CDL Permit Testing

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Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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I'm going to go take my CDL Permit test in VA next week. I've done excellently on the online general knowledge test, but I was wondering if anyone on here knows if I will be tested on air brakes, combo, and/or hazmat info. I've been all over the VA DMV site and I can't find anything conclusive, only what I'll need for the actual CDL written test, and none of the online test prep and mock tests had anything with air brakes, hazmat, etc. in relation to the permit test.

Just wondered if anyone here had gotten a CDL permit from VA and can tell me if I need to study anything else.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Michael C.'s Comment
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I'm going to go take my CDL Permit test in VA next week. I've done excellently on the online general knowledge test, but I was wondering if anyone on here knows if I will be tested on air brakes, combo, and/or hazmat info. I've been all over the VA DMV site and I can't find anything conclusive, only what I'll need for the actual CDL written test, and none of the online test prep and mock tests had anything with air brakes, hazmat, etc. in relation to the permit test.

Just wondered if anyone here had gotten a CDL permit from VA and can tell me if I need to study anything else.

If it is anything like the Illinois CLP test, its just general knowledge, air brakes, and combination required for it. Hazmat is an additional endorsement you can get if you choose to.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Here's how our High Road Training Program breaks down:

To Get Your CDL Permit:

  • Rules & Regulations
  • Driving Safely
  • Transporting Cargo Safely
  • Air Brakes
  • Combination Vehicles
  • Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Driving Exam

To get your CDL endorsements which are optional but highly recommend:

  • Transporting Passengers
  • Doubles And Triples
  • Tankers
  • Hazardous Materials

Two sections we've built ourselves with info you'll need for everyday life on the road:

  • Logbook
  • Weight & Balance

Two sections for anyone considering flatbed:

  • Cargo Securement
  • New York State Coil Endorsement

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Brett I saw the High Road page. It has a lot of stuff on there, like pre-trip, passengers, etc. which is not required for just the permit. I understand the test itself is 50 questions. I wasn't sure if the hazmat , air brakes, and combination were separate tests or if the 2 or 3 questions that touched on those topics were the extent of the questioning.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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It looks as though nothing past Combination Vehicles is going to be needed for the permit?

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Michael C.'s Comment
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It looks as though nothing past Combination Vehicles is going to be needed for the permit?

For me it wasn't, I'm not entirely sure if VA is different though I would think if you can get the standard 3 down you'll be just fine. The High Road Training definitely helped me but since your down to crunch time I would focus on the three (GK,combo,air). General Knowledge was the biggest test I took, it had ~40 questions, air brakes had ~25 and combo had ~20. Illinois has a skip function you can use when taking the test, but there is also a chance they could come back around towards the end if it's a smaller test. I ended up with a 94/92/100(missed a $50 bonus for high score by 2 questions LOL) on mine, I'm sure you'll be just fine, don't sweat it too much just keep studying until game day.

Are you taking the CLP test on your own or with a company? I did mine with company sponsored training and we had computers at the hotel with practice tests on them that helped immensely on top of the tests here.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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I'm taking the permit test on my own before I start CDL schooling here where I live. They don't require it, but recommended it as a leg up, and will free up almost 1 additional week for driving instead of studying and testing for the permit. I'm hoping that after I obtain my full CDL license I'll head to Prime and complete training there.

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.
Michael C.'s Comment
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I'm taking the permit test on my own before I start CDL schooling here where I live. They don't require it, but recommended it as a leg up, and will free up almost 1 additional week for driving instead of studying and testing for the permit. I'm hoping that after I obtain my full CDL license I'll head to Prime and complete training there.

That is a bonus, I was going to do the same but I just ran out of time and didn't feel comfortable testing yet.

Best of luck on your tests and schooling. If you have any questions feel free to shoot me a PM or post on the forums for sure. The pre-trip and backing are still fairly fresh in my brain as I got my CDL on Nov 19th.

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.
Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Thanks! I appreciate it! When I did a tour of the school I was able to climb into a truck and sit in the driver's seat. First time I've ever been in a truck. I'm usually pretty confident in my ability to learn quickly, and figured so many people drive trucks surely I can as well. But those 3 minutes in the seat knocked my bravado (and confidence) down a few notches. Hahahaha

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Michael C.'s Comment
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Thanks! I appreciate it! When I did a tour of the school I was able to climb into a truck and sit in the driver's seat. First time I've ever been in a truck. I'm usually pretty confident in my ability to learn quickly, and figured so many people drive trucks surely I can as well. But those 3 minutes in the seat knocked my bravado (and confidence) down a few notches. Hahahaha

It's definitely a completely different animal than driving a car or even a regular pick up truck. Just remember that you will have bad days at backing. I think of myself as a quick learner as well, but I was humbled when I started practicing my parallel, I got my straight and offset backing with no problems, but it took me 2 weeks to get comfortable with a parallel.

It's all about your setup when it comes to backing.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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