Road Test # 2

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Ken N.'s Comment
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2 hours until my road test. Nervous. confident. relaxed. apprehensive.. Wish me luck.

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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LUCK! good-luck.gif

Old School's Comment
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You've got this! Can't wait to hear your good news!

Ozzy's Comment
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Good luck man!!!!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Oh it's been 2 hours and 10 minutes. Tell us the good news! good-luck-2.gif

Ken N.'s Comment
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WOW .... YEAH MAN...Thanks Guys ~! BIG LOVE to Brett and all the rest. ( that hazmat advice helped ) I went in with all my endorsements stacked up and ready ( DT Tank and HM ). I failed the road test the first time 10 days ago and , after a bit of wound lickin, pulled up by the bootstraps and went at it again with my eyes wide open. All your advice was absolutley correct .

I now hold a CDL-A NO Restrictions, DT TNK and HAZMAT, which means I am ready to learn how to drive truck.

I could float through all the gears in a 10 speed with a straight stick at the range, but the truck I tested in had an offset stick and I ground out a couple of 8 to 7 to 6th gear downshifts. The trailer did not track as nicely as the Volvo tractor I used in the first test.... blah blah blah..ha hah ah ha .... I did it . Time to keep keepin it safe.. i will post again, this is just a start to ( hopefully ) a good long career. thanks again, Ken


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.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Chris's Comment
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Awesome news! Great Job Ken. This is Chris from the school by the way. You tried to show me your shifting tips in the grey truck. I also did my road test today in Plymouth and passed. It was a bit nerve wracking though. I missed a gear and almost didn't recover in time. It was just the nerves but man it sure feels great now doesn't it? :)

Ken N.'s Comment
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Thanks Chris. Congrats to you or your sucess as well. You got the red Volvo ? Truck 101 is real tough on the down shift.

Yeah it feels great.

We have only begun to learn but the weight of the road test is now just a memory. James is going to do great, he was backing around the entire range last Thursday. And I hope King will do great on his retest.

Best of luck , have you figured out who you will start for ?

Chris's Comment
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Yes we had the red Volvo today in Plymouth. It shifts really nice compared to 101.

James did excellent on his road test today and almost got a perfect score it sounded like. I was watching him on the backing and he didn't even need to use any pull ups. I had to pull up on the 90. The cones seemed tighter than at the school and they were small so it threw me off a bit.

I'm going to go ahead with Werner. They offered me an Eastern Regional position which pays .04 cpm more than otr. Heading out on Thursday to Omaha for Orientation.

How about you?


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.


Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Old School's Comment
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Way to go man! I knew you had this one. Keep us posted on your future acomplishments.

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