So Finished Shcool .....I Then Waited Two Weeks Before Skills Test At The DMV.

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Spirit's Comment
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I went yesterday and failed....πŸ˜’ this truck had a very light clutch....I took off fine then got started and then I couldn't find the sweet spot. After fighting with it. The DMV tester asked if something was wrong with the truck? I said well I just found the sweet spot. It's like it needs no clutch.....Moshe told me the other testers before me that the others before me had the same thing happening to them.......now that really makes me feel better 😳. They all failed. So after fighting with it. And going back to the DMV I knew I wasn't passing from the Time I could find the sweet spot! And I know a truck is a truck is a truck.....but of you have had not me in that truck then how are you to know where the sweet spot is??? So should I just pay to rent an automatic so I don't have to stress about not knowing the truck. So I can just get though this skills test!

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Old School's Comment
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Spirit, don't get too stressed about this. I really think you should just reschedule and go for it again. The last thing you want is to have an automatic only restriction on your license. I'm not even sure if Texas is doing that yet, but I know some states have already started limiting your license to an automatic transmission if that is what you test in. If I remember you are going to get three chances in Texas before you have to pay again.

Hey, don't get discouraged, there are a lot of people out here driving trucks professionally who failed that first time, and still plenty of them that failed a second time. It's really no big deal. I'm serious, it is no big deal.

Just take a deep breath and go for it again, you'll get it eventually. And just a few months into your career you will have completely forgotten about the difficulties you had getting started - Because, by that time, you will have a whole new set of problems your facing every day. Life and truck driving are full of challenges, the best way to get through it all is to just square up and take them head on. You can do this! Any girl that likes to deer hunt in South Texas can handle this - just go back in there and try again. (I remember you referencing hunting in South Texas in an older post - I used to hunt down there near Benavides, we had a wonderful place to hunt there for years)

We're all pulling for ya!

Spirit's Comment
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😘 thanks old shcool. And your right I don't want and restriction on my hard earned CDL A! Thank you so much for that info. I want all open doors for growth 😊

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.
Mikki 's Comment
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Hey girl! I know you're a go getter and you will succeed!!! You are AMAZING!smile.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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The DMV tester asked if something was wrong with the truck? I said well I just found the sweet spot. It's like it needs no clutch.....

You know why it seemed like it didn't need any clutch to shift? Because it doesn't. Big rigs shift just as well without the clutch as they do with it but they feel it's important for drivers to know how to double clutch. But once you get out there on your own running solo you won't clutch between gears anymore. There's no need to. They call it "floating" the gears and 99.999% of all truckers float gears. The only time you'll really use the clutch is when you're coming to a complete stop.

Also, there is no "sweet spot" in a clutch. What you might have been dealing with is a clutch that was improperly adjusted so you were unknowingly activating the clutch brake and slowing the transmission speed. That of course is going to screw up your shifting. Don't push the clutch in more than about one or two inches when double clutching. Just give it a soft "kick" to move it an inch or two and focus on your shift lever and rpm's.

And Old School is right - don't worry about failing it the first time or even the first 10 times. It doesn't matter. Once you pass you have your CDL and you move on to the next phase. There is no trophy or paid bonus for passing the first time. The only way you can truly fail is to quit trying and you're certainly not going to do that. So just forget about it and get em the next time - no big deal.

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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.

Float Gears:

An expression used to describe someone who is shifting gears without using the clutch at all. Drivers are taught to "Double Clutch" or press and release the clutch twice for each gear shift. If you're floating gears it means you're simply shifting without using the clutch at all.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Spirit's Comment
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Thanks Brett ☺️

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