
  9. Salt and pepper

Mix hamburger, sausage and onion in a skillet until lightly browned.  Prepare 1 cup of minute rice.  Mix this in one pot and leave on low on the stove.  While this is happening, clean and boil organic cabbage in large pot for a few minutes until soft. Don't burn your hands! Mix well and fill the cabbage leave full and roll over top.

Poor diced tomato and tomato sauce into the crock pot and turn it on high.

Roll cabbage stuffed with meat and rice mixture and place evenly across crackpot with two or three layers of rolled cabbage.  Then poor a little extra tomato sauce over the top.  They are not nice and pretty like the baked ones that use toothpicks to hold them together.  The crock-pot version of stuffed cabbage kinda explodes, but do not worry it tastes even better!  You will love it and it is much healthier than eating at the TRUCK STOP!


CDL TEST health tips for truck drivers

Stuffed cabbage rolls exploded by a crock pot.

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How to make stuffed cabbage rolls in crock pot.

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Healthy Tips for Truckers!

Healthy Eating Tips for Truckers!

All truckers worry about the same thing every couple years… how am I going to pass my Class A CDL DOT Physical? We tell ourselves the same thing every year… I am going to eat right this year. I am going to exercise this year… blah blah blah.  And then comes the DOT Physical and we need blood pressure medication because we barely even pass the High Blood Pressure Test. Then come the questions about how do I sleep? Do I snore? Have I ever used a CPAP?

I just want to drive my truck. I do not want to worry about DOT Physicals… so what can I do?

DOT Physical

Chicken Pot Pies

Start preparing meals ahead of time. Make meals that are easily transportable, but quick and healthy. Here is an example on how to turn the boring burger routine at lunch into something to look forward to…

First make chicken soup in a slow cooker (crock pot).
Chicken breast
Chicken Stock
Add some egg noodles if you like, but not required.

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Chicken Pot Pies

Then use ready-made pie crust to create lunch for the next couple days.
Go to to get mini pie dishes and make miniature Chicken Pot Pies!
Just poor Chicken Soup into the mini pie dishes and place pie crust over them.
You can freeze them just like that, but they work better if you cook them first, then store in frig.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

or freezer or cooler.

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Fitness Tips for Truck Drivers!

Fitness Tips for Truckers

Tips for health Truck Drivers. Pass the DOT Physical.

Tips for healthy Truck Drivers. Pass the DOT Physical.

Want to avoid the cpap mask?  Want to avoid sleep apnea?  Want to avoid high-blood pressure?

Sure most truck drivers worry about that dreaded DOT Physical.  Maybe truck drivers could cut down on all-you-can-eat buffets, truck stop junk food, and long hours driving in a seat. But now the truck driver life is what you make of it. It is up to each Truck Driver to turn the tide on OTR health and DOT Physical health regulations.  I would rather ME do it, then have the FED make me do it.

Think about it, when you stop at the rest stop… go for a walk while drinking a healthy drink.  Just make mild changes to everyday activities if you want to make going to the DOT Physical – NO PROBLEM, start taking a walk about 45 minutes to 1 hour of brisk walking 4 days per week.  Stop eating drive thru and have fun cooking healthy meals.  Cut way back on drinking soda.  I'm serious.  Stop drinking soda if you can and drink tea or water.

Use social media to learn how other truckers cook on the go and eat GREAT while staying healthy.

  1. Look for hotels with fitness centers.
  2. Store Small Exercise Equipment in Your Truck

Try new portable fitness options for your OTR lifestyle…. try social media for healthy trucker trends on twitter.

Other truckers will post pictures of how they do it!!!

Train Anywhere With Body weight and Cardio

  1. Body weight Squats:  Try body weight squats! With your legs and thighs inactive throughout the day, squats are a great way to increase muscles and keep your body active.  Plus you burn a lot of calories.
  2. Push-ups: Everybody knows the push-up. They work great.
  3. Burpees: Try burpees. With a burpee, you get both strength training and aerobics.
  4. Cardio: Try running up and down stairs at big hotels.  It works!


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Air Brakes TEST ? Memorize the following 7 Steps to pass ANY Air Brakes Questions DMV CDL

How to Pass Air Brakes during Road Skills and CDL permit test?

The answer is simple. Memorize the following 7 Steps to pass ANY


Air Brakes DMV TEST Questions

This works guaranteed. I made this when I was studying for my CDL 20 years ago and it still works today.  There is NO Easier way to pass the Air Brakes Test.>

DMV CDL Permit Test. Air Brakes.


CDL Air Brakes – 7 - Seven Step Check

The Seven-Step Air Brake check is designed to test the governor cut-in and cut-out pressures, air pressure leakage, warning buzzer, brake valves and air pressure rebuild rates.

Brakes off means the yellow and/or red valve is pushed in (on = valve out).

  1. Engine on / Brakes on – check gauges to make sure governor cuts compressor off at 120 psi. Pump brakes until pressure drops below 100 psi to make sure governor cuts compressor on.
  2. Engine off / Brakes off – do not touch brakes – watch gauges to make sure pressure does not drop more than 3 psi in one minute.
  3. Press and hold brake pedal – watch gauges to make sure pressure does not drop more than 4 psi in one minute.
  4. Turn- key on / Engine off / Brakes off – pump brake until pressure drops to 60 psi

– warning buzzer should sound at or before 60 psi.

  1. Continue pumping brakes until reaching 20 to 40 psi – Emergency (red) and Service (yellow) brake valves should pop out turning brakes on.
  2. Rebuild air pressure in tank – hold accelerator at 1500 RPM. Watch air gauges and notice that pressure rate of build between 85 psi and 100 psi should not take more than 45 seconds.
  3. Perform tug tests. Tug against Parking Brake only. Tug against Emergency

Brake only. Tug against Hand Brake only. Test service brake by accelerating to 5mph and pressing brake pedal. If vehicle pulls to one side, this indicates a brake alignment problem.

If there is a problem discovered while testing the Air Brakes, do not drive the vehicle. It is your responsibility to make sure it is repaired by a mechanic. Never operate a vehicle that is unsafe to drive.


Tip: Know the parts of an S-cam Air Brake

before taking the Class A CDL TEST at the DMV.

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How To Pass Air Brakes Test at DMV

Air Brakes test at CDL School.

Air Brakes test at CDL School.

How to Pass Air Brakes Test at DMV?

One of the fastest ways to pass the Walk Around, Skills Test, and Road Trip where you prove to the DMV that you know how to operate an Air Brakes system on a semi-tractor and trailer.  The DMV is guaranteed to ask questions about Air Brakes Components so know all the pictures and names of components.

Also, when talking to the DMV about Air Brakes you can memorize the 7 Step Air Brake Check.  If you say it exactly or close to it, they will pass you for DMV air brakes knowledge.  You can find the 7 Step Air Brakes Check Here.

How to Pass an Air Brakes Test at the DMV?


DMV CDL Skills Test - Pre-Trip Inspection, walk-around, Road Trip.

First download the CDL HANDBOOK

Know any images / photos with different air brakes parts named.  Be prepared to name each Air Brake part. We provide free online CDL practice tests for air brakes endorsement test. Try our free Air Brakes practice test so you know how the website works.

Then sign up as a full member to learn about your state’s local DMV air brakes test questions.  You can complete the FREE CDL practice test as many times as needed.  But do not forget to sign up for the full membership to get over 2,000 DMV practice test questions and it covers the air brakes components thoroughly.

If you would like to learn more about Air Brakes Components Please SEE the list of air brakes components below:

There are many parts to a tractor-trailer air brake system.

It is important to understand all air brakes parts and what they do.

  1. Air Brakes - Air Compressor

The air compressor pumps air into the air storage tanks (reservoirs). The air compressor is connected to the engine through gears or a v-belt. The compressor may be air cooled or may be cooled by the engine cooling system. It may have its own oil supply or be lubricated by engine oil. If the compressor has its own oil supply, check the oil level before driving.

  1. Air Brakes - Air Compressor Governor

The governor controls when the air compressor will pump air into the air storage tanks. When air tank pressure rises to the "cut-out" level (around 125 pounds per-square-inch or "psi"), the governor stops the compressor from pumping air. When the tank pressure falls to the "cut-in" pressure (around 100 psi), the governor allows the compressor to start pumping again.

  1. Air Brakes - Air Storage Tanks

Air storage tanks are used to hold compressed air. The number and size of air tanks varies among vehicles. The tanks will hold enough air to allow the brakes to be used several times, even if the compressor stops working.

  1. Air Brakes - Air Tank Drains
Air tank with Manual Draining Valve for Air Brakes Test - CDL.

Air tank with Manual Draining Valve for Air Brakes Test - CDL.

Figure 4-1 Air Tanks Drains using the Manual Draining Valve on bottom of the  Air Tank.

Compressed air usually has some water and some compressor oil in it, which is bad for the air brake system. For example, the water can freeze in cold weather and cause brake failure. The water and oil tend to collect in the bottom of the air tank. Be sure that you drain the air tanks completely. Each air tank is equipped with a drain valve in the bottom. There are two types:

  • Manually operated by turning a quarter turn or by pulling a cable. You must drain the tanks yourself at the end of each day of driving. See Figure 4.1.
  • Automatic--the water and oil are automatically expelled. These tanks may be equipped for manual draining as well.

Automatic air tanks are available with electric heating devices. These help prevent freezing of the automatic drain in cold weather.  See Figure 4.1.

  1. Air Brakes Alcohol Evaporator

Some air brake systems have an alcohol evaporator to put alcohol into the air system. This helps to reduce the risk of ice in air brake valves and other parts during cold weather. Ice inside the system can make the brakes stop working.

Check the alcohol container and fill up as necessary, every day during cold weather. Daily air tank drainage is still needed to get rid of water and oil. (Unless the system has automatic drain valves.)

  1. Air Brakes Safety Valve

A safety relief valve is installed in the first tank the air compressor pumps air to. The safety valve protects the tank and the rest of the system from too much pressure. The valve is usually set to open at 150 psi. If the safety valve releases air, something is wrong. Have the fault fixed by a mechanic.

  1. The Air Brake Pedal

You put on the brakes by pushing down the brake pedal. (It is also called the foot valve or treadle valve.) Pushing the pedal down harder applies more air pressure. Letting up on the brake pedal reduces the air pressure and releases the brakes. Releasing the brakes lets some compressed air go out of the system, so the air pressure in the tanks is reduced. It must be made up by the air compressor. Pressing and releasing the pedal unnecessarily can let air out faster than the compressor can replace it. If the pressure gets too low, the brakes won't work.

  1. Foundation Air Brakes – the drum brake air brake component list
Air Brake Test CDL - Drum Brake picture with list of parts.

Air Brake Test CDL - Drum Brake picture with list of parts.

Figure 8-2 Drum Brake Air Brakes Parts List must know on the CDL TEST for Air Brakes Endorsement and on the DMV Skills Test, Road Trip and Pre-trip parts of DMV TEST.

Foundation brakes are used at each wheel. The most common type is the s-cam drum brake. The parts of the brake are discussed below.

Brake Drums, Shoes, and Linings. Brake drums are located on each end of the vehicle's axles. The wheels are bolted to the drums. The braking mechanism is inside the drum. To stop, the brake shoes and linings are pushed against the inside of the drum. This causes friction, which slows the vehicle (and creates heat). The heat a drum can take without damage depends on how hard and how long the brakes are used. Too much heat can make the brakes stop working.

S-cam Brakes. When you push the brake pedal, air is let into each brake chamber. Air pressure pushes the rod out, moving the slack adjuster, thus twisting the brake camshaft. This turns the s-cam (so called because it is shaped like the letter "S"). The s-cam forces the brake shoes away from one another and presses them against the inside of the brake drum. When you release the brake pedal, the s-cam rotates back and a spring pulls the brake shoes away from the drum, letting the wheels roll freely again. See Figure 8.2.

Wedge Brakes. In this type of brake, the brake chamber push rod pushes a wedge directly between the ends of two brake shoes. This shoves them apart and against the inside of the brake drum. Wedge brakes may have a single brake chamber, or two brake chambers, pushing wedges in at both ends of the brake shoes. Wedge type brakes may be self-adjusting or may require manual adjustment.

Disc Brakes. In air-operated disc brakes, air pressure acts on a brake chamber and slack adjuster, like s-cam brakes. But instead of the s-cam, a "power screw" is used. The pressure of the brake chamber on the slack adjuster turns the power screw. The power screw clamps the disc or rotor between the brake lining pads of a caliper, similar to a large c-clamp.

Wedge brakes and disc brakes are less common than s-cam brakes.

  1. Air Brakes - Supply Pressure Gauges

All vehicles with air brakes have a pressure gauge connected to the air tank. If the vehicle has a dual air brake system, there will be a gauge for each half of the system. (Or a single gauge with two needles.) Dual systems will be discussed later. These gauges tell you how much pressure is in the air tanks.

  1. Air Brakes - Application Pressure Gauge

This gauge shows how much air pressure you are applying to the brakes. (This gauge is not on all vehicles.) Increasing application pressure to hold the same speed means the brakes are fading. You should slow down and use a lower gear. The need for increased pressure can also be caused by brakes out of adjustment, air leaks, or mechanical problems.

  1. Air Brakes - Low Air Pressure Warning

You must memorize how the low air pressure warning works.  It is not only on the DMV CDL Tests but also a matter of life and death when considering safety.  We strongly recommend that you have access to real tractor-trailers to practice using the air brakes.

A low air pressure warning signal is required on vehicles with air brakes. A warning signal you can see must come on before the air pressure in the tanks falls below 60 psi. (Or one half the compressor governor cutout pressure on older vehicles.) The warning is usually a red light. A buzzer may also come on.

Another type of warning is the "wig wag." This device drops a mechanical arm into your view when the pressure in the system drops below 60 psi. An automatic wig wag will rise out of your view when the pressure in the system goes above 60 psi. The manual reset type must be placed in the "out of view" position manually. It will not stay in place until the pressure in the system is above 60 psi.

On large buses it is common for the low pressure warning devices to signal at 80-85 psi.

  1. Ari Brakes - Stop Light Switch

Drivers behind you must be warned when you put your brakes on. The air brake system does this with an electric switch that works by air pressure. The switch turns on the brake lights when you put on the air brakes.

  1. Air Brakes - Front Brake Limiting Valve

Some older vehicles (made before 1975) have a front brake limiting valve and a control in the cab. The control is usually marked "normal" and "slippery." When you put the control in the "slippery" position, the limiting valve cuts the "normal" air pressure to the front brakes by half. Limiting valves were used to reduce the chance of the front wheels skidding on slippery surfaces. However, they actually reduce the stopping power of the vehicle. Front wheel braking is good under all conditions. Tests have shown front wheel skids from braking are not likely even on ice. Make sure the control is in the "normal" position to have normal stopping power.

Many vehicles have automatic front wheel limiting valves. They reduce the air to the front brakes except when the brakes are put on very hard (60 psi or more application pressure). These valves cannot be controlled by the driver.

  1. Spring Brakes

All trucks, truck tractors, and buses must be equipped with emergency brakes and parking brakes. They must be held on by mechanical force (because air pressure can eventually leak away). Spring brakes are usually used to meet these needs. When driving, powerful springs are held back by air pressure. If the air pressure is removed, the springs put on the brakes. A parking brake control in the cab allows the driver to let the air out of the spring brakes. This lets the springs put the brakes on. A leak in the air brake system, which causes all the air to be lost, will also cause the springs to put on the brakes.

Tractor and straight truck spring brakes will come fully on when air pressure drops to a range of 20 to 45 psi (typically 20 to 30 psi). Do not wait for the brakes to come on automatically. When the low air pressure warning light and buzzer first come on, bring the vehicle to a safe stop right away, while you can still control the brakes.

The braking power of spring brakes depends on the brakes being in adjustment. If the brakes are not adjusted properly, neither the regular brakes nor the emergency/parking brakes will work right.

  1. Parking Brake Controls for Air Brakes on Tractor Trailers.
Tractor Protection Valve Air Brake Component for CDL TEST

Tractor Protection Valve Air Brake Component for CDL TEST

Figure 15-3 Tractor Parking Brake Control Knobs

In newer vehicles with air brakes, you put on the parking brakes using a diamond-shaped, yellow, push-pull control knob. You pull the knob out to put the parking brakes (spring brakes) on, and push it in to release them. On older vehicles, the parking brakes may be controlled by a lever. Use the parking brakes whenever you park.

Caution. Never push the brake pedal down when the spring brakes are on. If you do, the brakes could be damaged by the combined forces of the springs and the air pressure. Many brake systems are designed so this will not happen. But not all systems are set up that way, and those that are may not always work. It is much better to develop the habit of not pushing the brake pedal down when the spring brakes are on.

Modulating Control Valves. In some vehicles a control handle on the dash board may be used to apply the spring brakes gradually. This is called a modulating valve. It is spring-loaded so you have a feel for the braking action. The more you move the control lever, the harder the spring brakes come on. They work this way so you can control the spring brakes if the service brakes fail. When parking a vehicle with a modulating control valve, move the lever as far as it will go and hold it in place with the locking device.

Dual Parking Control Valves. When main air pressure is lost, the spring brakes come on. Some vehicles, such as buses, have a separate air tank which can be used to release the spring brakes. This is so you can move the vehicle in an emergency. One of the valves is a push-pull type and is used to put on the spring brakes for parking. The other valve is spring loaded in the "out" position. When you push the control in, air from the separate air tank releases the spring brakes so you can move. When you release the button, the spring brakes come on again. There is only enough air in the separate tank to do this a few times. Therefore, plan carefully when moving. Otherwise, you may be stopped in a dangerous location when the separate air supply runs out. See Figure 15.3.

You must know the names of the knobs and how they all work.  It is extremely important part of being a professional truck driver so get ready to memorize it all and learn it.  If you do not learn the air brakes components prior to driving a commercial vehicle you are considered an unsafe driver who needs more training.  See Figure 15.3.

  1. Semi-Tractor & Trailer - Antilock Braking Systems (ABS)

Truck tractors with air brakes built on or after March 1, 1997, and other air brakes vehicles, (trucks, buses, trailers, and converter dollies) built on or after March 1, 1998, are required to be equipped with antilock brakes. Many commercial vehicles built before these dates have been voluntarily equipped with ABS. Check the certification label for the date of manufacture to determine if your vehicle is equipped with ABS. ABS is a computerized system that keeps your wheels from locking up during hard brake applications.

Vehicles with ABS have yellow malfunction lamps to tell you if something isn't working.

Tractors, trucks, and buses will have yellow ABS malfunction lamps on the instrument panel.

Trailers will have yellow ABS malfunction lamps on the left side, either on the front or rear corner. Dollies manufactured on or after March 1, 1998 are required to have a lamp on the left side. On newer vehicles, the malfunction lamp comes on at start-up for a bulb check, and then goes out quickly. On older systems, the lamp could stay on until you are driving over five mph.

If the lamp stays on after the bulb check, or goes on once you are under way, you may have lost ABS control at one or more wheels.

In the case of towed units manufactured before it was required by the Department of Transportation, it may be difficult to tell if the unit is equipped with ABS. Look under the vehicle for the electronic control unit (ECU) and wheel speed sensor wires coming from the back of the brakes.

Air Brake System Components

Air Brake System Components

Figure 16-4 Air Brakes System Components and Location

ABS is an addition to your normal brakes. It does not decrease or increase your normal braking capability. ABS only activates when wheels are about to lock up.  The computer takes control of braking by rapidly apply brakes pressure.

ABS does not necessarily shorten your stopping distance, but it does help you keep the vehicle under control during hard braking.  Most notably it helps to keep the tractor-trailer moving in a straight line during hard braking.  You may feel a strong vibration on the brake pedal when ABS is engaged.

CDL-Test sample test questions from DMV Handbook:

  1. Why must air tanks be drained?
  2. What is a supply pressure gauge used for?
  3. All vehicles with air brakes must have a low air pressure warning signal. True or False?
  4. What are spring brakes?
  5. Are front wheel brakes good under all conditions? True or False?
  6. How do you know if your vehicle is equipped with antilock brakes?

According to the DMV Handbook these questions may be on your


Get the answers to these questions and more by reading this web page and memorizing the pictures and names of Air Brakes components.  Be prepared to understand the air brake parts on both the CDL Air Brakes test questions and demonstrated knowledge of the air brakes and how they work on the Road Trip and Skill Test and Pre-Trip.

More Free CDL TEST Questions for Air Brakes:

FREE CDL Air Brakes Test Questions
1.  It is mandatory that all vehicles with air brakes have a low air pressure warning signal.
*A. True
B. Only some vehicles
C.  False

2.  You can check slack adjusters by ______?
A. By using an adjustable wrench
*B. By pulling hard on each slack adjusters
C. By frequently checking the low pressure gauge
D. You cannot manually check slack adjusters

3.  By using an adjustable wrench?
A. The loss rate should be less than two psi in one minute for single vehicles and less than three psi in one minute for combination vehicles
*B. The loss rate should be less than three psi in one minute for single vehicles and less than five psi in one minute for combination vehicles
C. There should be no air leaks
D. Breaking on a long steep downgrade should be used only as a supplement to the braking effect of the engine.
E. Depends on the weight of the GVCW of the vehicle

4.  Air tanks should be drained_____.

A. Every 4 hours or 350 miles
B. Every 3 hours or 100 miles
C. Drain your air tanks at the end of each working day
D. Once a week
*E. None of the above

5.   A supply pressure gauge is used for ______.

*A. The gauges tell you how much pressure is in the air tanks
B. The gauges tell you how much pressure is in the air lines
C.  The gauges warn you about brake chamber leaks only
D. The gauges monitor you how much slack is in the slack adjusters

6. What is the reason that air tanks must be drained?
A.  To keep the tanks cool while not in use
*B. To keep oil and water from building up in the tank
C. Air tanks should never be drained
D. To keep oil and toxic gas from building up in the tank
E. All of the above

7. Which of the following factors is known to cause brakes to fade or fail? (select all that apply)
A.  Using the engine brake and not using the brakes often enough can cause them to fail
B. Mismatched retread tires on a trailer
*C. An unbalanced load with too much weight on any one axle
*D. Brakes can fade or fail from excessive heat caused by using them too much

8. You don't need to use the parking brake if you are away from your vehicle for only a short time.
A. True
*B. False

9.   ______ is known as slack adjusters?

A. Lever connecting the brake chamber push rod with the return spring
B. Lever connecting the brake shoe with the brake drum
C. Lever connecting the brake chamber with the brake camshaft
*D. Lever connecting the brake chamber push rod with the foundation brake camshaft

10.  Front wheel brakes are good to use under all conditions?

11. Spring brakes are ______?

*A. Powerful springs that are held back by air pressure. If the air pressure is removed, the springs put on the brakes.
B.  Big springs full of air pressure. If the air pressure is increased, the springs put on the brakes.
C. Large springs forced closed by air pressure. If the air pressure is increased, the springs release on the brakes.
D. None of the above

12. Why should you be in the proper gear before starting down a hill?
A. It is better than being in an improper gear
*B. Brakes can fade or fail from excessive heat caused by using them too much and not relying on the engine braking effect
C. Because it helps build up air pressure in your air tanks
D. Water can build up in your air tanks by not relying on the engine braking

13.  A dual air brake system is best described as______?
A. dual air brake system has two separate air brake systems; the first system is called the primary system. The other is called the secondary system.
B. dual air brake system has two separate air brake systems which use a single set of brake controls
C. dual air brake system has two separate air brake systems, both systems supply air to the trailer if there is one.
D. dual air brake system has two separate air brake systems, each system has its own air tanks, hoses, lines, etc.
*E. All of the above

14. What is the method used to check that the spring brakes will come on automatically?
*A. Step on and off the brake pedal to increase the air tank pressure, the parking brake knob should pop out when the air pressure rises to the manufacturer's specification.
B. Step on and off the brake pedal to reduce the air tank pressure while moving at a high rate of speed, the parking brake knob should pop out when the air pressure falls to the manufacturer's specification locking up all your tires.
C. Step on and off the brake pedal to reduce the air tank pressure, the parking brake knob should pop out when the air pressure rises to the manufacturer's specification of 120 psi.
D. Step on and off the brake pedal to reduce the air tank pressure, the parking brake knob should pop out when the air pressure falls to the manufacturer's specification.
*E. Turn the electrical power on and step on and off the brake pedal to reduce air tank pressure. The low air pressure warning signal must come on before the pressure drops to less than 60 psi in the air tank.
F. Turn the electrical power off and step on and off the brake pedal to reduce air tank pressure. The low air pressure warning signal must come on before the pressure drops to less than 30 psi in the air tank.
G. Turn the electrical power on and step on and off the brake pedal to increase air tank pressure. The low air pressure warning signal must come on before the pressure increases to more than 60 psi in the air tank.
H. Turn the electrical power off and step on and off the brake pedal to reduce air tank pressure. The low air pressure warning signal must come on before the pressure drops to less than 90 psi in the air tank.




$4,000 Sign-on-work-for-swift-as-cdl-driver on job training Class A Drivers

sign on bonus

on the job training for class A CDL - email resume to so we can find you better pay and better home time. It is what we do!

$4,000 Sign-on Bonus for Experienced CDL Class A Drivers

Our client Swift values the experience that Commercial drivers bring to our trucking companies bottom line. We want to reward you for joining our TEAM!
If you have six month or more experience as a Commercial Class A truck driver, we'll give you $4000 just for joining our team! No contracts, no gimmicks.
The bonus is paid out over 120 days! You will benefit from Swift's great pay, consistent loads, and more miles. Through our driver ranking system and mentorship programs, drivers can increase their earning potential.
Swift has some of the best trucks and technology on the road, assuring your safety and comfort.
We offer great benefits too, from terrific medical and dental plans to 401K programs. The sign-on bonus offer won't last long.
But most of all our on the job training programs mean we can help both new drivers and full professional Class Drivers.

Email your resume to our CDL Recruiter's email at

Our recruiter team has access to 20 trucking companies who hire constantly. We bring the resumes, and you get hired with that fat $4,000.00 sign on bonus.
We work with Swith Transportation. They have a taring program in Phoenix, AZ for 2 weeks of intense hands on then if you pass, you ride along with a pro driver until the new driver is ready to begin driving alone. and are teaming up to bring both new drivers to on the job programs, and bring you ALL CDL practice tests for one low price of $11.99.

FREE CDL Test Uprades from free to full memership.

However, if you signup for free and email us, we will upgrade you to a full account now until 1-1-17. Just email 'free upgrade' to us using our contact form.

If you have a need for a HAZMAT practice test just email us from our website and we will send a FREE HAZMAT CDL Practict Tests.
Just email us the word "free hazmat" with a copy of you Class A Commercial license so we know you will put it to good use.

For any Class A commercial driver - especially HAZMAT endorsement and TANKER endorsement drivers can dramatically increase pay for commercial CDL vehicles. So make a purchae get the HAZMAT and TANKER tests included with all CDL Tests for our practice CDL TEST section of website.


CDL Skills Test Backing Exercises and Pre-Trip Advice

How to pass the CDL Road Trip / Skills Test and Pre-trip Advice?

When taking the CDL Class A Road Test also known as the CDL Skills Test, it is the time for a driver to communicate what they know about every system on the truck.  For example be prepared to point to and describe many different components of the commercial truck:  light systems, air brake systems, engine, gears and drive train, kingpin hookup and unhook, how to test the air brakes before using the vehicle.  In fact, you must slightly tug on your air brakes every time you do a walk around before starting out in the commercial vehicle.  Adding slight pressure can test the brakes to makes sure they hold.

However the best way to check the brakes on a commercial vehicle is the 7 Step Air Brake Check.

If you memorize the seven steps, you can pass any CDL Skills test.

You can find an example here.

Another big part of the CDL Skills test is backing techniques for the commercial vehicle.

There are two important types of backing each driver must prove they can accomplish.  You cannot get a second chance if you hit so drivers can fail the test easily. 

First is the 90 degree angle driver's side alley backup exercise.


90 degree backing for CDL Skills Test

The second is the Offset Back / Right exercise.



Offset backing for CDL Skills Test is part of passing the CDL driving test.

Then after proving the ability to communicate all working systems and preform proper backing technique, a road trip will be required.  The biggest thing to watch for right at the beginning of the road trip… there will always be an overpass with a height sign on it.  It can vary from 12 feet to 17 or more feet high for bridges, but as soon as you pass the overpass or bridge the instructor will say did you see the height for the bridge and if you do not answer it correctly you miss points.   Also, never let your wheel hit the curb for any reason, it was an automatic disqualification in my case where I barely clipped a curb that was recessed and level to the street but he said he had to fail.  I did a retake for another $100.00 a week later and passed with ease.  So do not be disappointed if you do not pass the skills test on your first try.

It all starts right here at


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