CDL-B Testing Options

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LillyyyC's Comment
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Hi all - I've completed enough training hours that I could test for my CDL-B, and I feel pretty confident that I could pass the test. However the truck owner / trainer might not let me use the vehicle he lets other students test on because I made a couple beginner mistakes that I'm confident I won't make again. Once I Got Out To Look and forgot to put the air brake on which I know is very dangerous, it slipped my mind as I was just practicing in a flat empty lot but now I'm careful to do it every time. And a couple more minor things. If I have completed the required number of training hours, I'm wondering if there are other ways I could find to move forward with testing even if I can't use the vehicle I trained on...

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi all - I've completed enough training hours that I could test for my CDL-B, and I feel pretty confident that I could pass the test. However the truck owner / trainer might not let me use the vehicle he lets other students test on because I made a couple beginner mistakes that I'm confident I won't make again. Once I Got Out To Look and forgot to put the air brake on which I know is very dangerous, it slipped my mind as I was just practicing in a flat empty lot but now I'm careful to do it every time. And a couple more minor things. If I have completed the required number of training hours, I'm wondering if there are other ways I could find to move forward with testing even if I can't use the vehicle I trained on...

No idea where you're located (not in your profile,) but if you call around to your local 'truck driving academies,' ie: Roadmasters, TDDI, community colleges, etc... you could see if they have a 'one day' deal where you can test on their equipment, for a fee of around $300 (perhaps.)

That was a HUGE mistake, by the way.. could be a 'career killer' in more ways than one!

Good luck;

~ Anne ~

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.

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.
LillyyyC's Comment
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Hi Anne a very belated thank you for telling me about the renting for test option! I am in Vermont. I did wind up being able to use the vehicle I trained on to test and I have my Class B now. It's really good to know about this site and all the info people have taken the time to gather here. ✌

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hi Anne a very belated thank you for telling me about the renting for test option! I am in Vermont. I did wind up being able to use the vehicle I trained on to test and I have my Class B now. It's really good to know about this site and all the info people have taken the time to gather here. ✌

Most welcome, m'lady!!!

Class B drivers are in HIGH demand, here in Ohio; the schools are actually paying PARENTS $700/year to drive their OWN kids to and fro school, for this 2021/22 school year.

I might be driving a school bus myself, before long, haha!!

Thanks for stopping back; hope all stays great & don't be a stranger, Lily!

~ Anne ~

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