Failing ?! What Does That Really Mean?!

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Penguin 's Comment
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As my previous post stated, I have failed the CDL exam twice. I could look at this in many ways. One, I could give up and erroneously tell myself this is not for me. However, I CHOOSE to push trough and not let this determine my goal outcome. How have some of you dealt with setbacks/roadblocks toward a goal you have had?

Thanks, Maureen

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Banks's Comment
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In this career, there will always be roadblocks (no pun intended) and setbacks. Even the most experienced vet is learning something new all the time.

Many people fail that test the first couple of times for various reasons, the important thing is to think like a trucker, learn from it and build from there. No company will ask you how many times you took the test and it won't be printed on your license.

I applied to numerous paid training programs and the ones I really wanted told me no. The rest told me yes, but I declined for personal reasons. I could've quit there, but I found my current gig at FedEx freight. If you go back and look at my diary, you'll see that my training experience was more struggles and overcoming adversity than anything else. To this day, when I'm driving or backing I hear my instructor shouting instructions in my head and that's how I get though something that I feel would be impossible.

The only way to overcome obstacles is to stick with it and keep practicing to get better. Know what you did wrong and correct it on the next go round. There's a bunch of folks on here waiting to give you bananas and dancing dogs, just stick with it.

Penguin 's Comment
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Banks,

Thank you for your kind words, and I look forward to those dancing bananas soon.

😀 Thanks, Maureen

In this career, there will always be roadblocks (no pun intended) and setbacks. Even the most experienced vet is learning something new all the time.

Many people fail that test the first couple of times for various reasons, the important thing is to think like a trucker, learn from it and build from there. No company will ask you how many times you took the test and it won't be printed on your license.

I applied to numerous paid training programs and the ones I really wanted told me no. The rest told me yes, but I declined for personal reasons. I could've quit there, but I found my current gig at FedEx freight. If you go back and look at my diary, you'll see that my training experience was more struggles and overcoming adversity than anything else. To this day, when I'm driving or backing I hear my instructor shouting instructions in my head and that's how I get though something that I feel would be impossible.

The only way to overcome obstacles is to stick with it and keep practicing to get better. Know what you did wrong and correct it on the next go round. There's a bunch of folks on here waiting to give you bananas and dancing dogs, just stick with it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Many of us passed on our second or third try. Keep us posted.

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