Little Frustrated

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MC1371's Comment
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Failed my CDL test today :( Passed pretrip no problem, got through skills even with a serious case of the yips. Get on the road and bam! First frigging turn! And I knew it was coming, I knew it's a PITA and it has to be taken slow and wide.. Nope, muffed the down shift a bit, and ended up dragging the outside trailer tandem wheel over the apex!!!

Sigh.. Well at least the weather is holding out so I'll get to enjoy another week in Memphis.

OK.. got my rant out.. I feel a little better. And no, not mad, and not blaming anyone.. My fault completely.. Just annoyed with the delay of a week to retest.

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.

Tandem:

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".

LDRSHIP's Comment
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We all need to vent from time to time. I am as guilty, if not more so, than the next guy. At least here I feel I am venting to those that understand what I am venting about. That makes all the difference.

Just use this week to refocus yourself. Look at this way, you got your frazzled run out of the way. Now you know what to expect and can go in confident and relaxed.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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That's a real bummer, and we all certainly understand how you feel. Don't let it get you down too badly. There are a lot of professional drivers out here who failed their tests several times. It's not uncommon. Hang in there and try to master those nerves next time. You'll get it, and we will be real glad to hear your report about your success.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
's Comment
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My husband hit the far curb on a divided hwy right outside the terminal. It smarts, but he's been driving a year now. But he shows me that curb every time we go past. "There's that damn curb".

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Kemo's Comment
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Hah Nancy that's great. I know I'll be looking at the Knik underpass different every time I pass it now too. Will probably point it out to someone if I have a passenger and we go by it. Might even flip it off as I drive by lol.

Don't worry MC, you're definitely not alone. Heck I failed my road test just this Monday to a curb. I know plenty of guys who wouldn't be able to pass a CDL road test today if they took one after having CDLs for years or decades even. Especially those who don't do alley docks, like...ever. I think waiting for the retest is almost just as lame as the fact of having to take a retest! It wouldn't be as bad I don't think if there wasn't a one week waiting period minimum. Especially for guys who can not practice in the meantime. I've got a 2 week minimum but it will probably be another month before I can retest due to availability of certified testers : ( Hope to hear from ya next week with a pass!

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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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
MC1371's Comment
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All Better!!

Passed today! Now on to another fun filled bus ride.

I do love the timing though, soonest I can get my CDL is next Monday, and my local terminal only does orientations on Mondays so I'll have all of next week / Thanksgiving off before I take off with a mentor.

Thank you all again for the support (again big hat tip to Brett and the Permit Test) and encouragement.

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Seminole Wind's Comment
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Way to go MC1371 . . BIG congrats on passing your test !!!!dancing-banana.gif

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Congrats. Good luck to you.

Drive Safe and God Speed.

Oh and here is a banana dancing-banana.gif

Susan D. 's Comment
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's Comment
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Good job! And now you're getting tested with your patience. That will be the main attraction for you the next whole year. Be very patient with your mentor, you're driving, the 4 wheelers, and the shippers, etc. I could go on. Best of luck in your new life.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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