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Kim R.'s Comment
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I am in my last week of driving school. I am having the hardest time remember all the pretrip things. Any advice on how to make it sink in. Thank you

Johan Broad's Comment
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I am in my First week of CDL school. I just learned that there is a really neat and comprehensive checklist in the Rand McNally driver's atlas.

If you are allowed to use a list, you can use that one. You could also make a checklist for yourself and refer to it. There is nothing wrong about using a list.

It's not cheating, it's being thorough.

(this is assuming that your instructor allows you to use a paper checklist)

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.
Kim R.'s Comment
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Thank you for the advice. We are not allowed to have anything in the truck with is on teat day.

I am in my First week of CDL school. I just learned that there is a really neat and comprehensive checklist in the Rand McNally driver's atlas.

If you are allowed to use a list, you can use that one. You could also make a checklist for yourself and refer to it. There is nothing wrong about using a list.

It's not cheating, it's being thorough.

(this is assuming that your instructor allows you to use a paper checklist)

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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In my state wewere not allowed to use a list, however, the state DOT examiner provded about a 12 page list verbatim on how they wanted the pretrip spoken.

Here's how I memorized that list:

Every day at school I carried that list around and repeated it, ver batim as I literally touched each part. I repeated that every day, before I left the school.

Every night, just before going to sleep I simply read thru the list, put it away and went to bed.

Just doing that helped me memorize all of it. Make sure you understand exactly what you're supposed to be looking at (which part). I've had trainees who were just told to point in the general direction, but I think you need to know and understand all the parts. It's not that hard.. an axle is an axle, wheel is a wheel.. only difference is between hub and rear drive axle seals.

Also follow a set routine or order of completing it because if you skip around, you might forget something vital.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Kim R.'s Comment
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Thank you very much for the help.

In my state wewere not allowed to use a list, however, the state DOT examiner provded about a 12 page list verbatim on how they wanted the pretrip spoken.

Here's how I memorized that list:

Every day at school I carried that list around and repeated it, ver batim as I literally touched each part. I repeated that every day, before I left the school.

Every night, just before going to sleep I simply read thru the list, put it away and went to bed.

Just doing that helped me memorize all of it. Make sure you understand exactly what you're supposed to be looking at (which part). I've had trainees who were just told to point in the general direction, but I think you need to know and understand all the parts. It's not that hard.. an axle is an axle, wheel is a wheel.. only difference is between hub and rear drive axle seals.

Also follow a set routine or order of completing it because if you skip around, you might forget something vital.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Big Scott's Comment
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You cal also seach pretrip in the search bar at the top of the page. There is a downloadable one by Daniel. Good luck.

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