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How to Become a CDL Driver: The On-Road Practical Test

How to Become a CDL Driver: The On-Road Practical Test

Are you interested in becoming a CDL driver? If so, you will need to take a practical road skills test. At Logisticize, we know these exams may seem a little daunting, so we are here to help you learn a little more about them.

Becoming a CDL Driver: What to Expect During Your Practical Test

transportation red sunrise driving truck vehicle logistics peterbilt semi truck travel america t20 YXnbRmThe exact nature of the CDL on-road practical test varies a little from one state to the next. However, most examiners will test you on these specific driving situations and maneuvers:

Stopping and Starting: To become a CDL driver, you will need to prove you can stop and start the vehicle safely. Your examiner will most likely test your skills by asking you to pull over to the side of the road and come to a complete stop. They will then ask you to restart the truck and re-enter traffic.

Turns and Intersections: During your road test, you will need to show that you can safely navigate turns and intersections. Examiners tend to pay close attention to your braking and your use of turn signals.

Lane Changes: Almost all examiners will ask you to prove you can change lanes in your truck. Ensure you perform the necessary traffic checks first to avoid incurring any penalties. Smooth steering is also vital.

Railroad Crossings: To become a CDL driver, you will need to prove that you know how to safely navigate a railroad crossing. Examiners want to see you decelerate smoothly on approach while looking and listening for trains. They will also check to ensure you do not stop, change gears, or switch lanes while any part of your vehicle is in the crossing.

Highway Driving: Most truck drivers spend the vast majority of their time on the highway. To get your CDL, you will need to show that you know how to safely enter and exit a highway. You will also have to prove your ability to maintain speed, spacing, and lane positioning.

Urban Driving: During your on-road skills test, your examiner will almost certainly ask you to take your truck into a busy urban area. They want to see you keeping a safe distance from other vehicles, maintaining a safe speed, and using your turn signals when necessary.

Signage: As a CDL driver, you will need to read and understand a range of road signs about clearances and weight limits. Your examiners may ask you to identify some common signs before, during, or after your test.

The total length of the practical test can vary from state to state. However, you should expect to be on the road with your examiner for at least an hour or two.

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Once you pass your on-road skills test and become a CDL driver, it is time to get a job! At Logisticize, we treat our staff like family. We offer excellent benefits, holidays and personal time off, insurance, and a competitive salary.

If you are interested in working for us, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (419) 399-3900 option 3. You can also contact us online. We can't wait to hear from you!


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