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    MI

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    Experienced Driver

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Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Biggest mileage week so far!

Over 4,000 miles for a week? Nice. I haven't come close to that, my best was 3,528.

Posted:  3 months, 2 weeks ago

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Nervous

I been sitting here nervously waiting to go and take my CDL permit test and get started with my training patiently waiting to go and get my dot physical done as well I have high blood pressure and have been taking meds to control it just needs some positive thoughts on it to keep my self from going crazy while waiting.im brand new to all this and this will be my first time behind the wheel of a bigger truck

If you're on the meds you should be alright and as for being nervous you aren't alone. Just pay attention and do what the instructors tell you to do, you'll be fine.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Fired due to failed inspection? (not placed OOS) need advice please

I think it was the hose that did you in. Losing air or not doesn't matter, you either didn't check it or did but didn't report it. You can't screw around with the braking system and yeah, that's going to be a big deal.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Backing Plateau

Hello, question for you drivers that have been at it for a very long time or those drivers who are really “into” backing.

I’ve been class A licensed for almost 2 1/2 years and been doing LTL P&D most of that time. I sucked at backing at first, now I’m plenty competent and extremely safety minded. Despite the fact that I back all day long, I feel like my backing has hit a plateau. I see older guys in their 60’s or older just pop right into docks sight side or blindside. Sometimes I wait too long to get the tractor back in front of the trailer and I have trouble squaring to the pads on a 45 or 90 if there are no paint lines. Any advice on getting to the next level?? And do you experienced vets set up a 45 tractor trailer straight in line with each other or slightly angled?

Hoping to get and apply your wisdom.

Thanks!

Next time you see one of the experienced guys make it look easy strike up a conversation and ask him how he does it. As for the 45, I like my tractor to be parallel to the dock when I start.

Posted:  4 months ago

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Backing practice

I see a two point back. If you look at the space in that lot it seems to me the way to do this is come in from F street and go all the way forward to the building on the north end. Then, start a 90. You won't finish the 90 but go as far as you can and then pull up into the little driveway to the northeast, then finish your back with an offset.

The 5 parking spaces to the southwest have nothing to do with your entrance to the lot, they have to do with giving you space for your exit back to F street.

Posted:  8 months, 4 weeks ago

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How To Prepare For Driving School

Hello all. I am starting driving school a week from today and I am very eager to get started training and learning. I have driven 26 foot box trucks before, but have no experience driving anything the size of a semi or anything with a trailer before. I'm very excited and eager to get started. Is there anything anyone could suggest that I can start doing now to make sure I am as prepared as possible for when school starts? I want to start doing anything I can now to make sure I'm as prepared as possible for tests as well as for when I get to the yard. Thank you all for your time and I appreciate any advice you all would be willing to provide.

You've received some very good advice from multiple members.

1. Get your home life in order.

2. If you don't already have your CPL then study the High Road on this site.

3. Pre-trip, then some pre-trip, then some more pre-trip. And to finish off the day...some pre-trip.

4. Don't put too much pressure on yourself at school. You'll learn more with your trainer than you will at CDL school.

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Left my OTR mentor on 3rd day and don't know what to do.

So? What happened? How's it going?

Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Does it matter if I train in an automatic?

Yes, it matters. I just got my dream job. The location is right, the money is right. I spent two years with a big company and got head-hunted for this new job. Had my license been restricted I wouldn't have been able to get this job.

Learn manual.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Backing does not just “click”

I have heard it a thousand times it will just click thats a flat out lie i have tried and tried i am barely on the acceptable range for backing and nothing jas clicked and yet i keep hearing that if it clicks then why hasnt it? It tales me about 10 to 15 minites to back and get it just right in a dock nothing has clicked and made it seem easier its hit or miss and it has driven me to near insanity and yes i know some truckers have been doing this for years and still havent perfected backing it cant be done but I should be able to do better than this

It's not hit or miss, you're doing something wrong. I've been there and I know what you're talking about...in fact I've been there recently :)

Here's the thing about backing, if you're actually going backwards and the back is still in doubt then you screwed up, the back is all about the set up. Watch the trailer angle and make sure the tractor doesn't need too much correction. Ideally a sight-side back should need nothing but some left on the wheel to put the trailer in the hole unless it's a 90 and even then you give it a little bit of right just to get the trailer turning.

The second mistake is the pull up. 15 minutes? You're pulling up wrong. Don't cut your steers one way or the other, keep them straight, that gives you options on both sides when when you're trying to correct to get in the hole. And take all the room you have.

Backing takes a lot of practice.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Lost dedicated route

Dedicated route is being downsized. Do I have to accept going back to national account where I make less money and home time or can I draw unemployment?

Do you have a contract? Some dedicated drivers do. If you don't have a contract and they offer you work but you turn the work down then you can't draw unemployment. And this is just my 2 cents but this might not be the time to turn paying work down.

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