Passed My Permit Test And All The Endorsements But Haz (starting School)

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David A.'s Comment
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Hi everyone My name is Dave I am In cali going to school started today for the walk around inspection class. Got a little nervous when I started the class at the condition of the supplied equipment. the first thing i noticed is that the passenger side hub was leaking oil and the trailer e brake was disabled the red knob did not work and that the trailer e brake would not work.. the instructor said when performing the trailer brake e brake test just pretend to do it and explain to the examiner the test procedure and everything would be fine. Just asking for your thoughts on this matter. thanks in advance Dave.

PackRat's Comment
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Welcome to the Trucking Truth site, Dave!

I'm going to guess this is not a company-sponsored school you're attending?

David A.'s Comment
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No its a Private school in California

PackRat's Comment
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Do the best you can with the equipment they have to offer, I guess. That's one big problem with small schools: crappy equipment in sub-par condition.

You are 35 miles southeast of me right now, so it's a small world. I have a delivery in Emeryville in a few hours.

Banks's Comment
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the first thing i noticed is that the passenger side hub was leaking oil and the trailer e brake was disabled the red knob did not work and that the trailer e brake would not work.. the instructor said when performing the trailer brake e brake test just pretend to do it and explain to the examiner the test procedure and everything would be fine. Just asking for your thoughts on this matter. thanks in advance Dave.

That's insane. I've spoken to people that got told to kick rocks by a state examiner because of faulty equipment. And with all the things going against you because you have no experience to fall back on, you have equipment you can't rely on. Check out Stevo Reno experience with the California state test.

G-Town's Comment
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...and the trailer e brake was disabled the red knob did not work and that the trailer e brake would not work.. the instructor said when performing the trailer brake e brake test just pretend to do it and explain to the examiner the test procedure and everything would be fine

Fine?

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No honest and responsible instructor will accept this. Two things; first, impossible for them to evaluate your ability to perform the full brake test. Second the truck is not road worthy and unsafe to drive on a public road.

If I were the State CDL examiner, I wouldn’t set foot in that truck and not allow you to take it out. It’s dangerous in that condition and God knows what else is wrong with it.

The instructor who suggested this approach to passing the CDL in-cab test is totally FOS and/or they have the State Examiner on the take. Total BS.

Another compelling and blatantly obvious endorsement for Paid CDL Training Programs

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.
David A.'s Comment
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Well a few weeks into school not any more impressed. Instructors come and go fast was only in a week and one quit and one never showed up. I am making the best out of it and and us students are helping the new students as much as we can i help with the pre trip and brake inspection and even re wrote the instruction guide for pre trip. (theirs was all over the place and not in order that you would inspect). equipment keeps breaking down on the yard but the road and test truck seems fine( hard to get into third may be just me) still need work on down shifting and my backing skills needs some work but i havent hit to many things on road so i guess its ok. I would advise people checking on schools to look at their equipment and try to talk to students before signing any papers. but if you have ended up in a not so good place study hard and take it on yourself to learn your skills to pass the test. im thinking ill be testing around the 11th or so and the videos on here are very helpful, thanks guys for the advice everyone and the instructional posts keep it up.

icecold24k's Comment
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Good to see that you are still hanging in there and you seem to have a good attitude. That is terrible about the equipment and the situation there. This is a huge reason why on this forum it is usually suggested to go the Company Sponsored Training route. Best of luck there and do update to let us know how this all turns out.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

David A.'s Comment
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Hi Everyone Got an update for ya as bad as the school seemed I have managed to get my class A. Test was a little shaky but passed nonetheless ( I had to fix the Trailer brake lights before my examiner failed the truck) i had re written their school handout for the pretrip and brake test so it was in a format that anyone could understand. i had been applying to various companies and got invited to orientation From Knight Transportation and I leave for Reno on the 3rd of november. thanks for having this sight i think it helped me a lot

Army 's Comment
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Congrats David. I am sure you know there are a couple of Knight drivers active in the forum.

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