Pre Trip Pre Trip Pre Trip HELP ASAP!!!!!

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HowlingWolves's Comment
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Does anyone have pre trip notes or flash cards or advice for a international pro star , flash cards with pictures would be AMAZING

Old School's Comment
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Go up to the top of this page and put "pre trip my way" into the search bar. That should take you to Daniel B's pre trip notes with photos. See if that helps. It's on a Freightliner, but it should prove helpful to you.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I noticed your profile says you're in CDL school. You should do your pre-trip as they want it done. Using somebody else's study sheets or even this website's resources for a pre-trip could be confusing or make it difficult to retain and regurgitate the information in a way that is satisfactory for your school. In fact, I did not use the resources on this website when doing my pre-trip preparation, because my school was specific about how they tested on the information, and also prepared us specifically for the examiners that they brought in for the CDL exam. I used this website exclusively for preparing myself for all the written exams for my CDL - e.g. General Knowledge, endorsements, etc... What I did was turn all the sheets my school gave me into flash cards myself. It was a lot of work, but all part of the studying process. You might have to do the same. It shouldn't matter what tractor you test on, it's just general info to pass the CDL exam - not truck specific per se.

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.
Tractor Man's Comment
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The Manufacturer of the Truck really doesn't matter. They are all very similar. The only real differences will be under the hood. Water pump, alternator, steering pump, compressor, and fluid resivours, will vary slightly in location, but easy to distinguish and adjust for. Study the pte trip that Old School mentioned and you will be fine. I went to the Swift Academy in Phoenix, AZ. The Pre Trip there was not nearly as detailed as Daniels. In the grand scheme of things, the PTI will be the easiest thing you'll have to do in school. Good Luck!

6 string rhythm's Comment
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I'll reiterate. In regard to identifying parts and where they are on specific tractors, perhaps looking at Daniels' thread would help, as long as you realize it references a Freightliner. Again, the components are so general, pre-trip study guides are covering parts that will be on all tractors.

But ... study the pre-trip in a way that your specific school tests for that knowledge - that means using the resources they gave you. That's very important. How the info is organized while studying will help in demonstrating that knowledge in a way your school wants. Use your school's materials so you don't miss how they want you to recite the info. I actually memorized the information when I studied it. The pre-trip covers required info that the DOT wants CDL holders to know and understand, which means it will be the same info across the board no matter what school you go to, BUT schools will sometimes want to see that knowledge demonstrated in a very specific order, or they will add their own required knowledge to that general knowledge mandated by the DOT. You'll more than likely take a pre-trip test for your school and a licensed examiner when testing for your CDL.

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.

DOT:

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.

HowlingWolves's Comment
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Thank yoou !!!

Go up to the top of this page and put "pre trip my way" into the search bar. That should take you to Daniel B's pre trip notes with photos. See if that helps. It's on a Freightliner, but it should prove helpful to you.

Old School's Comment
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Completely agree with Six String on this. You've got to know what your school wants to hear - that's critical. Their system is set up to help you succeed and get your CDL in your state with your examiners. Each of us will usually develop their own form or method of doing the pre-trip inspection after you're driving your own truck.

What is beneficial about studying Daniel's guide is it helps people who don't have a clue of what they are looking for when it comes to identifying the various parts of the vehicle.

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.
HowlingWolves's Comment
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Yea that makes sense for the most part

I noticed your profile says you're in CDL school. You should do your pre-trip as they want it done. Using somebody else's study sheets or even this website's resources for a pre-trip could be confusing or make it difficult to retain and regurgitate the information in a way that is satisfactory for your school. In fact, I did not use the resources on this website when doing my pre-trip preparation, because my school was specific about how they tested on the information, and also prepared us specifically for the examiners that they brought in for the CDL exam. I used this website exclusively for preparing myself for all the written exams for my CDL - e.g. General Knowledge, endorsements, etc... What I did was turn all the sheets my school gave me into flash cards myself. It was a lot of work, but all part of the studying process. You might have to do the same. It shouldn't matter what tractor you test on, it's just general info to pass the CDL exam - not truck specific per se.

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.
HowlingWolves's Comment
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Yeah my actual test date is friday and i just wanna learn the basis i have most of everything down but its just that whole when i get home i dont have a truck in front of me to look at the parts and say it

The Manufacturer of the Truck really doesn't matter. They are all very similar. The only real differences will be under the hood. Water pump, alternator, steering pump, compressor, and fluid resivours, will vary slightly in location, but easy to distinguish and adjust for. Study the pte trip that Old School mentioned and you will be fine. I went to the Swift Academy in Phoenix, AZ. The Pre Trip there was not nearly as detailed as Daniels. In the grand scheme of things, the PTI will be the easiest thing you'll have to do in school. Good Luck!

HowlingWolves's Comment
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Yeeeees thats what i need pictures mainly to look at when im not infront of the truck

Completely agree with Six String on this. You've got to know what your school wants to hear - that's critical. Their system is set up to help you succeed and get your CDL in your state with your examiners. Each of us will usually develop their own form or method of doing the pre-trip inspection after you're driving your own truck.

What is beneficial about studying Daniel's guide is it helps people who don't have a clue of what they are looking for when it comes to identifying the various parts of the vehicle.

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.
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