CDL Practice Test
Who Needs a CDL in Alabama?Register Depending on what type of vehicle you plan on operating, you may need an Alabama commercial driver’s license. Endorsements are required for double/triple trailers, tanker vehicles, passenger vehicles, and vehicles placarded for hazardous materials. If you operate a vehicle that falls into one of the following categories, you will need a CDL:
Class A License-This type of license applies to combination vehicles with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) exceeding 26,000 pounds, if the GVWR of the vehicle being towed exceeds 10,000 pounds. If a Class A license is obtained, the driver can operate all vehicles in Class B, C, and D categories.
Class B License-This category refers to single or combination vehicles where the GVWR of the single vehicle exceeds 26,000 pounds. The vehicle being towed can’t exceed 10,000 pounds. Those with a Class B license can drive all vehicles in Class C or D.
Class C License-This is for vehicles designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, as well as vehicles placarded for hazardous materials. If a vehicle doesn’t meet the criteria for Class A or B, they fall into this category and can drive all vehicles in Class D.
The Skills Test
After you pass the knowledge test, you will be permitted to take the skills tests.The skills that will be tested include: pre-trip inspection, basic vehicle control, and on-road driving. These tests will need to be taken in the type of vehicle for which you want to be licensed for driving
Pre-Trip Inspection:You need to know if your vehicle is safe to drive. You need to explain what would you inspect on the vehicle and why.
Basic Vehicle Control:You’ll be tested to see if you can control the vehicle. You will need to move your vehicle forward, backward, and turn it in a specific area. These areas may be marked with the following: traffic lanes, cones, or barriers.
On-Road Test:You will have to be able to safely drive your vehicle in various traffic situations, such as: left and right turns, intersections, railways crossings, and more.
Other Requirements:You will have to pass a physical examination every two years. It’s important to have good hearing, 20/40 vision with or without glasses or contact lenses, and a 70-degree field of vision in eacheye. You cannot be colorblind