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I'm taking my CDL test tomorrow

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by minimax, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 734

    I'm taking my CDL test tomorrow to get my class A CDL any last minute help or tips.I already took the written test. thanks

  2. marthanmike1959

    marthanmike1959 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    Concentrate on the pre-trip they don't miss a thing.In Tennessee i had two women give me mine in 1991 didn't know i thing about a truck so there they stood clip board in hand and made sure i called off every part i was looking at and what defect your looking for good luck
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,101

    Don't eat beans today my friend.
  4. Hollowellreid

    Hollowellreid LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 290

    The pre trip inspection is where you will have trouble. Comment on everything you see.

    Are you getting the air brake endorsement?
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    The pre trip is the big thing.
  6. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,550

    Good luck mini...

    Not to take this off subject but why exactly is the pre trip such a big deal?
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    The pre trip is a big deal because you have to show that you can say the truck is safe and ready for the road.

    You can fail a CDL test if you don't get the pretrip right. You can also fail a test if you don't do the air brake adjustment/check etc properly.

    JDSKIDSTEER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,163

    Definitely pre-trip. Also make sure you read all road signs. My instructor asked what one said after we passed it.
  9. ARP

    ARP LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,510

    Take your time during all the manuevers. You're not timed so it's not worth rushing it only to blow it. Also, pay attention to what the trooper says. They don't like it when you don't listen.

    Don't let yourself get nervous (ya right- everyone's thinkin). If you find yourself getting flustered, stop and think. Nothing is too tricky and I'm sure you're more than prepared.

    Finally, have fun! It's only a test and you can always take another one.

    Good luck!
  10. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,454

    MiniMax.......pre-trip is important. Here are a few more questions or things that come up: how far from RR tracks are you suppose to stop? what was the height restriction on that overpass we just went under? can you shift gears through an intersection? can you shift gears going up or down a hill? what gear should you be in when we come down this hill we just went up? how many second interval are you suppose to check your mirrors? If you want more just ask........Pay special attention to your air brake test sequence. Everyone gets uptight, just take your time and be methodical. Oh yea, here's another one.......how do you adjust your brakes or slack adjusters? Show me......

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