Getting Class A License Is So Hard

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Alex G.'s Comment
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I’ve attended 3 class A trucking schools which were Government funded. I’ve used up all the hours of training at each trucking school but was not able to improve on the backing up skills. So I was never given the opportunity to test out at the DMV with these three truck in schools.

I am now attending a 4th trucking school but this time It’s through an employer who is authorized to issue the class A license. I barely passed my backing up skills on my first try with this company but now I failed my road test twice. I am already over 12 weeks into my training with 8 hours of 1 on 1 training. I’ve been given the most time to train and I am the last person to get the license and possibly the first person to flunk from this program. Two trainees who started well after I did with this program were able to pass the road test and get their class A license. I have one more attempt to pass the road test. I’ve read up and took notes on how to drive a 10 speed and I still cannot seem to keep it in gear put it in the correct gear. I just want someone to know how much effort I put into this and I am still not able to get this license.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Old School's Comment
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Hello Alex, and welcome to our forum!

Hey, it sounds like you're really struggling. Is this typical for you when trying to learn something new?

You're now in your fourth program and it sounds like you still aren't really grasping what it takes to pass the driving test. We've seen a lot of people who failed their tests and then went on to pass it after a few more attempts. It's not unusual at all to fail the test a few times, but it is unusual to go through three or four schools and not even get to take the test at your first three.

What are you planning on doing with that license? To be honest with you, passing the test is much less difficult than being a rookie driver trying to drive a truck for a living. Do you think you're up for the challenges that lie ahead? I have no way of knowing how you'd do, but with the level of angst you're experiencing now I'm quite concerned about your understanding of what you're getting into. I don't want to discourage you but maybe this isn't the best career choice for you right now. Do you have some other skills you can use to earn an income? What type of trucking job were you expecting to get into?

You didn't even mention what is oftentimes the hardest part of the testing for people pursuing a class A license - the pre-trip inspection. How are you doing on that part? Are you able to memorize all the pieces and the proper wording?

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Alex G.'s Comment
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Please excuse the report on you I clicked on the wrong button. I just want to mention to you that to succeed in anything you have to go through **** that is ****ing difficult and of story.

Hello Alex, and welcome to our forum!

Hey, it sounds like you're really struggling. Is this typical for you when trying to learn something new?

You're now in your fourth program and it sounds like you still aren't really grasping what it takes to pass the driving test. We've seen a lot of people who failed their tests and then went on to pass it after a few more attempts. It's not unusual at all to fail the test a few times, but it is unusual to go through three or four schools and not even get to take the test at your first three.

What are you planning on doing with that license? To be honest with you, passing the test is much less difficult than being a rookie driver trying to drive a truck for a living. Do you think you're up for the challenges that lie ahead? I have no way of knowing how you'd do, but with the level of angst you're experiencing now I'm quite concerned about your understanding of what you're getting into. I don't want to discourage you but maybe this isn't the best career choice for you right now. Do you have some other skills you can use to earn an income? What type of trucking job were you expecting to get into?

You didn't even mention what is oftentimes the hardest part of the testing for people pursuing a class A license - the pre-trip inspection. How are you doing on that part? Are you able to memorize all the pieces and the proper wording?

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Alex, I am a professional. I conquer problems everyday out here. I know all about the difficulties. I had hoped to try and help you. That's why I asked you a lot of questions. Your answers to them might help us know how to help. All you did is respond with your philosophy on how to succeed...

to succeed in anything you have to go through **** that is ****ing difficult and of story.

So far that hasn't helped you. Maybe you could go back through my first response and answer a few of my questions.

Alex G.'s Comment
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I ****ing failed my third and final attempt at the Road test after being 12 weeks into my training that’s it for me.

PackRat's Comment
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You do need help. Unfortunately, it seems we may not be able to provide it here.

Alex G.'s Comment
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It took me three months to memorize the pre-trip inspection. I also was able to discover my method of learning because of this.

Hello Alex, and welcome to our forum!

Hey, it sounds like you're really struggling. Is this typical for you when trying to learn something new?

You're now in your fourth program and it sounds like you still aren't really grasping what it takes to pass the driving test. We've seen a lot of people who failed their tests and then went on to pass it after a few more attempts. It's not unusual at all to fail the test a few times, but it is unusual to go through three or four schools and not even get to take the test at your first three.

What are you planning on doing with that license? To be honest with you, passing the test is much less difficult than being a rookie driver trying to drive a truck for a living. Do you think you're up for the challenges that lie ahead? I have no way of knowing how you'd do, but with the level of angst you're experiencing now I'm quite concerned about your understanding of what you're getting into. I don't want to discourage you but maybe this isn't the best career choice for you right now. Do you have some other skills you can use to earn an income? What type of trucking job were you expecting to get into?

You didn't even mention what is oftentimes the hardest part of the testing for people pursuing a class A license - the pre-trip inspection. How are you doing on that part? Are you able to memorize all the pieces and the proper wording?

I’ve attended 3 class A trucking schools which were Government funded. I’ve used up all the hours of training at each trucking school but was not able to improve on the backing up skills. So I was never given the opportunity to test out at the DMV with these three truck in schools.

I am now attending a 4th trucking school but this time It’s through an employer who is authorized to issue the class A license. I barely passed my backing up skills on my first try with this company but now I failed my road test twice. I am already over 12 weeks into my training with 8 hours of 1 on 1 training. I’ve been given the most time to train and I am the last person to get the license and possibly the first person to flunk from this program. Two trainees who started well after I did with this program were able to pass the road test and get their class A license. I have one more attempt to pass the road test. I’ve read up and took notes on how to drive a 10 speed and I still cannot seem to keep it in gear put it in the correct gear. I just want someone to know how much effort I put into this and I am still not able to get this license.

Hello Alex, and welcome to our forum!

Hey, it sounds like you're really struggling. Is this typical for you when trying to learn something new?

You're now in your fourth program and it sounds like you still aren't really grasping what it takes to pass the driving test. We've seen a lot of people who failed their tests and then went on to pass it after a few more attempts. It's not unusual at all to fail the test a few times, but it is unusual to go through three or four schools and not even get to take the test at your first three.

What are you planning on doing with that license? To be honest with you, passing the test is much less difficult than being a rookie driver trying to drive a truck for a living. Do you think you're up for the challenges that lie ahead? I have no way of knowing how you'd do, but with the level of angst you're experiencing now I'm quite concerned about your understanding of what you're getting into. I don't want to discourage you but maybe this isn't the best career choice for you right now. Do you have some other skills you can use to earn an income? What type of trucking job were you expecting to get into?

You didn't even mention what is oftentimes the hardest part of the testing for people pursuing a class A license - the pre-trip inspection. How are you doing on that part? Are you able to memorize all the pieces and the proper wording?

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.

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Alex G.'s Comment
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I’ve already failed my road test three times already. If I get kicked out from this training program I’ll just continue my work history as a Commercial Licensed Class B driver with tanker and hazmat endorsement. I will however would like to remove that manual transmission restriction from my class B license, Get better at driving a manual transmission and then in the future try to get my class A license with an automatic transmission get better at driving a semi truck with an automatic transmission and then remove the manual transmission restriction dead last.

Hello Alex, and welcome to our forum!

Hey, it sounds like you're really struggling. Is this typical for you when trying to learn something new?

You're now in your fourth program and it sounds like you still aren't really grasping what it takes to pass the driving test. We've seen a lot of people who failed their tests and then went on to pass it after a few more attempts. It's not unusual at all to fail the test a few times, but it is unusual to go through three or four schools and not even get to take the test at your first three.

What are you planning on doing with that license? To be honest with you, passing the test is much less difficult than being a rookie driver trying to drive a truck for a living. Do you think you're up for the challenges that lie ahead? I have no way of knowing how you'd do, but with the level of angst you're experiencing now I'm quite concerned about your understanding of what you're getting into. I don't want to discourage you but maybe this isn't the best career choice for you right now. Do you have some other skills you can use to earn an income? What type of trucking job were you expecting to get into?

You didn't even mention what is oftentimes the hardest part of the testing for people pursuing a class A license - the pre-trip inspection. How are you doing on that part? Are you able to memorize all the pieces and the proper wording?

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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