I Failed By CDL State Test Twice...

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Francisco E.'s Comment
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I feel pretty crappy and down right now.

first time I failed is cause I lost points on the straight lined and pointed out on second maneuver offset.

second time I failed is cause lost 10 points on straight line and pointed out on 3rd maneuver alley dock.. I know my straight line. Its just that i thought I passed the last set of cones when I got out and looked. But there was another set of cones I should've passed. It was stupid of me. I make dumb mistakes when I am nervous. Did my offset close to perfect. (used one pull up). But I pointed out on my 3rd maneuver alley dock.

My alley dock I get it done successful 80% of the time and usually use 6 points. (what sometimes gets me on alley dock is if I get stuck long ways between the maneuver wall and the border wall.)

My plan is to do whatever it takes. The school in MO will give me another chance.

G-Town's Comment
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Sorry to hear that.

There is no substitute for practice and repetition when it comes to skills and of course, confidence. Get as much as you can before the next test.

You’ve got to nail the straight line with zero points saving them for the more complicated maneuvers. When doing the straight line make sure you are already set-up in a straight line, centered between the cones. Go slow in reverse and make only minor corrections when you see the trailer drifting off-track. Use both your mirrors as you do this, alternating between left and right. Know where you are in relation to the course at all times.

One of the best ways to limit oversteer is grip the steering wheel at its lowest point, in the center, palms down. Your elbows tucked into your sides. This technique makes it almost impossible to over steer and/or over correct in the straight line backing maneuver.

Practice, practice and more practice.

Just Mitch's Comment
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Don’t beat yourself too badly. I went to Prime in May of 2018. Was doing so horribly that I left without testing. October 2018 I went to Roehl and was able to pass test but couldn’t handle practical/real world driving(mostly backing). Now I’m with swift almost a full year. Hang in there

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