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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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Any advice helps

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Air brakes is tricky. I am hazarding a guess that you are going for your. Class B. Since Class A requires combination vehicle. Manual is not an endorsement. Automatic only is a restriction on your license.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Austin S.'s Comment
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No i am going for a class A, sorry for the wording i am litterally brand new to this line of work. the job im going for doesnt even have me driving but they have it as a requirement that i have a class a cdl. so im taking the test in the simplest class A vehicle i can. Its a flatbed international 4300 with a trailer equipped

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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I have my permit already with all the proper endorsements and monday i will be going in for the skills and pre trip. this is the part that has me nervous

Chad C.'s Comment
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Each state has different testing procedures, laws, regs, and requirements. The written test is tricky because of the way the questions are worded. Some are straightforward and others are setup to make you really read and comprehend the question. Make sure you take your time and read each question several times then choose the "best" answer.

The PTI test portion is different from state to state. Some states you'll be expected to PT the entire truck others it's a blind draw and you'll get just a portion of the truck and trailer.

The air brakes aren't too bad, just make sure you have your routine down and don't forget the the acceptable psi loss per minute when doing the applied portion. I got ****y and mixed up the applied rate for straight trucks and combos lol.

Again the skills test is different from state to state, so focus on your state's requirements.

Think slow move slow and you'll be fine. Good luck!

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Austin S.'s Comment
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Thank you . im in indiana and the PTI is blind draw and i have studied the pre trip prob harder than i have ever studied anything lol the skills test seem simple, straight backing, offset backing and parallel parking. so i guess only thing left is on the road driving. gotta make sure i dont make any mistakes.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Austin, you're bumping into a common feeling held by people getting their first CDL-A: Inadequacy.

Consider this: by definition anyone taking the driving/ skills test is wet-behind-the-ears brand new at this. You are not expected to pass the test then hop into a rig and head for Sacramento. The test simply shows that you can get down a road without crashing. If you are lined up for more serious driving, your company will make sure you get the training you need.

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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