CDL Class A Pre-trip/Skills/Road Tests

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  1. HotShot Trucker

    HotShot Trucker Light Load Member

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    That is what the representatives from the Truck driving schools said to me, they mentioned that before 2015, the test in NJ was a simple pre-trip, skills straight-line back, and either parallell park or 45 degree alley dock. And a 4 mile road test driving around in circles :). FMCSA wanted all states to increase the difficulty.
    Oh btw funny thing I found out, do you know that the FAA was founded by former aircraft pilots, the FRA also operated by former locomotive engineers. The FMCSA employees and administrators never had a CDL or have any Trucking experience and yet put all these non-sense rules for HOS, testing, E-logs etc.
    Amazing right?
     
  2. HotShot Trucker

    HotShot Trucker Light Load Member

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    Wow, I never knew they had that maneuver the schools never mentioned that when they where giving me a history lesson :)
     
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    The good news is about this test is that they have banking scores, that means the test you failed is the test you take again such as you pass the Pre-trip and the Skills test, however you mount a curb with the Trailer and you fail the Road test, next time you come for the test; you only have to take the test which you failed in this case the Road test.
     
  4. Bigwin123

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    Wow. You got nothing to worry about then. Heck ya man or woman. Do it up. You should have started with that.
    Cdl in 60 days and only gotta retest what you missed . you should a been singed up.
    Or is your goal to stay under 25, 999. Or is it 26,001. I dunno either way. Hell yeah jump on it or jump down from it.

    Don't rent two hours from a school. Most likely they won't do it, even of you tried. Just make up your mind.
    Its like this: heading up hill. 2k undergross. Down shift caught behind, 63 mph truck. You down shift again. The truck in front of you does also. Now your doing 57 mph. But lower gear. You now have enough power to pass this truck. Put directional on, check your mirror. Here I come screaming up the hill empty. Running 70. 6 tenths of a mile away. You gotta enough time to pass and get out of my way. Do u or do you stay right there till I pass.

    There is no wrong response here. Pulling out in front of me. And getting out of my way. Is just you making your decision. As long as your caught behind that truck wondering what to do. That's where you will always be.
    Good luck and good night.
     
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  5. HotShot Trucker

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    Thank You for the reply,
    My decision is to go for the Class A CDL as it has better opportunities and career advancement, my strategy as of now is to acquire the Class A CLP and join a school to get trained/tested. I will keep you informed on training progress.
    Thanks
     
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    If you're gonna go for Class A, don't test in anything but a semi with a manual transmission. Taking the test with any other kind of Class A vehicle will earn you needless restrictions on your license.

    Say that you test with a dump truck & trailer, that gets a "no 5th wheel" restriction. Or you could test in a dually with a gooseneck, but you'll get the "no 5th wheel", "automatic only", and "no airbrakes" restrictions.
     
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  7. HotShot Trucker

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    Thanks for letting me know, I thought the restriction only applied to Pick-up trucks
     
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