Mad, Angry, Frustrated And Disappointed With Myself.......

Topic 3808 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
member avatar

Went to the DMV today to take Doubles and triples and tanker endorsements. I did not need tanker but did it cause I had the chance. But I needed Doubles and triples. And what happens? I pass the one I really did not need. So tomorrow I can get my tanker endorsement on my CDL. Waiting to tomorrow cause I will retake the Doubles and Triples again.

Funny thing is I aced all the questions dealing with doubles and triples. No problem but in Arkansas not only do you take the endorsement test but they also throw in questions pertaining to other section of the CDL handbook. Stuff I should have already knew but somehow forgot since I first got my CDL years ago.

The questions they threw in were from section 2 of the Arkansas section of the CDL manual which deals with safety and general items that. Mainly General Knowledge stuff. One I know for a fact I got wrong was.....

If you have to leave the highway and take the shoulder what speed should you slow to BEFORE using the brakes....

A 40 mph

B 30 mph

C 20 mph

D 10 mph

Of course the answer was 20 mph but somehow I thought the answer was 40 mph. DUH!

And the other questions I missed were pertaining to following distance. While i always try to maintain a 7 second following distance it was not what they were looking for....

Under 40 mph you use a 4 second following distance. Once over 40 mph its 1 sec for every 10 feet the length of your vehicle PLUS 1 second for safety. It was the 1 second I was for getting in the calculation.

One of the questions that was asked was if driving a vehicle that is 100 feet in length at 55 mph how many seconds following distance do you need? So the answer for this one would be 13 seconds. 10 seconds for the length of vehicle plus 2 seconds cause you would round the speed up to 60 mph and add in 1 second for safety.

It was the 1 second for safety that I was forgetting.

Hopefully tomorrow I will be in a better mood and also have the "T" endorsement on my CDL also.

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
member avatar

Bummer dude. I am sure you will do just fine tomorrow.

Ernie

John B.'s Comment
member avatar

Unfortunately, things happen and we can't control them. At least you know what you got wrong.

Good luck tomorrow!

Serah D.'s Comment
member avatar

Good Luck!!!

Tarren W.'s Comment
member avatar

Good luck, Guy! Go get 'em! You've got this!!!!

Tarren

Andrew's Comment
member avatar

Your one of the most professional people on here, don't sweat it.. tomm is another day. no one can be perfect all the time ;p

Old School's Comment
member avatar

GuyJax, I've often wondered how I would do in the very scenario you are in. It seems once we've been on the road awhile we tend to forget some of the technicalities that may be presented to us in a testing situation. Kind of like the old saying "the devil is in the details" sort of thing. We can be very professional drivers and still not have all the little details down that might come up in a testing situation, simply because we haven't been familiarizing ourselves lately with them.

I remember when I tested for my Haz-mat - I was surprised at how many questions they threw in there that had nothing to do with the Haz-mat endorsement. It caught me off guard because I had been cramming for the information specific to the endorsement.

It sounds like you are ready for them now. I wish you the best, and am sure you're gonna get through it this time.

Starcar's Comment
member avatar

Don't feel to bad, Guy. When we moved to WA, I went to transfer my CDL , and they had me take the test...I failed !!! I was humbled...but some of the questions are written weird. after I read thru the manual, I sailed right thru the test...

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.
Tucker's Comment
member avatar

Looking forward to hearing how well you did today, did you pass this time?? Well i hope you did.

Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More