Question On Studying For CDL Permit (air Brakes)

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Jolie R.'s Comment
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Hi All,

I am going through the High Road Training program and doing pretty well with the testing thus far. However, I am not extremely mechanical by nature and while I can answer the questions, I am concerned about truly knowing the parts when it comes to a pre-trip inspection. Is this something the instructors will cover in CDL training school? I am much more of a hands on learner so even though I may know what the answer should be, the practical application using a diagram doesn't work so well with me. If it isn't something that is covered by the instructors, and advice on how to get hands on practical experience? Thanks in advance!

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Jolie, they should help you in school get this all figured out, because if there is one thing they want to accomplish it's getting you passed. The more students they can pass the more available grant funds are available to their school for future students. Having said all that though, you might want to take a look at this "legendary" thread by Daniel B., he lays it out pretty good, of course I could have done it better, but I don't want to hurt the poor boys feelings - He's kind of sensitive about me getting the best of him at times. shocked.png

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Agreed with Old School. By the time you're done with the schooling you will be very good at knowing the parts of a truck and trailer.

Take a look at that legendary thread Old School linked to you. In that thread, I name the part and provide the pictures with an arrow pointing to that particular item. There's no thread on TT existence that goes into that much detail on the pretrip inspection, so I think calling it (or me) legendary is well deserved.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jolie R.'s Comment
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The photos definitely help and I appreciate the time you put into getting this information on TT! I can learn anything but words alone don't mean much if there isn't a context to put it in. You guys and gals are the best! thank-you-2.gif

Agreed with Old School. By the time you're done with the schooling you will be very good at knowing the parts of a truck and trailer.

Take a look at that legendary thread Old School linked to you. In that thread, I name the part and provide the pictures with an arrow pointing to that particular item. There's no thread on TT existence that goes into that much detail on the pretrip inspection, so I think calling it (or me) legendary is well deserved.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

mountain girl's Comment
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Practice your pre-trip inspection once or twice, every single day. You're going to do it at least that often as a trucker, anyway, so get into the habit. Once you start school, get there early, use their trucks and walk yourself through, out loud, every day.

You guys and gals are the best!

Legends in our own minds...

-mountain girl

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Silverbolt's Comment
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There's no thread on TT existence that goes into that much detail on the pretrip inspection, so I think calling it (or me) legendary is well deserved.

Now, "humble" on the other hand... rofl-3.gif

All seriousness aside, I too want to thank you for taking the time and effort to put together that thread. That is extremely helpful, for until I'm out there at the school able to go over it in person for myself. thank-you-2.gif

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