Final Week Of Cdl School At Keenesburg

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Rick S.'s Comment
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Starting my fourth and final week at careers world wide. Should have tested last week but got held over due to blood pressure issues.

It's final week and the nerves are kicking in. Gotta smooth out my downshifting. My parallel parking is as good as it's gonna get. Straight line backing is nice and tight. Pre trip inspection is good. My in cab and brake check need work. Gotta get the proper flow down.

Odd thing is my air brake is solid but I always confuse wording on parking brake and service brake. Is parking brake considered my trailer brakes?

Rick S.'s Comment
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Oh and my off setting needs more practice

G-Town's Comment
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Rick S asked:

Odd thing is my air brake is solid but I always confuse wording on parking brake and service brake. Is parking brake considered my trailer brakes?

Not exactly. Parking brake, yellow knob is tractor. Red knob is trailer parking brakes, aka emergency brake. In many tractors, when you pull (set) the red knob for trainer, it automatically sets the tractor brakes.

Hope that helps.

G-Town's Comment
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Rick S asked:

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Odd thing is my air brake is solid but I always confuse wording on parking brake and service brake. Is parking brake considered my trailer brakes?

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Not exactly. Parking brake, yellow knob is tractor. Red knob is trailer parking brakes, aka emergency brake. In many tractors, when you pull (set) the red knob for trainer, it automatically sets the tractor brakes.

Hope that helps.

Sorry, not trainer, "trailer".

Blake W.'s Comment
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No, they're not the same. Yes, great that you want to focus on smoothing out your downshifting. Practice makes perfect. Good luck!

Rick S.'s Comment
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Passed my cdl. My downshifting still needs work but I didn't lose a point on any backing. Was amazed. Ha

Anyway. My biggest stress is upon me. Stevens transport orientation. 6 guys from our school went to Stevens last week. Only 1 is left. Stevens sent home 5 of them. One for high blood pressure( which I have) one for car accident not reported, one for seizures had when he was a kid, one for a sleep disorder and 1 for unknown reasons

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.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Well I am proud to say. I made it through orientation at Stevens. Monday morning I fly out to Seattle to meet my trainer and begin my journey.

G-Town's Comment
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Great news. Congratulations!

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