Failed My CDL Road Test - Need Advice

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Rainy 's Comment
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Failed the CDL Exam? Don't Sweat it!

Here's an article I wrote after having failed the backing once and road test twice. It feels so long ago, and today i got a great mesage on my QC

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Three years accident free AND on time delivery!

You can do this, I did it. It is about attitude and persistence. Never give up! Think of it as a puzzle and concentrate.

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.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I start in 3rd when light or empty, I only start in 4th when bobtailing.

I agree with everyone else about the clutch, dont get too down on yourself I stalled the other day on flat ground at a light. I forgot to flip the switch down and tried to take off in 7th needless to say it didnt work.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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@grumpyoldman yea definitely not a 13 foot trailer my bad haha its a little bit more than that its not one of those 53 feet trailers like about half of a 53 haha and yea I mean my shifting is ok and I just have problems stalling out at 4 I just didn't feel confident about my driving when i went to go test probably another reason I failed and stalled out ..

@bruce and definitely 3rd gear sounds better to start off for a beginner I always had a problem stalling out even at stops from 4th gear will try 3rd gear for sure now but will also practice feeling for the clutch a bit more

Just don’t let the clutch out too fast, and don’t apply fuel before the clutch is out.

It is nothing like a car, the truck will start to move then you add fuel.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Octavio A.'s Comment
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Awesome Article Definitely Makes me feel so much better ! and thanks for your inspiring words I will keep trying until I pass that test !

Failed the CDL Exam? Don't Sweat it!

Here's an article I wrote after having failed the backing once and road test twice. It feels so long ago, and today i got a great mesage on my QC

0084948001552629966.jpg

Three years accident free AND on time delivery!

You can do this, I did it. It is about attitude and persistence. Never give up! Think of it as a puzzle and concentrate.

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.

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.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I start in 3rd when light or empty, I only start in 4th when bobtailing.

I agree with everyone else about the clutch, dont get too down on yourself I stalled the other day on flat ground at a light. I forgot to flip the switch down and tried to take off in 7th needless to say it didnt work.

That selector switch has bitten me a few times, too, lol. Especially when down shifting. I have gone from 6th to 10th a couple times. The truck definitely made her displeasure known!

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I start in 3rd when light or empty, I only start in 4th when bobtailing.

I agree with everyone else about the clutch, dont get too down on yourself I stalled the other day on flat ground at a light. I forgot to flip the switch down and tried to take off in 7th needless to say it didnt work.

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That selector switch has bitten me a few times, too, lol. Especially when down shifting. I have gone from 6th to 10th a couple times. The truck definitely made her displeasure known!

I feel so much better to know I’m not alone. Lol

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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By the way, Octavio, do you know what they call the guy/gal who graduates at the bottom of his/her med school class? Doctor.

Same with a CDL. When you do pass, you will have the same license as the rest of us.

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.
Chris L's Comment
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I stalled out on my road test also I was stopped at a four way stop and I bumped the selector switch to HI and tried to take off in 8th gear stalled it out good! I corrected the problem and got the truck restarted and made it back to the test area without any more problems. I thought I had failed because I stalled out but the Examiner passed me. I think because I didn't panic and corrected the problem without pausing it helped me. When you completely stop and look at the Examiner for some kind of guidance is when there is a problem. Of course all Examiners differ on how they grade some are by the book no deviations and some give leeway it just depends on the day and the Examiners attitude. Don't worry about no passing the first time I'm in New York and since they state started the Three Part Road Test the first time road test failures had hovered in the high 80's low 90's percentile. Good luck on your re-test.

Octavio A.'s Comment
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I stalled out on my road test also I was stopped at a four way stop and I bumped the selector switch to HI and tried to take off in 8th gear stalled it out good! I corrected the problem and got the truck restarted and made it back to the test area without any more problems. I thought I had failed because I stalled out but the Examiner passed me. I think because I didn't panic and corrected the problem without pausing it helped me. When you completely stop and look at the Examiner for some kind of guidance is when there is a problem. Of course all Examiners differ on how they grade some are by the book no deviations and some give leeway it just depends on the day and the Examiners attitude. Don't worry about no passing the first time I'm in New York and since they state started the Three Part Road Test the first time road test failures had hovered in the high 80's low 90's percentile. Good luck on your re-test.

bro! this is exactly what happened to me except I Panicked a little, already seeing all of the traffic behind me and the instructor kinda had to guide me back into place lol but I'll get it next time

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