As a professional truck driver, you will need to obtain a commercial driver’s license, or CDL. A CDL permits you to operate certain types of vehicles, including those transporting hazardous materials or weighing more than 26,000 pounds. To receive a CDL, you will need to pass a written exam and a skills test. Understanding a few important aspects of the CDL test will help you achieve success during your exam.

Understanding Acceptable Mistakes

Although your CDL examiner may be tough, he understands that you are nervous and may make mistakes. In most cases, making a few minor mistakes is considered acceptable as long as they do not cause property damage or pose a hazard to yourself or others. Acceptable mistakes that will still allow you to obtain your CDL include missing a shift or making a turn that is too wide.

Understanding Automatic Failures

While certain mistakes are acceptable during your CDL exam, some mistakes result in an automatic failure. These mistakes are actions that could put yourself or others in danger or cause damage to property via insufficient handling of your truck. Automatic failures include hitting the curb, failing to signal a turn or lane change, neglecting to check your mirrors before changing lanes, and rolling backwards before moving forward after a stop.

Understanding Composure

While it’s perfectly fine to be nervous during your CDL exam, it’s also important to present a cool and confident exterior whenever possible. You want to show the examiner that you are capable of maintaining a calm and rational mind to handle any situation that might arise. Remember that the exam is designed to put you under stress—going into your exam with this knowledge can help you keep your cool.

Phoenix Truck Driving Institute can give you the training and confidence you need to pass your CDL exam with flying colors. We offer daytime classes, hourly training, and CDL refresher courses in addition to third-party testing options. You can reach us by calling (877) 205-5372 or visit our website to contact us online.