Spotlight on the CDL Exam: Demonstrating Basic Control of the Vehicle

Just like the process to obtain a regular driver’s license, the exam for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is broken down into a written test and a road test. The road test evaluator will judge you on your ability to exercise basic control of the vehicle. In other words, you’ll have to show that you can control its speed and direction in a safe and appropriate manner. Aspiring truck drivers often get nervous about the skills portion of the exam, but there’s nothing to worry about. You’ll get all the practice you need during your CDL training program.


Accelerate the vehicle gradually to prevent it from jerking. This is important because rough acceleration can damage the coupling when you’re hauling a trailer. If the road is wet, speed up even more gradually. Otherwise, you might lose control.


The road test evaluator will check whether you have both hands on the wheel at all times. This is significant because, if you hit a large pothole, you might lose control unless you have both hands on the wheel. Keep your hands on opposite sides of the wheel.


Braking is far more complicated in a big rig than it is in a passenger vehicle. Remember that you’ll need a great deal more space to stop. Depress the brake pedal slowly to bring the vehicle to a smooth stop.

Backing Up

Make sure your vehicle is in the best possible position to execute this maneuver safely. Don’t hesitate to get out and walk around your vehicle to check its position. Back up very slowly, checking your mirrors often. It’s safer to back up and turn toward the driver’s side, since this allows a better field of vision.

Phoenix Truck Driving School at Ft. Bliss will thoroughly prepare you to ace your CDL exam so you can get started pursuing your lucrative truck driving career. Call us at (877) 206-8344 to find out about our upcoming class schedule. Don’t forget to ask about our next open house event!

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