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Austin S.'s Comment
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Im going this coming Monday to take my cdl pre trip, air brake and skills test. Im extremely nervous because getting my cdl will qualify me to get a job that will change life for me and my family. I have no experience with big rigs or even commercial trucks so im trying to get any last min advice i can. Luckily i dont have to have a semi endorsement or manual endorsement. so i will be taking my test in a automatic straight truck and trailer with air brakes. I just want some feed back from people who have recently tested or may have experience testing. iv been studying every night for 3 weeks but nothing beats time behind the wheel and knowledge of testing procedures. ANY ADVICE IS APPRECIATED

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Austin S.'s Comment
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Anyone?

George G.'s Comment
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Remakenthis thrwad in the general categories section. You will get more attention and help over there. Good luck! Have you been using the high road training program on this site?

Austin S.'s Comment
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Thanks, i posted under general. No i have not used the high road training. i will check it out now. I am pretty confident in my ability to pass the pre trip and even fairly confident in the skills portions . Im just nervous about any little things i may have over looked or little things that may not be covered in the manual that is a good practice when testing.

Rick R.'s Comment
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I can tell you for a fact, I just got my CDL. Your nerves are your absolute worst enemy. When you test, stay as calm as possible. The examiners are not there to fail you, but they do have criteria that you have to meet. On the pre-trip, start at one place and take your time and then move to the next. When you get nervous, you tend to start skipping around and that can cost you. I took the test for a straight truck back in 2008. It was nerve wracking, but I made it, I just recently took the test for semi truck and passed it. I you have been studying, you already know the information, just stay calm, and you can put it out. if you do miss something, don't panic, you can tell the examiner as long as the test is going on. On my test, I had to do the overall, engine, in-cab, and coupling system. I had finished the underhood and started to move back to the coupling system when the examiner asked me to tell her about the wheel again. I had forgotten to mention that they cannot be welded. this did not count against me. So stay calm, and try to do the test as if you were explaining things to a fellow student or a friend.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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