Pre Trip Inspection

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MARC C.'s Comment
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Are some states more easy to pass pre inspection

Rob T.'s Comment
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The school I attended was located in Illinois and taught students from both Illinois and Iowa to their home state's requirements. I tested in Iowa, and for our pretrip everybody had to do In cab, coupling system (air/electrical lines, and 5th wheel) as well as air brakes. If you got ANYTHING wrong with air brakes it was automatic fail. Then you were randomly assigned a portion once you climbed in truck with examiner. Form A included driver door forward (tires, brakes, suspension and engine compartment). Form B included driver door back to coupling system. (door, fuel tank, exhaust, steps, tires, brakes, suspension, etc. ) as well as rear of trailer. Form C was front of trailer to the rear. (front, side and rear of trailer, landing gear, tires, brakes, suspension etc.). Illinois students didn't have separate "forms". They all had to do air brake portion perfect as well, however the remainder of their test was guided. Examiner would ask them to tell him about windshield, then maybe your mirrors then be done inside. I guess it depends on your viewpoint on which is easier. However Iowa road test was harder for students attending the school. Our test course was in Davenport. Got on I80 for maybe 3 miles, 2 real tight turns and 27 stop lights. Our school was in a little hodunk town so Illinois students only had 4 lights and only 1 tight turn.

Are some states more easy to pass pre inspection

Paul's Comment
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I'm about to test and my rule of thumb is to study til I know every bit of it. The entire pre trip on the entire truck, no shortcuts. I have a bad memory, but I did it. You can too.

Big Scott's Comment
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In most states you will have to do the coupling system and in cab. You will also have to do either the whole truck or part. Best to learn the whole thing. You will be checking the same thing on your truck every day. Search Pre trip on this forum and you will find a downloadable study guide. Good luck.

Susan D. 's Comment
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That explains so much about some Illinois trainees I had. Scary.

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