Pre Trip

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Cody B.'s Comment
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Hey guys I have started my cdl school got three more days of class room to do then I get to go out to the range wondering if there are any tips or any really good way for me to fully understand the pre trip


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.
Banks's Comment
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Daniels is probably the best one I've seen.

Personally, I never did well with study guides and I got better with practice.

RealDiehl's Comment
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It's best to learn while actually doing it. Say the words out loud as much as you can. Watch videos to help you learn the proper terminology for the different parts you have to check. When you feel like you have a pretty good idea of where the parts are and what you need to say for each of them, watch the video without the sound. Follow along and provide the audio yourself.

Personally I wrote the pre trip out section by section, over and over. That doesn't work for everybody. Some of my students have said that watching the videos and saying the pre trip along with the video (as mentioned above) is more helpful.

Andrey's Comment
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Understanding is always helpful, but plain memorizing will do the trick just fine. You have to learn by heart two things - which parts of the truck and trailer to talk about, and what exactly to say about each part. If you remove all the repetitions, you'll have to deal only with one page of text.

Davy A.'s Comment
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I read the pre trip guide here over and over, watched a ton of videos, and our teachers at the school gave us some cool tidbits

Dan likes Sexy Big Women - Suspension, Brakes, Wheels and tires

SALE and GPS on the brakes - Settle, Air leakage test, Low air pressure warning, Emergancy/automatic spring brake test, Governor cut in/cut out, Parking brakes (tug test) and finally Service brake test.

If it holds something (air, fluid) it can leak If it has bolts, its got nuts, If its nuts its got bolts

They had some other funny ones too. I took it section by section.

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