Pilot Car Certification Preparation Guide with Practice Test Questions


So you’ve registered for a P/EVO class. What comes next? One frequently asked question we get from students is, “How can I pass the P/EVO exam?” You can set yourself up for success by following these simple steps below.

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After you register for your P/EVO course

Once you’ve registered for your P/EVO course, you will receive an email with class details. Make sure you read this email thoroughly, as it includes the date and time of your class as well as how to set up your technology if you’ve registered for an online course.

Students enrolled in an online P/EVO course will receive a packet of materials, including a student handbook, before their scheduled class. It is recommended that you read the handbook, as well as section 468-38-100 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) (if you are enrolled in a Washington P/EVO class), prior to the class. This is a good time to make notes if any points are confusing or unclear; you will have an opportunity to ask questions in class if your instructor doesn’t address them.

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If you have registered for an in-person P/EVO course, you will receive your materials on the day of your class. You can still prepare by reading the WAC and making a note of any questions you may want to ask. The Federal Motor Carriers Best Practices Guide is also a valuable resource you may want to check out.

Pilot Car Certification Practice Test (Sample Questions)

Although your P/EVO course will cover all of the information you will be expected to know on the exam, we still have students ask if they can take a “pre-test,” or sample test, so they are familiar with the format and types of questions they’ll be asked. The following sample questions may give you an idea of what to expect from the exam.

It is ok for P/EVOs to enter oncoming traffic lanes or run a red light when escorting a load.

A. True
B. Flase

The following distance for a rear P/EVO should be approximately ___________,

A. 1-2 seconds
B. 2-3 seconds
B. 3-4  seconds
B. 4-5  seconds

By the time a train engineer _______ you, it is already too late for them to stop.

(Write in answer)

It is important to know the flexibility of your high pole and how it is affected at different speeds.  This is called _________.

(Write in answer)


Amber lights used on Pilot/Escort vehicles must be visible from a distance of ______ feet.

A. 200
B. 300
B. 400
B. 500

High Pole Basics

A high pole is a measuring device, mounted on the front of the lead Pilot Car vehicle, that is used to measure the height of obstructions along the route. Here is everything you need to know about setting, checking, and running with a high pole.

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Pilot Car (P/EVO) Glossary

When you begin work as a Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator (P/EVO), you’ll need to become familiar with industry-specific terminology. This glossary includes official terms, as well as more informal lingo, that you can expect to hear and use while on the job.

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