California Special Drivers Certification Exam Practice Test- I

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California Special Drivers Certification Exam Practice Test- I - Quiz

This test was developed to help the school bus driver’s study and prepare for the California Special Drivers Certificate (School Bus Certificate) exam given at the local California Highway Patrol Office. The material covered in this practice test is derived from the following study guides: West County Transportation Agency School Bus Drivers Classroom Manual, Passenger Transportation Safety Handbook 82.7, California Commercial Driver Handbook, and California Driver Handbook.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The maximum speed limit for a school bus transporting Pupils is:

    • A.

      65 MPH

    • B.

      60 MPH

    • C.

      55 MPH

    • D.

      50 MPH

    Correct Answer
    C. 55 MPH
    Explanation
    The maximum speed limit for a school bus transporting pupils is 55 MPH. This speed limit is set to ensure the safety of the students on board and to prevent accidents. School buses are larger and heavier than most vehicles on the road, so they require more time and distance to come to a complete stop. By limiting the speed to 55 MPH, it allows the driver to have better control of the vehicle and react to any potential hazards on the road. Additionally, a lower speed limit reduces the severity of any potential accidents and increases the chances of survival for the students in case of a collision.

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  • 2. 

    A Type 2 school bus is designed to carry:

    • A.

      Only 16 passengers including the driver

    • B.

      More than 16 passengers and the driver

    • C.

      Not more than 16 passengers and the driver

    • D.

      Not more than 16 passengers including individuals confined to wheelchairs

    Correct Answer
    C. Not more than 16 passengers and the driver
    Explanation
    A Type 2 school bus is designed to carry not more than 16 passengers and the driver. This means that the bus can accommodate a maximum of 16 passengers, including the driver. It is specifically designed for smaller groups and is not intended to carry more than this capacity.

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  • 3. 

    Air Leakage with the engine stopped and the air pressure at governor cut out shall not exceed the following rates: With brakes released (static test)___PSI per minute. With brakes applied (applied test)___PSI per minute.

    • A.

      1 / 2

    • B.

      2 / 2

    • C.

      2 / 3

    • D.

      3 / 4

    Correct Answer
    C. 2 / 3
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 2 / 3. This means that the air leakage rate with brakes applied (applied test) should not exceed 2 PSI per minute, while the air leakage rate with brakes released (static test) should not exceed 3 PSI per minute. This indicates that there should be slightly less air leakage when the brakes are released compared to when they are applied.

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  • 4. 

    On the first occurrence that a school bus driver fails to maintain their required training, proof of receiving the training must be submitted to the local CHP office within:​​​​​​​

    • A.

      10 days

    • B.

      20 days

    • C.

      30 days

    • D.

      45 days

    Correct Answer
    C. 30 days
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 30 days. This means that if a school bus driver fails to maintain their required training for the first time, they must submit proof of receiving the training to the local CHP office within 30 days. This is important to ensure that the driver is up to date with the necessary skills and knowledge to safely transport students. Failing to submit the proof within the specified timeframe may result in penalties or consequences for the driver.

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  • 5. 

    A driver shall not drive when his/her ability to operate a vehicle safely is adversely affected by:​​​​​​​

    • A.

      Fatigue

    • B.

      Illness

    • C.

      Any other cause

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above." This means that a driver should not drive when their ability to operate a vehicle safely is adversely affected by fatigue, illness, or any other cause. This implies that any of these factors can impair a driver's ability to drive safely, and therefore, they should refrain from driving in such circumstances.

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  • 6. 

    The DMV may refuse to issue or renew, or may suspend or revoke the school bus certificate for the following reasons except:

    • A.

      The term of the medical has expired

    • B.

      Habitually uses drugs or alcohol

    • C.

      Been involved in 3 accidents in the last 12 months

    • D.

      Unsafe operation of a school bus

    Correct Answer
    A. The term of the medical has expired
    Explanation
    The word "May" indicates that this is a discretionary action, the words refuse, suspend or revoke are severe in nature. Except means look for the answer that is none of these. If your medical expires DMV will cancel your certificate, any action that is cancelled can be re-instated at any time once the condition that caused the cancellation is corrected.

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  • 7. 

    At a minimum, school buses shall carry one or two fire extinguishers having an aggregate rating of not less than:​​​​​​​

    • A.

      4 BC

    • B.

      6 BC

    • C.

      8 BC

    • D.

      10 BC

    Correct Answer
    C. 8 BC
    Explanation
    School buses are required to have fire extinguishers on board for safety purposes. The aggregate rating refers to the combined effectiveness of the fire extinguishers. The correct answer of 8 BC means that the fire extinguishers on a school bus should have a minimum rating of 8 BC. This rating indicates that the fire extinguishers are capable of handling Class B and Class C fires, which involve flammable liquids and electrical equipment respectively. Having fire extinguishers with a higher rating ensures that they are effective in suppressing potential fires on school buses.

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  • 8. 

    A school bus the driver shall not allow the transportation of​​​​​​​:

    • A.

      Alcoholic beverages

    • B.

      Food

    • C.

      Soft Drinks

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Alcoholic beverages
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Alcoholic beverages" because it is unsafe and illegal to transport alcohol on a school bus. The presence of alcohol can pose a risk to the safety and well-being of the students on board. Therefore, the driver should not allow the transportation of alcoholic beverages on a school bus.

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  • 9. 

    Weapons and other hazardous materials may not be carried on a school bus except:​​​​​​​

    • A.

      Loaded and or concealed firearms carried by a peace or special police officer or persons with a weapons permit.

    • B.

      Starter pistols not capable of expelling a projectile

    • C.

      Oxygen medically prescribed

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Weapons and other hazardous materials are generally prohibited on school buses for the safety of students. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule. The answer "All of the above" indicates that all three options mentioned in the question are exceptions to the prohibition. This means that loaded and concealed firearms carried by authorized personnel, starter pistols that cannot shoot projectiles, and medically prescribed oxygen are allowed to be carried on a school bus.

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  • 10. 

    A driver of a school bus, youth bus, and SPAB shall refuse to transport dogs or other animals except for:

    • A.

      Guide Dogs

    • B.

      Service Dogs

    • C.

      Signal Dogs

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The driver of a school bus, youth bus, and SPAB should refuse to transport dogs or other animals, except for guide dogs, service dogs, and signal dogs. These types of dogs are specially trained to assist individuals with disabilities and are permitted to accompany them on public transportation for their safety and well-being.

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  • 11. 

    Smoking is permitted in a school bus when:

    • A.

      No pupil is aboard

    • B.

      No adults are present

    • C.

      When requested by a parent

    • D.

      Never

    Correct Answer
    D. Never
    Explanation
    Smoking is not permitted in a school bus when there are pupils aboard, as it poses a health risk to them and goes against the regulations of most schools. Additionally, smoking is not allowed in the presence of adults, as it sets a bad example and can be harmful to their health as well. Smoking may only be allowed when requested by a parent, but this is not a common practice and is generally discouraged. Therefore, the correct answer is that smoking is never permitted in a school bus.

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  • 12. 

    A school bus shall not be put in motion until:

    • A.

      All passengers are seated

    • B.

      Headlamps are lighted

    • C.

      The doors are closed

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    It is important to ensure the safety of the passengers before a school bus is put in motion. This includes making sure that all passengers are seated to prevent any accidents or injuries during the journey. Additionally, the headlamps should be lighted to enhance visibility, especially during low-light conditions. Lastly, the doors of the bus should be closed properly to prevent any passengers from falling out or getting injured. Therefore, all of the above conditions must be met before a school bus can be put in motion.

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  • 13. 

    When warning devices are placed on a two-lane highway because of a disabled vehicle, place reflectors:

    • A.

      10 feet, 100 feet and 200 feet to the rear

    • B.

      100 feet in front, 10 feet and 500 feet to the rear

    • C.

      10 feet front or rear, 100 feet in front, and 200 feet to the rear

    • D.

      10 feet front or rear, 100 feet in front, and 100 feet to the rear

    Correct Answer
    D. 10 feet front or rear, 100 feet in front, and 100 feet to the rear
    Explanation
    When warning devices are placed on a two-lane highway because of a disabled vehicle, reflectors should be placed 10 feet front or rear, 100 feet in front, and 100 feet to the rear. This placement ensures that approaching drivers have sufficient warning of the disabled vehicle both from the front and the rear. The reflectors placed at 10 feet front or rear provide immediate visibility to drivers who are close to the disabled vehicle, while the reflectors placed at 100 feet in front and 100 feet to the rear provide additional warning to drivers at a greater distance.

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  • 14. 

    School Bus evacuations shall be conducted:

    • A.

      Every six (6) months

    • B.

      Every year

    • C.

      Every two (2) years

    • D.

      Never

    Correct Answer
    B. Every year
    Explanation
    School bus evacuations should be conducted every year to ensure that students are prepared and familiar with the procedures in case of an emergency. Conducting these evacuations regularly helps to reinforce safety protocols, train students on evacuation procedures, and identify any areas that may need improvement. By conducting these drills annually, schools can ensure that students and staff are well-prepared and can respond effectively in the event of an emergency situation.

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  • 15. 

    The driver of a school bus shall operate the flashing red signal (cross-over) Lamps:

    • A.

      At times when children (12th grade or below) are loading or unloading and crossing the highway upon which the school bus is stopped

    • B.

      When escorting pupils who attend an” elementary” school

    • C.

      At all times when loading or unloading students unless the stop is exempt from the use of red-lights

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. At all times when loading or unloading students unless the stop is exempt from the use of red-lights
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "At all times when loading or unloading students unless the stop is exempt from the use of red-lights." This means that the driver of a school bus should always operate the flashing red signal lamps when students are getting on or off the bus, unless there is an exemption for that particular stop. This is important to ensure the safety of the children crossing the highway and to alert other drivers of the bus's presence.

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  • 16. 

    All school bus stops made for receiving and discharging pupils shall be designated by the:

    • A.

      California Highway Patrol

    • B.

      California Department of Education

    • C.

      School District Superintendent

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. School District Superintendent
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "School District Superintendent." The school district superintendent is responsible for designating all school bus stops for receiving and discharging pupils. This ensures that the bus stops are strategically located and safe for students to use. The California Highway Patrol and California Department of Education may have roles in overseeing and enforcing regulations related to school bus transportation, but the specific designation of bus stops falls under the authority of the school district superintendent.

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  • 17. 

    A collision between a vehicle and any pupil or the bus driver while the pupil or driver is crossing the highway when the school bus flashing, red signal (cross-over) lamps are required to be operated is classified as a:

    • A.

      Non school bus accident

    • B.

      School bus accident

    • C.

      School bus accident only if the driver was involved

    • D.

      School bus accident only if the student was in involved

    Correct Answer
    B. School bus accident
    Explanation
    A collision between a vehicle and any pupil or the bus driver while the pupil or driver is crossing the highway when the school bus flashing, red signal (cross-over) lamps are required to be operated is classified as a school bus accident. This is because the accident involves the school bus and occurs when the bus is displaying its red signal lamps, indicating that it is stopping to allow students to cross the highway. The accident involves the bus, regardless of whether the driver or a student is involved.

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  • 18. 

    At the completion of the driver’s work or tour of duty, each driver shall:

    • A.

      Submit a daily written report indicating the condition of the vehicle.

    • B.

      Submit a written report if any repairs are deemed necessary.

    • C.

      Both A and B.

    • D.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B.
    Explanation
    At the completion of the driver's work or tour of duty, each driver is required to submit a daily written report indicating the condition of the vehicle. This report helps to ensure that any issues or damages to the vehicle are documented and addressed promptly. Additionally, the driver must also submit a written report if any repairs are deemed necessary. This report allows the organization to keep track of any maintenance or repair needs and take appropriate action to ensure the vehicle's safety and functionality. Therefore, both options A and B are correct as they outline the necessary reporting requirements for the driver.

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  • 19. 

    The driver of a school bus shall not drive more than ___ hours within a work period or drive after ___ consecutive hours have elapsed since first reporting for duty:

    • A.

      8 / 12

    • B.

      10 / 16

    • C.

      12 / 15

    • D.

      12 / 16

    Correct Answer
    B. 10 / 16
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 10 / 16. A school bus driver should not drive more than 10 hours within a work period or drive after 16 consecutive hours have elapsed since first reporting for duty. This regulation is in place to ensure the safety of the students and prevent driver fatigue.

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  • 20. 

    Unless the driver of a school bus or SPAB is the mechanic charged with the care and maintenance of the bus, the driver shall not make any repairs of the bus or its equipment except  

    • A.

      Minor repairs

    • B.

      Emergency repairs on the road

    • C.

      Necessary emergency repairs on the road

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Necessary emergency repairs on the road
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "necessary emergency repairs on the road". This means that unless the driver is the mechanic responsible for the bus, they are only allowed to make necessary emergency repairs on the road. This implies that the driver should not attempt to make any repairs on the bus or its equipment unless it is an emergency situation that requires immediate attention.

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  • 21. 

    Which state agency is responsible for adopting reasonable rules and regulations designed to promote the safe operation of school buses.

    • A.

      Department of Motor Vehicles

    • B.

      Department of Education

    • C.

      Department of Transportation

    • D.

      California Highway Patrol

    Correct Answer
    D. California Highway Patrol
    Explanation
    The California Highway Patrol is responsible for adopting reasonable rules and regulations designed to promote the safe operation of school buses. This agency is specifically focused on ensuring the safety of transportation on highways and roads in California. They have the authority to establish guidelines and enforce compliance to ensure that school buses operate in a manner that prioritizes the safety of students and other motorists.

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  • 22. 

    When shall a school bus driver use an approved hand-held stop sign while escorting students across a road?

    • A.

      While escorting elementary age pupils.

    • B.

      When high school age pupils are crossing the roadway.

    • C.

      At all times when pupils pre-Kindergarten, kindergarten, or any grades 1 to 8 are crossing the roadway.

    • D.

      At all times when escorting pupils across a roadway.

    Correct Answer
    D. At all times when escorting pupils across a roadway.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "At all times when escorting pupils across a roadway." This means that a school bus driver should always use an approved hand-held stop sign when escorting students across a road, regardless of their age or grade level. This ensures the safety of the students and helps to alert other drivers to stop and wait for the students to cross safely.

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  • 23. 

    A school bus while being used for transportation of persons other than pupils to or from school or school-related activities must have:

    • A.

      School bus signs covered

    • B.

      Flashing red-lights covered

    • C.

      Amber warning lights covered

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    When a school bus is being used for transporting people other than pupils to or from school or school-related activities, it must have the school bus signs covered, flashing red-lights covered, and amber warning lights covered. This is to ensure that the bus is not mistaken for a school bus and does not create confusion or disruption on the road. By covering these signs and lights, it indicates that the bus is not operating as a school bus at that particular time. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the above."

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  • 24. 

    When a pupil is aboard the driver of a school bus shall not leave the driver’s compartment without first:

    • A.

      Stopping the engine and effectively setting the parking brakes.

    • B.

      Removing the ignition keys, which shall remain in the driver’s possession?

    • C.

      Placing the transmission in first, reverse, park or neutral for automatic transmissions that do not have a park position.

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above." This means that the driver of a school bus should do all of the mentioned actions before leaving the driver's compartment when a pupil is aboard. These actions include stopping the engine and setting the parking brakes, removing the ignition keys and keeping them with the driver, and placing the transmission in the appropriate position for automatic transmissions.

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  • 25. 

    It is unlawful for anyone to require a driver to drive a school bus that is not in safe operating condition except for:

    • A.

      California Motor Carrier Specialist

    • B.

      School Bus Mechanic

    • C.

      California Highway Patrol

    • D.

      None of the Above

    Correct Answer
    D. None of the Above
    Explanation
    This answer implies that no one is allowed to require a driver to operate a school bus that is not in safe operating condition, regardless of their role or position. This means that neither the California Motor Carrier Specialist, School Bus Mechanic, nor the California Highway Patrol have the authority to require a driver to operate an unsafe school bus.

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  • 26. 

    The driver of a school bus, SPAB bus, or youth bus shall not eject any school pupil unless the pupil is given into the custody of:

    • A.

      Transportation Supervisor

    • B.

      School Official

    • C.

      Peace Officer

    • D.

      Parent, or any person designated by the parent or school

    Correct Answer
    D. Parent, or any person designated by the parent or school
    Explanation
    The driver of a school bus, SPAB bus, or youth bus is responsible for the safety and well-being of the students on board. They are not allowed to eject any school pupil unless they are given into the custody of a responsible adult. This can be either a parent or any person designated by the parent or school. This rule ensures that students are not left unattended or in unsafe situations when getting off the bus.

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  • 27. 

    No motor carrier shall permit or require a driver, regardless of the number of motor carriers using the driver services, to drive nor shall any driver drive for any period after being on duty for:

    • A.

      40 hours in any 6 consecutive days

    • B.

      60 hours in any 8 consecutive days

    • C.

      70 hours in any 7 consecutive days

    • D.

      80 hours in any 8 consecutive days

    Correct Answer
    D. 80 hours in any 8 consecutive days
    Explanation
    The given answer states that a driver is not allowed to drive for more than 80 hours in any 8 consecutive days. This means that regardless of the number of motor carriers the driver is working for, they cannot exceed this limit. This regulation is in place to ensure the safety of both the driver and other road users, as excessive driving can lead to fatigue and increase the risk of accidents. By imposing this limit, authorities aim to prevent drivers from becoming overly tired and to promote responsible driving practices.

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  • 28. 

    When can strobe lights legally be used?

    • A.

      When the visibility is less than 500 feet

    • B.

      When the visibility is less than 400 feet

    • C.

      When the visibility is less than 300 feet

    • D.

      When the visibility is less than 250 feet

    Correct Answer
    A. When the visibility is less than 500 feet
    Explanation
    Strobe lights can legally be used when the visibility is less than 500 feet. This is because strobe lights are used to increase visibility and alert other drivers of potential hazards. When visibility is reduced to less than 500 feet, such as during heavy rain, fog, or snow, the use of strobe lights can help improve safety on the road by making the vehicle more visible to other drivers.

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  • 29. 

    During hours of darkness the driver shall ensure that the interior of the bus is sufficiently lighted:

    • A.

      When the driver observes any hanky panky

    • B.

      When passengers enter and exit the bus

    • C.

      At all times with passengers aboard

    • D.

      To accommodate the passengers as long as the light does not interfere with the driver’s vision

    Correct Answer
    B. When passengers enter and exit the bus
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "When passengers enter and exit the bus." This means that the driver should ensure that the interior of the bus is sufficiently lighted during the times when passengers are getting on or off the bus. This is important for the safety and convenience of the passengers, as it helps them navigate the bus and find their seats. It also ensures that the driver can see clearly any potential hazards or issues that may arise during these times.

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  • 30. 

    If you are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol you shall lose your school bus certificate for a period of not less than:

    • A.

      1 year

    • B.

      2 years

    • C.

      3 years

    • D.

      7 years

    Correct Answer
    C. 3 years
    Explanation
    If a person is convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they will lose their school bus certificate for a minimum period of 3 years. This means that they will not be able to operate a school bus during this time. This punishment is likely in place to ensure the safety of students and to discourage individuals from driving while intoxicated.

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  • 31. 

    School bus drivers, within the same month of reaching the age of ____ and each 12-month thereafter, shall undergo a physical examination.

    • A.

      55

    • B.

      60

    • C.

      65

    • D.

      70

    Correct Answer
    C. 65
    Explanation
    According to the given statement, school bus drivers are required to undergo a physical examination within the same month of reaching the age of 65 and every 12 months thereafter. This means that once they turn 65, they must have a physical examination and then continue to have one every year after that. The other options (55, 60, and 70) are not mentioned in the statement and therefore are not the correct answers.

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  • 32. 

    Operational policies for school activity trips shall give school bus drivers discretionary authority to discontinue operation because of:

    • A.

      Road conditions

    • B.

      Student behavior problems

    • C.

      Adverse weather conditions

    • D.

      Reduced visibility

    Correct Answer
    D. Reduced visibility
    Explanation
    Operational policies for school activity trips should include discretionary authority for school bus drivers to discontinue operation in the case of reduced visibility. This means that if the visibility on the road becomes poor due to fog, heavy rain, or other factors, the bus driver has the authority to stop the trip for the safety of the students. This is important because reduced visibility can significantly increase the risk of accidents and it is crucial to prioritize the safety of the students.

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  • 33. 

    A school bus driver is required to have a class B drivers license with a Passenger endorsement and:

    • A.

      School Bus Certificate, DL-45

    • B.

      California Special Driver Certificate, DL-45

    • C.

      California Bus Driver License, DL-54

    • D.

      California School Bus License, DL-54

    Correct Answer
    B. California Special Driver Certificate, DL-45
    Explanation
    The correct answer is California Special Driver Certificate, DL-45. This is because a school bus driver is required to have a class B drivers license with a Passenger endorsement, as well as a California Special Driver Certificate, DL-45. The other options mentioned, such as the School Bus Certificate, DL-45, California Bus Driver License, DL-54, and California School Bus License, DL-54, do not fulfill the requirement of having the California Special Driver Certificate.

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  • 34. 

    Motor carriers are required to keep a record of all vehicles each driver is capable of safely operating on a highway unsupervised including all special equipment used in Special Education. This is known as the_________:

    • A.

      Drivers Records

    • B.

      Driving Proficiency

    • C.

      Drivers Log Book

    Correct Answer
    B. Driving Proficiency
    Explanation
    Motor carriers are required to keep a record of all vehicles each driver is capable of safely operating on a highway unsupervised including all special equipment used in Special Education. This is known as driving proficiency.

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  • 35. 

    School bus drivers may renew their certificate within ___ months before their expiration date.​​​​​​​

    • A.

      3

    • B.

      6

    • C.

      9

    • D.

      12

    Correct Answer
    B. 6
    Explanation
    School bus drivers are required to renew their certificate before it expires. The correct answer is 6 months because they have a window of 6 months prior to the expiration date to complete the renewal process. This allows them enough time to submit any necessary paperwork, undergo any required training or testing, and ensure that their certificate remains valid. Renewing within this timeframe helps to ensure that school bus drivers are up to date with the necessary qualifications and can continue safely transporting students.

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  • 36. 

    A defensive driver’s visual lead-time may need to be __________ due to an increase in speed.

    • A.

      Decreased

    • B.

      Increased

    • C.

      Remains the same

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Increased
    Explanation
    When a defensive driver increases their speed, their visual lead-time needs to be increased as well. Visual lead-time refers to the distance a driver needs to visually scan ahead in order to anticipate potential hazards or obstacles on the road. By increasing their speed, the driver covers more ground in less time, so they need to extend their visual lead-time to have enough time to react to any unexpected situations that may arise. Therefore, the correct answer is increased.

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  • 37. 

    What adjustments does a defensive driver need to make due to adverse weather conditions:​​​​​​​

    • A.

      Perception

    • B.

      Conditioned response

    • C.

      Driving skills

    • D.

      Attitude

    Correct Answer
    C. Driving skills
    Explanation
    In adverse weather conditions, a defensive driver needs to make adjustments to their driving skills. This includes being aware of the road conditions, such as slippery surfaces or reduced visibility, and adjusting their speed and following distance accordingly. Defensive drivers also need to be skilled in maneuvering their vehicle safely in adverse weather, such as braking and steering techniques. By having strong driving skills, a defensive driver can effectively navigate through challenging weather conditions and reduce the risk of accidents.

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  • 38. 

    All behind the wheel training required to obtain a California Special Driver Certificate to drive school buses shall be conducted by:

    • A.

      State Certified Instructor

    • B.

      Delegated Behind the wheel Instructor

    • C.

      California Highway Patrol Officers

    • D.

      State Certified Instructor or Delegated Behind the wheel Instructor

    Correct Answer
    D. State Certified Instructor or Delegated Behind the wheel Instructor
    Explanation
    The correct answer is State Certified Instructor or Delegated Behind the wheel Instructor. This means that the behind the wheel training required to obtain a California Special Driver Certificate to drive school buses can be conducted by either a State Certified Instructor or a Delegated Behind the wheel Instructor. Both of these individuals have the necessary qualifications and expertise to provide the required training.

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  • 39. 

    Which statement are true if your involved in a hijacking situation:

    • A.

      Do not speak unless spoken to

    • B.

      Observe carefully everything that occurs

    • C.

      The first 15–45 minutes are the most dangerous

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    In a hijacking situation, it is important to remain calm and follow certain guidelines for personal safety. The statement "Do not speak unless spoken to" suggests that maintaining silence can help avoid drawing attention to oneself and potentially aggravating the hijackers. "Observe carefully everything that occurs" emphasizes the importance of being aware of the surroundings, the actions of the hijackers, and any potential opportunities for escape or assistance. Finally, "The first 15–45 minutes are the most dangerous" implies that the initial moments of a hijacking are critical, as the hijackers may be more on edge and unpredictable. Therefore, all of the statements are true in a hijacking situation.

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  • 40. 

    When approaching an intersection at the same time as another driver, when should you proceed through the intersection ​​​​​

    • A.

      After stopping

    • B.

      When it is safe to proceed

    • C.

      The driver on the left has the right of way

    • D.

      The driver on the right has the right of way

    Correct Answer
    B. When it is safe to proceed
    Explanation
    When approaching an intersection at the same time as another driver, you should proceed through the intersection when it is safe to do so. This means that you should wait for any oncoming traffic or pedestrians to clear the intersection before proceeding. The timing of when it is safe to proceed can vary depending on the specific situation, such as the speed and distance of other vehicles, traffic signals, and road conditions. It is important to exercise caution and make sure it is safe before proceeding through the intersection.

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  • 41. 

    A driver who encounters adverse driving conditions and cannot because of those conditions, safely complete the run within the maximum driving time may be permitted to drive an additional ________ hours in order to complete that run.

    Correct Answer
    2
    Explanation
    A driver who encounters adverse driving conditions and cannot safely complete the run within the maximum driving time may be permitted to drive an additional 2 hours in order to complete that run. This additional time allows the driver to account for delays caused by the adverse conditions and still complete the run within a reasonable timeframe.

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  • 42. 

    There are two factors in defensive driving in preventing a driver and the vehicle from becoming involved in collisions. They are reaction time and​​​​​​​

    • A.

      Braking distance

    • B.

      Perception

    • C.

      Visual lead time

    • D.

      Conditioned response

    Correct Answer
    A. Braking distance
    Explanation
    Braking distance is a crucial factor in defensive driving as it refers to the distance a vehicle travels from the moment the brakes are applied until it comes to a complete stop. A shorter braking distance allows the driver to react quickly and bring the vehicle to a halt, thereby reducing the risk of collisions. By maintaining a safe following distance and being aware of the road conditions, drivers can ensure they have enough braking distance to respond effectively to any potential hazards on the road.

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  • 43. 

    When driving downhill, the driver of a school bus should do all of the following except:

    • A.

      Select a safe speed and the appropriate gear.

    • B.

      Use proper braking techniques to maintain a safe speed.

    • C.

      Put the vehicle in neutral to save on fuel

    • D.

      Know escape ramp locations on your route.

    Correct Answer
    C. Put the vehicle in neutral to save on fuel
    Explanation
    When driving downhill, it is important for the driver of a school bus to select a safe speed and the appropriate gear to maintain control of the vehicle. They should also use proper braking techniques to maintain a safe speed and be aware of escape ramp locations on their route in case of emergencies. However, putting the vehicle in neutral to save on fuel is not necessary or recommended while driving downhill. This action can reduce the driver's ability to control the vehicle and may increase the risk of accidents.

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  • 44. 

    The California Commercial Drivers Handbook specifies that the Danger Zone may extend as much as ____ feet from the front bumper:

    • A.

      10

    • B.

      12

    • C.

      15

    • D.

      30

    Correct Answer
    D. 30
    Explanation
    According to the California Commercial Drivers Handbook, the Danger Zone, which refers to the blind spot in front of a commercial vehicle, can extend up to 30 feet from the front bumper. This means that other vehicles or pedestrians within this zone may not be visible to the truck driver, increasing the risk of accidents. It is crucial for drivers to be aware of this blind spot and exercise caution while driving to ensure the safety of themselves and others on the road.

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  • 45. 

    Most students are killed while:

    • A.

      Walking to the designated bus stop

    • B.

      Riding inside the school bus

    • C.

      Getting on or off a school bus

    • D.

      Waiting at the bus stop

    Correct Answer
    C. Getting on or off a school bus
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Getting on or off a school bus." This is because during these moments, students are often in close proximity to moving vehicles and may be at risk of being hit by a passing car or the school bus itself. It is crucial for students to exercise caution and follow proper safety procedures when boarding or exiting a school bus to prevent accidents and injuries.

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  • 46. 

    The California Commercial Driver Handbook states that the most dangerous area of the “Danger Zone” is the first ____ feet.

    • A.

      6

    • B.

      8

    • C.

      10

    • D.

      12

    Correct Answer
    D. 12
    Explanation
    The danger zones may extend as much as 30 feet from the front bumper (with the first 12 feet being the most dangerous), 12 feet from the left and right sides, and 12 feet behind the rear bumper of the school bus.

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  • 47. 

    If you have missed a student’s unloading stop, you should:

    • A.

      Stop and backup to the stop

    • B.

      Stop and let the student off immediately

    • C.

      Return the student to the school

    Correct Answer
    C. Return the student to the school
    Explanation
    If a student's unloading stop is missed, the correct action to take is to return the student to the school. This is because it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure the safety and well-being of the students. By returning the student to the school, the driver can ensure that the student is in a secure and familiar environment until alternative arrangements can be made for their safe transportation home.

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  • 48. 

    While approaching a Railroad Crossing as indicated in the California Commercial Driver Handbook, you activate your hazard lights approximately ____ feet before the crossing.

    • A.

      100

    • B.

      200

    • C.

      300

    • D.

      500

    Correct Answer
    B. 200
    Explanation
    When approaching a railroad crossing, it is important to activate your hazard lights to warn other drivers of your presence and to indicate that you are slowing down. According to the California Commercial Driver Handbook, you should activate your hazard lights approximately 200 feet before the crossing. This gives other drivers enough time to see your hazard lights and adjust their driving accordingly, reducing the risk of accidents or collisions at the railroad crossing.

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  • 49. 

    When departing from a designated school bus stop you should:

    • A.

      Account for all students, engage transmission, check mirrors, release parking brake, turn off flashing red lights, entering traffic when it is safe to do so.

    • B.

      Account for all students, turn off flashing red lights, engage transmission, release parking brake, entering traffic when it is safe to do so

    • C.

      Turn off flashing red lights, release parking brake, engage transmission, check mirrors, turn on left turn signal, entering traffic when it is safe to do so.

    • D.

      Turn off flashing red lights, account for all students, release parking brake, engage transmission, entering traffic when it is safe to do so.

    Correct Answer
    A. Account for all students, engage transmission, check mirrors, release parking brake, turn off flashing red lights, entering traffic when it is safe to do so.
  • 50. 

    When approaching a school bus stop, you should bring the school bus to a full stop with the front bumper at least ____ feet away from students at the designated stop.

    • A.

      12

    • B.

      8

    • C.

      15

    Correct Answer
    A. 12
    Explanation
    When approaching a school bus stop, it is important to bring the school bus to a full stop with the front bumper at least 12 feet away from students at the designated stop. This distance ensures the safety of the students as they enter or exit the bus, allowing them enough space to move without any risk of being hit by the bus or other vehicles passing by. By stopping at a proper distance, the bus driver can also maintain clear visibility of the students and the surrounding area, reducing the chances of accidents or injuries.

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