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Posted:  6 years, 8 months ago

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Third time's a charm

I finally passed my skills and driving portion of the CDL test yesterday and now have my class A license. It took me three tries but that's ok, just glad that part is over. And I hope never to have to do that again. Started school on Dec. 1st. and now finally done with that. Now it's all peaches and cream, right? lol Thank you to everyone on this forum that took the time to offer me encouragement and advice. And thank you to this website's administrators for making this place possible.

Michael

Posted:  6 years, 8 months ago

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Jopa, I much appreciate you taking the time to share your advice with me. Yes, I do have trouble keeping my imagination in check. But I am going to get this done this time.

Posted:  6 years, 8 months ago

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Hello to everyone here. I'm back again with an update on trying to get my CDL. I took it again yesterday after failing the skills portion the week before on Christmas Eve. I so hate to have to tell everyone this because everyone's responses to my first post were so generous and uplifting, but I failed it again. I still couldn't get the parallel parking done in time. I had all available points to use and set myself up fine(or so I thought) but I made a mess of it. By the time I blew my horn because the clock was running down, I still had about a quarter of the trailer encroaching on the line. I just couldn't get it fixed in time. I can't believe I've got myself in this situation. I know all hope is not lost and I will not quit but it does shake one's confidence. I went into this test yesterday morning feeling so much more ready than I felt the first time - a lot less anxiety, believe it or not. That was mostly due to having a different instructor work with me on Monday and Tuesday. He got through to me in a way I guess the other instructor couldn't. I'm not knocking the other instructor at all. By Tuesday evening when I left school we had gone over all the backing maneuvers several times and I did them all without acquiring any points. If that had just been my examination I would have a CDL in hand right now. Not to seem ****y or too confident, I feel I can get through the road portion just fine(not wanting to jinx myself either). These butterflies that have had my stomach in knots since Christmas Eve day have not really subsided much and probably won't until I get through this. I retest next Thursday, will spend a day at school on Wednesday practicing some more, even though the instructor says there really isn't anything more they can teach me - I know how to do it. A big concern I have right now is that the truck I test in is not the truck I get to practice in. The testing truck is an 04 Columbia, the practice truck is a 98 FLD, both pulling 48 footers but different makes of trailer - same tandem spacing but different style landing gear(was taught to use the landing gear to position the rig). I don't know, everything just looks different to me sitting up there in that Columbia. Should I even be worrying about the truck? All of the other students have taken their test the same way. But I am their first student who didn't pass it on the second attempt.

Another concern for me is that I was scheduled to travel to Gary Indiana on Monday to start orientation with May Trucking Co. My recruiter has been out of the office since Dec. 24 and is supposed to e-mail all my info on the trip tomorrow(Friday) when she is back to work. She doesn't know anything about my testing woes yet(unless she happens to read this forum). If I had succeeded yesterday this would be a non-issue. But now I will have to call as soon as possible tomorrow morning Pacific time(I'm in Missouri)and tell what I have been up to. How sympathetic will this company be that I'm going on try number three to get my license - will they retract their offer? I know if they decide to refuse me that it's not the end of the world - there are other companies I can apply to. And frankly right now all of my thoughts are consumed with passing this test. This remains something I want for myself more than anything but those pesky little voices we all have in our heads are toying with me. My dad's wisdom and advice is on par with everyone's that commented on my post(or vice versa lol). My dad told me a year from now I will look back on this time as just another experience of many that I'm in for, but I'll be sitting in the cab of truck and driving down the road while thinking back on this. That's the attitude I'm trying to maintain, I just wish I could see into that future. I hope everyone's new year ahead brings them all the best. Thank you all.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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There's not even any need to GOAL on the straight line. On that manuever there is no box you have to place the truck in, there's just the box you have to completely back through. Just remember that you can park her wherever you want so long as you pass through the box. Back up as far as you need until you can clearly see the last set of cones in front of you. Back it up to Texas before you blow your horn if you wish.

Same thing applies with the offset. You can go as far back as you want, you just have to clear the first set of cones with the nose of the truck. Go back as far as you need until you can clearly see them.

I agree with everything you say. That is why I am so peeved at myself. I knew how that maneuver works. I did it countless times in the 3 weeks previous but when I got to the test site I started getting nervous - for no reason really other than I wanted to get it right and not have to come back. I was so afraid of making a mistake that I made a mistake. That's the only way I can explain it.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Failed my CDL skills test today

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And I'm normally as calm as can be. I guess my jitters started when I left school on Monday after starting to have problems on backing that I had already worked out.

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That exact same thing happened to me last week at orientation. HOW has a specific method they want used for backing, and it was different than I had been doing in school. In school, I actually did fairly well with backing. In orientation, I totally sucked. It kicked my confidence level to smitherines and I had to focus on remaining calm. In the end, I passed and was hired.

Maybe we expect more of ourselves as we get older (I'm 57), or maybe we are not used to being at the low end of the learning curve.

Bottom line, I think that what happened to you is totally normal. Lots of folks on this site will say the same thing. Stick with it, and you will do fine!

Yes! Exactly. Last Friday our backing instructor removed the cheater marks from the truck we use solely for backing. I know it shouldn't have been a big deal but that did throw me off, and only 3 days before the test. And then the roadworthy truck we use for driving and testing and the trailer it pulls is a different model, different mirrors, etc. It's a small school and I understand why it has to be that way but the confidence I had built in the prior 3 weeks went right out the window - confidence for doing the backing tests, that is. I understand that in the real world we will be driving any all kind of combinations of tractors and trailers and with experience that shouldn't be an issue. And again, I'm not downing the school or instructor. I blew the test yesterday all on my own when I failed to take my free GOAL and see where I was placed. That is something that will forever replay in my brain, unfortunately. And what you say about age, our self-expectations and being on the low end of the learning curve just sums up so much of what I am feeling right now. A 21 year old started class the same day as I did and he tested with me yesterday - just him and me. He slept for most of the two days of class when we were studying for the written exam. Granted he had come to school with his permit in hand, so it was just a formality for him. But, he had had to previously take his written 3 times to pass it and he nonchalantly took that driving test yesterday and scored only a few points and walked away with his cdl. And I was very happy for him because he really wanted it as well and had his own obstacles to overcome. I know we all do. I have to say that my decision to take this new career path has brought me several highs and lows since starting this process in November and as I have learned from reading so many informative posts on this site that this is pretty much par for the course for trucking. Never a dull moment, for sure. good-luck-2.gif

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Thanks so much to everyone for taking the time to share your thoughtful and constructive advice. It's very heartening to see this kind of camaraderie among the forum users, whether they are students like myself or seasoned veterans. If all aspects of our society worked like TT how nice would that be? I look forward to soon being able to help someone here the way you all have helped me. Thank You!

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Thank you, Ray C. Congrats on getting your license recently. Yes, relax is the key word. And I'm normally as calm as can be. I guess my jitters started when I left school on Monday after starting to have problems on backing that I had already worked out. Instructor told me to quit overthinking it. My examiner told me the same thing this morning. I seem to have lost my mojo. lol I've been through more stressful situations in my 53 years. I just didn't see this happening this way. But I am trying to look at it as a valuable lesson. I will do better, I know. Enjoy these holidays.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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Thank you, Jolie R. Your words do lift me up. My parents, my brother and good friend have all been very sympathetic and encouraging to me which means a lot, but it is somehow more meaningful at this point in time to hear from someone who has endured the same pressures and anxieties. Enjoy your Christmas as well. I will keep you all informed.

Posted:  6 years, 9 months ago

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This is my first time commenting here but I have been taking advantage of all the generous advice and experience offered here since long before I started school on Dec. 1st. I have nothing negative to say about my school or instructors and I'm not here to whine or look for pity. Just if there is anyone with any encouraging words to get my confidence level back up, I would be grateful. I passed my pre-trip fine, moved to yard test and was feeling somewhat nervous but ok. My first maneuver was a simple straight line back. Understood the rules as they were clearly explained to me and proceeded to back successfully through the box. Set my brakes, blew the horn and was not where I thought I was. Thought I passed my front bumper out the back of the box but was about six feet short. The examiner couldn't believe it, was very sympathetic too. I can't explain how I could do that - definitely wasn't due to over confidence. That was 10 points right there, leaving me only 2 more points for the next two tests. Very nervous now and feeling like a moron, I did a right offset ok, then on to right side parallel - was close but blew my two points going out the back. These were all moves that I was moderately proficient at. I retake the test next Wed., New Years Eve. I don't know what to think about this.

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