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Anyone on here have a CDL?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by KING-PIN, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. KING-PIN

    KING-PIN

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    I'm going Wednesday to take my CDL test and from what I hear, it's no easy test in Tennessee. I'll be getting the airbrake and passenger endorsements.

    Anyone here have one? Anyone know of any helpful links to practice tests?

    Thanks a lot for your help guys.
     
  2. Herb Twoleaf

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    Gave mine up when I changed states.

    Don't know about Tennessee, sorry :dunno:.
     

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    I do....read your manuals, because they seem always to have tricky questions no matter what state your in. You are talking written test.......and I hope not in a state of confusion!
     
  4. glockrod

    glockrod NRA-Endow. Life

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    Haven't drove in 15 years, but I still have my Class A. May come in handy one day.

    Rod
     
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    Haha, yeah, it's the written test. It's on a computer and is multiple choice, but I hear the wording they use is almost unfair.

    I'm a little nervous, but I just took the practice test on the tn.gov site and did perfect. I hope I'm good to go.
     
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    I've thought about learning how to drive vehicles of the Larger Variety and getting my CDL. I like collecting skills, and it seems like a handy one to have. I know there have been multiple occasions when I've had to let some one else do something because I didn't have one.

    I'm not sure what the best solution would be for some one who doesn't intend to do it for work, though. For now, it's too expensive an effort for something that will have no financial return. Someday.
     
  7. OGW

    OGW NRA, SAF

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    I can't speak for TN, but my state's manual covers everything on the written test very well. I'd be reading all the material the state gave you.
     
  8. E-2-E

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    I've kept mine up for years. When this CDL (B) came about, all I had was a test, multible questions. It was easy, and I just took the tanker/haz mat add ons. I need to go for my physical in March. The funny thing I haven't drove a truck since 1984, but keep the license. No driving test was required since I already held a truck license.
     
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  9. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

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    When I took the test the written was a cake walk and for the driving all you had to do is be sober and not wreck
    Now I hear it's a real pain here
    Universally-All the info you need is common sense and in the book
    Usually there are some shifty questions-I've never failed a multiple answer test-it almost does the studying for you:whistling:
    Good luck
     
  10. titan99

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    Make sure you can identify all the parts on the truck, that's what trips most people up.
     
  11. Ol Timer

    Ol Timer ↓ hog hunter ↓ Millennium Member

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    I have full endorsements other than hazmat, which I let expire this time because of the additional $50+ fees for Homeland Security. If I recall, the passenger and air brake tests are the easy ones with the two shortest chapters. Hazmat, which requires retesting every renewal is the tough one with questions designed to trip you up.

    Good luck.
     
  12. MO's Dink

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    I've had mine for 16 years, class A with hazmat,tanker and airbrakes. Haven't driven in 10 years but my Plan B is driving if need be.Just study the crap out of the manual and you will be fine.I'm sure that you have been in a truckstop and seen and spoken to some(not ALL, but some!)of those guys. Just remind yourself that those guys passed it.
     
  13. CodyBoy

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    I have had my CDL for about 20 yrs.

    Make sure you do a walk around, and check that air brake alarm buzzer before you do anything else.

    Funny story, when I and several of us at work when we took our CHL test.

    Several of us had already taken our driving test with the Trooper and now it was Ron's turn.

    Ron climbed in the cab, Trooper climbed in, Ron turned the key, fired it up, and the Trooper said'
    Get out. You failed

    Should have had a camera to take a picture of the look Ron's face.:rofl:

    Pre trip, air brakes, post trip. Pretty much sums it up.

    I was so nervous I sped thru a school zone. Didn't affect anything. He just told me to slow down and watch my speed. :tongueout:


    YMMV- This was in Texas, but Tennessee shouldn't be much different.
     
  14. timetrial-pro

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    had mine sense 1983, but back then it was called a class 2 but then they went to CDL later and I was Grandfathered in but still had to take the test.
     
  15. Ol Timer

    Ol Timer ↓ hog hunter ↓ Millennium Member

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    A disturbing number of those professionals that came out of school took the test on campus in an open book type setting.
     
  16. OGW

    OGW NRA, SAF

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    That's been my exact thought a number of times. Downright scary, too.
     
  17. glockrod

    glockrod NRA-Endow. Life

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    Seeing as you are a key part of a semi's anatomy, might I ask how you came about to be "king pin" if you are not currently CDL.

    If too explict, I just dont need to know!!LOL

    Rod
     
  18. Steel Head

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    This
    Also the pretrip
    I'm glad I don't have to take the test:whistling:
     
  19. MO's Dink

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    Yes it is!
     
  20. E-2-E

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    Yup got my Class 2 back in "78" I remember the test, just get in the truck with the DMV dude, drive down the road 1/2 mi (no lie), pull into parking lot, back up into a space, done, passed. Ahh the good old simpler days. No inspection of truck bs