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Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Intro,Upgrade Time, Ease My Backing Anxiety

Thanks for the advice Old School. Your right I can leave my comfort zone.Like most people I found driving a trucking intimidating when I first started but naturally my fear of driving has dwindled with each day.Going straight, making turns, traffic are all familiar to me now but when it comes to backing my brain shuts down.I think once I get setting up down wiggling into a spot will be a breeze.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Anyone carry their laptop?

I keep my laptop with me.It doesn't get a lot of use but during extended down time its nice to have. I have a 15" HP notebook with an i7 processor and ok built in graphics so I can play games downloaded from Steam with an Xbox controller connected to the USB.Outside of video games everything else can be done on the phone but sometimes the bigger screen and keyboard makes things easier.

Posted:  5 years, 5 months ago

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Intro,Upgrade Time, Ease My Backing Anxiety

Hello everyone.This is my first time posting, though I have been lurking for a while now. Just wanted to make myself known and be active on the forums since the information others have provided has been very useful for me.

My name is Awko (as far as the internet is concerned), I went through Prime's training program. Even though I could have upgraded months ago I remained on my trainers truck because I had little to no backing practice outside the couple of days spent cramming it on the pad during the PSD phase.My trainer was a nice guy, we got along well enough, but when it came to training he was lacking.A pretty lazy guy in general.Honestly I should have requested another trainer but I had heard so many horror stories I didn't want to leave the comfort of someone who treated me like one of their own to potentially get saddled with the nightmare trainer. I boarded the Greyhound going from Dallas to Springfield on January 21st, 2018 and started orientation the following day.Now nearly 8 months later, I am sitting at Campus Inn waiting for the upgrade class in the morning, with my anxiety through the roof! Even with the extended time on the truck I did not get to do much backing.Most of the time my trainer would take over when it was time to back just to get it over with.When I had a chance, he made backing so difficult with bad confusing instructions and constant yammering that just confused the hell out of me.Thanks to videos on YouTube I have a better understanding and am noticing a difference but watching me back at shippers/receivers is still pretty pitiful even with ample room.Yes yes I know practice, practice,practice,G.O.A.L. but I'm still incredibly uneasy and get flustered. If anyone self taught backing how?where?have you ever felt overwhelmed?

I hope that wasn't too lengthy. If anyone has questions about my experience/pay/truck(when I get it) I'm more than happy to answer.

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