Pre-trip Inspection Help Please

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Big T's Comment
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$1000 to teach the pretrip? I need to quit driving.

G-Town's Comment
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$1000 to teach the pretrip? I need to quit driving.

I know, right? Wanna a business partner?

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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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David D.

Did you wake up one morning and think that this the easiest job in the world? Do you know that double clutching is required? Get with it! So many have this attitude that they don't want to be committed to their employer for anything. DO YOU WANT A JOB? Then come down off the mountain and get to work.

Think about what you are asking a potential employer to trust you with.

1. $200,000 rig 2. $125,000 trailer 3. $150,000 in goods

so, now do you think they are going to trust you with all that without some type of training?? So, you can drive a car, but there is more to driving a truck than shifting. Tons more things you have to be responsible for.

I know so many people think I'm crazy to go back trucking at my age. But that is just a number.

I know I'm blunt, and may not have much tact, but I'm trying to save you the cost, but also you need humility in this profession.

So, if Raptor has ruffled any feathers out there, sorry. This is not the feel good society. You have to produce out there or your gone.

If you really want to do this right and want a career at trucking what the others have said, go to the links for Paid CDL Training Programs,

And even if you don't like the answers you get at least be a man and acknowledge that you got the drift, or don't ask the questions.

Most of the moderators and the experienced drivers here have been doing this and are at the top of their game. And they take the time to give you their knowledge and expertise. Don't shove it back in their faces just because you don't like the TRUTH.

So, David D.

Do you see where your folly is going to lead you.

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.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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"If you want a great video to teach you the proper language look up "pre-trip for Missouri CDL test youtube". It will bring up a video from C1 truck driver training in Springfield Mo. The video is 17:18 and is the prefered and recommended by the Mo. DOT inspectors. No matter what state your in you cant go wrong with the wording on this video. Hope it helps." ~Michael B.

I'm gonna check that one out! Thanks Michael =)

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

G-Town's Comment
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Joanna have you seen this?

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.
Splitter's Comment
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Joanna have you seen this?

And this video too: https://youtu.be/EfW615ZnELE

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.
David D.'s Comment
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Guys,

I'm tired of getting beaten up for asking a question. I get that it most folks here have gotten their CDL by going through company-paid training and then working for that company for a year or so. If that was the right decision for you, that's fine, but maybe there's another way. That's what I was exploring. The innuendos that I plan on switching jobs every 6 months and the like are uncalled for. No one here knows what my background is or what my particular situation is. The fact of the matter is that I have had jobs in my life and have accomplished things in my life that many here wouldn't be able to do. Just like there are folks here that have done things in their lives and have accomplished things that I couldn't. That's OK, everyone needs to live their own life. Nonetheless, I'm here asking for advice from people who do the work day in and day out. Why, because you know what's going on in the everyday world. If you think I'm heading down a bad path I do appreciate you letting me know, but you can to so in a nice sort of way. G-Town I really appreciate that you brought up the 160-hour certificate, I didn't know about it, and now I do. I have started checking into it and you're right without it things will be tough. But that's my decision. So if everyone could limit their answers to my original question or maybe point out issues with where I am going that would be great, but please do so nicely. Thank you.

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.
Tim F.'s Comment
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David...it’s more than just memorizing words. You make it sound like a rehearsal. The pre trip is one of the most important thing a driver can do. We don’t memorize words on our pre trip. We look, search, feel and listen. You want us to teach you the lingo. What happens when the instructor says....why is that important...or what are the tread depth requirements in drive tires. How about the incab pretrip? Ever do that? Air brake check? This is all stuff you just can’t do by memorizing words.

Good luck in your pursuit. I learned everything I know from Roehl Transport and the training I received there. I recommend you reconsider and try going to paid cdl route. A year really isn’t that long to commit to a company

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.
JoAnne EC's Comment
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G-Town and Splitter, I'm SLOWLY working my way through as many forum topics and threads as I can. I'm still a couple of years away from CDL training so I am absorbing and learning all I can now (and I LOVE learning all the things!). Any advice / tips are always welcome! I also love looking through everyone's trucking pix - can't wait til it's my turn to hit the road!

Stay safe everyone! =)

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.
Michael B.'s Comment
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David D. , I dont think we are trying to "beat you up" over your question or with our answers. You asked us and we are simply telling you from our knowlege and experience what you are going to have to deal with without getting trained properly. A proper training class only takes 3-4 weeks and you can chose if you want to pay for it or let a company pay for it. If you are going to work in the industry anyways why not let them pay for it? For the $2375 you are talking about paying for pre-trip and 24 hour training class you could find a reputable training school for a few hundred more and have your 160 hour certificate and owe no-one anything. We all want you to succeed in your dream of driving. Without some real form of training you will never pass the skills portion of the CDL test and certainly wont be safe on the road without at least some training.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

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