CDL Permit Exam

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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PS: no company cares about your permit test. Just bone up on what you now know you need to study, take the test again and move forward.

Ken M. (TailGunner)'s Comment
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"What a PIN in MY balloon!"

LOL never heard that one before.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Texas does have a special section. I don't really know why, but all you have to do is study that section from the Texas manual.

That's true. It's "Section 14: Special Requirements for Texas Commercial Motor Vehicles"

You can download the Texas CDL manual and study that one section. We're going to add that to the High Road but haven't gotten to it yet.

By the way, is your name really "Truth"?

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.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
Army 's Comment
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LOL, I have to comment. I like how "Truth" ALL CAPS stuff when he wants to attract attention to it, like I won't read it all anyway. I hate ALL CAPS...why yell at us lol...

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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No company can access or cares how many attempts it took to pass your test. All they care about is you having a CDL.

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.
Scott D.'s Comment
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The "written test" is the easiest part of the CDL imo. its the hands on part that will make or break you

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.
Doug C.'s Comment
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Hi John, welcome to the form. I can't add to much to what has already been suggested about the High Road Program. It's wonderful. Before I discovered Trucking Truth I started studying the Minnesota manual. But I took it a step further. I used a study plan in college that really helped me. I would wright everything down in question and answer form and then quiz myself on the material over and over. Currently, I bought a sketch book and wrote down every question and answer I could think of to help study for the DOT exam. With the High Road and my own study I passed with an "A." In my sketch book I also have sections for the Pre-Trip Inspection and backing maneuvers, with diagrams and pictures, plus other miscellaneous stuff of interest. If you study the H.R. and your states manual you will do fine. Good Luck. I head for school May 5.

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Ed L.'s Comment
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My experience has been that the High Road Program worked for me, twice, in the state of Indiana. I got my CLP the first time with all endorsements without any failures back in August '18, but didn't follow through with my plan to get into trucking. However, after waiting over 6 months and my CLP expiring, I've again passed the tests with no failures for the second time around with the plan of attending a 4 week trucking school in mid May '19 before heading off to Nuusbaum. It was a great tool. I believe Trucker Truth training was instrumental in successfully getting me to this point. The test questions weren't exactly from the training material, but I was able to take what I learned and apply it to the questions asked on the test.

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

John L.'s Comment
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Im going to make a huge career change at the age of 50. Going to school in St. Louis in a couple months. Any info on passing the permit exam would be really helpful. Thanks all.

Thanks all for the info. Im super excited but nervous at the same time.

Old School's Comment
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Hey John, many of us in here made this transition in our fifties. I started trucking as a second career at age 53. It's been very rewarding, but it is challenging at the beginning. If you hang tough and figure out how the career works you can do very well coming in at a mature age.

We've got some really great podcasts and articles to help you while making the transition. Here's a couple of links to get you started on finding some of our valuable information. The first one is a Podcast, and the second one is an article.

Why You Should Stick With Your First Company For One Full Year

What It Takes To Be A Top Tier Driver

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