Testing Out

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Running Bear's Comment
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I keep reading on here about having to test out is this something all new drivers have to do with the company they go to work for or is this something only guys who went through company school have to do?

Errol V.'s Comment
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You might count three tests. First the state CDL exam to get your CDL permit.

Then you go to Trucking school. You'll have a written test and tests for backing to finish the course. Three or four different situations of backing the trailer.

Finally the state CDL skills test, just like the one you took for your first license, only in an 18 wheeler, and, yes, some backing tests.

You'll need to "test out" on all three of them to get a trucking job.

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.
Running Bear's Comment
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Okay I have my CDL and I'm going to work for swift so once I finish with my trainer I'll be good to go with my own truck

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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Running Bear asked:

Okay I have my CDL and I'm going to work for swift so once I finish with my trainer I'll be good to go with my own truck

Once you successfully complete your training ("SwiftSpeak"-mentoring), you will be required to test-out to satisfy the final requirement for first-seat, solo upgrade. The test entails basic yard skills (don't forget to G.O.A.L. and watch the MAX speed limit in the yard) and a short road test. Nothing you can't handle.

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.
Susan D. 's Comment
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At West Side, they're required to do quite a bit if backing, including blindside, demonstrate a full pretrip, drop and hooks, scaleing/load legalization, trip planning, managing HOS , Qualcomm tests, climbing in and out of a trailer safely, and a 30-40 mile road test.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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