Pre-Trip Inspection Preparation

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Doug C.'s Comment
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I'm currently studying for the pre-trip inspection . I will be starting school May 6 with CRST in Cedar Rapids, and want to get a head start on as much as possible before I get there. I just printed Daniel's Pre-trip guide and was wanting to know if all the wording and phrases has to be memorized exactly? I don't have a problem with that, I just want to learn things the proper way so I don't have to unlearn something when I get to school. I've also been watching videos on backing maneuvers and road tests. I have also watched the videos on the pre-trip that's posted on the High Road Training program. I found the Apex video to be really helpful. The Complete Pre-Trip Inspection video has been removed. Thanks for any advise.

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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If you use and memorize Daniel's sheet you will pass. Just learn where the items are on the truck you'll be testing on. All trucks are not laid out the same. Good luck.

Doug C.'s Comment
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Thank you Big Scott.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Isn't MillionMiler a trainer there? Daniel's pretip is very helpful. The biggie is to understand what you're looking at and looking for, so know and understand why you're checking particular things

Doug C.'s Comment
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Million Miler is a trainer there. He suggested a good video which I watch but the sound goes out about half way through. I have a basic understanding of the systems, but I have a lot to learn. Thanks Susan.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Doug, in a perfect world you would memorize it word for word. But it’s like grenades, you can be effective by getting pretty close. In school and for the road test there was a lot of room for your own wording. Very few examiners are that picky

Doug C.'s Comment
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Thanks Bruce, that's nice to know. When I went to surgical tec. school I had to memorize all the different instruments and their different names from what surgeons referred to them in different parts of the country. But now days my memory isn't quite as good as it was then, but I'm sure I can do it, just take a bit longer.

JJlearner's Comment
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Hi doug all I did was studying Daniel's Pre-trip pdf file. I watched few youtube videos just to get the basic understanding of parts and location, after that I was just reading Daniel's file. When I took the test I said the exact words from that and i got 89 or 90 and the guy who tested me went and told my trainer that "He is good"

I kind of liked this video. If you get a chance please check.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxANqIaOccGlY5NRQ7FAoJ1iUnwIfph2z

Doug C.'s Comment
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Thanks JJ. I really appreciate your input. I will checkout that video.

millionmiler24 (CRST Amba's Comment
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Million Miler is a trainer there. He suggested a good video which I watch but the sound goes out about half way through. I have a basic understanding of the systems, but I have a lot to learn. Thanks Susan.

Doug check your email. I emailed you pics of the PreTrip guide I had when I went through NADTA. It’s accurate as of June 2017. Just hope nothing has changed since then. They should give ya one when ya get there similar to mine. 😜

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