Having A Bad Day, 2 Strikes.

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Jason S.'s Comment
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Well today I went for my second attempt at the skills test here in Illinois and failed again, too many points. I got 6 points on the front line stop and 8 on the right turn, got 0 on the 45 back both times. On the first attempt I got 6 on the front line and 0 on the 45, but just rubbed the cone on the right turn. Well tomorrow I go for my final attempt and failure is not an option, I will be out of a job and 30 days from being able to try with any other company. Just looking for ANY advice or help of any other variety.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Jason are you in cedar rapids Iowa

Jason S.'s Comment
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Nope, Rockford Illinois.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Nope, Rockford Illinois.

I was checking the tracker and I didnt even look at the miles but I see that Now your further away then I thought...

T.W.'s Comment
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When I took the skills test I pretended someone held a gun to my head. I literally had sweat on my temples. My extreme focus and intensity helped me pass the test. I maneuvered around the cones very slowly and calculated the moves in my head.

When it was done my heart was pounding. That is the level of intensity you need to be at.

Jason S.'s Comment
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I will probably be about there tomorrow, hopefully I don't have a nervous breakdown or something.

T.W.'s Comment
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You have to soldier up, get in the truck --- and dominate it! Make it do what you want it to do.

Act like you are in an airplane and you lost a engine. Your job is to land that plane safely with 200 passengers aboard or you all perish. Your mind will be so focused--not even a fly on your nose will distract you.

FOCUS AND DOMINATE.

Turbo Dan's Comment
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The stop line Test is nuts because it disappears under the nose, get to the DMV early before they open and practice, stop where you think it is, get out and look, get back in, before you try again, pick out a Cheat aiming point (some point on a fence, bush front/side of cab that you can adjust to) by looking out over the nose or thru the corner of the windshield ect, what ever you can do to adjust when trying again till you make it work. Don't make it obvious as the examiner could fail you for cheating. on the street the stop lines go accross the lanes where you can see them, the DMV test is Nuts, had a CDL instructor tell me how to do this. on the right turn, make sure your mirrors are clean and adjusted, use the spot mirror when the tandems disappear in the west coast. If you need more practice, cancell tomorrow ? Friday or next week is better than having to wait 30 days.

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.

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".

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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.

Pat M.'s Comment
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A little thing that I used when I took my test was the shadow of the truck on the ground. I happened to notice it was 1 foot behind the trailer and so stopping in the box when backing was no big deal. Stop and lean out the window if you need to. You are not done until you blow the horn here.

Jason S.'s Comment
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I passed! Scored perfect this time, thanks for your help everyone!

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