Took out a road sign on my CDL road test today...Now what?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by VinnyVincent, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. tramm01

    tramm01 Road Train Member

    Sep 13, 2013
    I feel your pain, but the world is still turning and sounds like you have the right attitude. My first screw up running for someone other than myself was forgetting to fold the wind deflectors in on the back of the trailer while positioning to bump the dock. They will knock a dock door inside out and upside down and cause you to spend 4 hours of your precious time fixing it with an irate client gnawing on your butt every step of the way. It also provides a certain amount of entertainment for the guys back at the yard for an extended period of time and they let you know it even after you leave employment. Get back in the saddle and make a ride!!
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  3. BrandonCDLdriver

    BrandonCDLdriver Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    You had plenty of room to swing wide and not hit that sign. And I would say that's not a sign, that's a warning signal. Had it been a human they would be roadkill, a baby, pushing up daisies. You failed to keep your situational awareness and you destroyed public property.

    You are done as a driver. Wal Mart is hiring door greeters right now, great pay excellent benefits.

    You do know I'm messin' with ya right? If you learned from this lesson, that's all you can do. But if it happens're very close to done then.
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  4. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Nov 11, 2008
    Sorrento Maine
    Road signs are nothing to worry about. Be gratefull you didnt take down a light pole or kill a fire hydrant.
  5. Pumpkin Oval Head

    Pumpkin Oval Head Road Train Member

    Jun 24, 2010
    Scranton PA

    Now, you already know this. But, You need at least two lanes to make a right turn....either from the road you are turning from, or the road you are turning onto....preferrably the latter.

    You have to stop and let the oncoming cars go, until someone hangs back and lets you go. Someone will let you go, about 1 in 10 drivers are polite. I was at a somewhat busy 4 way stop once driving a day cab, and I made the right turn and the 45 ft trailer was going to hit the stop sign, so I had to backup and get into the oncoming started backing up to let me through.....they could all see the problem.

    Was in St. Louis, With a sleeper cab and mt 48 ft trailer, I pulled up to a red light on a 4 lane, in the right lane....And was turning onto a 4 lane with a center island. The light pole was a little close to the curb...and it had a big cement base. I was blocked in by cars on the left.....had cars behind me. So when the light turned, i pulled ahead and ran the left front tire up on the curb, and the drives too.....I inched forward ever so slowly and the trailer barely cleared the cement base. I should have hung way back on the light, so I could move left half a lane before starting the turn.... I won’t make that mistake again.
  6. SteerTire

    SteerTire Road Train Member

    Nov 5, 2018
    Behind the wheel
    My personal favorite was low hanging power, telephone, and cable lines :)

    I feel like I may be part of the reason they started hanging them higher lol
  7. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Naw zvar, I don't hate, it is more like I want these guys to succeed at driving the cdl licensing crap program doesn't prepare them for the real world. Back up make a turn, parallel park here ... all bs ... you know it and I know it.

    In his case if he folds with this thing, he will really fold with what is actually on the road waiting for him. He has really nothing to worry about if he passed the road test for his cdl, I don't see it stopping him outside himself stopping him, the reason for my comments.
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  8. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    I was waiting for a follow up post from u on ur test but i sure wasnt hoping it had this title LOL keep ur head up buddy its always better to stop before u hit anything , thats rule number one of truckin, dont hit anything... A sign is better than a car or a fire hydrant or a person or litteraly anything else.. if they put a new sign up once a month u would think the bozos could have some sense to move the sign to a diffetent location , but i guess city workers just want some job security , all in all just keep tryin man as long as u learn from ur mistakes u will get better.. Most ppl who drive cars dont want to be anywhere near a truck anf they will do anything to get away from it but if their in ur way and u cant finish a turn then u got to wait it out, if they aint moving then just remeber u got a air horn and a air tank that wont ever run out as long as the engine is runnin lol luck in battle
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  9. UturnGirl

    UturnGirl Road Train Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Yes..I confess I laughed, but not in a mean way, because I was watching your first thread eagerly waiting to hear good news about your successful test results. Instead, it was a comical punchline.
    It stinks that it happened but you can do this. Deep breaths Vinnie.

    @Ridgeline annoys me. He is everywhere on ttr declaring how perfect he is and has always been. To him I remind..Pride goeth before a fall.
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  10. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Oh please ... get over it, I am bringing a different point of view, if you don't like it, don't read it.

    I don't want you drivers to be screwed or fail, I have a different way of doing things and with my drivers, they seem to like the idea that I will back them up so they don't get screwed over.
  11. Radman

    Radman Road Train Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    Everyone screws up it just happened very early. Now if you keep screwing up then you might want to rethink everything. Don’t be in a rush and you can stop and back up as long there is no one behind you.

    Now there’s probably supertruckers who claim their million milers but probably side swiped a trailer parked it and got away with it and didnt get caught. Like I said everyone has probably screwed up but some just never been caught.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2019
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