I PASSED

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HeavyHauler's Comment
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I took my test at 0830 this morning. So let me tell you about my day.

1. I arrived to school 10 minutes before my instructor at around 0530 to finish my 1hr of night driving. Both trucks had been towed overnight because the company attached to the school threw a sissy fit. AND THEY RENT THE BUILDING FROM THE SCHOOL!!!!!

2. I came outside from the DMV building to do my PTI and range skills test to find a container truck parked on the pad 3 feet from the alley dock. I completed my PTI and passed my alley dock. But the truck threw me off and I had to do a pull up and received 7 encroachment points. My examiner couldn't find the driver of the container truck.

3. The DMV range pad has a huge and I mean huge hole on the entrance. So deep that you will bottom out and the landing gear will catch it and dig under the concrete. It will cause damage. As we were trying to leave the pad she made me go off to the edge to avoid the hole and the container truck with the missing driver. The difference in the terrain caused my left side drive tires to raise completely off the ground and the differential wouldn't lock. My examiner called over my instructor and her boss. Her boss said to fail me because I displayed my lack of knowledge on what to do in the real world. This ****ed my instructor off because their pad and lack of maintenance caused the issue. He argued that this is a schools truck and that she called him over. After 15 minutes of them arguing, she finally left it in the hands of my examiner. My examiner said F*** it, get in the truck and lets get out of here. From there on I racked up a whopping 3pts. I grinded 8th, coasted during that time trying to find it, and ended up skipping 8th and going to 7th after failing to catch it. So 3 points is awe...... wait for it........some!!!!!

I am now a certified CDL-A holder with double/triples, and tanker endorsement.

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.

PJ's Comment
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Congrats Sir!!!! way to rock it dancing-dog.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Fantastic man! Awesome! Really glad to hear it dancing-dog.gifdancing-banana.gif

Ya know, your day today really is a microcosm of every day in the real world of trucking. Everything is so unbelievably unpredictable it's almost like a sitcom sometimes. You really never know what's going to happen from one moment to the next. You were put in a stressful situation just with having to take the test. But then add all of that other garbage on top of it and you still nailed it like a pro. That's the kind of personality it takes to make it in this business. You have to be able to roll with things and keep your composure when it gets stressful...and it will....quite often in fact.

Awesome job man. You were handed a tough set of circumstances and you were still able to get the job done. You didn't settle for making excuses. You made it happen in spite of the challenges. That's what it takes to make it in trucking. Great job!smile.gif

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Deweykid!

As I was reading your post I was thinking exactly the same thing that Brett responded with, and I was going to say something very similar to his response, but he has a bad habit of beating me to the draw.

So, I will just say Congratulations, we are glad to have you in the family of CDL holders!

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.
Roger H.( aka Sinapu)'s Comment
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Congrats BRO . Hope my testing day is a lot more uneventful!

Troubador222's Comment
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Hey!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!! When I originally tested, we did it at the school. I was in IA and they allow the school to test out the students. But....... they also audit each class and pick 3 students to go to the DMV to test with them. You guessed it, i was picked for the lottery. I ended up doing the backing skills test with a DMV observer. I dont know how they do it in other states, but we had a system that gave us points for missing certain things, with 11 points being the maximum to still pass. I got ZERO points with the DMV test. Dont know how, because in practice, and the testing at the school, my best was 4. I just got in the truck, took a deep breath and did it. But also, the school had allowed me hours of practice before I did it, and even a few hours before I had to go down and test.

Funny how now that seems like ages ago, and in a few months you will think the same thing. Best of luck to you in your new career, and be safe out there!

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.

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