Company Road Tests

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by doin' research, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. wetinkler

    wetinkler Bobtail Member

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    I just finished an employment road test. I pre-tripped the tractor, hooked it up to a 53', and finished the pre-trip. Then we went to a loading dock down the road where I was instructed to back up to a dock. They were primarily interested in seeing that since I had plenty of room, I would position the truck to avoid a blind side backing.

    After that, down some rural roads, a couple of interstates (checking speeds on ramps), and some city streets to check that I stay off the curbs. Then back to the house. Drop the trailer and I was done.
     
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  3. doin' research

    doin' research Bobtail Member

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    Thanks I appreciate the input. I've yet to find a job, was hoping to find something local. So far no one will touch me without at least a years experience. So I'm thinking I may have to go OTR long enough to get the needed experience. My other issue is that some companies aren't interested because I am so far north that getting me home will be an issue. One particular company can't hire me because their trainers wife refuses to let him train a woman, sad because that would have been the perfect job!! Frustrating all around :biggrin_25521:
     
  4. Vilhiem

    Vilhiem Road Train Member

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    Cliche but... When one door closes another will open; but when all doors are closed it means you have to open doors.
     
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    doin' research Bobtail Member

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    True! I'm about ready to kick'em open!
     
  6. JReding

    JReding Road Train Member

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    I'm not so sure this would have been the perfect job, since an employee's wife appears to be able to dictate his work rules, instead of the employer. Unless I'm missing something..?
     
  7. CS_Broke

    CS_Broke Bobtail Member

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    Did a road test for a small company. No pre-trip (trailer had a wheel off I should have run right there)
    I backed up to the trailer got out to check the height before backing under it. Pretty sure at that point I was hired.

    Apparently several others had not with varying disastrous results. After hooking went on a little joy ride on/off ramp back roads to shop backed in where we started from shut er down. Go in sit down got job offer. All my nerves and jitters were for nothing.

    Much easier then dot test for sure.
     
  8. zaptear

    zaptear Medium Load Member

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    My road test was like 45 mins around the city then some back up stuff... don't over think it and just drive
     
  9. RogerThat72

    RogerThat72 Road Train Member

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    My scores were so high that for Werner I didn't have to do one. J&R Schugel took me about 2-3 mile trip, tight corners and like a us highway. Also did a back into a dock and showed how I would set up for it. Get out and look of that happens. Extra bonus points for that, also check mirrors and everything else.
     
  10. Dumdriver

    Dumdriver Road Train Member

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    my current company's road test was kinda crazy.. Took 3 and a half hours.. had to do a pre trip, air brakes, uncouple and couple a trailer, several skills tests (including blind side, 90 degree-never had to do that on a road test), peripheral testing to prove I could recognize 8-12 inches above my tractor (another odd one) followed by a MINIMUM of 40 miles of driving... Did I mention my skills portion had cardboard cutouts of cars and kids that they moved around the course?

    It's safe to say that my company road test was MUCH more involved than my DMV test..
     
  11. heyns57

    heyns57 Road Train Member

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    I was a driver and trainer for an independent fleet hauling molten aluminum out of Benton Harbor under Matlack authority. Applicants were paid for an eight-hour round trip to Kokomo. The applicant did all the driving and observed the loading and delivery procedures. Some applicants failed the driving test. Others decided molten aluminum was not for them. The company paid me only $10 above my regular pay for the trip when I took a trainee.
     
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