All These Tests???

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Tom V.'s Comment
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Hey,

Well I already know that in order to obtain a CDL license, lots of testing is required. Got that. No problem, will study and learn. The question is timing.

I applied to Swift, and so far, they've sent the online training portion to me which I have been going over. I've watched the videos, and taken the tests for section 2 and 3.

When I finish the other sections, and am fully ready to take the written (at the state DMV) test, when do I take the three other skills tests, i.e. CDL Pre-Trip Inspection Test, Basic Vehicle Control, and on-road test? Is that something that's done at the academy?

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.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yes, it is at the Academy. Don't get yourself worked up. I can tell by your words how important this is. As long as you are studying and doing what is required through their process you will be fine.

Testing is a big part of getting a CDL. You have to know what it is you are doing. It is no different that becoming a Doctor. I know I will get comments on that, but...you are learning just as much. This is a skilled profession that takes a lot of work.

Those three areas that you asked about are handled during your on hand schooling. You will be Certified by Swift which means you will be tested on those things. Yes, you know that. But, they come at the end of your training. You will be taught how to do them and then tested.

Pre-trip is your knowledge of the truck and its working components. Pre-Trip Study Guide

Basic Vehicle control is your skills in backing, alley docking, parallel parking and straight line backing. I recommend going to YouTube and doing a search on each one of those for Tractor Trailers. It will help a lot.

The road test is your final test as to how you have taken everything you have learned and put it into use. You will be graded on your turns, road signs, shifting, maneuvering, perceptions ( 10-12-2) Clock formation, and general knowledge of truck operations.

Take your time. It's going to happen. Just go through the process. We are here to help any way that we can. Their are no dumb questions. Seriously! We will guide you through the best that we can.

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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.
Tracey K.'s Comment
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Yes, it is at the Academy. Don't get yourself worked up. I can tell by your words how important this is. As long as you are studying and doing what is required through their process you will be fine.

Testing is a big part of getting a CDL. You have to know what it is you are doing. It is no different that becoming a Doctor. I know I will get comments on that, but...you are learning just as much. This is a skilled profession that takes a lot of work.

Those three areas that you asked about are handled during your on hand schooling. You will be Certified by Swift which means you will be tested on those things. Yes, you know that. But, they come at the end of your training. You will be taught how to do them and then tested.

Pre-trip is your knowledge of the truck and its working components. Pre-Trip Study Guide

Basic Vehicle control is your skills in backing, alley docking, parallel parking and straight line backing. I recommend going to YouTube and doing a search on each one of those for Tractor Trailers. It will help a lot.

The road test is your final test as to how you have taken everything you have learned and put it into use. You will be graded on your turns, road signs, shifting, maneuvering, perceptions ( 10-12-2) Clock formation, and general knowledge of truck operations.

Take your time. It's going to happen. Just go through the process. We are here to help any way that we can. Their are no dumb questions. Seriously! We will guide you through the best that we can.

Breath!shocked.pngsmile.gif

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.
Tom V.'s Comment
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Thank you!

You folks are a ton of help, and this site is pretty darn helpful (ok awesome) for us newbies as well.

Yes, I have been taking the cdl training offered her and can honestly say, sure, common sense plays a big part, but there's a shipload (I did mean ship) of information that I'm learning and really didn't know. The common sense part is half true as these are semis and not four-wheelers.

Today is my birthday, I'm 45. I've been a computer person for all of my adult life. I worked for a company for more than 20 years that gave me somewhat of a stable life and pay. But after they moved me from Columbus to Portland OR in 2009, they closed that facility down exactly two years and a month after I got there and laid everyone off -Permanently (That was in 2011). So, I need to make this work. Because if you're not employed, keeping up on IT with no $$ for training, in six months, you're toast.

Yes, this is important to me, Thank you Tracey, and Bret.

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.
Tracey K.'s Comment
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Happy Birthday.

I have added you to my prayer list.

You are going to be fine.

PJ's Comment
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Tom V.'s Comment
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Hey,

Thank you for the B-day wishes guys. Guess what I did on my birthday? You guessed it, I studied on this site for cdl. LOL

I know, I know, there's got to be me time. Well, there is. After 9:00pm I logged off, stretched my eyeballs and tilted a glass on my behalf. Shortly after, my GF came home with a b-day cake. So we enjoyed a piece of cake and a cold beer to round out the evening.

It's the small things that count.

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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