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Tom M.'s Comment
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SO EXCITED. I started trucking school three weeks ago. Aced everything so far except for skills. Can't get the straight backing down yet. Anyone with pointers on this skill would be greatly appreciated. Greg is an awesome instructor at this school. He is very patient and doesn't sugar you. I've even been fielding trucking companies with regards to benefits and pay. I've narrow it down to PRIME, Schneider, Wil-trans and CRST. If anyone has suggestions or advice for a new driver, please do so. I'm raring to go as soon as I pass my DMV drive test.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

Peter M.'s Comment
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Hang in there, you'll get it. I am really excited for you. You're living my dream.

Pete

MyNameGoesHere's Comment
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I was actually going to reply to this sooner but I figured others more experienced would have better information.

If you can do the other maneuvers then straight should be simple. Don't over think it and keep adjustments minimal. You don't need a lot of movement of the steering wheel. "Turn towards your trouble", in other words if you are approaching the left side then turn the wheel to the left. Lastly, unless you're somehow really crooked, if you turn the wheel more than a quarter of a turn then you've turned it way too much. If the truck is straight then it should back right up and movements no more than an inch of the wheel is all that's needed.

One last thing, listen to your instructors. They're there to help. They'll be able to see where your errors are and once you can see them too you'll know how to fix it before it gets to bad.

This is just my experience anyway.

Best Wishes.

G-Town's Comment
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Tom M the advice

I was actually going to reply to this sooner but I figured others more experienced would have better information.

If you can do the other maneuvers then straight should be simple. Don't over think it and keep adjustments minimal. You don't need a lot of movement of the steering wheel. "Turn towards your trouble", in other words if you are approaching the left side then turn the wheel to the left. Lastly, unless you're somehow really crooked, if you turn the wheel more than a quarter of a turn then you've turned it way too much. If the truck is straight then it should back right up and movements no more than an inch of the wheel is all that's needed.

One last thing, listen to your instructors. They're there to help. They'll be able to see where your errors are and once you can see them too you'll know how to fix it before it gets to bad.

This is just my experience anyway.

Best Wishes.

Totally agree with this advice. The other key is to "set-up" in a straight line, visually between the cones thus eliminating the need to straighten out the trailer while backing. Get it straight before you back up and life will be grand. .

Tom M.'s Comment
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UPDATE YA'LL

I passed my DMV drive test and am an official Class a license holder. It took me two tries, but I DID IT! Now i am hired with Covenant Transport and waiting for my Trainer to come to me from TN. I'm still a lil nervous but eager to get rolling and learning this job. Pray for me and give me any advice. I would appreciate it. See ya'll out there!!!

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

G-Town's Comment
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Great job Driver...!!!

Best wishes for continued success and above all else safe travels.

Tom M.'s Comment
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Update y'all....i have been on the road a trainer for 3 weeks now...got around 2500 miles and 120 hrs behind the wheel..the trainer i believe is locco....she has serious mood swings all day...i still have problems with docking the rig...learning from her is almost imoossible...she circles a truck stop for the easiest parking that hopefully doesn't require her to back in...when backing in she blames her problems on other trucks and obstacles in the way...she doesn't like allowing others to enter the freeway unless they SPEED to get ahead of her...scary

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Geezz, trainer should have you backing... Ask/tell her (sounds like she's a bit rough around the edges) to find open spaces for you to practise... Its in the companies best interest that you become proficient in handling their equipment and not a liability due to a "loco" trainer... I'd consider a chat with your office contact in any case....

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Oh, and running slow lane (right) with merging on traffic can be tricky. 1. If possible I like to stay in center lane, if legal, in city freeway traffic. 2. It the law for merging traffic to "blend" in. You don't have a yield sign!!....It can be super dangerous if a big rig starts breaking, soft or hard, to let people up and on....Don't worry, they'll see you and make their own speed adjustments.

Tom M.'s Comment
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Well y'all....ive racked up over 6k in miles and 150 hours behind the wheel time....doing pretty good I think

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