The point of enrolling in truck-driving school is to learn the skills and the knowledge that you need to pass the CDL exam. Keep reading for some tips that will help you prepare for the CDL road test so you can pass it on your first try.
Avoid Automatic Failures
There are a few mistakes that are considered automatic failures during the road test. A lot of people are aware of obvious mistakes like running through a red light or getting into an accident, but there are smaller mistakes that could impact your ability to get your license. If you hit the curb, neglect to use a turn signal, let the vehicle roll backward before starting, or forget to check the mirrors before switching lanes, your instructor might issue an automatic failure. Before the day of your exam, you should make sure that you are very comfortable and familiar with all of the basics of operating the vehicle.
Make Sure You Can Gauge Turns
An instructor will not penalize you for making one or two wide turns. He or she might take away some points if it is obvious that you cannot properly gauge how to turn, though. Make sure you practice turns in a truck so you are ready to do them properly on the day of your road test.
The CDL road test is designed to be stressful so the instructor can determine whether or not you are able to maintain your composure in an intense situation. If you are obviously nervous during your exam and it affects your driving performance, you might not pass. You should practice driving until you feel confident enough to work through the pressure of the exam.
At Phoenix Truck Driving Institute, we want you to feel confident behind the wheel. Our instructors are here to help you learn everything that you need to know to find success in the trucking industry. To learn more about our program or the admissions process, visit us online or call 1-877-205-5372.