Will Companies Hire Someone Who Didn't Pass Their CDL Road Test The First Time?

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Josh E.'s Comment
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Alright, so I'm really hoping to get on with this one company and they want me to attend Orientation the Monday after I test for my CDL. So, if something happens and I fail the test and have to push back Orientation, will the company think twice about hiring me? It's a medium-sized company with about 450 trucks, so I'm not sure if they would be more selective when choosing an applicant.

The only reason I ask is because our main truck in school has been down for 3 days now. So we've got a loaner truck we're driving with. We don't get a whole lot of driving time anyways because we have a full class ( 4 people). 2 weeks from now we're taking the road test and I'm starting to get a little nervous, I still haven't driven the truck with the trailer yet or done any backing because of the truck issue. I'm starting to get the shifting down but it's with the loaner truck. I plan on staying late with the night class and I'm going in on Saturday and Sunday for a few hours to get some time behind the wheel.

Just a little nervous about passing because I really want to get on with this company and don't want to blow my chances.

Thanks guys/gals, Josh

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.

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.

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Don't sweat it. Lots of folks fail on their first skills test attempt. Pretty common, and trucking companies know this. All you need to do is pass. If it takes you three times, you still passed. Something to consider is certain companies do want to see your grades. More than one company I talked with wanted 85% or better. I'm not trying to give you one more thing to worry about, but be aware of it. Then again, sometimes this isn't written in stone. Going for my skills test I was very nervous, but just drove a little slower that day, and focused on the moment. You can do it, thousands before you have!

Weatherman's Comment
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I failed the CDL exam twice (damn you alley dock) and had no problems finding a job. Most places will take you as long as you have a CDL and a certificate from your CDL school.

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.

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.

Josh E.'s Comment
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Thanks y'all. I just don't want to have to call the recruiter on that Friday and tell her I can't be at Orientation on Monday.

I'm guessing once I pass the road test that the school will give me something on paper saying I graduated? Is that normally the case?

mountain girl's Comment
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Thanks y'all. I just don't want to have to call the recruiter on that Friday and tell her I can't be at Orientation on Monday.

I'm guessing once I pass the road test that the school will give me something on paper saying I graduated? Is that normally the case?

-Josh E.

Yes, at the time you pass, the tester is supposed to give you a form he fills out, right there on the spot that has all your driver information on it and that you passed, so you can take it to the DMV right away and get your picture taken for your new license.

You'll be surprised at how much you learn in the next two weeks. Steady as she goes. Worry about the recruiter a little later. You can do this.

-mountain girl

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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.

Josh E.'s Comment
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Thanks mountain girl!! :-D Oh, and what about the school, to they give me something that day? The recruiter wants a certificate but I told her I wouldn't get that for a few weeks. Transcripts would be fine but I don't think I'll have them that day.

mountain girl's Comment
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I had this form 5 minutes after I finished my CDL test. The tester/instructor went right to his desk, asked me for my permit, filled out the form, and handed both to me before I left the school. It's the form I used to present to the DMV to get my plastic card.

They darn well BETTER give it to you before you leave, right after you finish the test. It takes two minutes to fill out by hand. I used that form to submit applications to potential employers before I had time to go to the DMV (I finished my CDL test at 8:00PM on a Thursday evening). I sent copies of that form along with my CDL permit to apply for jobs right away. It's a legal document that proves you passed. You have to have it to present to the DMV.

-mountain girl

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

Josh E.'s Comment
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Awesome!! Hopefully it'll be the same in my situation, thanks again mountain girl!! :-D

mountain girl's Comment
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Awesome!! Hopefully it'll be the same in my situation, thanks again mountain girl!! :-D

-Josh

Sure, no problem, Dude!

-mountain girl

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Josh E.'s Comment
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I don't know why it just dawned on me, but I just realized that you must have taken your skills test at the school. We are actually going to the DMV to do our test...

I had this form 5 minutes after I finished my CDL test. The tester/instructor went right to his desk, asked me for my permit, filled out the form, and handed both to me before I left the school. It's the form I used to present to the DMV to get my plastic card.

They darn well BETTER give it to you before you leave, right after you finish the test. It takes two minutes to fill out by hand. I used that form to submit applications to potential employers before I had time to go to the DMV (I finished my CDL test at 8:00PM on a Thursday evening). I sent copies of that form along with my CDL permit to apply for jobs right away. It's a legal document that proves you passed. You have to have it to present to the DMV.

-mountain girl

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

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