Failed CDL Test 2nd Time

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Chad E.'s Comment
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I just failed my DOT exam the second time (in 2 weeks) and am in very low spirits. My pre-trip and road driving is great, but parallel backing, off sets, and the 90┬░alley dock is killing me on my exams. I even had an instructor tell me I am "unworthy" to drive a semi? I don't know what I should do at this time or if I should even consider a different career path. What should I do, and is this something I can get past?

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.

Redleg 69's Comment
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Chad hang in there and just keep practicing ANYTIME you can . The instructor that told you that you were "unworthy" doesn't need to be an instructor then. because if he was a decent instructor he wouldn't have aid anything but SHOWED you what you were doing wrong and how to adjust to it and had you keep practicing that .

Steve L.'s Comment
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It seems to me the "instructor" either isn't instructing, or this really isn't your strong suit. However, can you seek help from other instructors at the school? Can they watch your maneuvers to tell you what you're doing wrong? I would think that after the first failed test, they'd have spent considerable time working with you before putting you up to test again.

If this is a private school, they stand to benefit by having a turnaround student who can brag about their ability to help you succeed. Keep your head up and see if you can get help at the school. If there aren't other instructors, ask this one why you're "unworthy." If he can offer solutions or suggestions, that's something you can work with. If he only offers attitude, you can't do anything with that.

Good luck!

Roanpony's Comment
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Not sure what your instructors at your school have done to help you with your backing skills, but there are other things you can try to help you get it figured out. If there's something I'm not sure how to do, I check out youtube. Concerning backing skills, there are numerous videos with various ideas to put it in the box. I recently took my CDL test after a 25 year hiatus from truck driving. I have backed up alot of different kinds of smaller trailers over the years so I'm familiar with backing concepts, but had never parallel parked a tractor trailer and wasn't sure how I would go about it. Watched some youtube videos and found some ideas that worked for me. I suspect if I went to a school and tried to do it their way, it might have been a struggle. Different people find different ways to accomplish the same thing.

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.
Matthew N.'s Comment
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Can I ask what school city state? I'm currently on 2nd week at suburban truck driving in romulus mi.

Larrisa L.'s Comment
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Your okay just keep practicing, i failed twice too because i was not good with the parallel parking or 90-degree parking. Just keep trying i passed my 3rd time and it feels sooooo good when you passs and have your cdl in your hands. As long as you try hard to be a better driver your not unworthy. Its okay to be sad, just dont give up.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Mike D.'s Comment
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In your brain, pretend your the jolly green giant and visualize yourself lifting the front of that dam trailer and pushin it where you want it...

Do it now for an hour....

That parellel move seems silly now doesnt it?

Just think of it like that for as long as you can....then, on the day of the test, the jolly green giant got lazy, doesnt want to get up and move the trailer by hand, so he's gonna use this funny looking tractor thingy and push the trailer where he wants it

Do it as slow as you can and still be able to see where the trailer is going, sometimes, if your slow enough, youll have time/space for an extra correction without doing a pull-up

Another thing, if you have been using mirrors on both sides, try using only one.....If you have only been using one, then try both

And finally...consider LTL?....LOL....dont gotta back doubles!!

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Johnny 3's Comment
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It took me 4 tries to pass the backing test for my cdl...that wasn't even 5 months ago yet... now i am out here everyday sometimes backing into places much harder than the cones at tbe d.o.t. If your instructor isn't much help ...there are some helpful videos on youtube if you look for them...just take the initiative to study outside of class if possible & practice practice practice every chance you get...you'll get there eventually & this will be a memory.

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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