As of 1/1/18 no more Parallel on CDL test? Florida

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by mbolton1990, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. mbolton1990

    mbolton1990 Bobtail Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Heard from a tester as of the first the state of FL won't test for Parallel parking on the CDL-A test anymore.
    Which means you're basically guaranteed a Straight-line, Offset, and a Alley dock on the backing maneuver test.

    Anyone else hear of this?
    Don't know if it's true or not, but thought that was pretty cool. I'm taking my test on the 4th and I can Parallel on either side 4/5 times with 1 pull-up but thought that was neat. Always thought it was a little ridiculous to have to Parallel when even our instructors could count on one hand the times they needed to Parallel park a big-rig.
  2. boneebone

    boneebone Road Train Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    I guess your instructors never parked on the street and had to back in-between a truck that was in front of him and a truck that was behind him.

    If that's the case, who needs to learn how to parallel park anymore.
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  3. mbolton1990

    mbolton1990 Bobtail Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    No they did, they said that was the only time they ever had to, lol.
    Both of them in 40+ years of trucking said they could count on both hands the times they had to Parallel park.
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  4. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    I paralleled many times in trucking.

    Once I did that on a bet in a small Mass Seaport town. Took 7 meters to do it. (Quarters in each one, good for two hours to breakfast) and about 3 inches from the curb (They measured...) on all the tires.

    We learned it in school even though Maryland did not require it. After we mastered it, we started competing to see about no pullups then fastest time.
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  5. mbolton1990

    mbolton1990 Bobtail Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    It's definitely nice to know,I'm not knocking that by any means. And the schools will still teach it and test for it (like a final grade on your backing maneuvers) but the state won't test for it.. it's fun to do once you got it down!
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  6. A Bug

    A Bug Medium Load Member

    Mar 15, 2014
    Dallas Tx
    Once you get general backing skills learned, then parallel parking is not going to be a problem. I do it at least once a week.
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  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    In 25 years I probably did it 5 times. Stupid rule to flunk someone for that.
  8. Jim Harvey

    Jim Harvey Bobtail Member

    Dec 30, 2017
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I am a tester in Florida and have heard that they are considering removing the parallel park from the maneuvers on the skills test but have heard no definitive decision as to when it will occur. One of the other things that was removed from the test criteria (in Florida anyway) was the requirement to make a left turn into the left lane of a multi-lane highway before executing a proper lane change to the right-most lane. Apparently they feel it's OK to make a left turn onto an eight-lane highway and shoot all the way across to the right lane or pick any lane you feel like riding in. There is still a requirement to do a HAZMAT stop on the road test even though you don't intend to carry a HAZMAT endorsement, but the grade point for negotiating a standard railroad crossing has been eliminated. In just about every state, if you take your CDL driving/skills test in a tractor/truck with an automatic transmission, you get a restriction code put on your license restricting you to driving automatic transmission equipped units. This is also in place in Florida however it is not done solely because the state can't come up with the money to change the computer program to allow placing a restriction for it on the Florida CDL. However, if you test in Florida with an out-of-state license in an automatic unit, when you go back to your home state to swap your license out for a CDL, the restriction will be placed on your license.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2017
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  9. mbolton1990

    mbolton1990 Bobtail Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Very interesting Jim!
    I thought it was weird how one of my friends was tested on a Hazmat railway stop.. I don't intend to get my Hazmat endorsement any time soon, and we were never taught how to do one! Luckily though my friend that got tested watched a bunch of videos on road tests so he was over prepared coming in and aced it.

    So it turns out we may still get a parallel? Maybe we won't know until the 1st.. either way I'm ready to test in a few days. Interesting bit about the left turn, we were taught about that.. good things to know!

    Thanks again
  10. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2010
    Florida actually tests cdl candidates on backing skills? News to me, most of the ones I get can't hardly back a lawn mower into a 747 hanger.
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