I Am Not Confident But Company Wants Me To Take The Driving Test

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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Little side story from my CDL training. My instructor said he had a student who was probably the best backer he ever had. So when the guy tested out he did everything perfectly except one little thing. He backed a few inches past the rear boundary. Now he still had all his G.O.A.Ls', but he signaled he was done from the cab, got out and was informed it was an automatic fail. So, don't forget the test etiquette. It's as important as the backing itself when testing.

Same exact thing happened to the guy in my class that just cruised through everything. I could swear we went to the same class as you were telling that story.

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Hey, it took me 3 trys to pass all 3 sections of the CDL test. You have gotten some great advice. Like the others said Prime wants you to pass. Your PSD instructor gets extra money if you trifecta (pre trip, backing and road test) on your first try. You should already have had some real world backing with your PSD instructor. Good luck.

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.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I failed the backing terribly the first day. Went home and swore I was never going to make it totally devastated. Literally a half hour before my time to take the backing test the second day one of my classmates started showing me with the toy truck what I was doing wrong. Amazingly, after I did the straight line backing, I remembered every little step he showed me with that toy truck and I nailed the 45 and the 90 degree with 0 deductions. Slow and steady... You can do this if I did.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chris L's Comment
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I failed my School road test for graduation twice! I was not sure if the school was going to let me go and take the state road test that next day. The next day I took another school road test and the instructor had me drive down to the state test site. I passed that one then about an hour later I took the actual state road test and passed it. While I was in training I had allot of trouble with off-set backing when I did it at the road test no problem!- the Examiner set me up so I did the off-set to the drivers side. My box parallel gave me fits when I finally finished I was super crooked- I thought I had blown it but the Examiner passed me on and we headed out on the road test. Again I thought I had bombed it I stalled the tractor at a stop sign I was like "Oh S^&t" I quickly restarted the truck and continued back to the road test site. The Examiner high fived me and told me I had passed. Best advice I can give you is to keep your cool if you screw something up correct it and move on unless you have an unsafe act most Examiner's will give you the benefit of a doubt it's when you freeze is when they have problems.

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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The most famous truck driver of all time, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, told all of his students this about testing: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" (March 4, 1933)

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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When I went down to take my test,after the pretrip and we were driving to the skills part, he said before we took off,"You're probably very nervous right now, don't be, you have got this." And didn't say anything else except where to turn and such. When we got back he said congratulations I'll see you inside. I sat in the truck for a few minutes to absorb it all. Then turned off the truck threw the key to my instructor and went to sign the final paperwork.

You've got this, just keep in mind what you have learned and what you have to do.

Raptor

JJlearner's Comment
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Thank you all moderators and everyone else on trucking truth who helped me to get through this and also educate me about trucking Industry.

So I didn't Trifecta but this is what happened. I was able to take the test this Monday. Before taking the test I read all the comments here once again and I have to say it really helped me.

Pretrip.- I had to do the entire truck and I missed only one answer. My only worry about pretrip was that I may forgot to push tractor and trailer brake before doing the air brake test. Luckily that didn't happen.

Backing - Jesus I was so nervous last week but when I started testing I was so calm. I had to do straight line, offset right and parallel park driver side. I did all 3 with out any points :) I just did what my trainers taught me at prime and it was perfect.

Driving- I was driving perfectly fine but there is an area where there are 2 signs. 45 miles and the other sign says trucks 20 miles. I saw the sign and reduced the speed , I even told the examiner that speed limit is 20 and reduced the speed to 18miles. But it was downhill and cars were merging and I was looking at the cars and speed went up to 22 and he said I am sorry we can't continue the test since you went over the speed limit and failed me. I should have been more carefull.

So Prime was able to get me another test date today and I went and did it. I passed :)yeee. When examiner said i passed I started crying like crazy lol. My trainers who were waiting for me thought I failed again. What a feeling it was, when i graduated from college I didn't feel nothing but getting a CDL is a total different feeling.

So now I am officially a Prime Driver. Tomorrow I am going to start my TNT.

Thank you all for all your help.

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.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Marc Lee's Comment
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"So now I am officially a Prime Driver. Tomorrow I am going to start my TNT."

Zero points on backing! I am impressed!

Let cars "force" you into doing something you knew you shouldn't...

GREAT LESSON THERE! (This time it was just a retest).

Just keep doing what you have been (and will continue to be) taught!

You got this!

Congratulations!

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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That is so wonderful for you!!!!! Congratulations on a job well done and you probably exceeded 90 per cent of all students who take the test.

Feanor K.'s Comment
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Awesome job man! Personally I never felt ready at any new stage when I was getting started trucking, but if you just go with the attitude that you will do the best you can and take it slow, never failed me

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