Standard Dimensions For Skills Test

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Fred D.'s Comment
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I just failed the basic skills part of my Texas CDL A test. Can someone tell me if the offset backing course is supposed to have standard dimensions? When I took my test it seemed the forward "wall" was WAY too close to the lanes I was required to offset back into. I was also told that I could not use a pull up until I had started to enter the lane I was aiming for.

After those first two blind turns, if you're not lined up perfectly, there was no room to adjust. And then even if there had been room for a pull up, you couldn't do it because I hadn't entered the lane yet.

How much room are we supposed to have between the front wall and the beginning of the lanes?

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.
Old School's Comment
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Fred, welcome to our forum! I actually can't answer your specific question about a "standard" dimension, but I hope I can redirect your focus. You're going to have to realize that people test and pass at that facility on a daily basis. That means it can be done. It also means there is "enough room." It's Not A Big Deal To Fail Your Driving Test. There are thousands of successful truck drivers out here who failed their driving test 3 or 4 times. Don't get yourself all focused on thinking they aren't giving you enough room. Honestly it sounds to me like you didn't set yourself up properly to start the maneuver, but there is certainly no way for me to know that.

You'll get it just keep at it. Did you go through a truck driving school? You should be able to get in some extra practice to hopefully build some confidence. Trust me, there are no standard dimensions out here when you're trying to make a living with that rig. I've got some places I go in the Northeast that seem impossible to get a 53 foot trailer in and out of, but somehow I manage it each time.

I've got a customer in New Jersey where once I'm in position to be unloaded my tractor is completely out in the street and blocking everyone who is headed east on that street until they get me unloaded. Tight quarters will be your constant companion out here. Just think of your driving test as a real world example of what you're getting into.

We understand your concerns. When we're testing we barely know what we are doing - that's typical for all of us. I just think you've got to get yourself focused on making it happen and away from laying the blame on others. That mentality will crush any hope of success at this career.

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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