Advice For My CDL Test

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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That actually makes sense, humanizing the tester lol The tester I got is known for her bad attitude so I tried to strike up a conversation with her and just have a good time but she was super rude and then I started forgetting everything 🙄😂 My tester on Monday is a lot more laid back and likes to joke and have fun so I think that’ll help my nerves

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Any advice on calming nerves on test day

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Nope. Nothing anybody says here is going to get rid of the nerves.

There was 3 of us in my class when I was training at FedEx. I struggled the most and tested last after the first 2 passed. I also stalled out pulling out of the yard. My nerves were shot. What put me at ease was a conversation I had with the tester before the test. He told me what his expectations were, what his experience was (retired CDL driver with 20 years experience) and that he was there to pass me. All I had to do was show him what I know. Still nervous, but a little at ease.

Sometimes, a simple conversation goes a long way.

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Again, between now & then . . . I'd recommend ..Kearsey!

~ 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.
Pianoman'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.

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

Wow, first post on the site and the creeps are already coming out of the shadows. $iss off dude.

Seriously even with having gotten a grant to pay for school most people have no idea how much we’ve sacrificed just for Shantiwa to even be able to go to school at all, not to mention all the time and effort she’s been putting into learning.

Those of you saying you recommend company sponsored training are absolutely right for the reasons you listed. Like Shantiwa said, unfortunately it wasn’t an option in her case because all but one of the big companies that offer cdl training also required OTR for at least two to three months or had schedules that wouldn’t be compatible with her having two young kids at home. So, JOHN, turns out she actually has it harder being a single mom and not being able to go the normal and easiest route for acquiring her cdl and getting her first job in trucking. Even after she gets her cdl and starts her first job (there is a company that will most likely take her even though they usually don’t take newbies) she will have to start out with a local company that I’m assuming probably doesn’t even do any extra training typically. It will be way harder than most newbs have it (every cdl holder on this site already knows it is a trial by fire even on “easy” mode) but it was literally the only way she could do this.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Papa Pig's Comment
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To keep it simple. Take your time, try not to oversteer. Imagine lines extending from whatever box you are trying to get it into and use them as guides.

If you have to do a pull-up use all the room you can to try and get yourself straight with the box as you are pulling up.

You aren’t the first one to have problems and won’t be the last. Don’t give up on yourself or the job. It’s a new skill and given time it will come easy.

Good Luck!

Pitmaster's Comment
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Turn slowly and watch your left corner end while turning. Turn slow place your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel. Moving right is right left is left. turn slowly. I know its hard don't give up. watch the cones and don't hit them. you can drive forward no worries. if you miss your turning point.

Shantiwa W.'s Comment
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Thank you for all of your sacrifices to help me make it, I’m really grateful

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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.

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

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Wow, first post on the site and the creeps are already coming out of the shadows. $iss off dude.

Seriously even with having gotten a grant to pay for school most people have no idea how much we’ve sacrificed just for Shantiwa to even be able to go to school at all, not to mention all the time and effort she’s been putting into learning.

Those of you saying you recommend company sponsored training are absolutely right for the reasons you listed. Like Shantiwa said, unfortunately it wasn’t an option in her case because all but one of the big companies that offer cdl training also required OTR for at least two to three months or had schedules that wouldn’t be compatible with her having two young kids at home. So, JOHN, turns out she actually has it harder being a single mom and not being able to go the normal and easiest route for acquiring her cdl and getting her first job in trucking. Even after she gets her cdl and starts her first job (there is a company that will most likely take her even though they usually don’t take newbies) she will have to start out with a local company that I’m assuming probably doesn’t even do any extra training typically. It will be way harder than most newbs have it (every cdl holder on this site already knows it is a trial by fire even on “easy” mode) but it was literally the only way she could do this.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Shantiwa W.'s Comment
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Thank you! I’ve been putting in a lot of extra hours to get it right. I did finally get my offset which I’m really proud and excited about

To keep it simple. Take your time, try not to oversteer. Imagine lines extending from whatever box you are trying to get it into and use them as guides.

If you have to do a pull-up use all the room you can to try and get yourself straight with the box as you are pulling up.

You aren’t the first one to have problems and won’t be the last. Don’t give up on yourself or the job. It’s a new skill and given time it will come easy.

Good Luck!

Shantiwa W.'s Comment
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Thank you for your advice!

Turn slowly and watch your left corner end while turning. Turn slow place your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel. Moving right is right left is left. turn slowly. I know its hard don't give up. watch the cones and don't hit them. you can drive forward no worries. if you miss your turning point.

G-Town's Comment
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Moving right is right left is left. turn slowly. I know its hard don't give up

Backing sure is hard when you expect the trailer to go right when turning the steering wheel to the right... is this really what you meant?

Pianoman's Comment
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Moving right is right left is left. turn slowly. I know its hard don't give up

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Backing sure is hard when you expect the trailer to go right when turning the steering wheel to the right... is this really what you meant?

G Town I think he’s saying if you hold the steering wheel at the bottom instead of the top the wheel will turn left if you move your hands right and vice versa so moving hands right would steer left causing the trailer to move to the right.

G-Town's Comment
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Now that... I agree with wholeheartedly. Thanks PianoMan. (Happy New Year Bro)

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Moving right is right left is left. turn slowly. I know its hard don't give up

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Backing sure is hard when you expect the trailer to go right when turning the steering wheel to the right... is this really what you meant?

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G Town I think he’s saying if you hold the steering wheel at the bottom instead of the top the wheel will turn left if you move your hands right and vice versa so moving hands right would steer left causing the trailer to move to the right.

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