I'm Finished With My Schooling 😏

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Mikki 's Comment
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Great job!

TxsGent's Comment
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Spirit, fellow Texan,

I SO understand your anticipation. I failed my first road test and thought I was going to have to wait two days to retake it.

The driving test is a safety test. It isn't a test to see how good you can drive. It is a test to see if the public, mostly, would be safe if the grand state of Texas allowed you to control 40 tons over the highways and through school zones.

You have to be in control of the truck. Grinding gears might count off points, but if it is on the way in to a different gear, I doubt it. Get in gear, you are good. Not getting in gear is coasting. Coasting is out of control.

You can't maneuver a truck if the engine is dead. That is another point of not being in control.

Curbs, damb curbs! Sorry that was my fail. Position yourself; don't rush; square your turns; and watch your tandems. Texas thinks that school children play on curbs. Actually, there could be people on curbs.

Check your mirrors with your neck. Talk what you see and are doing.

I suspect you have done this all, already.

Relax. You got this.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Spirit's Comment
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Thanks TxGent, I will take three deep breaths and relax. Then talk to myself in my head. No curbs, maintaine lane,signal and signal early don't turn it off till my trailer is in the lane. Can't touch those lines. I have been telling myself you can hug but don't kiss on my turns. And for me watching out my mirrors ...... I wear sunglasses and always have. Now I'm trying to do a turtle stretch so my tester will know. Mybe I should not wear them during the test. I'm not sure if I could stand the light lol. My eyes will water .......humm. Thanks for the info. Y'all have a great day.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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