CDL Class A Road Test Question

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by TheShadow, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. chompi

    chompi Road Train Member

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    At most of the larger truck stops there is a pretrip guy you can pay to do your pretrip for you while you shower and eat. Usually runs $8-$10 and they do a pretty good job! If you don't want to pay the $ to have it done for you then there is also a mirror on every last fuel island. This is known as the "pretrip island". There is also an air compressor there for changing the air in your tires and checking the pressure in your bumpers. You should do this at least once a week! Gives you that "peace of mind" feeling knowing your truck is up to par! Some truck stops have the marker light test machine too. Just pull up to it put your $.75 in the machine and if your marker lights glow orange they are working! Wish they would have one for your headlights! :biggrin_25521:
     
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  3. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

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    You might want to chock the wheels to be safe.
     
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  4. chompi

    chompi Road Train Member

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    Ya Gashauler, like I said, just pay the "pre-trip" guy to do all of this!
     
  5. mhawki12

    mhawki12 Bobtail Member

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    ask the examiner to check while you depress the pedal. hes just looking to see that you are attempting to check it.
     
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  6. Superquack

    Superquack Medium Load Member

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    I used the trilly valve when i took my test.
     
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  7. TheShadow

    TheShadow Light Load Member

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  8. road_runner

    road_runner Road Train Member

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    The examiner will check them when you hit the brake pedal. At least how they did it for me.
     
  9. fastsix62

    fastsix62 Light Load Member

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    Turn you flashers on and check that they are working in the back, it they are, then just assume they work or just tell D.O.T. that they were working when you did your Pre/Post check today...
     
  10. sammccorison

    sammccorison Bobtail Member

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    using the hazards will tell you if the brake circuit is working due to the fact hazards/blinkers and brake lights work on the sames wiring. Then run your head lights to check the rest. That's how I've always done it.
     
  11. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

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    The CDL Examiner will stand at the front of the vehicle while you operate the lights (markers, signals, high and lowbeams, they will then walk to the rear and then direct you to operate the lights in the rear (including brakes). They must insure the vehicle is safe / legal to take on the road for the test. If the lights do not work, the test cannot be conducted.
     
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