This campus is in phoenix arizona and in this video i'm gon na kind of explain why i'm here? What am i doing? Why do i need my cdl and, of course, show you some of the process of getting a commercial driver's license, including you know, preparation, training, schooling and, at the very end of the video, will i pass my test or not, and i already have my permit. I already passed the written test. This is all practice related and actually getting the driving test and the pre trip inspection done. So i can tow big trailers for the eye gauntlet and actually go on the mpg loops with giant trucks and trailers, and do it professionally. Music, okay, so this is my truck for the day for my practice: it's a pretty brand new freightliner and um i'm doing a pre trip. Inspection on this truck i'm, not going to show you every detail but i'm working with the instructor here eric who is basically taking me through the steps – and let me show you just a few elements of this. I want to be able to drive a class 8 truck with air brakes. I wouldn't be able to do it if i test it with a dually. This particular truck has an automated transmission so i'm, not doing a manual here's, a quick look underneath the engine and, of course the pre trip inspection involves. You know hundreds of different points that you're actually checking, including the air system, the turbocharger system, the alternator, the windshield wiper, fluid the windshield and it's all about safety.
In the end, and of course this is just one example of a truck like this. This one has actually leaf springs in the front, of course, with shocks and, of course, air brakes. Here you can see some air brake components. This is an air chamber. You have a whole air hose coming to it. This is your slack adjuster and a push rod and, of course, you can see all the accessories on the engine in the front. On this side, you can check a lot more items: your overflow tank, your power, steering your water pump. Your power steering pump your air compressor, which is back there, because it is, of course, gear driven your steering linkages, Music and, of course, this video would not be possible without the help from the guys at the southwest truck driver training. School click on the link below. In the description of this video, swtdt.com it's, a family owned business and if you're looking for a career in big trucking or if you want to test some trucks or actually tow a camping, trailer safely or operate, a big motor home safely check them out. Okay. So on this freightliner, these are the gauges i'm. Looking at i've got oil pressure. Of course, fuel and def i've got my air primary and secondary and of course i have my water or coolant temp, my speedometer and tachometer all right guys so i'm practicing for my backing maneuvers test and the first test, like i told you, is a straight alley Back so the truck is lined up pretty straight.
I have a line of cones on both sides of the truck and trailer, and my job is to slowly and surely to get the truck and trailer backed up here's a good thing. This trailer is so long. It behaves slowly. Everything is like in slow motion, so, if you're throwing a really tiny trailer, very short, trailer like a 10 footer or a 14 footer it's kind of all over the place in this case, because the trailer is so incredibly long, it takes a while for it to Turn, okay, i've never touched a single cone, make sure my nose crosses and i completed this practice run next up offset let's try that that should be way more difficult. Now the second maneuver is called the offset, which means changing lanes. So imagine two parallel lanes docking lanes. You got ta go switch from one to the other, so i'm practicing it and it's, not easy Music, okay, i'm making a right turn backing up, trying to watch every mirror. I have Music. I want to be able to see and i'm not always able to see exactly what i want. This trailer is pretty huge i'm looking in my spotter mirror my convex mirror and there now i need to straighten out and bring this puppy home all right there. We go much closer that's. It got. Ta have really good vision, because the convex mirror makes everything look small so and you dealing with big distances here so yeah it's important to have really really great vision: Music, okay, guys.
So the parallel parking maneuver is very, very difficult. My instructor eric and the school right here at southwest they have their own kind of uh, waypoints and a way to kind of understand it without actually seeing everything, but actually a way to kind of use. The landing gear and the trailer and the truck in a way to actually position it just right and complete the maneuver i'm trying to find boom the perfect way to enter this box, and my goal is to actually keep this truck perfectly in this box i'm. Using a lot of steering and that's because there's not a lot of space and then i'm trying to find my second cone behind me once i do, i can actually kind of bring my trailer you don't back to be perfect, but that is perfect. It is. We call this pretty even level yeah here at southwest truck driver training. They have everything even some of the components on display that are either you know, showing what problems you may have, and also showing your components, for example, that's, a hub, of course, with the bolts and the brake pads there's a big brake drum. There is a air chamber with a freight uh airline coming to it, so students and every anybody here can actually come up and actually see and feel those parts and that's very important, but because this is a big part of safety, actually understanding these parts, how they Work also, the s cam actuator on the brake, pads, that's, really cool, to see Music Applause all right guys.
If i didn't say this was fun uh i would be lying. I mean i'm trying to be very serious. Of course, this is not a joking matter. I'M. Learning and in charge of a very massive vehicle, i do not have cargo in the trailer but it's a fully equipped full length trailer and a fully equipped tandem. Axle tractor semi truck and i'm about to go on the road practice run and make sure i can hit all the right. You know just safety items i i can stop. I can turn i can obviously negotiate traffic correctly and be safe. All right, first gear engaged drive. All this automated transmission makes it's fairly easy. I mean i don't have to push the clutch in and worry about the shifting right now i can just focus on my on my vehicle and drive, making the right turn it's going to take me a while to get rid used to the brakes. No problem yeah it's a little grabby right. Do you have to do any grades between here in l.a? There is a few right there's a couple up and downs right. Um, i wouldn't be great. You know so it's not like denver, where you're climbing to the top of the world it's funny you're from denver yeah, and i tell my students all the time and i've warned them about that um route: seven out there that out that uh, seven eight yeah – that Has more not not yet oh been around how lovely that's it i just.
I warned my sooners about that all the time if i've ever been nervous before. Yes, i think it was that on love would pass, but i was pretty nervous. I think i went there once maybe i don't think i went there twice. That was it, but actually i took over for my teammate. It was his turn to drive and hitting up the pass. He pulled over he's like i'm, not doing it true drivers in my blood, but man some things, but just not worth it me climbing a mountain of mountain of snow. I don't get paid anymore to do that down to the hobby dead. You know what i mean so give me the death, so my first day of training is complete and i'm actually uh pretty happy and relieved. I did some homework. It helped when i got here in the morning and i was able to do within a two or three times my pre trip inspection. I was able to get almost perfect. I wouldn't say perfect. Then my road drive test was pretty successful. I got better as the time went on and finally, the backing maneuvers practice, the straight up backing was pretty easy and then it got harder and harder and harder. So i do need a second day to perfect that, and once i get all that done, i can take my two and a half hour test and hopefully be a cdl driver, Music. Okay, now it is day two it's 5 45 a.
m. Yes, planes are flying overhead and i have a half day of practice for my pre trip, my road test and still backing maneuvers, and then i take my test so wish me luck or maybe i don't need luck. Let'S find out Applause, Music Applause, Music! Well guys! My practice is done. I went over my pre trip inspection, it seems like countless times. I'Ve done my backing practice and my road test practice so now, there's only one thing left is to actually take the test itself. So i'll see in about two and a half hours: okay, well, actually, just cue up the music and i'll be right back and guys. This is eric my instructor, thank you eric for actually working with me and thank you and on the behalf of southwestern driving training. Here in arizona, this is your certificate of completion, no way dude, absolutely your truck driver. Now, sir. Okay, all right thanks a lot. Thank you very welcome all right guys, so i had some time to practice today. Everything the pre trip, inspection, the backup maneuvers. Also, i felt a lot more confident when i was actually do it the second day and then the first day and, of course, the road test practice as well and then. Finally, yes, i was able to pass my test. My pre trip ran pretty smoothly uh. The truck was misbehaving, just a tiny bit uh. It was giving me a low air pressure warning a little bit sooner than i hoped, but we walked through it and my backup maneuvers were not easy.
Under pressure of the test situation, i was a little bit uh, not as precise as i wanted, but then finally, road test was pretty smooth. I have my cdl now and guys uh yeah. This was quite an experience, and now i can tow heavy trailers on the eye gauntlet and all the efficiency loops that we always do and be licensed to do it and even license to drive a class 8 with air brakes guys and as always, thank you for Watching go back to tfotruck.