CDL Test Sunday. Start With J.B. Hunt @ Amazon January 7th!

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Marc, good luck! I just did the test 8 days ago and passed. I had a super cool examiner who was a pro at creating a relaxed atmosphere, so that really helped. I think it was mentioned by Rainy (?) that it's good to say everything you are observing and doing out loud. Examples: Traffic check, signal on, signal off, gap check when merging, cover brake, slow for intersection, train traffic check, outage check, etc etc you know the drill. This helped me immensely. Don't try to converse with the examiner just CONCENTRATE on what you are doing. Think ahead to what your next move needs to be, splitter up, splitter down, etc. is really important. Make sure your examiner puts his seat belt on, don't get caught by that old trick. Go slow enough to plan your turns so you don't hit any curbs. Make sure that your gear is low enough so you don't stall the truck at stoplights and intersection. Impeding traffic is an automatic fail. Read aloud all the pertinent signs. (Rainy: even the do not litter signs Haha) Let us know how it went. Good luck!

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Marc, good luck! I just did the test 8 days ago and passed. I had a super cool examiner who was a pro at creating a relaxed atmosphere, so that really helped. I think it was mentioned by Rainy (?) that it's good to say everything you are observing and doing out loud. Examples: Traffic check, signal on, signal off, gap check when merging, cover brake, slow for intersection, train traffic check, outage check, etc etc you know the drill. This helped me immensely. Don't try to converse with the examiner just CONCENTRATE on what you are doing. Think ahead to what your next move needs to be, splitter up, splitter down, etc. is really important. Make sure your examiner puts his seat belt on, don't get caught by that old trick. Go slow enough to plan your turns so you don't hit any curbs. Make sure that your gear is low enough so you don't stall the truck at stoplights and intersection. Impeding traffic is an automatic fail. Read aloud all the pertinent signs. (Rainy: even the do not litter signs Haha) Let us know how it went. Good luck!

Thanks Bruce K. He won't think I'm insane?

Practiced in personal vehicle last Saturday night. Read every road sign outloud for about 4 miles on the interstate including exits, cross streets and mile markers every 2 tenths! With about 5 highways running together, merging and unmerging, exits every mile or less, it was very challenging. Don't think I'll get caught on the "what did that sign say!"

"Covering my brake" probably a great one.

Told to wear a hat with a visor and make obvious head turns when checking mirrors too...

Interstate:

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

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Yeah, the hat trick is a good one, nobody told me that. I thought I had my head on a swivel the entire time and the examiner told me at the end there were instances where I should have done more traffic checks. The key is to get into your Zen and relax. Easier said than done. I know. I'm cheering for you, fellow Cheesehead

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