Taking My Cdl Test Tomorrow

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Whitewolf's Comment
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So i signed up with CFI and they are having me train through Truck Dynasty Driving Academy in Springfield, MO. I am going into my 4th week, though to be precise tomorrow is my 15th day of training. Have never been behind the wheel of a big rig. My only experience in shifting is from racing motorcycles which was fairly evident my first time behind the wheel. lol. Picked up my pre-trip quickly enough and have practiced my test maneuvers over the last 2 weeks. Tomorrow 6.11 I head to the DMV to test for my CDL. My only concern is I have a whole 3 hours of drive time behind the wheel. Half of that is highway miles. The instructors have said I picked up driving quickly and feel I am ready to test. Only issues I am having during driving is pressing the clutch in too far, have been getting better, and not revving the rpm high enough when downshifting. Needless to say, I am on the occasion still grinding gears. Have not stalled and know how to keep the truck from rolling back on a hill, which I know are automatic fails. I would feel better had I more time driving but I am confident enough to give this a go and do my best. I will get to drive to the dmv which will help. Understand what are automatic fails and the things like grinding the occasional gear which will count towards points. Will be testing out at Strafford. Any advice is much appreciated.

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.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Are they taking you to Carthage? If so, ask them to tell you about the small traffic light. Good luck. Pass the pretrip and the rest you have time for.

Whitewolf's Comment
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Are they taking you to Carthage? If so, ask them to tell you about the small traffic light. Good luck. Pass the pretrip and the rest you have time for.

They are taking me to Strafford. I believe its off of exit 84.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Yes. Stafford is around the corner from Prime and Wil-Trans. You may have passed it on your road driving. I think they road test in the areas TDDA takes students for road driving. By the way is Jay still there? Keep us posted.

I have my email in my profile. Feel free to contact me. I have a small group of CFI drivers who are very helpful. I will also help you as much as you can.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Whitewolf's Comment
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Yes. Stafford is around the corner from Prime and Wil-Trans. You may have passed it on your road driving. I think they road test in the areas TDDA takes students for road driving. By the way is Jay still there? Keep us posted.

I have my email in my profile. Feel free to contact me. I have a small group of CFI drivers who are very helpful. I will also help you as much as you can.

Yes. Jay is still here and a new instructor by the name of Perry. They do take us along a similar route the DMV does. Oh, I passed my cdl test. Cortney at CFI is calling me the prodigy student as I passed my test in 15 days of starting school with 0 truck driving experience. Have to stay at school for the rest of this week and start orientation Monday. Looking forward to working at CFI.

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.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Tell Jay I said hello.

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