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Old 10-02-2017, 01:52 PM   #1
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I am about to start trying to get my cdl. Does anyone have any suggestions or any knowledge that could help me out with the test and the driving test?

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Old 10-02-2017, 02:05 PM   #2
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Class A or B?
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Old 10-02-2017, 02:08 PM   #3
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Class A or B?
class a standard
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Old 10-02-2017, 02:12 PM   #4
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You have to get your medical certification before you apply. Once you have your card and identification docs, you can apply for the license and start taking tests. The book won't tell you to study the chapter, but make sure that you read and memorize all the stuff in the final chapter. Ch 14 I believe. It will ask you specifically, "What size/type fire extinguisher required on a passenger vehicle?" 1 qt chemical extinguisher. "Maximum width of vehicle?" Stuff like that.

Be overly specific, even if you think you sound silly, while doing the pre-trip inspection for your road test. For example, "I'm looking at the lugs nuts for any rust that would suggest that one is loose."

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Old 10-02-2017, 02:16 PM   #5
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You have to get your medical certification before you apply. Once you have your card and identification docs, you can apply for the license and start taking tests. The book won't tell you to study the chapter, but make sure that you read and memorize all the stuff in the final chapter. Ch 14 I believe. It will ask you specifically, "What size/type fire extinguisher required on a passenger vehicle?" 1 qt chemical extinguisher. "Maximum width of vehicle?" Stuff like that.

Be overly specific, even if you think you sound silly, while doing the pre-trip inspection for your road test. For example, "I'm looking at the lugs nuts for any rust that would suggest that one is loose."

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thank you sir feel like I'm going to need it
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Old 10-02-2017, 02:42 PM   #6
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Iíve helped our guys get all their CDLs. This is exactly what DPS will have doing their checks. Make sure to cover everything that applies. This is from Class B. Iím only assuming pretrip and road test will be very similar.




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Old 10-02-2017, 04:05 PM   #7
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#1 - You have 90 days from the day you apply to get finished or you'll have to start over again from scratch. Don't ask me how I know...

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Be overly specific, even if you think you sound silly, while doing the pre-trip inspection for your road test. For example, "I'm looking at the lugs nuts for any rust that would suggest that one is loose."
Remember, you're playing a part. Example when you're driving "I'm checking my outside mirrors every few seconds" and make head movements that the examiner can see. Now I'm checking my air pressure to make sure my brakes are in safe operating condition".

Its not how you drive in the real world, but its what you do to pass the test.

#3 - Now the CDL tests are done at a TxDOT office by personnel who are hired just to give CDL road tests. They are much tougher than the DPS drivers license personnel used to be.
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Old 10-02-2017, 04:38 PM   #8
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There are only about 5 places in the state to take the actual driving test. I know abilene, Austin, Waco, San Angelo.... I'm sure there are a few more. I just know your local office doesn't do them anymore. Been told to stay away from Angelo, too hard to pass.
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Old 10-02-2017, 06:03 PM   #9
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Make sure you know alot about semi stuff, 5th wheel items air brakes and stuff. Read every paragraph in the book. I didnt need the med card until the road test, and during the road teat look both ways when going thru a green light i got dinged for that
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Old 10-02-2017, 06:39 PM   #10
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So do you need your med card before you take the written test
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Old 10-02-2017, 06:47 PM   #11
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So do you need your med card before you take the written test
I did mine 2 years ago and didnt need it till the road test in waco.
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Old 10-02-2017, 07:10 PM   #12
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Study your air brakes
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Old 10-02-2017, 07:17 PM   #13
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Awesome info guys i really appreciate!
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Old 10-02-2017, 07:20 PM   #14
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There's way more than 5 places to take the road test. I took mine in whichta falls. Guys take em in canton guys take em in san Angelo, etc. It depends on what endorsements you want to have as to what to study. I have air brakes, combination, doubles and triples, pre trip, general knowledge, etc. There's a website that has **** bear identical to the states exams. I wana say it's crst trucking or something to that extent. They have all the practice exams online and they're free. The state's tests are almost word for word the same. The tests are broke up into sections, so only study one section at a time, and go take that exam at your DMV. I did like 3 tests one day and 2 the next. You will need your med card also. Study your pre trip good. That's what most guys on the road test are failing at my work. And have to go try again. Its easy just study, take your time, and if u fail a section, just go retake it the next day
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Old 10-02-2017, 07:46 PM   #15
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There's way more than 5 places to take the road test. I took mine in whichta falls. Guys take em in canton guys take em in san Angelo, etc. It depends on what endorsements you want to have as to what to study. I have air brakes, combination, doubles and triples, pre trip, general knowledge, etc. There's a website that has **** bear identical to the states exams. I wana say it's crst trucking or something to that extent. They have all the practice exams online and they're free. The state's tests are almost word for word the same. The tests are broke up into sections, so only study one section at a time, and go take that exam at your DMV. I did like 3 tests one day and 2 the next. You will need your med card also. Study your pre trip good. That's what most guys on the road test are failing at my work. And have to go try again. Its easy just study, take your time, and if u fail a section, just go retake it the next day


This, and yes you are correct. Itís the exact same as your actual exam

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Old 10-02-2017, 07:57 PM   #16
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Look online for CDL practice tests for the written exams.
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Old 10-02-2017, 08:05 PM   #17
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I went to one of the schools in la for mine. They also wete certified by the for to administer driving tests. The vast majority of guys off the street that came to test failed on the pre-trip inspection, not to mention most couldn't back at all.
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Old 10-03-2017, 07:48 AM   #18
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...and memorize the air brake part of the driving test.

"I've turned the engine off and switched the key back to the on position so I can monitor the air pressure gauge. I see that my pressure is currently..."
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Old 10-03-2017, 08:10 AM   #19
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So do you need your med card before you take the written test
Yes you do. Changed very recently. Just did mine last month.
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Old 10-03-2017, 01:04 PM   #20
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awesome stuff thank y'all
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