Is a road test standard when hiring on at a new comany?

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  1. Doggod

    Doggod Bobtail Member

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    just got accepted by a local company to drive for them. This is my first job as a CDL a driver and I have 0 experience other than trucking school. They said I have to do a road test @ orientation. Is this standard for most companies? If so, what does it consist of?
     
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  3. JoeTruck

    JoeTruck Heavy Load Member

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    Yes it's standard. Just don't hit anything and stop for the red lights and you will be fine.
     
  4. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

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    And don’t grab phone and going to answering calls, or texting if it rings.
    Once failed a dude for that. (reading then answering text while driving.)
     
  5. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    Some other driver who is an "expert" will be asked to take you out for a drive and assess your driving capabilities. I remember my first time fortunately our company used its trucks to shuttle, Schreiber Cheese between processing plants, and also Malto Meal cereal between, Tremonton and Salt Lake City, so they got to watch our driving skills and our backing onto dock skills. If was a bit of test too as I'd never driven a 379 Pete their perfect moving forward but a real task when backing onto docks. Anyway I guess they figured if you can back up onto a dock in a Pete, you certainly qualify to back up in everything else.
     
  6. Boondock

    Boondock Heavy Load Member

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    And don't show up hungover smelling like a rotten brewery or drink a gallon of coffee before you get there. You want to be calm cool and feeling good.
     
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Don't hit a curb making a turn.
    Check you mirrors constantly.
    No rolling stops at traffic lights and stop signs.
     
  8. DixonM

    DixonM Bobtail Member

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    I had to do a driving test for my part time job it was a piece of cake. There main concern was that I could shift the truck and make somewhat of a tight turn with the truck and trailer. Apparently they had a number of people apply that could not shift a manual transmission.
     
  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    What type trucking company are you going with?
     
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  10. Val_Caldera

    Val_Caldera Road Train Member

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    The Company Orientation will Clarify Exactly what they require.
    They're NOT wanting to make you nervous, you'll do that on your own, it's normal.

    Every New Driver has to do a Road Test during orientation which means you'll not be alone in the Truck on a specified route (from what my 63 year young mind can recall), and should be much easier with an Auto Shift Truck, compared to a Manual.
    They want to see what you're capable of doing as not every applicant at every Company Orientation is accepted.

    Usually Drug Test Results eliminate some contestants.
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    Remember to Eat and Hydrate, which will help lose some jitters.
    CHEERS!!
     
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  11. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Expect a road test anytime you apply/start at a different company, no matter how much experience you have. They generally are just looking for safe driving habits and adequate backing skills.
     
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