Special Requirements For Texas Commercial Motor Vehicles Portion Of The Cdl Test

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Svetlana K.'s Comment
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Has anyone taken the cdl test in Texas? I am feeling overwhelmed by this section 14 and the farm equipment portion, where to put reflectors, lighting and so fourth. I lived in a small town but never really paid attention to this equipment. I just don't know how to retain all of this. I'm getting discouraged.

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.
Daniel H.'s Comment
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I've got an idea that may help you. Go down to the local tractor dealer (John Deere, Case, New Holland, ext) and explain what you want to know. Take your CDL guide with you and read the section while you are looking at the equipment, This will give you a real life visualization tool to help you understand what you need to learn.

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.
Starcar's Comment
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Good suggestion Daniel !!!!! I would not have thought of that !!! I really hate that they toss in questions that will never apply to a class A trucker...I got caught up in one for a bus when I took my last test to change to a WA cdl...really peeved me. With the electronic age, you'd think they'd specialize those tests.....

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.
Svetlana K.'s Comment
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When I got my license in Wa state, I had motorcycle questions. My husband told me "don't worry they won't ask those questions", yeah right!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Svetlana, I took the test in Texas, and I wish you'd take some very solid advice from me based on that fact. Throw your Texas CDL manual in the trash and concentrate on the High Road Training Program.

I was bored stiff after my first peek inside that thing, and never looked back at it after starting my way on the High Road. I aced my tests with ease and you will too if you take the High Road. It will take you where you want to be and it makes it so easy to learn and retain the material.

And at the risk of sounding like your husband, I will say that if you see any questions from that section it will not be more than one or two which simply is not numerically enough to put you in any kind of trouble with passing the test. That section in the manual is simply ridiculous, and it is barely touched on in any of the sample tests that I have seen. At the school I attended they supposedly had copies of the several different tests that are randomly selected for candidates to test from and after looking at them I saw very few if any questions from that section.

Good luck! But you won't be depending on luck if you take the High Road.

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.
Svetlana K.'s Comment
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Thank you!, Old School, I was hoping you would reply. I find the manual very boring also and have been doing the High Road sample tests. I just read that section 14 three times all ready and it just doesn't want to click with that farm stuff. I did notice some of the questions are in the general knowledge portion. I do feel alot better now, Thank ya'll all that replied, back to JUST studying High Roads.

Old School's Comment
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One more point about that section. If this helps, the main thing to remember is: on the front or front side of a box truck or a box trailer you need amber lights. On the back or back side you need red lights. And centered in the middle on the rear you need three red lights. Armed with that knowledge you'll get past any questions from that section.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Svetlana, just keep working through the program and don't worry about getting hung up on a few questions here and there. The CDL permit test and endorsement tests are pass/fail and you're going to do fantastic on them if you get through our High Road Training Program. I can't tell you how many people have come back from taking their permit exams with either perfect scores or nearly perfect and said they were "way over-prepared" for the exams. They're really not very difficult at all.

That being said, you're obviously preparing for an actual career, not just to take some test, so naturally you want to know and understand as much as possible. But honestly there's a lot of stuff they require you to learn in the CDL manual that doesn't amount to a hill of beans in the real world.

So keep working through our program with total confidence that come test time you're going to fly through it like it's nothing. Our program is highly effective. You're going to be surprised at how much you're learning and how well you'll remember it.

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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.
Charlie H.'s Comment
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Svetlana,

My wife and I justtook our test for our permit and both of us had to retake because of that darn section 14. There were several questions on the years farm tractors had to have headlights. Also questions on speed limits for trucks and school buses on Interstates, and stopping for Railroad grade crossing if hauling passengers or hazemat loads. Really a mishmash of several chapters. One other note; in Texas of course we have to be different. The Max width and heights of vehicles are in inches and the study guide here shows in feet and inches along with the federal rules. Hang in there and keep working the online test and you will be fine.

Charlie

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Svetlana K.'s Comment
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Thanks ya'll, I will be taking it next Monday, wanted to do it today but spent all day at the SSI office trying to get a new card. Thanks for the encouragement, ya'll are the only support system I have.

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