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FREE BC General Knowledge Test 1

  • Perfect for first-time and renewal commercial applicants, and those adding endorsements
  • Based on 2024 BC commercial driver's licence manual
  • Updated for July 2024
Verified by Steven Litvintchouk, M.S., Chief Educational Researcher, Member of ACES. See our detailed commitment to accuracy and quality in our practice tests.
BC commercial driver's licence
4.63 out of 5,
8 votes
What you need to know

If you want to drive a truck in British Columbia, you need a commercial truck driver’s licence. With a commercial driver’s licence, you can work for a trucking company as an employee or work for yourself as an owner-operator. The transportation industry in British Columbia is booming, and truck drivers are in high demand. As a driver of one of the largest vehicles on the road, you must study and practice to learn to drive carefully and safely. Before you can get your commercial driver’s licence, you must pass both a written and a practical test. The written test (also known as the British Columbia truck driver’s licence knowledge exam) has several multiple-choice questions. You must get at least an 80% to pass the knowledge exam. The knowledge test for each class of licence typically takes approximately 30 minutes. For the practical test, you will meet with an examiner to demonstrate your knowledge of the operation of a truck. The official Commercial Driver’s Handbooks are great resources, but they lack practice. This 25-question BC General Knowledge practice test is a great way to start as it covers the basics of commercial driving in British Columbia. All questions are based on the official 2024 BC commercial driver’s manual. As you answer the questions, we recommend checking each question’s explanation to gain some further insight into the rule behind it. Good luck and drive safely!

What to expect on the official exam
25

questions

20

correct answers to pass

80

passing score

List of questions (classic view)
  1. What should you do to enter a freeway?
  2. You're approaching a red traffic signal light, but a police officer motions you to go through. What should you do?
  3. You're driving a tractor-trailer. While rounding a right curve on a two-way road, you should
  4. When can a police officer inspect your vehicle?
  5. In Ontario, you must not park or leave your vehicle on a rural roadway unless there is a clear view for at least ________ in both directions.
  6. When should you perform a circle check of your commercial motor vehicle?
  7. If you're approaching a railway crossing at which a signal device or flagperson is warning of an approaching train, you must
  8. If a commercial motor vehicle becomes disabled on a roadway at night, flares or reflectors must be placed approximately _________ in front of and behind the vehicle.
  9. Under all conditions, you should drive at a speed that will allow you to
  10. Who is responsible for the safe operation of a motor vehicle?
  11. A licensed driver who wants to learn how to drive a tractor-trailer must
  12. When uncoupling a combination vehicle (such as a tractor-trailer), which of the following is the next step after you've lowered the landing gear?
  13. Any load which projects from the rear of a vehicle by at least 1.2 metres (4 feet) must be marked by
  14. You're driving a vehicle equipped with air brakes. You notice that when you brake, the service brakes aren't holding even though air pressure is satisfactory. What should you do?
  15. To perform the pre-trip inspection of the air brakes, which of the following should you do first?
  16. To enter a highway from a private road or driveway, you should
  17. What is the gross weight of a vehicle?
  18. Ontario law does NOT require ________ on a motor vehicle.
  19. In Ontario, the maximum speed limit on a rural highway is ________ except where otherwise posted.
  20. When you back your tractor to couple a semi-trailer, the fifth wheel opening must be in direct line with
  21. When travelling at over 60 km/h (40 mph), a commercial truck driver must maintain a following distance of at least _________ behind the vehicle ahead, except when passing.
  22. The driver must carry copies of the daily logs for the past
  23. Drivers are exempted from keeping a daily log if they drive within a radius of
  24. The driver's log book must contain which of the following entries?
  25. Electronic recording of log entries is
  26. If you are caught in whiteout conditions and visibility is reduced to near zero, what should you do?
  27. What is the colour of the school bus arm signal?
  28. British Columbia law does NOT require ________ on a motor vehicle.
  29. In British Columbia, the maximum speed limit on a rural highway is ________ except where otherwise posted.
  30. The pyrometer is a dashboard gauge that measures
  31. Which of these produces electricity to keep the vehicle's batteries charged?
  32. The difference in electrical charge potential between two points in a circuit acts as a kind of pressure to make an electrical current flow. This pressure or potential difference is usually measured in
  33. You may not drive a tractor-trailer if the semi-trailer's length exceeds _______ unless you obtain an oversize permit.
  34. What is the maximum permitted width of a semi-trailer?