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Gary A.'s Comment
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I am scheduled to get my Georgia CDL permit Thursday, and I've been studying the test questions on Trucking truth, BUT since I've started class, we've had some practice tests, and while I've seen a few of them from this site, about 60% of them I have NEVER seen before. I did another search for Georgia CDL Practice Tests and found a site with the same sort of questions that we've been getting in class. Such as:

Safe Drivers maintain space around their vehicles for the following reasons except:

a). In case you must stop suddenly

b).In case there are cars following too closely

c). In case there is an obstacle in the road

d). In case you need to test your brakes.

Pretty common sense right? and it sort of goes with the information given on Trucking Truth. Just worded a WHOLE lot different...I found out that I just have to be REAL careful and read the question like 3 times to get the full meaning and then choose the BEST answer, since the system we use here uses a memorization technique. Just thought I'd point that out. We'll see what the REAL deal looks like Thursday!!!

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

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

SOBER-J's Comment
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Exactly right brother. They just keep changing the wording and asking the same questions. They want to see that we actually read it and think about it.

So what is the answer? I'm saying B. My trainers always said they didn't worry to much about what as behind them. Unless they hooked up a chain to slow them down! Let's face it if some four wheeler is tailgating they still 60+ feet behind us! Us big company drivers are like big slow elephants compared to the rest of the traveling world. I usually stay in that right lane and let everyone go around and enjoy the scenery.

I'm Sober-J over

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I am scheduled to get my Georgia CDL permit Thursday, and I've been studying the test questions on Trucking truth, BUT since I've started class, we've had some practice tests, and while I've seen a few of them from this site, about 60% of them I have NEVER seen before. I did another search for Georgia CDL Practice Tests and found a site with the same sort of questions that we've been getting in class. Such as:

Safe Drivers maintain space around their vehicles for the following reasons except:

a). In case you must stop suddenly

b).In case there are cars following too closely

c). In case there is an obstacle in the road

d). In case you need to test your brakes.

Pretty common sense right? and it sort of goes with the information given on Trucking Truth. Just worded a WHOLE lot different...I found out that I just have to be REAL careful and read the question like 3 times to get the full meaning and then choose the BEST answer, since the system we use here uses a memorization technique. Just thought I'd point that out. We'll see what the REAL deal looks like Thursday!!!

This is not to hard of a question really. Since most Co. Panties are basing there safety program after The Smith System, as well they should, the best answer would be "A". If you can use a multi-answered then the best would be "A" & "C“.

If a car is following to close you slow down. That either makes them go around you or if things go badly and they rear-end you you will have even more space in front of you and not shoved into the vehicle in front of you..

And you never ever" test " your breaks at traveling speed. Brake test are done on your pre trip and only at speeds of 5 mph or less.

If there is obstacle in the road you should be looking far enough ahead to change lanes well before you get to it.

So yes this question can appear to have 2 correct answers but" A" is the best one. Leave Yourself an Out.... Is one of the Smith Systems rules for driving.

And yes you have to watch out for "rewording" of the questions and answers. You can trip you up. I know it did myself when I was testing for my tankers and doubles and triples which I managed to get both done.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Josh S.'s Comment
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Safe Drivers maintain space around their vehicles for the following reasons except:

guyjax I think you missed the "except" part. shocked.png

The answer is D rofl-2.gif

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Safe Drivers maintain space around their vehicles for the following reasons except:

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guyjax I think you missed the "except" part. shocked.png

The answer is D rofl-2.gif

Ah yes I did. SEE? this is why you read the questions a few times. I missed 1 word and it changed the meaning of the question. I blame it on 10 hour drive shift and tired eyes.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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At least I was correct in the reasoning behind the do's and don'ts of that question.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Gary, our High Road Training Program was designed to help maximize both understanding and retention of the information and we incorporated several proprietary techniques to make this happen. Here's a few things we did:

1) The review system. By reviewing questions you've covered already you're going to retain information a lot better. We have an algorithm that determines which questions are the questions you need the most help with right now. Every time you turn in a set of questions the system looks at every question you've answered right from the beginning of the program and re-calculates which questions you need to see again. So the system actually self-adjusts to each student in real time. Maybe one person struggles with the logbook so they'll see a lot more logbook questions for review. Another might struggle with Hazmat so they'll see more Hazmat questions. Maybe you were a little too tired when you tried to work your way through the logbook section so you're going to be reviewing a lot of logbook questions. No matter what your strengths and weaknesses are, the system will figure them out and make sure you get extra help exactly where you need it. You won't waste time reviewing things you clearly understand already.

2) The halt mechanism. If we determine you've missed too many questions, missed a particular question too many times, or your score drops below 85% we prevent you from moving on to new materials until you show an improvement on the materials you're struggling with. What's the sense of trying to learn new materials when you haven't learned what we've given you already, right? So our review system once again determines where you're struggling the most and gives you one or more sets of review questions. This will help reinforce the materials you're struggling with before allowing you to move on to new ones. So that eliminates any weak areas you might have had if you just went through the program beginning to end without any sort of a review or halt system.

3) Text only, no videos. Let's face it....sitting back and watching a video is far easier than reading 100 pages of text. But we're not taking this program for entertainment. We're trying to learn. And the best way to learn is by reading. So we've made the program text-based because your focus and retention will be 1000 times better that way. And I know a lot of people are going to think, "That's not true! I learn great from videos. I'd learn better from videos than I would from reading." Well if it was something visual like the pre-trip inspection or how to tie a proper knot or how to paint nature scenery then I would agree. Videos would be very helpful. But here, that's not the case. You're simply memorizing a pile of information. And the best way to do that is through the heavy focus you have when reading and the repetition you'll get from the review and halt systems.

4) Very tricky wording Our questions were designed to do exactly what they did to Guyjax....force you to carefully read every last word of the question and each of the multiple choice answers. In a rather large percentage of our questions you could change one word somewhere in the question or answers and completely change the outcome. That was totally intentional because that level of focus is critical to learning. Unfortunately we suffer from an utter lack of focus when it comes to watching videos. We daydream. Our minds wander quite a bit, whether we realize it or not. Reading requires much more focus, and the tricky wording doubles or triples the amount of focus you need.

I can't begin to count the dozens and dozens of emails I've gotten from people telling me about questions they thought were wrong. They'll take screenshots, they'll enter quotes from the CDL manual, they'll quote questions from other websites, and once in a while they'll even cuss me out for putting together such a shoddy pile of garbage!

99% of the time they simply missed one word in the question or one word in one of the answers. Understand that the written exams for your CDL permit and endorsements will do the same thing. There will likely be a lot of tricky wording.

We also built two more sections that aren't covered well in the CDL manual or at school most of the time, even though it has a major effect on your everyday life on the road. The Logbook Rules and Truck Weight & Balance sections are really challenging, but well worth it. Nothing is more important to doing your job on the road than knowing the logbook rules and knowing how to properly load and scale your truck.

So our training program will not only prepare you for the actual written exams, but they'll help prepare you for life on the road.

Our program is far more complex than it appears on the surface. The tricky wording will trip you up, you'll get halted from time to time, and you might even want to chuck your computer out the window a time or two. But I'm telling you - in the end you're going to know this stuff inside and out....better than any student you come across from any other program. Nobody has anything nearly as advanced or as effective as our High Road Training Program.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chris L.'s Comment
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Brett, I am finally doing the whole HRTP. I have been halted! The nerve of this darn computer. Its on the question for right side backing. It keeps telling me that you should back to the right so you can keep your window up in inclemate wheather. Now I may not be the smartest but I dont think that would be the reson for anything we do :). I was about to email you and cuss you out, just kidding I dont understand why any one would cuss you out for helping them or just making a simple mistake but people are wierd. Anyway, I came here to read alittle bit before emailing you. Low and behold here is a thread on errors. And there is GuyJax missing the word except. A simple word realy, but a very large word. Now I think I am right and there is a defect in the test/quiz. I have read the question at least ten times and it doesnt say except......after Guyjax made the mistake I am rethinking my rightness. Darn you Guyjax you always get stuff right. Well back I go to read a little closer, ugggg. I want to thank you for the HRTP it is great! Even if there is one question in there that is wrong, or might be wrong, or that I didnt read properly. We used to say measure twice cut once, now I guess it is read 11 times answer once.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Chris, I checked out that question you were referring to and I'm afraid you also missed the word except.

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Chris L.'s Comment
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Chris, I checked out that question you were referring to and I'm afraid you also missed the word except.

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Yes sir I went and checked to. How sad one silly word can just mess everything up. Thanks for all you do Brett this is a great study tool. I plan to take my test tomorow and I dont know how I could even have close to the confidence I do now without this study guide. Thanks so much!

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