Advice For My CDL Test

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TruckingMama's Comment
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Please help me out, I’m a student at Excel driver services (an amazing school) and I’m doing really good with all of my training except backing. I can straight back almost perfectly but when it comes to the offsets and parallel maneuvers I’m almost there but not quite getting it for some reason. ANY advice would really help. I took my test today and failed miserably with 13 pull ups for the right off set maneuver. I’m testing again on Monday and I’d really like some feedback please! Also if there is anyone willing to let me practice in their big rig before Monday so I can get more time behind the wheel that maybe I could pay once I get into my first trucking job (I have no money right now) that would be appreciated as well. I know it’s probably unlikely but thought I’d ask for any and all help. Thank y’all!!

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Without knowing the problems you're having it's difficult to help. The instructors at your school are your best for help as they are the ones who are seeing what you're doing wrong.

You will find it very difficult to find someone to let you use their truck. Ask the school for more time in their trucks.

Good luck.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

John S.'s Comment
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You will find it very difficult to find someone to let you use their truck. Ask the school for more time in their trucks.

It was very difficult for me to get more time with the school as well. I ended up deciding that the DMV behind the wheel tests were my training. The testers were not amused. Shantiwa probably has a lot higher chances than I did since she's a cute female.

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.

Banks's Comment
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Shantiwa probably has a lot higher chances than I did since she's a cute female.

What's with dumbassery on this site lately? You push one out to get another.

What "higher chances" would she have? Do you expect someone to risk their job to help a "cute female"? Do you not think that a tester can be a female?

The testers were not amused.

Color me surprised. You seem to have a habit of saying stupid things.

RealDiehl's Comment
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As stated, it's difficult to offer advice on how to correct a problem if we aren't there to see it. The purpose of the pull up on an offset is to get yourself aligned so you can just straight-back right into your space. If you complete the steps of the offset and your trailer is pointing towards the left side of the box just turn your wheel slightly to the left and pull forward slowly. You wil see in the mirror that you are straightening out. Once you have it lined up, stop, straighten the wheel, and straight-back right in. If your trailer is pointing towards the right side of the box turn the wheel slightly to the right and follow the same steps as above.

It seems counterintuitive to steer left whole pulling forward when your trailer is pointing left, but that is what you need to do, and vice versa.

Banks's Comment
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I second what Scott said. Without knowing what equipment your using (day cab, sleeper, 53f or 28 foot trailer), there's no way for us to walk you through it. Practice makes perfect and lots of people fail their first time. Don't get discouraged and don't give up.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

John S.'s Comment
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What "higher chances" would she have? Do you expect someone to risk their job to help a "cute female"? Do you not think that a tester can be a female?

I meant a higher chance at getting extra training. It was my observation that the administrator of the school I attended only gave personal extra training time to the females in the class. It's just human nature. Also, infact, my testers were female. I think you're reading what I'm saying differently than I mean it.

Color me surprised. You seem to have a habit of saying stupid things.

Aren't you an ornery little fella.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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John, you've made two posts and already none of us want you here.

It was my observation that the administrator of the school I attended only gave personal extra training time to the females in the class. It's just human nature

For you, it comes naturally, so you assume it must come naturally to everyone else. We all think that our way of seeing the world is "normal." So whatever we think, we assume most others think the same way. So you just gave yourself away. You're the type that would chase the pretty ladies and give them extra favors. Don't assume that about others.

We also tend to find what we're looking for. You expected the instructor to treat the ladies better, because that's what you would do, so confirmation bias clouded your judgment when you saw a lady getting help. Maybe she actually needed more help. Maybe she got the same. But you saw exactly what you expected to see.

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.
BK's Comment
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Please help me out, I’m a student at Excel driver services (an amazing school) and I’m doing really good with all of my training except backing. I can straight back almost perfectly but when it comes to the offsets and parallel maneuvers I’m almost there but not quite getting it for some reason. ANY advice would really help. I took my test today and failed miserably with 13 pull ups for the right off set maneuver. I’m testing again on Monday and I’d really like some feedback please! Also if there is anyone willing to let me practice in their big rig before Monday so I can get more time behind the wheel that maybe I could pay once I get into my first trucking job (I have no money right now) that would be appreciated as well. I know it’s probably unlikely but thought I’d ask for any and all help. Thank y’all!!

Shantiwa, backing problems are the bane of new drivers. I also had difficulties, so I asked my company for additional instruction. They put me out on the practice pay for half a day of practice and instruction with their best backing instructor who also happened to be a female. Maybe you could go this route with whatever company you end up working with. Backing takes time and practice, hang in there!

G-Town's Comment
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John S assessment of Banks:

Aren't you an ornery little fella

John... would you say that to his face?

Banks has his CDL John, overcame some challenges to get it and also has a very good job. You are light years away from him. We are a family here... and you Sir are an outsider.

If you want to be part of this community, stop being a jackass. No one is amused.

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.
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