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Tips for Passing Your CDL Driving Test

CDL TestTo drive big rigs, you need to pass the CDL exam. CDL stands for “Commercial Driver’s License.” The exam involves a written portion concerning things like rules and regulations, while the driving portion is all about seeing whether or not you’ve got what it takes to safely steer a giant truck around parking lots, roads, etc.

For some people, taking the CDL exam is fraught with anxiety. It feels like their whole career depends on it, and examiners want it to feel that way. It’s a way to see if a person can “handle the pressure.” After all, taking the CDL test is stressful, just like driving a truck can be. How good are you working under pressure? Do you have calm and steady nerves? Are you able to relax enough to get the job done properly?

Go into a CDL exam with as much confidence as you can muster. A positive attitude can help you overcome anxiety. Even if you make a small mistake, keep pressing on. Don’t dwell on that one little mistake or else you’ll end up making plenty more. Focus is important.

As for the driving part of the exam, some of the things to avoid include hitting a curb, rolling backward from a stop, and not checking your mirrors before changing lanes. Of course you also should not run a red light, forget to use turn signals, or get in an accident.

Whatever you can do to keep yourself mentally sharp for your test– do it! You might want to create a mental checklist in your mind of what to do/what not to do. You might want to practice beforehand so you’re not going into the test unprepared.

The DMV website offers “cheat sheets” to help you study for the test: http://www.dmv.org/commercial-drivers-license-practice-test.php On that site you can also take the CDL practice test to get yourself in the mental mood for taking the actual written test later on.

Don’t stress. Practice and prepare and take the test with a positive attitude. You can pass it!

EPA Puts Phase 2 In Place For Idling Truck Standards

New rules set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1,690 page greenhouse gas pollution rule book is giving worry to truck drivers. Right now, there is great concern for the safety of the environment due to heavy-duty truck idling, especially when truck drivers idle their trucks during required rest breaks during day and weeklong trips.… Continue Reading

Truck Drivers Will Be Required To Log Hours Electronically

Truck Drivers Will Be Required To Log Hours Electronically

For decades upon decades, truck drivers have logged their miles with a paper and pen. However, as has been the case with businesses and industries around the country, truck drivers will soon be replacing pens and papers with an electronic device. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is the major authoritative voice for truck… Continue Reading

What Is A Compliance Review and How Does It Affect Commercial Carriers

In order to operate a commercial truck, drivers have to obtain a particular commercial driver’s license and follow many regulations, including a compliance review. In order to ensure that a commercial truck carrier is properly following regulations, the compliance review provides an on-site examination of motor carrier operations. This examination is meant for evaluating whether… Continue Reading