Class Going Well
So far the CDL class is going real well. Last Tuesday we all took our written tests at the DMV (or whatever the hell it's called now in NJ), I passed the exams for all the endorsements no problem.
The rest of this week we practiced straight line backing and angle docking (backing into a straight dock from a 45 degree angle), both of which are part of the physical exam. Straight backing is no problem whatsoever, the angle dock took me a while but now I feel like I've got it down...a little more practice and I'll be rock solid.
Friday afternoon we took turns shifting, which is a bit weird. For one, this truck has a switch on the knob, so you only have to move the knob 5 times (the other half of the time you're just moving the switch). The hard part for me is not depressing the clutch in all the way, like you do in a car. Considering we only went for 15 minutes each and by that time I was getting it into 5th gear, a little more practice and I should have it down pat.
Next week we're off, the instructor goes on vacation. After that, a little more backing & shifting the it's all road time.