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CDL Class A Pre Trip Inspection SELF TEST

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Test your Class A Pre-Trip Inspection knowledge before your CDL Skills Test. Our FREE Pre-Trip Study Guide can help you ace the Pre-Trip Inspection


CDL Skills Test: In-Cab Air Brake Test

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The steps of the In-Cab Air Brake Test didn't change. The way we score the test is different. Not to worry, Steve Heany from CDL College shows you how to master the In-Cab Air Brake Test in this short video.


CDL Backing Skills: Straight Back PART 1

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During your CDL Skills test, you will be asked to drive your vehicle straight for-ward and stop at the end of a lane, then back your vehicle in a straight line between two rows of cones without touching or crossing over the exercise boundaries.


CDL Test: Alley Dock Infographic-2015

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You may be asked to back your vehicle into an alley dock, bringing the rear of your vehicle as close as possible to the rear of the alley dock without going beyond the exercise boundary marked by a line or row of cones while taking your CDL Test .


CDL Test: What Will You Be Tested On?-2015

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What are the parts of the CDL Driving Test? This infographic will make it easy for you to study.


CDL Skills Test Infographic

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FMCSA updated the CDL Skills Testing standards in August 2015. This infographic breaks down the newest CDL Skills Test that we have to perform at CDL College. I hope it helps other people getting their CDL as much as it helps the students our truck driving school students.


New CDL License Rules

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Per Colorado CDL Compliance, as of today-July 20, 2015 there are some changes in both CDL Permit fees and CDL Restrictions.


Out of State CDL Skills Testing

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You need to take the written test for your CDL Permit in your home state. After you obtain your CDL Permit at home: you can travel to another state for school. You'll take the CDL skills test in their state. You'll then go home to obtain your license. The CDL Skills test will be out of the way. Your State must issue a CDL based upon the test results from another State.


CDL Weight Vs. Actual Weight

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CDL is all about the manufacturer's rating- GVWR. 26,001 pounds (GVWR) is a CDL vehicle. People think they need a CDL (for a particular truck) because they bought license plates (registered weight) above the 26,001 pound threshold. Take a truck that has a GVWR of 26,000 pounds. The one pound makes all the difference. The truck was manufactured at 26,000 pounds on purpose-to avoid the need for a CDL. You can't test in this 26,000 pound truck because it doesn't require a CDL in the first place.


Trucking Industry


Positive Fleet Environment Heading into 2016; Still Struggling With Shortage

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The 48 American fleets that participated in the survey said that they are continuing to see good demand level for their services with high equipment utilization rates. However, the driver shortage is one area that continues to especially challenging for OTR for-hire fleets in the US.


ATA Data Confirms Increased Safety Across Trucking Industry

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Last week, we did a short piece on why truckers prefer local driving to OTR. Of course, there are two sides to every story- here is the flip side! Read below to learn why some experienced truckers prefer OTR work to local driving. Have a comment to add? Drop us a line.


Ask Truckers: Why Do You Favor OTR Over Local?

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Last week, we did a short piece on why truckers prefer local driving to OTR. Of course, there are two sides to every story- here is the flip side! Read below to learn why some experienced truckers prefer OTR work to local driving. Have a comment to add? Drop us a line.


Ask Truckers: Attracting New Drivers, Ways to Retain Active Ones?

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Its been a brigade of r/Trucking topics this week at CDL College. The next one focuses on the best tactics to attract new drivers and the most effective ways to retain the good ones you already have. Here are some of the top responses:


Truckers: What is One Problem We Can (Try) to Solve For You?

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The question was posed by a Master student of Transportation Engineering in the U.S. who works with freight. He said, "studying freight, we hear a lot about the troubles that you experience in your jobs, but I wanted to ask you first hand: What is one problem, that you hope will be solved for you? That would make your trip safer, more efficient or just more fun?"


Truck Weight Increase Proposal Rejected

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The effort to raise the limit on truck weight, specified within the Highway Bill, was rejected last week as the House of Representatives voted 236-187 against it.


Remove Non-Fault Crashes from the CSA Data Already

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The American Transport Research Institute released a report Assessing the Impact of Non-Preventable Crashes on CSA Scores. Many in the industry have concerns about CSA’s accuracy in predicting crash risk. Under CSA, both carriers and drivers receive safety scores across seven BASICs.


Australian Freight Transport Industry One of World's Biggest

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Australia... you might first think of Vegemite sandwiches, kangaroos, and meat pies, but not necessarily trucking! The 'Land Down Under,' however, has higher freight levels and road length per capita than any other country. A land mass of 2.97 million square miles houses a relatively small population of 23.13 million people.


Becoming an Owner-Operator: Was it a Good Decision?

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"It isn't for everyone. You've got to be on top of the bookwork all the time and this is where a lot of guys come unstuck because they just don't like bookwork. Also you save huge $$$$ if you do the mechanical work yourself, even basic stuff like oil changes and brake jobs, but you need somewhere to do it, preferably undercover. You can set the truck up just how you want, go where and when you want if you are full independent. I've been both O/O and company. Give me O/O every time but like I said it isn't for everyone."


Heavy-Spending Trucking Industry Pushes Congress to Relax Safety Rules

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Big players in the trucking industry are abuzz about the potential loosening of restrictions on drivers, much to the dismay of safety advocates.


Trucking Technology


Ask Truckers: What Apps Have Helped You the Most?

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What apps have help you the most? Below, we'll share some of the top responses and include a screen capture of each app mentioned.


Invigorating the Industry: Convoy Launches Uber for Trucking

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Seattle-based Convoy reported Tuesday that it had raised $2.5 million in seed funding from sources including Amazon, Salesforce, eBay, and Uber. The new online service and app will be used to pair shippers with available local carriers based on equipment, payload, capacity and distance.


Dealer Service a Key Theme at Recent ATA Conference

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With a shortage of qualified drivers, the last thing a fleet manager wants to hear is that his or her truck is broken down. What can be even more disheartening is when the repair service at a dealer is slower than satisfactory.


Truck Safety


PennDOT: No Messing Around; Driver Docked $400K for Hitting Bridge

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Whether its your last haul before retirement or your first haul out of school: check, check and re-check (the height of load, of course)! Trucker Michael Miranda is learning this the hard way after striking an overpass in eastern Pennsylvania last week; The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants to recoup their losses to the tune of $400,000.


Tips to Respectfully Navigate our Truck-Filled Highways

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Big rigs can take over five times longer than the average passenger vehicle to come to a full stop. Consider this, add poor weather conditions, and toss a few distracted drivers into the mix and you'll have a recipe for disaster.


10 Trucking Tips for Safe Trucking This Winter

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With winter right around the corner -- and the cold, snow, sleet, and freezing rain that comes with it -- we felt it prudent to discuss how to remain safe on the roads during the season.


Level 1 Inspection with Colorado State Troopers

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A Level 1 truck inspection is the big one. This is an inspection that includes examination of the driver and the entire vehicle.


Deadly Distracted Driving

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A Bag of Cheetos. Looks pretty harmless right? Other than the fat and sodium content, they are not dangerous or deadly. Yet, they are part of this story. The story of a man who ended up succumbing to injuries sustained when a semi truck crashed into his pick up truck on I-70 March 24, 2015.


The Only Task From Here To There Is Driving

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When people look at safety like the person in the bear chase story- “All I have to do is outrun you” they are basically placing their own safety and lives above all others. No matter what type of potentially unsafe environment people are in, when an individual believes that their own wellbeing is more important than others, they have become part of the unsafe conditions and are a danger to others. Working together with others can be stressful and, sometimes, even unpleasant. But having each other’s back is the number one priority.


Truck Driving Community


Abandoned Truck Stops: Places That Were

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If you've been in the long-haul trucking business for a long time, you have likely seen your fair share of abandoned truck stops and restaurants. While you probably just cruise past without a second thought, some folks take it upon themselves to document these "ghost facilities." A recent thread on Reddit's r/Trucking queried truckers on whether they ever stop to take photos of the abandoned truck stops.


Quincy on the Michael Brown Radio Show

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Quincy attended CDL College in 2015. He met us through the Michael Brown Radio Show in Denver, CO.. Quincy was living in Texas at the time and he needed a new career. He was having a hard time.


What are Some Positive Things that Passenger Cars do that Make You Smile?

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The road can be an unforgiving place; therefore, when someone does something positive, you are more likely to remember it. We suggest "passing it on" -- there is no such thing as too much good karma. Anyway, here are some of the top responses (hint: some are sarcastic!):


Truck Driver Community Outreach

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Gary (from Gary's Job Board fame) visited Monroe Elementary in Loveland, CO for career day. It's very sweet how he describes the Truck Driver profession to a group of 3rd graders. He explains the different types of trailers, the sleeper berth, CB talk and road gators.


18 Year old Truck Drivers?

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Instead of at a desk, Blackburn is sitting in the driver’s seat of a semi-truck—maneuvering a 53-foot trailer around. He has some help from Don Hathaway—a seasoned truck driver—who’s sitting in the back of the cab.


DHS seniors earn CDLs in first-of-its-kind class

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With a need for CDL drivers in the surrounding oil fields and other industries, Weigel and the administration made DHS the only high school in the state to offer a two-week course of this nature.


Operation Roger

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I recently came across an organization called Operation Roger. Their description on their website states: “We are a rag-tag group of pet loving truckers who volunteer to help needy pets travel to their new homes and have a better chance at a fun filled life by giving them a hitchhike in the cabs of our trucks and a lot of TLC enroute.


Trucking Comedy


Scared Smart: Pre-Trip Inspections

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These men are former truck drivers serving time in a minimum security prison. Tweak, Willard, and Road Rash were each involved in fatal traffic accidents that were later determined to have been preventable.


Truck Driving School


How much does CDL truck driving school cost?

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CDL training costs vary from school to school, but the average cost for a Class A Over the Road Course is roughly $4500. Some CDL schools charge more, and some charge less.


RANT: SuperTruckers as Driving Instructors

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One of my instructors wrote this RANT concerning Driving Instructors. I thought I'd forward it to all of my CDL Training brothers and sisters. Warning: this instructor doesn't pull his punches.