CDL A Road Test Exam PASSED :))))

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Marcin M.'s Comment
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Hello guys,

Quick update from a reader of the forum. After graduation from driving school on Tuesday, I passed a road test next day in the morning and added couple more endorsements afternoon. What an experience it was. I arrived early to exam location - huge parking lot - and spotted examinator placing cones around. I drove closer to ask where can I park my car, opened my window and started with “Good morning, Sir...” noticing with closer look that examinator is a...woman...oooops :) Then I was waiting for school instructors bringing trucks (3 in total) and sure enough I was assigned to the oldest one with “problematic” transmission and more problematic instructor who recently do only truck deliveries to exam sites. I was aware of him and instructed not to make any conversation with him but other instructor advised me to clean my mirrors and gave me his tools . I thought it was a good idea because that was very sunny day. Sure enough I was not allowed to get close to my truck but it was not a big deal. I brought cleaning kit back and went to my car to pick up something. When I came back to exam site I just heard people yelling each other, throwing F-bombs, waiving arms. That was mine instructor who jumped on the other one for sending me to take care of this poor mirrors. Examinators were speechless and they told me that they never seen something like that before :) Anyway, I could not start my truck at the beginning what added little more stress to whole situation but begun pushing and realising a clutch and it worked out :) Break check and pre-trip overall was a piece of cake. Straight back went smoothly, I had some uncertain moment during off-set and after 2 pull ups and 2 get outs I parked successfully during third maneuver. Examinator removed front cones and we went to hit the road. First stop sign still on the exam site and the tractor stalled :))) Unfortunately that was a “model” which required more fuel added to start from 2nd gear. Shifting was not easy at all and involved a lot of “play” in clutch range. After countless lefts and rights in NY morning traffic, railroad crossing, emergency stop simulation, I noticed that examinator got comfy in his seat, stop watching mirrors and what was in front of him, was more busy with his tablet. That was a moment when I thought “It is good...” If I will not screw something, that will be good end of this crazy morning. And it was. But not for all students. Only 2 of 6 from our group passed. I went to other town where I had appointment for additional endorsements and DMV people were suprised that I could be able to make same day appointment for road and computer test. It was almost big problem for them and they said system will not allow them to do that. I asked politely if they can try. They did and system was more cooperative :) It is time to change a class on my dl, take care of fingerprints, send another aplication to hazmat department, decide about employer and start trucking in the real world...

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations Marcin! That sounds like a day that you won't soon forget. Trucking will provide you with lots of days like that! It is a never ending adventure.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Awesome news! Please keep us updated on your journey.

PackRat's Comment
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Congratulations!!!

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