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Joe S.'s Comment
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Six more days of school and then it's testing day at the Texas DPS for my CDL. Pre-trip is first, then air brake test, then comes the three backing test then the road test. The next six days in school I'll study hard and work on my backing skills. I'm doing great at them but I'll keep practicing them. Are class has been driving in the towns and out on the highways around the school and I have been graded in the high 90's. Pssing the backing tests at school.

That's all for now.

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.
Joe S.'s Comment
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It's the weekend and Monday is the last day of class. On Tuesday the class goes to the Texas DPS to do our pre-trip, air brake, backing maneuvers and road test. I'll be studying this weekend. This website has helped me immensely. I'm going to study the pre-trip inspections on this site and look over the DPS book that we need to know.

I want to thank everyone for their assistance and words of encouragement. I'll let everyone know next week how I did.

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

Paul F. 's Comment
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Thanks for the encouragement Big Scott. I have been studying for my CDL license using the High Road Training Program and soaking up as much information as I can.

Any ideas or other information that will assist me I would be very grateful.

Thanks everyone!

Here's an idea....

RUN AWAY. just kidding. So far I'm liking this.

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.
Rob's Comment
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It's the weekend and Monday is the last day of class. On Tuesday the class goes to the Texas DPS to do our pre-trip, air brake, backing maneuvers and road test. I'll be studying this weekend. This website has helped me immensely. I'm going to study the pre-trip inspections on this site and look over the DPS book that we need to know.

I want to thank everyone for their assistance and words of encouragement. I'll let everyone know next week how I did.

Good luck! Just remember....you already know the basics, now demonstrate. I was nervous leading up to my test on Friday, to the point I couldn't parallel despite having executed it perfectly for the past week and a half, and for the life of me could not find 8th gear when downshifting although I'd been doing good at shifting prior to that. Friday morning came and I finally got myself calmed down. I was putting so much pressure on myself by thinking I'd be a failure If i didnt pass all 3 tests on my first try. What's the worst that can happen? Maybe Have to reschedule for another day....so be it. There are many drivers who didn't "trifecta". That doesn't make them any less of a driver. Just look at it as just another practice run with your instructor next to ya. Definitely helped for me. It also helped having spent 3 days leading up to test day driving the test course in Davenport (iowa). I'm not familiar with testing in Texas, but here it seems unless you hit a curb, kill the truck or break the law its gonna be hard to fail as long as you stay aware of your surroundings. You'll do great 😊 .

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

Joe S.'s Comment
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Our class went to the Austin Tx DPS office to this past Tuesday to begin our pre-trip, backing maneuvers and road test so we can obtain our CDL. There were 14 students in the class and 3 trucks. When we arrived there were 3 examiners plus other people with vehicles to obtain their CDL's. The examiners started in alphabetical order by last name and with my last name starting with S, I did not get called until Thursday mid-morning. I got through my pre-trip and air brake test with no problem. I did my three backing test with out any problems but then the examiners called it a day at 3:00 pm. All I had left was my road test. On Friday morning there were six students, including me, left to finish. Two still had to do pre-trips, 2 had to do backing and road test, and myself and another student had to only do the road test. We had two trucks from the school and the examiners started at 8:00 am with the 2 classmates that needed to start at the beginning with pre-trip. By the time my road test was going to take place it was going to be after lunch and guess what. Here comes the rains!

Now myself and the other five students have to wait until next week until Harvey passes and the rains stop so we can finish.

I'm not complaining. I know I can do the road test. I listened to the classmates that drove before me and picked up the pointers that they were giving out. What to watch out for, the questions the examiner will ask while your driving, etc.

I will be ready to go next week and get this over with.

I'll let everyone know how it goes.

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.
Joe S.'s Comment
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It's been over a month and I have been away for a while. I passed my road test with the Texas DPS last month and obtained mt CDL. YEAH! Want to thank everyone for their encouragement and help. Had to take care of some personal issues but I am scheduled to start with Schneider in Dallas on October 24th. I can't wait. Passed all my background and pre-hire with them and I am ready.

I will keep everyone informed.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

G-Town's Comment
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Awesome news. Congratulations Joe!

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