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Burntstick's Comment
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My wife and I are starting our CDL training tomorrow and I was wondering if some of you who have been through it recently could share what you thought was the most difficult parts of it. What gave you the most troubles?

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.
G-Town's Comment
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You might also consider posting this on the Diary Forum.

Good luck.

Krytter's Comment
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My wife and I are starting our CDL training tomorrow and I was wondering if some of you who have been through it recently could share what you thought was the most difficult parts of it. What gave you the most troubles?

Parallel parking! I was tense and over thinking it. Had great instructors that helped me out alot. Shout out to Danny and Charlie at the Swift academy in Corsicana! Once I realized it was basically a game of angles and learned how to interpret and what to look for in the mirrors it suddenly clicked for me. Dont over think it, talk yourself thru it, and get out and look every chance you get.

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.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Krytter points out "parallel parking". I believe the bigger picture of backing up a trailer will teach you new vistas in frustration.

Brett write a humorous article about The Backing Range At Trucking Driving School - It's Like Clown Soup For The Soul

As a matter of fact, you will probably spend more time in backing practice than in classroom work. You will learn that "alley dock" is a curse word.

Rob's Comment
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Krytter points out "parallel parking". I believe the bigger picture of backing up a trailer will teach you new vistas in frustration.

Brett write a humorous article about The Backing Range At Trucking Driving School - It's Like Clown Soup For The Soul

As a matter of fact, you will probably spend more time in backing practice than in classroom work. You will learn that "alley dock" is a curse word.

Originally I thought that parallel would be very difficult but it wasnt bad at all (in our controlled environment). Our instructor gave us a "mark" on the trailer to crank the wheel right until we seen it and I ended up nailing it everytime after that! I take my state exam Friday. Backing portion doesn't worry me as we only have straight back, driver offset and parallel. For me the hardest part has been shifting as I had no experience with manuals, but thankfully my instructor worked with me and now I'm decent. Do what your instructors tell you and study the pre trip like crazy after school.

This will definitely help ya out. Good luck!!

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.

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.
Pete B.'s Comment
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While backing up was really difficult to learn, I had abundant time to practice on the range, outside of my scheduled time; maybe you'll get the same opportunity. So for me the biggest challenge was shifting, up and especially down. There was no extra time afforded for road practice, only what was scheduled. I stressed over the shifting tremendously. Needlessly. You'll learn just enough to get your CDL , and then when you join your new company, you'll really learn how to drive that truck. Don't worry if you have difficulty with it, most people do, and the examiners know that. If you grind or miss gears, just find one to recover to, and you'll be fine. Good luck!

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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