So, I Can't Get The Parallel Or Alley Dock

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DahBrazilian's Comment
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I am almost done with TNT and my trainer let me park/alley dock twice throught out the whole training. Im a pro at driving and maneuvering in the city and tight spaces but I am horrible with backing and alley dock. Its really stressful. I get nervous when I hold up people because im going slow and it just intensifies the stress. Im trying to be stoic about this whole process and not letting it get to me but damnit its hard.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Wow...i really lose all sense.of.time OTR. Seemed like a long time since this thread started

Hang in there do not quit!!!!

What makes you so special that you think you should be backing like a pro straight out the womb? Lol. As crazy as it sounds I'm just now feeling really comfortable with backing onto tight spots.i have friends who team with their husbands and after years of driving they still use their hubbies to get in tight spots.

When you go.solo, park at truck stops midday and practice practice practice. It will be much less stressful for you cause it's your truck...your time and no one to criticize.

At customers and truck stops..we women have an advantage cause all these sweet guys jump.out of their trucks even at 0300 to help.guide us. The yard dogs usually help you get in the door or tell you to drop it. I.kept cash and candy treats to give out to customers. Smile. thank them. Get their names and remember their faces. After going to the same customers a few times I now roll in with treats and a "hi bob". Guess who gets a door faster and even a guide when needed..the female driver with cookies lol

Bottom line...your fears are normal and everyone feels.the same.way Go slow and GOAL. Ignore the jerks take your time.

You will be fine

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Big Scott's Comment
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I am almost done with TNT and my trainer let me park/alley dock twice throught out the whole training. Im a pro at driving and maneuvering in the city and tight spaces but I am horrible with backing and alley dock. Its really stressful. I get nervous when I hold up people because im going slow and it just intensifies the stress. Im trying to be stoic about this whole process and not letting it get to me but damnit its hard.

Relax. We all go through that. Don't worry about the bullies. If you need help just ask. Take your time. GOAL as much as you think you need. Walk all the way around the truck. Take in all the angles. Most important don't hit anything. In most cases if you are tight on your sight side (driver's side) you're good on the blind side. GOAL to be 100% sure. If people are waiting to get by and you can get to a point where they can get by, stop and wave them through. Don't be afraid to say you're brand new. I do that all the time. The other day, I spent at least 30 minutes trying to get into a very tight space. They were nice and moved all the box trucks that were in my way. Had to blind side in. You will get better with time.

Good luck. Relax. Keep is posted. We're here to help.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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