Update. Failed Test. I'm A Dummy

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Britton R.'s Comment
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So Ive been stressing pretty hard about finally testing and not being prepared for it. Today was the day. Pretrip was passed without a problem. Straightline back wasn't an issue. My offset ate a lot of points after working on the other maneuvers more in the last day. Finally came the drivers side parallel. Now it was stressful enough just testing. But added to the the examiner had a DOT auditor on him which keant two people grading me. So I've ate up a lot of my poinylts on the offset and know my parallels are a bit hit or miss. Well... long story short I got it in. One more pull up, get out or encroachment and I would have failed. On my last g.o.a.l I was over on my tandems by about half a foot. The angle I was on didn't let me see that axle so I moved in as much as I could in the space left. I had no choice but to end the test because I couldn't get out again. The examiner and DOT auditor go to the front end and look down my blinside. They then walk about 10 feet forward and look back down again squatting and squinting. I was nervous. NERVOUS. I knew it was gonna be close. Then they come back and walk down to the end of the trailer on the blinside out of my sight from my horrible angle. They were back there for an eternity. I was praying the whole time. Eventually I see the examiner come up and he tells me to cut the engine and follow him. I do but quickly snuck a look on the way and it was CLOSE. He said nothing for about 100 yards as we walked towards the shack. Then he looks at me and says I'm lucky and it was barely in. The weight of the world was lifted. We got back to the shack and met up with my trainer. My trainer and I were instructed to bring the trailer around for the road test. We both looked at the tandem and agreed it could have easily been a fail. It was millimeters.

So once we bring the truck around I hop in to go out with the examiner. I pull up to the exit of the pad. I had time to go but there was a crst truck coming so I was nice and waited as he made it through the gate. As he was passing in front of me a car was coming to pull out of the lot almost across from me but they stopped short to let me go. I started pulling into the intersection as a car came down from the other side of the street and I misjudged it and was about five feet into the road when the examiner told me to stop and reverse back to the exit. A FREAKIN AUTO-FAIL AND I WASNT EVEN OUT OF THE PARKING LOT!!! Because I would have gad to cross the center line into that lane it made me a hazard and an auto-fail. In reality I had timeand the car would have stopped but a big no-no on the test. Entirely my fault. I had a lapse of judgement and it cost me. I can't believe I didn't make it out of the parking lot...

At the end of the day I'm not worried about it. Simple mistake, that's all. Just ashamed of myself but also get a laugh out of it. My driving is one thing I wasn't worried about for the test. Pretrip was questionable and I had almost no faith in my backing. Now the day is done and my pretrip and backing were passed. So in that regard I'm happy. Now tomorrow I will just have to retake my driving and make sure I'm on point. Just thought I'd share this crazy day.

Still can't believe I didn't even make it out of the lot... hahaha, just one more story to add to the rest.


Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".


Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".


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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Dude good job man! You failed the driving test but you proved yourself wrong about the backing! Dont let this bother you. You will pass tomorrow and this time you're only taking 1 test instead of a dozen - much less stress and you'll be more relaxed. Don't take this personally and look past it. You can do this!

Old School's Comment
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Britton, a lot of people fail their test the first try. It's not necessarily any indication of what type of driver you will be. At least you got to get the jitters out and you more fully understand what to expect next time. Nobody is a professional at this stage in the game. It will take you fully a year behind the wheel before you feel like you've really got a firm grip on how all this works. We're all pulling for you and wish you every success!

We're also anxiously waiting to hear from you!

Starcar's Comment
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Britton, I"d been driving truck for 12 years when I changed my CDL from Oregon to Washington...I FAILED the written test !! Talk about mortified....but I'll admit it now...they had tricky questions, and I was pompous about the having to take a test deal...humility is a good thing....lol You go out there tomorrow and show them what they want to see. The situation that auto failed you happens to drivers EVERYDAY...you just had a tester with you...and he had a tester with him !! So it was a double whammy on you. In the future, you will pull out into those situations all the time.. SHOW 'EM HOW ITS DONE, SON !!!!!


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.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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