Pre - Trip Inspection

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Nicholas B.'s Comment
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I'm about to start a CDL program at a local community college. I've been told by plenty of people in the industry that passing the pre trip inspection is the hardest part of the test to pass. Any suggestions to help remember all the steps?

Thanks for the help.

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.
Jopa's Comment
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I'm about to start a CDL program at a local community college. I've been told by plenty of people in the industry that passing the pre trip inspection is the hardest part of the test to pass. Any suggestions to help remember all the steps?

Thanks for the help.

Hey Nicholas, if you haven't already seen posts by Daniel B. you are in for a treat. He NEVER sleeps so he can type these jynormous threads about this and that. One of them is all about the pre-trip regimen and in it he gives a ton of info and technique all about how to master the dreaded pre-trip (I tell ya, he NEVER sleeps - he's always typing and posting photos and such . . . ) I'm not sure how you would find the thread I am referencing, but since he NEVER sleeps, he might just see this post and chime in on how to retrieve his past works. Actually, I hear his wife types all of his posts and he just take credit for them . . . I mean he HAS to sleep some time and he does have to actually DRIVE once in a while . . . but the pre-trip is just a matter of memorizing the steps and in what order to take them . . . one thing that I know for sure is that the verbiage is very important . . . in other words, learn the phrases verbatim that are used in the descriptive literature and be sure to recite it back the way they are written . . . once you see the stuff, this will make more sense to you . . . good luck . . .

Jopa

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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.
Anchorman's Comment
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One of them is all about the pre-trip regimen and in it he gives a ton of info and technique all about how to master the dreaded pre-trip

Here is the link: Pre-Trip Inspection - My Way! A must see!

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.

Anchorman's Comment
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Also, our High Road Training Program has a section on the pre-trip inspection.

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.
Heavy C's Comment
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Welcome Nicholas. I wouldn't necessarily call it the hardest part of the test but certainly does require the most memorization. Only thing I could suggest is read over Daniels thread and not worry about it. Honestly I was most worried about the pre trip myself but if your school is anything like mine was you'll be doing the pre trip drill multiple times a day, everyday while at the yard. By the time you're done you'll be doing the whole thing in you're head without thinking about it. Just relax and take it all in and you'll be fine. Good luck

Nicholas B.'s Comment
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Thanks for the help guys, I'll keep you posted on everything . I'm going to check out the links as well.

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