The First time behind the wheel of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) may seem overwhelming at first. There are many skills that go into operating a CMV, and how that Professional Truck Driver executes these skills identify them in a crowd. Once you have a complete understanding of operating components on a Class A CDL vehicle, you will be ready to hit the road in our Instructor-led environment. Our instructors will focus on the basic concepts of SIPDE, then evaluate your skills to deliver a true behavior-based training program to practice specific skills and turn bad habits into Professional Truck Driving skills.

You will drive over a test route that has a variety of traffic situations; you must always drive in a safe and responsible manner during the test.
During the driving test, the tester will be scoring you on specific driving maneuvers as well as on your general driving behavior.
You will follow the directions of the tester and directions will be given to you, so you have plenty of time to do what the tester has asked.
You will not be asked to drive in an unsafe or illegal manner; driving in an unsafe or illegal manner will result in an automatic failure.

Road Test Examples
You have been asked to make a turn:
• Check traffic in all directions.
• Use turn signals and safely get into the lane needed for the turn.
• Make sure the intersection is clear- you can wait if necessary if someone is blocking your path
• Square your corners-stay as far within your lane as possible on the outside of the lane and allow trailer tires to clear curbs by staying on a wider path.
• Do not button hook your maneuvers, or it can be considered a dangerous act (talk to your instructor on this note)
As you approach the turn:
• Use turn signals to warn others of your turn.
• Slow down smoothly, change gears as needed to keep power but do not coast (coasting occurs when your vehicle is out of gear (clutch depressed or gearshift in neutral) for more than the length of your vehicle.
• Do not shift when turning, as it will cause you to drift, causing a dangerous act.
• Try to shift as early as possible, then hold your gear when turning
If you must stop before making the turn:
• Come to a smooth stop.
• Come to a complete stop behind the stop line, crosswalk or prior to the intersection.
• If stopping behind another vehicle, stop so that your vehicle has enough room to move around a vehicle without backing your vehicle up.
• Do not let your vehicle roll backwards.
When ready to turn:
• Check traffic in all directions.
• Keep both hands on the steering wheel during the turn.
• Keep checking your mirror to make sure the vehicle does not hit anything on the inside of the turn on both sides.
After the turn:
• Vehicle should finish the turn in the innermost lane, the move into the desired lane afterwards.
• Make sure signal is off.
• Get up to the speed of traffic in a timely manner. Impeding traffic is a dangerous act and demonstrates you are not ready to test.

Automatic Failures
Any of the following will result in an automatic failure of the road test:
 Did not use seat belt.
 A moving violation or disobeying a sign or signal
 An avoidable crash, collision or incident.
 A dangerous act.
 Putting the vehicle over sidewalks or curbs

Course prerequistes: 
Transmaster DOT Copliance OR SBDS DOT Compliance Pre-Trip Essentials Pre-Trip Instructor Lead
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