Texas CDL Pre-trip

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Ian M.'s Comment
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So my boss wants me to quickly get my CDL to drive a class b wireline straight truck. I recently went through company training on how to drive a big truck and am ok but all I can do is try as far as the test! My question is that I heard somewhere that in Texas the pre-trip written test we took covered the actual pre-trip inspection for the road test. Has anyone gotten their CDL in Texas this year that can confirm or tell me this isn't true? Thanks!

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.
Old School's Comment
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That is true Ian, and welcome to the forum!

In Texas you merely do a written test which shows whether you know what parts to be looking for in an actual pre-trip scenario.

Good luck Ian, but I'm gonna give you the same advice I give everyone in your situation. You really should go ahead and go for the class A license while you're doing it. You just never know what opportunities may be just around the corner for you, but if you're limited by the class B you won't be able to capitalize on them.

TxsGent's Comment
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Ian, I haven't taken the driving test yet, so this is second hand. It does come from the instructors at the school I am attending. The pre-trip is written. If your truck is equipped with air brakes, you will have to test the air brakes before the driving test. Not sure about hydraulic brakes. Easy enough to do though.

Beverly J.'s Comment
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That is true Ian, and welcome to the forum!

In Texas you merely do a written test which shows whether you know what parts to be looking for in an actual pre-trip scenario.

Good luck Ian, but I'm gonna give you the same advice I give everyone in your situation. You really should go ahead and go for the class A license while you're doing it. You just never know what opportunities may be just around the corner for you, but if you're limited by the class B you won't be able to capitalize on them.

Will it still be a written test for Texas starting July 8, 2015, ....aren't there changes coming that will be effective on this date or will Texas still be taken a written test for pre-trip.

TxsGent's Comment
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I will second Old School. If there is any way your company can give you some practice time in a combination, go for the Class A! Even if you never use it, better to have it.

Daniel's Comment
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Will it still be a written test for Texas starting July 8, 2015, ....aren't there changes coming that will be effective on this date or will Texas still be taken a written test for pre-trip.

Yes. That is correct. Written test only (static/applied air brakes test if equipped).

Pre-trip / Air brakes written tests are super simple and easy.

TxsGent's Comment
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Will it still be a written test for Texas starting July 8, 2015, ....aren't there changes coming that will be effective on this date or will Texas still be taken a written test for pre-trip.

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Yes. That is correct. Written test only (static/applied air brakes test if equipped).

Pre-trip / Air brakes written tests are super simple and easy.

Just don't forget there is only one pre-trip test. Questions for a school bus caught me off guard until I looked at the picture. Oh, I had already answered a couple of questions before I realized each question had a picture beside it.

Daniel's Comment
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Will it still be a written test for Texas starting July 8, 2015, ....aren't there changes coming that will be effective on this date or will Texas still be taken a written test for pre-trip.

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Yes. That is correct. Written test only (static/applied air brakes test if equipped).

Pre-trip / Air brakes written tests are super simple and easy.

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Just don't forget there is only one pre-trip test. Questions for a school bus caught me off guard until I looked at the picture. Oh, I had already answered a couple of questions before I realized each question had a picture beside it.

I never looked at the picture. I never had a question so ambigous that I felt the need. Maybe I just got super lucky during testing. I know not.

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