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What should I know about the CDL backing test?

diagram of a truck backing up during the CDL backing exam

Backing a tractor-trailer is one of those activities that notoriously gives truck drivers, both new & experienced, the most trouble.

Each state may handle the backing test a little differently, and your examiner will let you know specifically what is expected of you.

The backing exercises could include any or all of the following: straight line backing, offset backing left or right, parallel parking, and alley dock. The number of times that you get out and look (GOAL) could affect your final score, depending on the state.

What is the CDL backing test like?

Video - CDL Training Lesson Backing 04 offset right

This video shows how to do an offset backing maneuver for the CDL backing exam.

Video - CDL parallel parking - Mooney CDL Training Online

This video shows how to do parallel parking for the CDL backing exam.

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