Just Got My CDL Still Worried About My Turns.

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Shalamar81's Comment
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So I just got my CDL what feels like I cut it very close. I have issues with making my turns I maybe ran over 1 curb in training but always seems like I just don't quiet have it when I am turning that big ole 53 foot trailer and watching my mirror to make sure it makes it around the corner. I think it may just be residue from my instructor always up to the last time I drove with him signaling when I was to turn that is making me nervous. I am about to go train with a mentor for 4-5 weeks for over the road trucking and I honestly hope this isn't a weird thing for someone with there CDL to be worrying about. But any advice or knowledge about this would be great.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Over The Road:

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Your trainer should work with you on that. Just turn slow, nice and wide and watch your tandems in your spot mirror as you make those turns to make sure you don't curb a tire or take down a sign. Practice makes perfect. You'll be ok.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Shalamar81's Comment
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Thank you I appreciate that.

Big Scott's Comment
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