Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago
Jc C, It's not possible to help unless you give more information. "Thinking way ahead too far" is not a failure by itself. What did you do or not do that caused you to fail your drive test in your examiners words?
Tip#1 It is very important to look ahead 3 city blocks in the city and 3/4 miles on the freeway. This is a must. But, don't forget about what is right in front of you as well. Example, don't be looking 3 blocks ahead of you and not see the curb and run over the curb right in front of you.
Tip #2 The drive test is kinda like multi tasking. You have a lot going on at the same time. If you are 99% focused on the gears, then chances are you may forget other things such as looking at traffic ahead of you and in the mirrors, or forgetting to signal or cancel your signal, or getting your stop nice and smooth before the limit line or crosswalk.
The more you practice, the better you will become and more it will all come together.
Keep at it. Keep fighting for it. Don't give up and quit. You got this. You'll get it.
Posted: 5 years, 1 month ago
Eric, as you approach the stop you will want to press the service brake in a manner that you will make a smooth and complete stop before the limit line or crosswalk. As you get closer and closer to the line where you will stop you want to push in the clutch (coasting) so that you only coast about 10, 20 or 30 feet and no more than the length of the tractor and trailer before coming to a smooth and complete stop. If you coast over the length of the tractor and trailer it can be considered coasting out of control. I call this the IN GEAR STOP. HINT: As you get closer and closer to the point where you will push in the clutch you will notice the sound of the engine dropping and getting closer to lugging. Don't let it lug and of course next is killing the truck at a dead stop.
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago
Driving someone else’s truck
Hey Grumpy, I've had 2 trucks handed to me that were much worse than those pics. Each took 1 full day to clean up. One was a recovery. I was just wondering, when I worked at Central Refrigerated Services in 2013 there was a driver with a red truck and white lettering on the sleeper which said,"GRUMPY OLD MAN". I was just curious if that would happen to have been you?