Third Times Is A Charm! Finally Got My CDL

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Weatherman's Comment
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I have not been one here lately, but after failing to complete an alley dock on two straight tests I was starting to think my journey as a driver was over. Fortunately, things finally clicked when I went out on a practice drive with one of my schools instructors and was finally able to pass my skills test (and the rest of the exam) the next day. Up next is to enjoy the 4th of July holiday then on to finding a job.

Jolie R.'s Comment
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Congratulations! It just goes to show the saying "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again" is true! dancing-dog.gif

Old School's Comment
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Hey Weatherman, welcome to the journey!

This really is a journey or a process. You will have many more challenging times ahead, and if you take the right approach to this stuff you will be learning all along the way. Some get this stuff quicker than others, but that doesn't necessarily mean they got it better. Slow and steady wins this race. Good luck with your job search, and just remember the main objective during that first year is that you don't hit anything, above all else, don't hit anything. good-luck.gif

mountain girl's Comment
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I love this:

the main objective during that first year is that you don't hit anything, above all else, don't hit anything.

-mountain girl

Schism's Comment
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Congrats !

I took my cdl a test in NH with a state Trooper in the B seat . First attempt stress got the best of me and I went top to bottom of the in cab brake check with brake chambers empty and spring brakes applied.

Second attempt I had 4 or 5" of a driver tire over invisible line during parallel park .

Third attempt I ran out of points using pull ups during 90 degree ally dock.

I went thru school top of the class . I was out with a driver trainer at Western Express for 5 days and he said I should be solo.

All that matters is that you got the license . The priority now going to work for a company is that you don't hit anything.


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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