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How to Avoid Failing Your CDL Driving Test

Follow These Tips on Passing

Failing the CDL exam can be a trucker’s worst nightmare. The driving portion of the exam is where a lot of driver’s struggle the most. What if you forget the rules or focus on them so much that it leads to a mistake? The following guide focuses on how to avoid failing the CDL exam. 

How To Improve Your Chances Of Passing The CDL Exam 

Most importantly, be calm: the exam is not as bad as you think. Building up anxiety will only hurt your chances of doing well on the exam. Staying calm during the exam will help you avoid careless mistakes. 

Remember: it’s the examiner’s job to test you and see if you can handle the pressure. Will you panic if you miss a shift or freeze up if someone critiques your driving skills? The lesson here is to remain as calm as possible. Focus on what you’ve learned in driving school and behind the wheel of the truck. 

The most important tip in passing the CDL exam is avoiding mistakes that will result in an automatic fail. Safety hazard mistakes are the most important aspect of the CDL exam because they can lead to accidents on the road. Safety hazard mistakes include:

  • running a red light
  • failing to signal when changing lanes/making a turn
  • being involved in an accident.

Remember to rely on your driving skills, don’t put to much pressure on yourself! 

For over five decades,  we have helped students successfully pass the CDL exam through expert instruction. We’re ready when you are, just give us a call to get started with your CDL training! 303-848-8443

This blog was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for 2019.