Originally posted by Dalmatian90
If you go for a CDL-B, you have to take it in a more typical straight truck like a delivery truck or dump truck. Our members going for CDL train on & borrow for the test one of the Town Highway Department's dump trucks.
I got my CDL-B about 4 years after I passed my first EVOC. I actually found the EVOC to be a harder road test, but the difference is, if you knock over a cone in EVOC your time gets penalized, if you knock over a cone for DOT, you get one more try, then you fail.
When I got my CDL I went through a school course, it was 5 days of training and 1 day to test spread out over 4 weeks. We had to self study for the written, "here's your guide book kid, good luck." From the time of application to license in hand took about 2 months.
Much talk has been made here concerning code 3 driving, and how we need to be trained for that, but the fact is, both EVOC and AVOC were more about not hitting the cones, don't race the train, and always wear you seatbelt than want to do when the idiot in front of you doesn't see or hear you. I took AVOC about 2 years ago, a 16 hour class, maybe 2 hour of it was actually about driving an ambulance. All the rest was a driver's ed refresher.
I've heard AVOCII is much better, locally we have a roll cage equiped ambulance with skid marks down the side to prove it, but that course is rarely offered anymore, and when it is its never close enough to me to take it.
Cops have a great training program, at least from the videos I've seen of it, where they go out on a closed course and actually run code 3 through cones, chasing cars, ect. AVOCII is simular, but a) it is not required to drive, and b) it is rarely offered as a class.
Do you have simular expericances?