Failed cdl test now questioning if trucking's really for me

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Tak, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. bwood2800

    bwood2800 Bobtail Member

    Feb 11, 2014
    It is very nerve racking to have someone evaluate you in this type of situation. What I have to say is, if you keep trying to be successful at anything, if you really want it, it will happen. After this test, you will be continuously tested in this profession due to the variables of the road, docks, traffic, tight situations with the large vehicles we maneuver and the attitudes that are other-than-acceptable. However, working at it everyday, you will become an expert. With that, and back to the test, the test is really two fold, they want to be sure you have the basics to qualify for this job, but two, they make money on this test as well. This test will not ensure you are successful as a trucker. A too confident testee can pass with flying colors and have a horrific wreck within weeks of doing so. I think, if you are still wanting it, you will respect the fact that it is a dangerous job, but knowing that, and being careful, constantly honing your skills, you could be one of the safest and most productive trucker on the road. Always remain humble and appreciate this profession if you really want it. It can be very rewarding. Some notes to take notice of, you will find a lot of people who confidently communicate in a negative manner, but find the people who are willing to help. Good luck.
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  3. Tak

    Tak Bobtail Member

    I finally passed! After months of delays and standby DMV visits where my name was never called, I got in this time, and passed. I was well-prepared, having gone back several times to my school to practice before each of my standby visits hoping for a chance to test. So I am now the holder of a CDL class A! Woot!
  4. Skunk_Truck_2590

    Skunk_Truck_2590 Road Train Member

    Feb 16, 2007
    Shreveport, LA.
    Do NOT pay attention to what the examiner is doing. Pay attention to what you are doing. If you happen to catch the examiners pen moving on the paper, more than like the test is flipped over on the blank side and he is just doodling or making pen stroke movements to put you under pressure. Its common. Don't mind it and don't think about the test. Just do what you did before and stay keep your roll on with the pretrip. With the road test, just relax and drive the truck. (make sure you remember to look both ways and check intersections before entering them. A bunch of people miss points for this.)
  5. Skunk_Truck_2590

    Skunk_Truck_2590 Road Train Member

    Feb 16, 2007
    Shreveport, LA.
  6. Wooly Rhino

    Wooly Rhino Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Liberty, Missouri
    I too would like to offer my congratulations to you. Just remember the wish words of Han Solo

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  7. jungledrums

    jungledrums Heavy Load Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    CONGRATS!!!! That totally COOL!!!:rr:
  8. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Sioux City,ia
    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What this tells me is you're not a quitter.You'll do whatever it takes to pass.It also tells me no matter the company you're not going to let them get the best of you.You're going to be a great success in your new carreer.Best of luck and wishes.
  9. superpet39

    superpet39 Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Bay Area California
    Congrats! Now change your profile ;-)
  10. AppalachianTrucker

    AppalachianTrucker Heavy Load Member

    May 25, 2014
    Orion Arm
    I passed my pre-trip and then just barely made a cone quiver on my curved backing test, which was an instant failure my first time out. I got rattled by the test pressure ... test examiners dressed like state troopers and all that, it got inside my head.

    Be proud of that Class A license.
  11. xlsdraw

    xlsdraw Road Train Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Winter Haven, Florida
    I'm going to give ya'll a tip on nerves. They are defused by strong emotion. For me anger works best. We've all seen boxers use this technique pre fight.
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